I am all for empathy with patients and everything, but I do not think I will try the Optifast.
I would not try chemo just to get a feel for the side effects, nor have abdominal surgery. I am not obese, so I do not need the Optifast.
I am scared it will bugger up the hunger centre in my hypothalamus and put my hunger hormones (leptin, ghrelin, adiponectin – look on Wikipedia, I will test you on this) into a state where I am forevermore hungry and not fidgety.
More simply, I have been working hard on mindful eating and regular exercise for enjoyment, not punishment. I am happier and thinner as a result. I have been in a peaceful, neither on diet or off diet place.
It has occurred to me that I CAN get to my goal weight, myself, without the need to take Optifast. It will just take longer. I have plateaued a bit, but I can tighten up my eating, cut back the grog (it hurts my stomach lining) and will be cranking up the exercise with the PT.
I went to the MIL’s this weekend, usually this is an orgy of food and grog with consequent guilt, but I was very calm and did not overstuff myself at all. I mindfully partook of pavlova, and took the smallest slice without getting all anxious. I even did a little ommm, nom, nom, nom action. Very yogic.
My MIL struggles with her weight. She is always in the diet/broken diet mindset, has been since 1985. I told her that if she did not want to eat the choc chip biscuits she bought, she might consider throwing them out. She got quite rattled by that. It is a mind game.
So no optifast. I have races to train for, I cannot do that while ketotic. That’s it.