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Thursday, February 24, 2011

2011 Four Rules Refresher Course

In the spirit of the New Year we are taking a closer look at the Four Rules - starting with Rule #1 Protein First. In short - Protein First means it should be the first nutrient we eat at any meal and it should account for the highest percentage of nutrients eaten over fat, carbohydrates and alcohol. (More detail on this in the articles below)

Before surgery most of us were taught the Four Rules we must follow in order to achieve the best results with weight loss surgery - any procedure. Those rules (with minor variations from one bariatric surgeon to the next) are:
    * Protein First
    * Lots of Water
    * No Snacking
    * Daily Exercise

What I didn't fully understand at the time of surgery was the duration of these rules.

The Four Rules are for life.

In order to maintain weight loss and keep the obesity from which we suffer in remission we must follow these rules for life. When we meet patients who have maintained a healthy body weight for several years with weight loss surgery we learn that in most cases they live by the Four Rules.

If it has been a while since you have given consideration to the Four Rules I invite you today to spend a little time refreshing your knowledge and enthusiasm about Protein First. Actually, this is my favorite rule because it means good food without the guilt! Link to the articles of interest and take a look at some of our great WLS recipes. There is something for everyone as we get excited again about the Four Rules!

Happy 2011 - We are all in this together!


Our refresher course of the Four Rules has been published in the LivingAfterWLS Weekly Digest Newsletters -- You can subscribe to our free newsletters here:

The newsletters are archived for your convenience to review any time you need a little "Right-I remember That" reminder so you can continue to work with your weight loss surgery for the best of health and weight management. Follow the links below:

Rule #1 - Protein First
LivingAfterWLS Weekly Digest
The Four Rules: #1 is Protein First
Why it works and How to get Enough

January 20, 2011

Feature Articles:
--High Protein Diet Promotes Fat Loss
--Protein First Recipes
--Do-It-Yourself Vegetarian Burgers
--Flavor Your High Protein Diet with Condiments

Rule #2 - Lots of Water
LivingAfterWLS Weekly Digest
The Four Rules: #2 Drink Lots of Water
Understanding & Accomplishing Water Intake
Without Floating Away!

February 2, 2011

Featured Articles:
--Restrict Liquids, Drink Lots of Water - HUH?
--Water Terms Defined
--After WLS: Pass the Water, Hold the Ice

Rule #3 -- No Snacking
LivingAfterWLS Weekly Digest
The Four Rules: #3 No Snacking  
When snacking hurts; When snacking helps

February 9, 2011

Featured Articles:
--No Snacking. It is the rule that works.
--Slider Foods Lead to Weight Gain for Some
--How to Eat Popcorn After WLS
--What about Milk and Cookies?

Rule #4 -- Daily Exercise
LivingAfterWLS Weekly Digest
The Four Rules: #4 Daily Exercise  
Most of Us Struggle with This One

February 18, 2011

Featured Articles:
--For Weight Loss & Weight Management We Must Exercise
--2-Week Walking Program
--How to Increase the Activities of Daily Living
--Apples & Exercise Promote Body Fat Loss

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