Today I am delighted to announce a collaboration with two very experienced bariatric dieticians who will bring some further professional advice to bariatriccookery.com Lisa and Monica (see their profiles below) will bring some much-needed, scientific-based information to bariatric patients who are faced with constant (and sometimes conflicting) advice relating to their diet/lifestyle/exercise regime pre- and post-surgery. I have been impressed with their level-headed, measured and well-researched comment. In their own words ….
“We’re passionate about helping people work through the exciting yet terrifying roller coaster that is bariatric surgery, and to help people understand their ‘tool’ so that they can continue to use it effectively while developing a healthy relationship with food.”
Today we bring you the 1st of their features from bariatricsurgerynutrition.com and one that I know interests and resonates with so many of you because you’ve asked me so much about the fact and fiction relating to the ‘5 day pouch test’. My views coincide with those that Lisa and Monica report – although they put it more eloquently and back it up far better than I can with comment from other bariatric professionals.
I know you will welcome their sage comment, and their features will doubtless provoke a lively discussion (please feel free to leave your comments below). Why not check them out further on their website here and also on their Facebook page here too for up-to-date advice, promotions, and the release of new material, including their books.
In the meantime I hope you will join me in welcoming them to bariatric cookery for their 1st feature and read on ….
Clients who regain weight after bariatric/weight loss surgery often ask us about the ‘5 day pouch test’. This much debated ‘test’ promises to ‘reset’ your stomach and help you lose more weight. It’s so popular in fact, it has its own acronym – the ‘5DPT’. So what’s the deal, is it too good to be true?
Let’s start with a bit of background
To start off the 5 day pouch test, she instructs you to ‘get back to the basics’. Or in other words, she wants you to return to the post-op liquid phase that is required in the first few days after surgery. She then recommends that you progress slowly from soft/puree protein, to firm protein and then lastly to solid protein (what’s the difference between firm and solid protein? We don’t know either…). Following this, you are supposed to feel a renewed sense of self.
The 5 day pouch test WILL NOT…
– shrink your stomach
– reduce hunger and increase satiety (feeling of fullness)
– ‘reset’ your body
– cut your cravings for carbs and sweet/salty foods
We do however agree with some of Kaye’s suggestions.
1. Always delay your fluids from your solids foods.
4. Include a high protein food at every meal and snack.
In our opinion, the ‘5 day pouch test’ is just another diet in disguise. Anything that promises to ‘reset your system’, ‘boost your weight loss’, ‘cut cravings’, ‘kick start your metabolism’, ‘burn fat’, etc. is unfortunately wishful thinking.
There are no short cuts to healthy eating and lasting weight loss. There is only you, your pouch (i.e. your little stomach) and knowing how to use it!
We even asked one of our favourite bariatric/weight loss surgeons about the 5 day pouch test! Here is what he said:
– Monica & Lisa