I think I’ve found a trick to keeping intake down with VSG (aside from the obvious restrictions). If I have breakfast then fast until late afternoon (or until I start to feel hungry – which is a different feeling than it used to be, FYI), I can’t really eat much after that. It’s sort of like, if I eat bigger meals, I can eat more at a sitting than if I just eat snacks. I’ve got no scientific evidence of this, of course, but it seems to be the rule with me.
Yesterday I was busy and didn’t get a chance to eat until after 3pm. I’d been feeling that weird hurty/hunger feeling that you get after VSG, but didn’t have time to eat until I got home. When I did finally eat, I could barely get a chicken wing down. About an hour after that, I had some crackers. The restriction even went through dinner at 6:30, I had a very small portion, but was hungry again at 8 – which seems to be normal for me.
So, for me, the trick is to graze all day rather than attempt “regular” meals. I try to keep to low carb for the most part. I’m also trying HARD to get my protein intake back up. My snacks right now are: nuts, lunch meat, cheese sticks, salad, soups and crackers. Plus dinner. I’m also trying to have one Protein Plus bar a day, which is 20g of protein in a small snack.
I’m upping my exercise to 4-5 days per week, so getting in that protein really needs to happen. I’ve been very lax about monitoring what I eat, because that was the reason to do VSG in the first place: NO DIETING. But I need to build muscle, and the only way that will happen is if I get more protein, so I gotta do it.
I’ve heard some VSGers worry that grazing will end up with a higher calorie intake that trying to have regular meals, but I don’t think so. I think it’s better to nibble and keep your blood sugars steady than to try to exist on the standard 3 meal a day plan. It seems to work for me, so I thought I’d share. :)