I just found out that my niece's husband is having gastric bypass surgery in eleven days. Immediately I felt sick to my stomach, this can't be good.
What information would you present to someone who's about to have this surgery?
It sickens me too, that someone is considering gastric bypass. The willingness to go through that is a sign of desperation and hopelessness.
But there IS
hope!! I am but one example of proof! I peaked out at 486 pounds and have had gastric bypass surgery crammed down my throat by more than one doctor, and I am so glad I never went through with it.
You don't get into the position of needing something that drastic without having a love of food and a love of eating. Tell him that he can kiss all that goodbye. He'll never eat a normal meal again, after bypass. He'll never have a normal bowel movement again, for that matter
I've known several people who have gone that route. All of them lost a lot of weight. None of them looked healthy. Some of them gained most, or all of their weight back. It's drastic, and it's bad.
There is an alternative. There is the McDougall Program. This diet is PERFECT for someone large enough to need gastric bypass. The larger you are, the easier it is to lose weight on this program.
Tell him Big Norm has lost 144 pounds so far, and eats as much food as he wants, never goes to bed hungry, never wakes up dreading having to face another day, and is the happiest he's been in years!! If he thinks he can't give up certain foods, tell him he's wrong. We only THINK we can't give up certain foods because we don't know how to satisfy our appetite without them, and that learning to do so is far more painless than he can imagine. I am actually more satisfied with food than I have ever been, because this is how our bodies want to eat.
He has nothing to lose by trying this, except all the weight he needs to. If it doesn't work, he can always go ahead with his bypass.
He can do this!! We can help!