Yrs post op DS and weight gain
Weight gain is because we learn to eat more calories than we burn. The only way to lose weight is to burn more calories than we take in. Going back to basics is not the answer. It may work to lose a bit short term but it is not sustainable, You do not have a new surgery, you have matured and need to find foods that you love and eat them in the quantities needed to attain your goal weight and stay there. My personal solution is Weigh****chers. I can pick any food I want as long as I count the points. We are meant to enjoy food and eating. It is just learning how to do that while also being the correct weigh for our body. Weigh****chers knows how to do that. Read their book, The Shift. It will change so many of the misconceptions we have all learned to live with. It can show you how to eat a healthy diet that you really enjoy.
Real life begins where your comfort zone ends
For many DSers the post op diet is very much like Atkins. No carbs. No bread, rice, flour, cereal, sugar. What we eat is mostly meat and low carb veggies. Lots of us can have as much protein and fat as we want but the first thing to cut out is grains and sugar. Try that first and see if that does it for you. Sometimes that is enough.
Do some reading about the Atkins induction diet. That is pretty much what I have been doing for the last 20 years.
If you can, buy a fitness tracker and just wear it for 2 weeks to determine your activity level. Then work on increasing it over time. If you are lazy, it keeps you aware and accountable.
Take it slow. Trying to change everything at once can be a form of self sabotage. Don't make yourself so miserable you give up.
It may be difficult, but unless you change what you are eating, not even how much, losing weight maybe difficult if not impossible.
With the DS you probably absorb all the carbs you eat, but not all proteins or fats.
I know I'm carbs/sugar addict. I don't count my calories. Over the last couple of decades, it was proven over and over that measuring calories comes with a significant errors.
Calories are only a rough estimate of what our body gets as energy.
It's the insulin response to food and activities. For me to lose weight, and I had RNY, not DS, limiting carbs, simple carbs, complex carbs (mainly avoiding grains, legumes, fruits and any foods with that) and eating Keto/Paleo type diet helps me to lose weight. And limits my appetite, cravings, etc.
Hala. RNY 5/14/2008; Happy At Goal =HAG
"I can eat or do anything I want to - as long as I am willing to deal with the consequences"
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on 10/10/22 6:36 pm
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