The 5 Day Pouch Test – Part 2

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Welcome to the second post on the infamous (or perhaps not so infamous) 5 day pouch test (5DPT). If you missed part one please check it out. You’ll see why I don’t think the 5DPT or any other diet/technique is really appropriate for weight loss surgery newbies. Now, it’s time to answer the question of whether the 5DPT is good for re-gainers (or anyone else for that matter).

What exactly are the reasons for following the 5DPT? According to the website:

“the 5-day plan that I have developed and used to determine if my pouch is working and return to that tight newbie feeling. And a bonus to this plan, it helps one get back to the basics of the weight loss surgery diet and it triggers weight loss. Also, it is not difficult to follow and if you are in a stage of carb-cycling it will break this pattern.”

The 5DPT begins with two days of using liquid protein in the form of shakes, broth or soup. One day of soft protein such as fish and eggs. One day of firm protein such as ground meats and poultry and the firmer fleshed fishes such as salmon. The final day is a return to solid protein. After this you are suppose to return to eating what we are told to eat all along: lean protein, vegetables and fruits with smaller amounts of carb based foods. We should be limiting processed foods and those high is sugar/fats. It is the basic post op diet that we are all told to follow for the remainder of our lives.

It is stated that weight loss is not the intention of the 5DPT but many will experience weight loss. I would think that the majority of people trying the 5DPT are most likely re-gainers who are looking to jump start weight loss. So, while that is not the intention, that is what most people are using it for.

The person who designed the test/plan said she based it on the steps she (and probably the majority of post ops) went through right after surgery. The test basically follows the textures that we ate after surgery beginning with liquid to puree to soft and finally on to firm/regular foods. The designer of the 5DPT “tested this plan several ways to see what works for me”. And that my friends is the key to it all right there. This is what works for her. When the cycle of over eating and eating foods that triggered more issues with eating began to cause regain this is what she found worked for her. The basic idea behind it is not bad: eliminate processed foods, cut out sugar and return to eating protein to keep you full. This is what we are all told to do in order to stay on track. This is the method that this person took to bring herself back to the original plan. Nothing more, nothing less and, really, nothing wrong with it. Until people try to follow someone’s system. Why? Because you are not her and your issues with food are not the same. And this is where the problem is with following the 5DPT or any other system or diet. If there were one right way to do it the diet section of the book store would be a pretty empty place.

So re-gainers, should you try the 5DPT plan to see if it works for you? My answer is a wishy washy – it depends. While the basic structure of the plan (no processed foods, cut out sugar, focus on protein) is a great idea, you need to stop and think of what will be accomplished at the end of 5 days? Will your eating and cravings be under control? Perhaps. Have you worked on any of the issues that caused the problems with eating? Most likely not. Will you have changed what you were doing before or at least set some plans in motion to do things differently after? Possibly. If you haven’t then there is a very good chance that once the test is over you will return to the things that were causing a problem to begin with and the cycle will just repeat itself. The 5DPT is a temporary fix and, unless you are actually doing something to solve the underlying issues, the problems will most likely return.

Like weight loss surgery itself, this plan buys you a small window of opportunity in which you can make changes that will help in the long run. If you plan well and make the changes then you will come out ahead. If you simply follow along thinking that things will fix themselves then this quickly becomes nothing more than a fad diet to help you drop a few pounds.

What say you? Have you tried the 5DPT? Did it work for you? If you did it what other plans did you make for long term changes during those 5 days?

2 Responses to The 5 Day Pouch Test – Part 2

  1. My reason for doing the 5DPT is one that you covered. I do it intentionally to help me regain control of sugar/carbs. When I notice that too many carbs have creeped into my eating and I just can’t seem to get motivated to go back to the basics, I follow the plan to detox myself from the sugars.

    • Hi Julie,

      Thanks for commenting. I’m curious if you find that going through all the texture stages (liquids to soft to regular) helps with taming the cravings? I’ve done a similar type of thing to break the carb habit but focus on eating only protein and vegetables. I find that liquid protein or even low carb soups end up being like slider foods. I don’t feel satisfied/full and return to grazing on additional servings of shakes and soup.