Day in and day out I see patients who's sugar cravings have caused all sorts of health problems. And the first thing I tell them is to cut back and eventually cut out the sugars. Sugar seems to be in everything nowadays. Can it be avoided? It's tough...but, it's not impossible.
Following gastric sleeve surgery, I push my patients to transform their eating habits to that of a low carb, protein rich diet. By doing so they no longer crave the carbohydrates and they make protein and fat their new foods of choice.
But, why no sugar?
Well, it's simple...sugar (including sugar alcohols and sweeteners) can cause gas, bloating and diarrhea which in turn slows down the weight loss that many desire. Sugars are easily absorbed and digested which makes us crave more. So in order to feel full we are constantly satisfying our “sweet tooth” with more sugar. Sometimes its all we eat. Sugar in our food, sugar in our drinks, sugar in our desserts.
What surgary products should you avoid?
Honestly, all of them! The ones I would first eliminate would be the carbonated sodas, fruit juices, desserts, candy then I would focus on the carbohydrates. These are the breads, cereals, crackers, rice, pasta and potatoes. Oh, and avoid “orange” vegetables (carrots and sweet potatoes) as they are high in sugar.
If not sugar then what?
Protein and produce! Yep, it's that simple. Replace those sugary products with fish, shrimp, eggs, soy, skim milk and lean meats. If your goal is to lose weight then sugar needs to be off limits. Period.
Over the last decade, I've performed over 9000 gastric sleeve procedure and what I've discovered is that when my patients follow the “No Sugar” rule, their excess weight comes off faster, they don't crave the carbs, they feel healthier, happier, stronger and more energetic.
Here's the rule of thumb...
It starts with a positive mindset. You need to focus on eating healthy! Replace the sugar with protein and produce which will make you feel fuller, help protect your muscles, burn the stored fat and will become a healthy habit that will last a lifetime.
With the average patient losing over 50 pounds just months after having the sleeve procedure, and some losing 100, 150 or more...it's because they craved healthy over sugar. If they can do it, then so can you.
If you'd like to learn more about avoiding sugar and how the gastric sleeve surgery can benefit you, read my book “Successful Weight Loss with the Gastric Sleeve”. This book is your personal guide to surgical options, healthy recuperation, successful post-surgery recovery, and achieving and maintaining permanent weight loss.