Our Golden State Contributor, Kim Stover, recently provided this advice for our friend Malu in the Philippines. It is sensible advice for newbies and a good reminder for the old timers too.
"My advice to you is eat your protein! Fish and chicken should be your best friends. I'm guessing that you aren't dropping weight very fast (although you are doing a tremendous job) due to the fact that you aren't getting enough nutrients. Your body is in preservation mode and it is doing its job perfectly...saving you from starving to death! You need to trick your body into thinking that it's getting more than it needs. This means taking ALL of your vitamins EVERY day, having plenty of protein and eventually some complex carbohydrates. Oh, and of course, water. Don't drink anything with calories, as that is a huge waste."
"If you are having trouble getting fish and chicken to stay down, I'm guessing that you aren't chewing it well enough. It should become the consistency of applesauce. To start out, drain a can of chicken soup and eat the solids. Everything is super soft and you should take 30 minutes to eat. Slow is the key to not puking! If you can, buy some protein powder that has less than 5 grams of sugar per serving. You may need to order it on line. I like the chocolate flavors and stick to a whey protein. In the beginning, I couldn't stand to drink those thick shakes. I would take a scoop of the protein powder, add just enough water to make it a paste and would add a packet of Splenda. I could get 35 grams of protein in my body in just 4 bites. I'd have this "pudding" after breakfast and after lunch. "
"Three keys to succeed at this weight loss game. Exercise every day, get your recommended daily protein in every day and take your vitamins every day. Do this every day and you'll be at a healthy weight in no time."
Thanks Kim, as always, for sharing your fantastic wisdom. By the way, last Saturday Kim celebrated the 2-year anniversary of her WLS re-birth. She has provided a special article "Hello Little Body" for the upcoming issue of our newsletter "You Have Arrived". This special issue will be delivered to subscribers Thursday, September 15. Subscribe today - it's free!