I have been told that I need to lose weight as I have numerous intestinal problems as a result of previous take down surgery (1984). As a result, I require surgery to fix these issues, but I have been told that it is important that I lose weight prior to having my operation.
I suffer from constipation, nausea, and stomach aches (mostly dues to constipation and gas).
I decided to really make a commitment to lose as much weight as possible prior to surgery. I was 207 pounds (5"8) when I made this decision.
I decided to start by cutting out all wheat products - bread, pasta, etc. (which was majority of my diet).
I also cut out all fried foods.
I went to the gym on a regular basis prior to modifying my diet 3-4 times a week and did not lose any weight at all.
I kept up the gym regimen while I modified my diet.
The end result? Significant decrease in gas. Less abdominal pain, reduction in severity of nausea - and I lost a pound a day for 25 days straight. I now weigh 182 which is still heavy, but my appearance has changed significantly. I do feel much better.
What is interesting is that I have been tested for Gluten intolerance and the test has returned back negative.
While cutting out the bread / wheat, I still ate fruit (even if they contained sugar- e.g. oranges), salads, avoided soft drinks and juices, and drank lots of water. No snacking on junk food either.
Besides the weight loss, the most significant benefit was reduction in gas and bloating.
I still have symptoms and I will still have the surgery, but at least the severity of my symptoms has decreased significantly.
Episodes of butt burn have also been reduced (although it does happen if I eat any type of nuts, especially almonds).
Has anybody had any positive results by modifying their diet?
All the best.