Habits to form BEFORE the 2 week pre-op diet?

on 10/24/18 1:13 pm
VSG on 12/27/18

I'm in the final stages of completing my pre-op requirements and am meeting with my surgeon on 11/14/18 to schedule the surgery. I'm curious what others have done in preparation for surgery BEFORE the 2 week pre-op diet? So far I've cut out caffeine and pop (for the most part). I don't drink or smoke. Any tips? I'd love to hear them all!


5'6" Female 31 years old

HW: 273 / SW: 261 / GW:140

Sparklekitty, Science-Loving Derby Hag
on 10/24/18 3:07 pm
RNY on 08/05/19

A few things off the top of my head, in no particular order:

  • Drink ALL THE TIME. Water, tea, broth, Crystal Light, Mio, anything flat and calorie-free. You'll need to make sipping your full time job, especially immediately after surgery!

  • Weigh, measure, and log all your food. It's a very important habit to get into!

  • Try to eat a protein-forward, low-carb diet. After surgery, your best bet is to eat almost exclusively lean, dense protein, so get started on that habit early.

  • If you struggle with the emotional side of dieting, you may want to connect with a counselor or therapist. Surgery fixes our stomachs, not our heads, and many people here on OH have found it very helpful to work with a professional on the emotional side of weight-loss.

  • Get moving! You don't need to join CrossFit or do anything super intense, but even a little bit of walking is good for you. The best exercise is something you enjoy and you're willing to keep up, so find something that makes you happy and get an early start on it.

Sparklekitty / Julie / Nerdy Little Secret (#42)
Roller derby - cycling - triathlon
VSG 2013, RNY conversion 2019 due to GERD. Trendweight here!

Gwen M.
on 10/24/18 5:54 pm, edited 10/24/18 10:54 am
VSG on 03/13/14

I had surgery in March, and in January I started replacing all the meals I ate alone with protein shakes. So that meant breakfast and lunch most days. I also made the meals I did eat protein forward and skipped the refined and processed carbs. This worked really well for me and for my mindset.

I also started seeing a therapist which is my number one recommendation for success.

VSG with Dr. Salameh - 3/13/2014
Diagnosed with Binge Eating Disorder and started Vyvanse - 7/22/2016
Reconstructive Surgeries with Dr. Michaels - 6/5/2017 (LBL & brachioplasty), 8/14/2017 (UBL & mastopexy), 11/6/2017 (medial leg lift)

Age 42 Height 5'4" HW 319 (1/3/2014) SW 293 (3/13/2014) CW 149 (7/16/2017)
Next Goal 145 - normal BMI | Total Weight Lost 170

TrendWeight | Food Blog (sort of functional) | Journal (down for maintenance)

on 10/24/18 6:30 pm
RNY on 08/21/12

No drinking while eating, or for 30 minutes after. It's a lot harder than it would seem.

6'3" tall, male. Maintaining a loss of 280 pounds.

Highest weight was 475. Consult weight 04/12 was 411. RNY on 08/21/12 at 359 lbs. Current weight 195.

M1 -24; M2 -21; M3 -19; M4 -21; M5 -13; M6 -21; M7 -10; M8 -16; M9 -10; M10 -8; M11 -6; M12 -5.

on 10/25/18 5:39 pm
VSG on 07/24/18

Exercise 5-6 days for at least 30 minutes.

Read all food labels. Don't guess about what is in your food or what a serving actually is.

Find protein drinks you like now because after surgery, you will be drinking them A LOT.

Carry water with you everywhere.

Liz WantsHealthForAll
on 10/26/18 5:25 am - Cape Cod, MA
VSG on 03/28/16

I started planning meals, eating smaller portions and eating protein forward with non-starchy vegetables. Basically I followed the suggestions made by the nutritionist I met with monthly. I lost about 1/3 of my weight prior to surgery between those changes and the pre-op diet.

Liz 5'3" HW: 219 SW: 185 GW: 125 LW: 113 Desired maintenance range: 120-123 CW: 120 (after losing 20 lb. regain)!