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  • Summary: The Four Rules
  • Rule 1: Protein First
  • Rule 2: Lots of Water
  • Rule 3: No Snacking
  • Rule 4: Daily Exercise
  • Back on Track: 5 Day Pouch Test

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    Rule #3: No Snacking
    by Kaye Bailey

    Gastric bypass patients are instructed to avoid snacking. No exceptions.

    Snacking is the worst possible thing a weight loss surgery patient can do. If patients snack they cease to lose weight and could possibly regain weight. In addition gastric bypass snackers risk severe swings in blood sugar levels and glucose overdose, they fail to move forward to the healthy life that surgery makes possible. They feel like failures when the WLS does not result in weight loss.

    The nature of gastric bypass surgery gives patients an edge on beating the snacking habit. When a patient eats three protein-rich meals a day the body’s fuel requirements are met and satiation results. Hunger does not occur if water is sipped throughout the day. If a patient is taking vitamins they will not be nutritionally wanting. Given that, patients who snack are doing so out of the very habit that contributed to obesity.
    If a dieter must snack they must be mindful of their choices. Fruits, vegetables and lean proteins will contributed to wellness and weight loss. Processed carbohydrate convenience foods fail to meet nutritional needs or facilitate weight loss and should be avoided.

    Successful weight loss surgery patients understand that snacking is bariatric purgatory. When they begin to snack weight loss will cease and weight gain will certainly result. Successful weight loss patients – those who maintain their weight loss years after surgery – do not snack. The same is true for all successful dieters regardless of the means by which they initially lost weight.


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