Friday, April 16, 2010

The New Experiment

This morning I started a post about Gastric Bypass surgery and how I have had to defend my stance on the surgery 3 times in the last month. For those that don't know I'm totally against it. I know there are plenty of people who have had success with this and I am really happy they made that choice and that it worked out well for them. I also researched it for myself a few years back and decided it was not for me. The diet was really strict and I felt that if I just did the diet without having the surgery that I too could drop the weight. So......

Its time to put my money where my mouth is. I don't really like doing experiments where I can prove my wrong but if I do then so be it. I have preached against Gastric for years now. I think Gastric is successful for people who are willing to work at it, otherwise you end up with harsh side effects. Well if you were willing to follow the plan and make the commitment you could have lost weight without the surgery.

So here is the plan. For the next 6 weeks, starting Monday morning (cause you cant have surgery on Sunday) I will follow the diet plan for Gastric Patients. I will allow 2 weeks per stage on the diet. In real patients these stages last as long as they need too but I have to put a time limit on it.

This is just a rough example of the plan, it is really detailed and I don't really want to type all of that. This is the very basic version.

Week 1-2: A liquid diet 3-4 ounces 6 times a day.
Week 3-4: Pureed foods 3-4 ounces 5-6 times a day.
Week 5-6: Solid food not to exceed a cup of food per sitting. 5-6 times a day.

The objective of this is to prove with the same effort as a Gastric Patient (assuming that they follow all the guidelines) that I can receive the same results.

A few notes to make. The only thing about this diet that I will probably change is the water intake. I do not want to get dehydrated over the course of the 6 weeks, especially the first 2 so I will probably be drinking a little more water than the patients would, but that is the only exception. And if at anytime I think I cannot continue on with this because it is compromising my health, I will stop, but as long as I feel good and maintain enough energy, I will go on.

I hope you will all follow as this goes on, you might have to hear me complain at first because I'm pretty sure I will be hungry for a few days, or weeks, but my hope is to give you daily updates as well as weekly weigh ins.

Wish me luck!


April said...

As a trainer, I know that people have to change the behavior that put them in to this situation to begin with. So I totally get your plan, eat like you had it done and lose! I had a friend last year pass away from complications to his surgery. Broke my heart. He could have done it on his own.
My dad had it done too, although he choose to not do the laser and be cut. He did great, 7 years ago and feels great, looks great, BUT, he does what he is supposed to.
I admire you for your journey !! You can do it! I helped Neal lose 55 lbs in 10 weeks ! You can do it too!

Gina Strychar said...

Hey Emma!

I started my journey 5 weeks ago today. The long of the short is that I HAVE to follow a Gluten Free Diet (NO EXCEPTIONS!) and have stuck to it. For that I have lost 25 pounds. I also go to the gym, but nothing like you! You are my hero for that.

I too feel like you in that Gastric Bypass is not an option. In my opinion It is all about portion control and I don't need surgery to teach me portion control. However I am interested in learning more about the gastric diet. Can you send me a link on it? Or post where you are getting your information? I think that it would be a great experiment for me as well. Keep up the good work!


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