Isn’t eating 800 calories a day a lot like the diet after bariatric surgery?
Asked by jewels_2472 on May 10, 2009 in Weight Loss



I have been eating between 600 and 800 calories per day for the past week now and have lost 8.5 pounds without exercise. I relate this to someone who has had bariatric surgery and deem it safe for me to continue doing. I also take a daily multivitamin and fish oil. I make every calorie count with grains, protein and veggies and yogurt. I weigh myself first thing in the morning and again before bed and keep both a food journal and a weight journal.


Answer

In the first few months after bariatric surgery, typical intake is 400 - 800 calories a day, but by the end of the first year, daily intake is in the 1000-1200 calories range.  But the gastric bypass diet is considered to be the lesser of two evils because it lead to malnutrition.  That's why it is reserved for folks with a BMI of 40 or more or BMI 35 when there are health problems.  A Very Low Calorie Diet, like yours, must be very high in protein to try to offset internal protein breakdown.  A physician usually monitors the heart rate and electrolytes for the duration of the program.  Very Low Calorie Diets are not associated with long term weight maintenance.


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