5 Day Pouch Test Special Edition
Bonus Bulletin:
Top FAQ's & Answers of 2012: 
What we learned last year
January 2013
In This Issue
Back to Basics
Celebrate Good Times!
Top Questions & Answers from 2012
Weight Loss is No Contest
Is the 5DPT Dangerous?
Petals of Light by Kaye Bailey

5 Day Pouch Test: 
A Well-Reasoned Approach for Returning to WLS Basics

"If you are frustrated with a plateau give the 5 Day Pouch Test a try. Get that scale moving again and renew your confidence in your pouch, your personal power, and decision to have surgery in the first place! You Can Do This!!!"
~ Kaye Bailey

Refresher: Definitions
relapse: noun. Recurrence of disease after apparent recovery. An early sign of obesity relapse is weight gain.

remission: noun. Abatement of signs and symptoms of disease. An early sign of obesity remission is weight loss.

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"Keep learning. Use the 5 Day Pouch Test and beyond to continue your education about health, nutrition, weight management, and living after weight loss surgery. Continued education works to keep us informed, trying new things, and renewed hope that lasting remission from our medical disorder is achievable. Seek knowledge from reputable publications and from peers. This process of support and learning becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy as we benefit from the give-and-take of a generous spirit. Learn, teach, and share.
We are in this together."

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Learn more about the all-new 2nd Edition 5 Day Pouch Test Manual:

An Interview with Kaye
All New Book: Same great back-to-basics

by Jennifer Ellis,
Administrative Assistant

On July 3, 2012 LivingAfterWLS published the all-new 5 Day Pouch Test Owner's Manual 2nd Edition by Kaye Bailey and retired the highly successful first edition which was originally published in 2008 and in the fourth printing. With the publication of the 2nd Edition Kaye has answered many questions from media and consumers about the new book. I have collected her responses and share some of the most asked questions and answers here:



Make the 5DPT About Learning

Apple & Pear

If we complete the 5 Day Pouch Test having learned a few things about our self, our weight loss surgery and our capability in managing life and weight loss surgery in relationship to one another we have succeeded: we can deem the 5 Day Pouch Test a success. Here are some things to consider while treating the 5DPT as a learning experience:
-- What can I eat that gives my pouch a feeling of fullness? What do I eat that fails to give my pouch a feeling of fullness?

-- Have the liquid restrictions become automatic to me? Do I have heightened awareness of how I consume liquids with my meals and snacks?
Refresher: Lots of Water & Liquid Restrictions

-- Am I eating protein in a ratio of 2 bites protein to 1 bite complex carbohydrate? (2B/1B Rhythm)
Article: Why 'Protein First' helps us lose weight

-- Have I found time to include physical activity in my daily routine?

-- Am I allowing myself to feel empowered when I make choices that nourish my body and respect my weight loss surgery?

-- Am I forgiving lapses in compliance with my guidelines and moving forward to make better choices the next time?

If this process wasn't all about learning each of us would have walked away from bariatric surgery and got it right the first time around.

But it is about learning, about getting some things right, about messing some things up, and about trying harder the next time.

We don't give up on our children as they are growing up and taking some lessons in the school of hard knocks. So let's not give up on ourselves or one another. We can do this! Come on! I'll race you to the front of the class!~Kaye Bailey

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Celebrate Good Times!

Petals of Light by Kaye Bailey

Here are the top 12 non-scale moments I hear most often when I ask my WLS Neighbors, "How much HEALTH have you gained?" I have phrased them in the first person because I believe they collectively belong to all of us.

If you have experienced a set-back in your weight management program I encourage you to make a list of moments you have celebrated or look forward to celebrating. Do this along with your 5 Day Pouch Test and Capture the Enthusiasm again!

1. To have more energy. To wake up feeling energized. Or my favorite, "Hell! Just to wake-up each morning is my celebration!"

2. To live to see my children and/or grandchildren grow to be adults.

3. To fit in a "normal" airline, bus, or train seat without getting the scornful look from the stranger next to me.

4. No more C-PAP; fewer medications; fewer visits to doctor.

5. To go to the amusement park and ride the rides; not be the purse-stroller-Mickey-hat holder on the sidelines.

6. The feet: tying shoes, painting toe nails without becoming red-faced and winded.

7. Improved sex life/Improved relationships/Improved dating life.

8. Finally fit into something labeled "One Size Fits All."

9. To never hear again, "You have such a pretty face . . . if only you could lose some weight."

10. To live active lifestyle: dancing, horseback riding, walking up stairs, swimming, golfing, etc.

11. Bathroom issues: fitting in "normal" public stalls; no fear of breaking the toilet seat.

12. To be confident or at least be able to fake confidence until I believe it myself!


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Top Questions & Answers from 2012 
Question: I'm afraid to do the 5DPT because I've heard about people who binge eat after doing it. Why?

: Several people have come to me after doing the 5DPT to say they went into a period of binge eating following Day 5. As we dug deep to understand what happened we learned that consistently people who restrict food intake during the 5 days typically binge eat on Day 6. Remember, the 5DPT is not about restricting calories or fat. It is about getting back on track. As lifelong dieters we often fall in the trap of thinking less is better and we restrict calories, which paradoxically is our downfall. Follow the plan as written and eat when you are hungry. Be sure to keep notes and watch for patterns that reveal behaviors you can improve. Work very hard during the 5 Days and on Day 6 keep the momentum going; don't toss away your hard work.

Review: 5DPT Plan

Question: My weight loss has stalled. Can I use the 5DPT to bust a plateau?

If you follow the 5DPT you know I always say don't do the plan for quick weight loss. Do the plan to get back on track with our WLS basics and refresh your memory about the Four Rules, slider foods, and liquid restrictions. Any weight loss during the plan is a bonus. I stand by this.

But that doesn't mean the 5DPT should not be used to bust a weight loss plateau. In fact, many thousands of people have reported to me that the 5DPT is the one thing they tried that worked in breaking a weight loss stall.  It is not so much that the plan is magic, although who among us wouldn't like to believe in magic now and again! The plan breaks a stall and promotes weight loss because it returns us to the dietary due-diligence prescribed at the time of surgery and we focus on using the tools that make weight loss surgery work. Generally weight is lost in the first few days of the plan and this serves us well as a great motivator to continue with the plan and beyond knowing we are powerful and can work the tool to improve our health and manage our weight.

The 5DPT as it is written and presented online and in print is an organized approach to getting back to the WLS basics both mentally and metabolically. When followed with attention to details we hear great success stories that include restored feelings of pouch tightness and satiation, lost weight, increased energy and overall improved confidence and mental well-being.

Resource: All new 5 Day Pouch Test Manual 2nd Edition

Question: I messed up on Day 1. Should I start over and repeat Day 1 until I get it perfect?:  

Kaye's Answer:
I have never done the 5DPT perfectly and I do not know anyone who has. Rather than make the 5 days about perfection make this time about learning. Little mistakes will not stop the world from turning. So forge ahead doing your very best and forgive little mistakes. Learn from each day, make notes on your 5 Day Pouch Test Journal, and emerge on Day 6 knowing more about yourself and how to work your tool. You can do this!

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Question: Can I repeat the liquid Days 1 & 2 a few times instead of going to Day 3?

You can repeat the liquid eating plan of the 5DPT Days 1 & 2, but as soon as you do that you are doing a liquid diet; you are not doing the 5 Day Pouch Test. The intent of the 5DPT is to quickly progress through the post-op dietary stages and get us back to basics following our weight loss surgery high protein, low carbohydrate diet. Please follow the 5DPT as it is written: it was developed to help you achieve the best results with your weight loss surgery. We tested it many many times so you don't have to.

Review: 5DPT Eating Plan 

Question: I did the 5DPT and lost weight, but gained it right back when I went back to normal.  Why?

Answer: The motivation for doing the 5DPT should always be to get back on track with the WLS dietary guidelines, not to lose weight. That means we take what we learn during the 5 days and apply it to our lifestyle on Day 6 and beyond. If we do the 5DPT simply to knock-off a few pounds and then go back to the very habits that lead to weight regain we will, naturally, regain the weight and then some. When we consented to weight loss surgery we agreed that for the rest of our life we would follow certain dietary guidelines. If we have drifted from the original guidelines the 5DPT can get us back to basics. At that point we must follow the guidelines we agreed to if we wish to sustain weight loss and keep our obesity in remission. Use this as a means to return to following the instructions you were provided by your surgical weight loss center and nutritionist. Go back to doing what worked for you when you were at your best and losing weight or maintaining weight.

Article: Three Keys to Lasting WLS Success 

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First: The 5 Day Pouch Test is not a plan to lose weight, although many people who do the test report weight loss. When we reach a point where we feel we need to "get back to basics" with our weight loss surgery the 5DPT is a tool to quickly get us back on track. Closely following the plan helps us break a slider food snacking habit that may have stalled weight loss or caused weight gain. We take our stomach pouch through the dietary progression we followed after surgery with two days of liquid pampering and three days of advancing from soft protein to firm protein to solid protein. During the 5 days we focus on the Four Rules, especially Protein First. We observe the liquid restrictions and focus on the very reasons we had weight loss surgery in the first place. Most importantly, the 5 Day Pouch Test gives us a renewed sense of confidence in our surgical pouch and our personal power in following a healthy eating plan that supports weight loss and weight maintenance. Any weight loss is incidental to that and should be considered a bonus, not the foremost objective.

By the way, using the 5DPT Journal has proven to be one of the most effective ways to keep the momentum of the 5DPT going.
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Second: Seems like things have really heated up on the weight loss surgery scrimmage lines where it is more popular than ever to compare and compete with one another in our weight loss. And while some healthy competition can be a great motivator the comparison of weight loss can lead to utter discouragement. Frequently I see that people are making comparisons in how much weight is lost in the 5 days and if they do not meet that superficial standard they consider their 5DPT effort a failure.  It is not.

Unless you pound-for-pound and fork-for-fork competitively gained weight with another person you have no business competing to lose weight. Contrary to popular culture, weight loss is not a contest. Weight loss is a life saving initiative owned by the one taking action.

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Is the 5DPT Dangerous?
You deserve to commit yourself to success
Coffee Protein Smoothie

by Kaye Bailey
Recently someone wrote to say they were afraid to do the 5DPT because they read in a forum that the plan is dangerous. Dangerous how? I asked. Because it is a liquid diet, came the response.  Apparently there was some confusion about the plan as a whole. A liquid diet should only be followed under the care and supervision of a qualified health care professional. The 5 Day Pouch Test plan includes two days of eating liquid meals but the definition of liquids includes things beyond protein shakes and clear broth. Our Day 1 & 2 liquids include delicious soups made of wholesome vegetables and meat protein. It is not necessary to puree the soups as the chewing of braised meats and vegetables is a critical step in initiating the digestive process that leads to digestion and satiation. These soups are so wholesome and delicious that many people continue to enjoy the recipes beyond the 5DPT.

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I am aware that some people chose to eat protein shakes exclusively for Days 1 & 2 and some even add a few extra liquid days into the plan. Once they change the plan that much they are no longer doing the 5 Day Pouch Test: they are doing a liquid diet or liquid fast and ultimately they experience disappointing results.

The 5 Day Pouch Test, with its two days of liquids as the plan defines them, is not dangerous to your health. When the 5DPT is done correctly the liquid days give your digestive system a much needed break from the off-plan foods you may have been eating such as snacky non-nutritional carbohydrates. By eating both protein fortified drinks and nutrient rich soups one achieves the greatest results, gently breaking a carbohydrate snacking cycle and relieving the intestinal inflammation that results from slider food snacking. Those who follow the plan closely report the greatest feeling of satiation and fewer symptoms of carb-withdrawal than those who eat only protein shakes or clear broth for two days.

The 5DPT as it is written and presented online and in print is an organized approach to getting back to the WLS basics both mentally and metabolically. When followed with attention to details we hear great success stories that include restored feelings of pouch tightness and satiation, lost weight, increased energy and overall improved confidence and mental well-being.

If you are going to invest five days into getting back on track then do it all the way. Take the program as a whole and immerse yourself in doing it right. Build that storm of enthusiasm and recreate the excitement you felt leading into surgery and the days and weeks that followed. Learn about yourself. Take notes and use the 5DPT 2-page journal. Learn your strengths and weaknesses and harness that knowledge to do better on Day 6 and Beyond.

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