Thursday, October 6, 2011

You Are Not a Failure!

I received this article from the protien I order online.  I have removed the product name. This is good to know!!!!

Your thoughts?????

"I Feel Like a Failure"

You are not a failure, 
1. It might or might not be that the surgery failed to give you the results you wanted.

2. It might or might not be that the products you are using are not giving you the quality -- and the results -- you deserve.

3. It might or might not be that the surgeon’s office failed to give you the advice you need.

Whether those are true or not, you yourself are not a failure. More important, you can reach your goal.

The first thing you need is good advice.  One of our Registered Dietitians shared this note about a conversation she had with one of our autoship customers.

Her surgeon told her to stop using the protein shakes and switch to "solid foods". He said it was adding calories.

I believe this is where many patients stop losing, or worse...start gaining weight. Patients start looking for other foods to keep them feeling as full as protein shakes. As a result, they take in more calories.

I explained how a protein shake is best for satiety -- not being hungry -- and how protein is key to weight loss and weight maintenance.

The patient admitted that she was more hungry after reducing her protein shake usage. She had started eating peanut butter for protein and snacking on raisin toast and dark chocolate.  She said an inner voice had told her not to stop the shakes, but she also wanted to listen to the surgeon.

The patient is returning to 3 servings of protein shakes per day, and is going to follow up with me. She was happy to have a second opinion from an RD. I am certain her weight loss will resume too.

I have heard similar stories from other customers and I think they would benefit in knowing that they are not alone, and that protein is not the cause of their weight gain.

 Here are a few things to remember:

1.      With or without weight loss surgery (WLS), protein is the foundation of weight loss success.

2.      Surgeons are good at surgery, but some of them don't know enough about nutrition and weight loss. When a surgeon says, "get back on solid foods", you have to listen closely. If that means ADD solid foods, that of course makes sense. But if that means get off the protein shakes -- that might be bad advice.

3.      Many WLS patients -- some say the majority -- of patients don't reach their goal, and even more experience weight regain. We say that is unfortunate, and unnecessary. We talk to many customers every day, and the ones who use protein shakes 3 to 4 times a day during weight loss, and 2 times a day for weight maintenance, are successful at reaching their weight goal and keeping the weight off.

Weight loss success: It's worth it. You can do it.

1 comment:

Melissa W said...

Love it!! I totally notice a difference when I cut back on my protein. It's one of the keys to my successful weeks. Great post!!