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I am 67 years old. Former US Army retired officer. A year and a half ago I had open heart surgery to replace a bad aortic valve. I recovered but put on weight like crazy. I am 5 ft 9 1/2 inches. One week ago I weighed 226 lbs. I started a VLCD diet with the weight loss center at a hospital under doctor supervision. A week later I weigh 214 lbs. They tell me I lost about 4 lbs of fat and about 8 lbs of fluid. I am supposed to do this for 2 to 4 weeks and slowly transition to a better diet. I eat 700 - 800 calories a day. I still exercise at a reduced rate. I take protein supplements to stop muscle loss. This is a very unhealthy diet and is mentally very f=difficult to do, but I was advised by doctors that I needed drastic help quickly, so here I am. My hat is off to those who maintain the weight, because I know it will be difficult to do so. I have a lot of counselling and transition phases to go through once I reduce to about 200 lbs. I am not too hungry, but I REALLY want to eat a triple cheeseburger with large fries! If I can make it to 200 lbs and transition to regular diet, I w2ill be able to succeed. I am told most people fail with this approach and either quit too soon or put the weight back on when they return to normal food. It is not a very good way to diet, but for several reasons multiple Doctors have recommended I do it to lose weigh a quickly as I possible can, even if it has some risks. Any encouragement would be appreciated. I will really need community help once I start to eat again, I know it!

Member Since: 3/9/2016

My Goals:
Reduce from 226 lbs reduce to 185 lbs or less for life.

My Program:
Very Low Calorie Diet (800 calories per day) under Doctor supervision for 2 - 4 weeks, then 3 transition phases to a regular diet to maintain my weight.

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Abraham Lincoln once asked in a debate:"if you count the tail as a leg, how many legs does a dog have?" 5? No, only 4. You can call a tail a leg, but that does not make it so!

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    Welcome to Spark. I don't anything about VLCD. Good luck on your journey.
    1348 days ago
  • v MARTHA324

    I only followed one of those VLCDs while at a spa and couldn't maintain it after I got home. In fact as soon as I left I ate a TON of food because I was starving. sounds like you need to talk to your doctor about a way of eating that will help you lose weight and that is sustainable.

    Don't know your stats or your goals. When I started at age 61 and 5'8" and 222 lbs I set my calories at 2000 figuring that had to be less than I was eating. I focused on choosing to eat healthy most of the time, tracking my food and staying at my calorie goal. I didn't even do much exercise for the first 6 months and just tried to move more. Over the years I made small sustainable changes and ironically now at maintenance back to a 2000 cal goal; of course now I exercise a lot.

    You'll find good informative articles here and a supportive community. work with your doctor and what you learn here.
    1348 days ago