Hmm... I need to find out myself. I don't know what is the right answer to your question. I'll do some research and get back to you if I discover an answer. You should email the people at Medifast as they probably can answer it..
A miracle is comming.......
Anything you loose now should be for good... it's not comming back....
Have a little.
, things will happen all in good time......
Makes it go so much easier..
Life after GBS for ma has been awesome....
Andy Aka Buzz xx..
Thank you for being there... I really did need to hear it.....
I think what you lost so far is very good progress. I understand you might be afraid of what could go wrong, but what will go wrong if you don't have the.
I know I was going to die, without the.
My weight was taking a substantial amount of time off my life. I was killing myself with food. Now just a bit over the 5 month mark, I'm down 107 lbs, feel great, and know I made the right decision for me. Like you it's been about 20 years since I was thin, but it won't even be 1 year until I'm thin again..
Good luck on your decision..........I was 338 to start, now I'm 231. I did lose 39 lbs. prior to my.
This is why I love this forum..
As I have said before, if the thought of having GBS does not frighten you at least a bit, then you likely do not understand it to the extent you need to before commiting. I considered GBS for 6 years before my progressing diabetes, increasing obesity, and other factors tilted the scales for me, so to speak..
I'm saying this not to scare you, but to acknowledge that everyone who is considering GBS needs to do so only after researching it, exploring alternatives, understanding what complications can occur and the relative risks. This can be a bit overwhelming - so give yourself enough time. You need to be as fully informed as possible and highly confident in your GBS team..
Make no mistake. I am a huge proponent of GBS - every bit as enthusiastic as Andy above. When properly used, it can dramatically change your life for the better. It is helping me in ways I never imagined. But GBS is not right for everyone and it should never be your first option. Or your second.
Others can jump in here, but this is my take on what's most important for the success of GBS; a summary of what I have learned (and what I am continuing to learn):.
1. GBS is a tool, not a cure. It does not do the work all by itself. It is just one part of an overall package. You must commit wholeheartedly to the entire package -.
, heathy nutition, measured portions, limited carbs, water, vitamins, etc. The good news is that GBS can be an incredibly effective tool when it is one part of a larger approach that embraces a change in lifestyle and thinking. This does not happen overnight or just because we want it to. At 5 months out, embracing this change is something I have to make a conscious effort at evey day. I am told by others here, much more experienced them myself, that this will get somewhat easier over time - as repetition becomes habit - but will always require conscious effort. Sounds to me like you have already begun this process..
2. GBS is a journey, not a destination. That journey never ends. You don't simply reach your goal weight and say "Cool. I'm here. Now I can relax.
Expect many bumps on the road - sometimes small things like constipation or smelly flatulance - these are relatively easy to deal with. We help each other do so all the time here. Expect to catch yourself straying from the program - so-called slider foods (empty carbs like chips, etc.) will sneak their way back in from time - folks here can help you with that as well. Sometimes bigger issues can arise - when they do, you need to be prepared to identify them and seek assistance from your medical team..
3. GBS definitely has risks. Educate yourself about what the risks are, how severe they are, and the percentage of people that have these complications. Only you and your closest family, working with your primary care physician and your GBS team can decide if the risks of GBS are outweighed by the benefits. This is a highly personal decision. No one here can make that decision for you.
Such horror stories are not common but they are real. You should inquire about complication rates at the specific facility you choose to perform the.
Any competent, professional program will be happy to disclose their specific complication rates to you. If they are not - red flag..
4. A strong support structure is essential. Both an immediate support structure - spouse, close family or friends and an extended support structure - including a support group such as this and professional counselors that have experience with GBS and weight disorders. Initially, I did not believe that I would want or need a support group (perhaps a guy thing?). But I cannot tell you how much interacting with this group has helped in my success to date - in ways both small and large. And in ways I never imagined.
, and this group. All are ongoing parts of "my team" - helping me along my journey..
5. Celebrate the small victories along the way. Not with food! No, but by patting yourself on the back, giving yourself credit, and possibly sharing with family or this group. Perhaps by buying new clothes! This is something I have learned from this group. While there's nothing wrong with setting grand goals - like perhaps an eventual goal weight, setting smaller goals and celebrating incremental improvements and benefits you didn't forsee, keeps your motivation stronger and helps you continue to commit to the program. Want to see some really cool stuff? Try searching this group for "wow moment" - it is a phrase used here to describe these small (or sometimes not-so-small) victories..
6. Expect to need to deal with your underlying issues as part of the journey. Obesity never exists in a vacuum. And when we strip away the weight, those underlying issues don't necessarily go with it. Long term success may require that you identify and work with those issues..
Keep these things in mind. We are always here. If you decide the.
Is right for you, I would enourage you to make particpation here part of your overall program. There is a incredible diversity of people, opinions and experiences here. They can help with all parts of your journey. And with most things, there is no 'single solution' approach - because we are all different...
I can only add my highest weigh in was 368, 328 at.
, and I had metabolic sydrome, thyroid issues and my fibromyalgia was killing me. I am now med-free, my diabetes is in remission, and I no longer worry about getting the parking space closest to the door. Yes I have lost a great deal of weight, and yes I have not been at this weight since my son was a toddler 20 years ago,and yes some of the physical and emotional changes are hard, but honestly I was literally so sick and tired all the time.
Could not come soon enough. I don't regret my decision for even one minute. Once your mind fully embraces your decision as the right one, your emotions will follow and your fears will be eased...
I am pre-op and am also scared of the unknown. What I do know is that I can't expect to have a better life if I don't have the.
I am struggling with losing just a few pounds, less than you've already lost, and know it is because of my fears. I decided a few months ago to dive in and have.
, despite my concerns of sagging skin, frankenstein guts, other people's perceptions, etc. I want to look forward to my 30's as being a better time than my 20's because I feel and look better. Most importantly I'll be healthy enough to have kids and actually live with them, not just watch them...
Don't be afraid of weight loss; you will feel so much better when you shed the extra pounds. I know it made me feel 20 years younger and has improved my self-image 100 percent...