- Does my pouch still work?
- Have I broken my pouch?
- Am I doomed to be a failure at this too?
- Can I lose the weight I’ve regained?
- Is the honeymoon period over?
These are questions many weight-loss surgery post-ops find themselves asking occasionally during their journeys. Perhaps it feels like we can eat more food — or we know that we are eating more food. Sometimes these questions are asked when there has been a weight regain.
This 5-day plan helps to determine if your pouch is working and can help return you to that “tight newbie” feeling. It helps one get back to the basics of the weight-loss surgery diet — and it can trigger weight loss. Also, it is not difficult to follow; if you are in a stage of carb-cycling, it can help break that pattern.
The 5-Day Pouch Test should never leave you feeling hungry. You can eat as much of the prescribed menu as you want during the day to satiate hunger and prevent snacking on slider foods (foods that slide right through the pouch, never providing satiety) and/or white carbs. You must drink a minimum of 64 ounces of water each day. A reduction of caffeinated beverages is suggested, but do not stop caffeine cold-turkey.
Weight loss is not the intent of the 5-Day Pouch Test; however, many who have tried this plan report a significant drop in weight. More importantly, they celebrate a renewed sense of control over their pouch and eating habits and easily transition back to a healthy post-surgical weight-loss way of eating.
Days 1 & 2: Liquid Protein
The first 2 days you will need to be on an all liquid diet. This will help cleanse your body and flush out toxins and fats. You can drink as many low-carb protein shakes as you need, and be sure to drink a lot of water, at least 64 ounces. It's normal to feel a carbohydrate craving during this time.
- Low-carb protein shakes, broth, clear or cream soups, sugar-free gelatin and pudding. More detail.
Day 3: Soft Protein
Now you can eat as much soft proteins as you want, but no drinking with your meals. Wait 30 minutes before and after eating to have something to drink. The dry food in your pouch will sit longer, causing you to stay full longer.
- Canned fish (tuna or salmon), eggs, fresh soft fish (tilapia, sole, orange roughy). More detail.
Day 4: Firm Protein
This is when you should start feeling that familiar tightness of your pouch. Keep drinking plenty of water between meals.
- Ground meat (turkey, beef, chicken, lamb), shellfish (scallops, lobster), fresh salmon or halibut. More detail.
Day 5: Solid Protein
Keep chewing your food completely and take no longer than 15 minutes to eat your meal. Eat whenever you get hungry, but stop eating as soon as you feel your pouch tighten. By this time you should also be out of your Carb cycle and may have lost a few pounds because of that.
- White meat poultry, beef steak, pork, lamb, wild game. More detail.