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Got a quick question: What's the best way to memorize a Medifast menu? Hoping for any response. Second question.. In the literature, the first 6-9 months after gastric bypass is frequently referred to as the "honeymoon period". As I approach the end of my personal honeymoon period, I'm curious how others have been affected by it, if at all. I've noticed no changes yet - but I'm just over 5 months out. If you ar einterested, I ran across this article that seemed relevant:.

Http://www.victoriabariatricsurgery....

But I'm always curious what those more experienced than myself here in this group have found. And forewarned can mean forearmed. Did you have a clear end to your honeymoon period? Comments? Tips? Big deal or no big deal for you? Thanks...

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I would like to know the answer too. Anyone here know what is the answer to that question. I'll do some research and get back to you if I bump into an decent answer. You should email the people at Medifast as they probably could give you help..

Comment #1

I'm 5 weeks out and I'm thinking, what honeymoon are you.

Talking.

About?!? If this is a honeymoon, I must have married a cheap bastard...

Comment #2

I am 8 months out and yes I can eat more then before but I still can't eat too much without feeling sick to my stomach or pain..

I have lost 150 lbs to date and.

Exercise.

Is my new addiction. I just started.

Running.

And when I feel like I'm gonna overeat I go outside and run around the block or walk a trail. Sometimes I do eat the wrong things like chinese but I always limit myself..

I personaly believe.

Exercise.

Is the key to over come the Medifast food addiction. At least for me it is...

Comment #3

My surgeon told me that the "honeymoon" phase would last 12-18 months for women and 6-9 months for men. At 7 months out, I am 20 lbs from goal ( I had 105 to lose) and still losing, but it has slowed waaay down - about 1 to 2 lbs per week..

My surgeon stressed this time as THE best opportunity for losing the weight and re-learning skills I would need to keep it all off...

Comment #4

I agree about the honeymoon phase being more 12-18 mos for women. I continually lost weight clear up til 18 mos. I am 3 yrs post op now and lost 200 lbs. I am blessed in that I still feel no physical hunger and my worry phase was the third year. I always heard if you can make it thru the 3rd year without gaining any back that you will do fine. Well after the bad 6 mos I've had I did gain 25 lbs back so that go me paranoid and worried.

I will lose those 25 lbs again and this time, stress or no stress, I will keep it off. I had to let go and have.

Faith.

And it's working. Its been 2 weeks with no sweets and i'm exercising 5-6 days a week. So I think it's what you make of it. You keep practicing what you are doing now and you'll keep succeeding. Don't lose sight of that goal...

Comment #5

Moving this up as I REALLY want to hear from VETS! thx..

Comment #6

Well... I am just over a year out.. and I lost all I wanted to by 7 months.. and continued to lose.... now for the first time in my life I have a doctor telling me to gain 10-15 pounds... lol.

I really at this point in time have NO idea how anyone could gain back all of the weight lost if we continue to eat the right things. Considering the fact that we only get half the calories out of what we eat.. we would have to eat a LOT OF FOOD!!.. hehe. I dunno..

And.

Exercise.

..

I'm not too sure about this "honeymoon" thing.. I think it's all that you personally make of it. I agree with that article.. there was lots of good information there.. thanks for posting it!!.

The first months the weight does fall off.. so I guess that can be considered a honeymoon phase. It doesnt have to become harder at any point if we don't let it..

Good Luck!..

Comment #7

Thanks for all your responses. UpNorthGuy... your post is interesting for a couple of reasons. Apparently, not everyone experiences an 'end to the honeymoon' at 6-9 months out..

I realize that you are just one year out, but I am curious what things, in addition to the.

Surgery.

Have been most important for your success to date and your ability to not begin gaining again?..

Comment #8

In the literature, the first 6-9 months after gastric bypass is frequently referred to as the "honeymoon period". As I approach the end of my personal honeymoon period, I'm curious how others have been affected by it, if at all. I've noticed no changes yet - but I'm just over 5 months out. If you ar einterested, I ran across this article that seemed relevant:.

Http://www.victoriabariatricsurgery....

But I'm always curious what those more experienced than myself here in this group have found. And forewarned can mean forearmed. Did you have a clear end to your honeymoon period? Comments? Tips? Big deal or no big deal for you? Thanks...

Comment #9

Upnorthguy and I are in the exact same place. I met goal at 6 mos. and have lost 20 lbs since, and my docs are requesting I regain some weight. However, I am very comfortable at this weight..

I think there are several components for success and maintenance..

1. A gradual, slow increase in the amount of Medifast food eaten each meal. For example, I was allowed 2 oz per meal for 6 weeks, 3 for the next 2 mos, 1/2 cup for next 2 mos, etc. At 1+ year I eat between 3/4 to 1 cup per meal and feel completely full. I do believe a controlled gradual increase allows proper healing after.

Surgery.

, and prepares the GBS patient for a lifetime of.

Healthy eating.

When I go to a restaurant, normal portion size amazes me..

2. A huge contributor to success after GBS is commitment. I am sure this goes without saying. For the first 6 months, I exercised vigorously 3-4 times weekly, and followed the allowed diet. I derived tremendous gratification with each pound lost, and was inspired to keep that scale moving in the right direction. Perhaps a little.

Positive reinforcement.

Was at work there, but I was a willing lab rat..

3. A complete dedication to a mostly protein Medifast diet is also necessary. I believe the addition of other foods too early contributes to slow weight loss and eventual gain. I was 2 mos out before I added small amounts of fruit and vegetables. We all are aware of the danger of protein deficiency, and I worked to.

Avoid.

That problem..

4. Last, I address maintenance. I am a scale nazi. While this may sound extreme, I believe many thin and normal weight individuals watch their scale very carefully, and control their intake as I do. If I gain a pound or two, I am very strict with my Medifast food consumption the next day. I might gain weight because of a night of drinks with friends, a day of grazing, or a celebration where I ate processed carbs like cake or cookies.



I caution that these are the rules and habits that worked for me. They certainly may not apply to everyone. But like Jerry, I'll be interested to see other responses..

Teri..

Comment #10

I'd love to see more answers from the vets on this site...

Comment #11

Love Teri's comments , along with the others, and from my experience, (10 1/2 months post op) , I'd have to agree with commitment being #1 for success. In the beginning, I was so tired, (low.

Iron.

) and to this day continue to struggle keeping those levels up high enough...but I did not miss a day of.

Walking.

At around 6 months I started taking Sundays off. I returned to work (I work part time), and so on the days I went in later, I'd walk early. If I couldn't fit.

Walking.

In, then I knew I had to add it back in on Sundays, and walk longer the other days to make up for the 10,000 (at least) steps a day, which has been my goal. For my those steps equal about 3 miles, but I count all steps taken during the day. Still, I need to walk at least 2 1/2 miles in the morning routine, to make it most days..

If, by contrast , you eat the chips and salsa at a Mexican place, as you wait for the grilled chix or beans to come, or graze day after day (or nighttime for some), you may find something that subtle may slow weight loss, and coupled with other "slips" might lead to weight gain. Many who are further out could attest to that..

It is about keeping track. I still write down what I eat, though some weeks I find I do write lessPlanning ahead is helpful for me. Some may plan a week out, and that helps with shopping lists. For me, planning what I'll have for a day is helpful for me..

I have to still watch the in between grazing, some days. My guilty pleasure is a handful of nuts...any kind...a time or two...or three... a day. I know better, and am able to stop the behavior now, with the promise to be better at the next meal, take an evening walk, or add additional steps at the next work out. I do feel in control, but I also feel I could slip and result in a few lbs. gained.

Don't want that..

The KEY here is, I can manage my choices now, where less than a year ago, I felt they managed me. But commitment to following the rules to not stretch the pouch, being satisfied with the amounts, and types of foods we are to eat to give us the nutrition we need, exercising and finding something you like and can stick to, and do when those grazing times creep up...are so important, for me at least..

Great topic. We all need, or will need to polish up those skills if we want to remain in control, and maintain this lifestyle we are enjoying now..

Cindy..

Comment #12

I think the main thing for me.. has been the total lack of interest in the things I used ot eat. I mean take yesterday for instance. I was at the store grocery shopping and something as simple as gallon of orange juice didnt interest me because I have to water it down now so I dont dump.. lol. It's ALL about the new lifestyle and the experirncesd wev'e had over time..

Taking a hard look at the life we used to lead.. as compared to the reality of now.. living in the moment... makes all teh difference. I cant eat like I once did..

And thats alone was worth everything I've gone through.. sure I can eat more now.. but eating more for me now is still a fraction to what I once ate.. and the fact that I am only getting in half of that is still way under a thousand calories a day!!.. We have to put it all in perpsective...

And learn to love ourselves again.. That was truly the hardest part.. but getting to know and love myself.. has been the most rewarding...

Hope.

This answers your question.. if not I will elaborate more.....

Comment #13


This question was taken from a support group/message board and re-posted here so others can learn from it.