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Friday, March 09, 2012

Is the 5 Day Pouch Test dangerous to my health?

The March 2012 5 Day Pouch Test Bulletin is now live online in our archive. We answer the pressing question, "Is the 5DPT Dangerous to my health?"

Greetings Neighbors!
If you are receiving this message from me it is because you signed up to receive it and you probably already know a little bit about the 5 Day Pouch Test  and about me. Thank you.  

Recently someone wrote to say they were afraid to do the 5DPT because they read in a forum that the plan is dangerous. Dangerous how? I asked. Because it is a liquid diet, came the response.  Apparently there was some confusion about the plan as a whole. A liquid diet should only be followed under the care and supervision of a qualified health care professional. The 5 Day Pouch Test plan includes two days of eating liquid meals but the definition of liquids includes things beyond protein shakes and clear broth. Our Day 1 & 2 liquids include delicious soups made of wholesome vegetables and meat protein. It is not necessary to puree the soups as the chewing of braised meats and vegetables is a critical step in initiating the digestive process that leads to digestion and satiation. These soups are so wholesome and delicious that many people continue to enjoy the recipes beyond the 5DPT.

Soup Recipes

I am aware that some people chose to eat protein shakes exclusively for Days 1 & 2 and some even add a few extra liquid days into the plan. Once they change the plan that much they are no longer doing the 5 Day Pouch Test: they are doing a liquid diet or liquid fast and ultimately they experience disappointing results.

The 5 Day Pouch Test, with its two days of liquids as the plan defines them, is not dangerous to your health. When the 5DPT is done correctly the liquid days give your digestive system a much needed break from the off-plan foods you may have been eating such as snacky non-nutritional carbohydrates. By eating both protein fortified drinks and nutrient rich soups one achieves the greatest results, gently breaking a carbohydrate snacking cycle and relieving the intestinal inflammation that results from slider food snacking. Those who follow the plan closely report the greatest feeling of satiation and fewer symptoms of carb-withdrawal than those who eat only protein shakes or clear broth for two days.
The 5DPT as it is written and presented online and in print is an organized approach to getting back to the WLS basics both mentally and metabolically. When followed with attention to details we hear great success stories that include restored feelings of pouch tightness and satiation, lost weight, increased energy and overall improved confidence and mental well-being. 

If you are going to invest five days into getting back on track then do it all the way. Take the program as a whole and immerse yourself in doing it right. Build that storm of enthusiasm and recreate the excitement you felt leading into surgery and the days and weeks that followed. Learn about yourself. Take notes and use the 5DPT 2-page journal. Learn your strengths and weaknesses and harness that knowledge to do better on Day 6 and Beyond.

You Can Do This!

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