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Hi all, so I've had my gastric band for two weeks now and I'm very surprised that all I had read really wasn't anything like my experience so far. Firstly although my op went well the pain and recovery has been difficult to bear. I felt like I had been hit by a bus for the first three days! I am still on painkillers now because aside from two of my wounds being very painful still I have alot of back pain when I'm sat in lectures
Secondly, my diet has been a bit odd. Bearing in mind my husband had a gastric band fitted on the same day and it has been a joint venture our experiences have been similar. The first few days was a struggle eating over 600 cals in fluids but since week two we have both been as we were before the band hungerwise. So we eat our small meals and snacks (soft foods) and we are hungry less than an hour after, and neither of us get a feeling of fullness, we simply stop because we are determined to lose weight. At the mo I am trying very hard to stay under 1250 cals per day but I could easily have over 2 thousand if I ate didn't choose very healthy options. My husband is really struggling to stay under 2000 cals as he works nights and is eating more than me. This is only 2 weeks post op, I thought we'd still be struggling to get enough food!
Anyway we are both relying on our not so fabulous willpower and are eating super healthy. It is basically like being on a strict diet, in which we are depriving ourselves and having to choose very low carb and fat foods. This has been a shock as we've read a lot of experiences where people have nausea and sickness (pbing) in this period.
Thirdly, the weightloss, or lack of. Since the band I lost 3.5 pounds the first week and 3.5 pounds the second week. I am happy with this but it seems odd because on my pre op diet I lost 7 pounds my first week and 5 pounds my second. I am still happy that I am losing but it is definately slowing down. My husband lost a stone pre op and lost 3lbs in his first week of the band and none in the second. We are both morbidly obese (or just under now at bmis of 39.8) so we have a load to lose.
So all in all it is different and strange knowing there is a band in my body but we wouldn't have a clue it is in there because we feel normal eating as before. We have our fill on the 15th of august so I just hope our will power stays strong until then!!
Please share your experiences!!
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