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  1. I've read the literature on how diet soda can trigger weight gain in some patients, so that's definitely out, but what's so bad about carbonated water? We have free Talking Rain sparkling water at work and I've been very tempted to try some, especially on hot days.

    Is the carbonation itself bad for us? Can sparkling water lead to weight gain or other adverse effects for gastric bypass patients?

  2. From http://health.howstuffworks.com/wellness/diet-fitness/weight-loss/lost-weight1.htm :

    Hormones regulating our blood sugar levels activate an enzyme in the blood vessels of fat tissue called lipase. Lipase ignites fat cells to release macromolecules called triglycerides, which are what make fat cells fat. Triglycerides are made of glycerol and three fatty acid chains. When they receive the signal from lipase to exit the fat cells, the triglycerides break up into their respective components and enter the bloodstream for use. The liver snatches up the glycerol to break it down for energy, and some of the fatty acids move to the muscles that can farm them for energy as well.

    This action of breaking down triglycerides into usable energy is called lipolysis. Once inside the mitochrondia, or power source, or muscle or liver cells, the components of the glycerol and fatty acids are shuffled and reshuffled to harness their energy potential, producing heat, water, carbon dioxide and adenosine triphosphate (ATP). ATP hauls potential energy in its molecular bonds for use when we exercise like cellular carb loading. The water exits our bodies as sweat and urine, and we exhale the carbon dioxide.

  3. I had real hunger within the first week. It's no big deal and probably a good thing in the long run. Personally I find that the post op hunger is quite muted compared to before and a great sign that you need to get some more protein in.

  4. We had surgery on the same day and I am in the same boat. Before surgery it seemed like I had endless energy, but now I really have to plan my day around short bursts of activity.

    I do take a B12 vitamin every morning, but not sure if that really helps. My doc recommended adding more healthy carbs from things like fruit. Maybe you could ask yours what you can do?

  5. I flew to Vegas for a bachelor party at two weeks out and limited myself to a single drink (cranberry with vodka). I didn't feel any affects from the alcohol, but decided I didn't want to and stopped at the one.

    I would be very careful about alcohol consumption. If you do have a drink, and I mean a single drink, make sure you are not driving and are in a safe environment. The consensus on the forums seems to be to say far away as the addiction rates post-op can be pretty scary.

  6. Personally I like to know what my limits are so I can plan accordingly. I like to try everything in a safe environment so I don't get stuck somewhere where I can't rest safely. Something you may think is a healthy choice can have hidden sugar or fat and I think it is important to know what that will feel like so you don't panic when it happens.

    You should make the right choices, but it's nice to know what your limits are and I don't see why more information about your body is a bad thing.

  7. I tell everyone. It is part of who I am and I am excited about the changes. So far all of my coworkers have been extremely supportive. Most can't believe I only took four days off.

    I'm sorry that not everyone around you has been supportive. That sounds horrible and quite frankly they should keep their opinions to themselves.

  8. I wish I could say this will go away after the surgery but I'm still on the roller coaster after getting my GB earlier this week.

    Every commercial I see featuring food will drive you crazy. I've been told this will go away eventually, but it's not a switch that just turns off when you don't feel hungry anymore.

    You are doing the absolute right thing by confronting this now. Getting these issues out of the way before surgery is the best thing you can do.

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