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Healthy_life2

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  1. @meggie 111

    You are not alone in having a gain. Your team is there to help. Give them a call. They will decide if a revision is right for you.

    A weight gain can be worked back down. I agree with @catwoman7 Get temptation food out of the house. Buy groceries that fit your eating plan, Log your food (stay within your weight loss calories, Protein, carb, and fat goals) Find a way to manage stress/emotions without food. Keep healthy options for sweet and salty cravings on hand.

    Years out, I miss tight stomach restriction.

    Some things that help manage my hunger. I fill my extra sleeve space with low calories foods at each meal. I detox off real sugar and extra carbs. ( I'm not a carb aphobic) For my body to drop weight I stay in a carb range. low glycemic carbs work for me.

    Be consistent not perfect. Healthy is the goal, right? Many people on this site will help you get back on track.😀


  2. @BayougirlMrsS

    It's not just you making post's like this. We are are all entitled to an opinion or rant. It's ok to disagree.

    We had weight loss surgery because of after own struggles with weight, RIght? We are here for support. I hope anyone struggling with weight gain stays on the site.

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  3. 14 hours ago, TreeTrunks said:

    Hi everyone! This is my first post, but I have been lurking for a while. After months of new research and years and years of thinking I should go through with WLS, I *believe* I have finally made the decision to do it. My first appointment is Monday, (Gulp). Over the past couple weeks as this appointment has gotten closer, I have strapped myself into an emotional roller coaster... one day I am raring to go and impatient for it to be done already then the next day I am uncertain and have doubts about long term success. Today happens to be the latter. I am stressing about maintenance as I am a self proclaimed EXPERT Yo-Yo dieter. If there were an award for yo-yo dieting, I’d have a trophy case full of awards. I can loose weight, I just have never been able to maintain the loss and typically gain more back than what I lost. So....my question is for those of you out there in maintenance-land, do you find it easier (not the right word, maybe doable or achievable are better choices) to maintain with your WLS than you did prior to your surgery? Thanks in advance for any advice!

    Many of us had pre surgery anxiety. It made me question if this would work. I don't regret my decision to have WLS.

    My experience six years out, maintaining has been easier after surgery. It's work to change old behaviors and making healthy choices a long term habit. I maintain a ten pound weight fluctuation up and down the scale. Years out, working off a gain is painfully slow.


  4. It's not up to anyone here to say you are at a healthy weight or underweight. You know your body best. Advocate for your medical needs. Annoy them with phone calls. Get second opinions.

    Some things to try:

    Weight gainer shakes add whole milk - available on Amazon or GNC.

    powdered carbs (mix in water) available on amazon or GNC.

    Nut butters are high in calories.

    If your surgery restriction is still tight, Eat several meals all day long to get your calories in.

    Best of luck, Keep us updated.


  5. Congratulations on all your hard work.

    Some of my favorites are at albertsons. Fresh meat case has seafood, poultry, beef pork. Items in the meat case are already seasoned You can buy in single servings and cook at home. Beautiful chicken parmesan. Asparagus stuffed chicken breast. Swordfish, ceviche, great cuts of beef.

    My quick Proteins - Low to no cook days photos below

    Lots of meal combinations - Be creative.

    Cubed Turkey salad with sliced strawberries, pecans and skinny girl raspberry vinaigrette

    Beef fajitas no tortilla or if allowed on your plan

    rotisserie chicken wrapped in sliced zucchini add enchilada sauce. Serve with a side of riced cauliflower

    Sliced Turkey, steamed veggies

    Smoked salmon salad

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  6. Thank you for these responses. Truly. I’m asking myself (and others like you who have been through this) these tough questions because like most, I assume, I have doubts about maintaining. I’m not sure I have the will to eat so little... forever. I absolutely admire those who do. But I find myself wondering if they are simply more disciplined than I am. I’m going to do some more reading about how the surgery “resets” metabolism. Easy to say but what does it really mean and how does this happen? While I understand the removal of the part of the stomach that creates a hunger hormone I’m not sure how it’s all reset for the better since you immediately move forward by eating so little and it seems hunger does eventually return. Yes, I will be talking to my surgeon and dietician. As a matter of fact my husband is an excellent internal medicine doc so I have the “ medical” resources handy. I also know their insight can’t compare to those who have lived it. So thank you so much.

    incidentally, on the HCG diet forum 10 years ago everyone thought it all worked so well and was a huge gift, reset etc too. Now it’s been recognized as a significant detriment to long term heath. So I’m determined to make sure long term living in the real world is possible.

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    Is anyone here 10 years out and successful? Again, thank you greatly! Most long term surgery patients have no need for site. They have moved on and life is normal. I hope one is around to answer your question.

    Surgery isn't for everyone. enjoy researching and do whats best for you, Long term can be done. I will be 6 years out in June, 254 lbs to 130 lbs I've been maintaining in the 130's years out.

    Pre surgery: My past diets attempt's were not realistic or sustainable long term. I would regain with extra weight each time. I questioned if surgery would work, will i feel deprived/starving, would I regain, would I regret this? Surgery is nothing like my past diet attempts. (I've tried them all)

    My experience I have no regrets in my decision to have surgery.

    Hunger feels nothing like before surgery. Post-op It's manageable. I now have a sensation of full and I'm satisfied on the amount of food I can eat with the sleeve.

    First stages: Your stomach restriction is tight after surgery, Your stomach is healing and calories are low,

    Real food stage: Surgery restriction will slowly relax. You will be able to eat more food and calories. Food is still flavorful and I don't feel deprived.( I eat healthy versions of pizza, hamburgers etc ) My tasted buds have changed. I now love food that I didn't like in the past.

    Maintenance phase food plan: After you reach your goal weight, You increase calories, fats and carbohydrates to stop your weight loss. I indulge within reason. When I have a slight gain, I go back to weight loss phase calories to stay in my weight range.


  7. On 2/9/2020 at 5:17 PM, Mbeasley said:

    Great question, my response...

    1. Remember why you had the surgery every day.

    2. Stick to the plan

    3. If you don't see the weight falling off, don’t sweat it because it will...soon

    4. Be discipline and avoid an abundance of sugar and carbs.

    5. Read labels if the card and sugar count is high push away from it. Again remember why you had the surgery it will help.

    6. Remember, you can lose all the weight and get healthy and go right back to where you started. There are many people who have gained the weight back.

    7. Remember, the surgery is just a tool, not a quick fix. You have to put in the work daily.

    8. Drink your water!!!

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    Best advice ever. Congratulations and thanks for sharing your experience,


  8. 1 hour ago, MaybeMeow said:

    I'm really struggling with the decision to move ahead with surgery or not. Here's what I don't understand. How are you not destroying your metabolism by only eating 750 calories a day? Will you never be able to eat regularly again for risk of packing on the pounds? I did the HCG diet years ago (it's terrible. Never ever do it) In a nutshell... you gave yourself a shot every day that kept your body from realizing that it was being starved and then ate about 750 calories a day while your body worked hard to function as usual. The weight dropped off. I lost quickly over about 3 months and then stopped the injections and slowly eased back into a regular diet of about 1500-1800 calories a day. AND THE WEIGHT JUMPED BACK ON so fast I was floored. I was eating a healthy, well balanced diet on the low end of daily intake for my height and weight and activity. But I gained a pound a day until I was 20 pounds heavier than I was before the diet. Explain to me how this forced starvation doesn't do the same thing? My stomach will stretch. We know it does because we are told we can slowly eat more over time. Won't my metabolism think I've starving and halt? Am I really expected to only eat 800 calories a day for the rest of my life or expect to gain?? Thank you for sharing facts and experience.

    Call your bariatric office. They are better qualified to answer your questions about metabolism Ask if they have an information seminar. It will help you decide on surgery.

    All I can offer is my experience five years out from sleeve surgery. (maintaining my weight in the 130's)

    Surgery is nothing like my other diet attempts. (I've done every diet and pill) I needed a long term solution. My weight loss/maintenance diet is very livable. I'm not deprived, My hunger is manageable.

    It's normal for your surgery restriction to relax after a year. My stomach is NOT back to full size. I still eat within my calorie range,

    Maintenance diet and calories are different for each of us. It depends on your surgeons/dietitians plan, activity level, metabolism, healthy issues, medications......The list goes on. I maintain my weight between 1200 and 1300. I do have days that are higher. I take vacations and indulge within reason. If I have a slight gain I eat weight loss calories (My weight loss calories are 1100)

    Take your time and research all of this. Do whats best for you and your health.

    Jenn


  9. 40 minutes ago, MaybeMeow said:

    I appreciate your response and the link. It says right in this document... “ most post-op bariatric patients need to consume less than 1000 calories a day in order to maintain weight loss.”

    1000 calories a day is a starvation diet Not a maintenance diet. This troubles me greatly. How can this be healthy long term? Meaning live to be 90 long term? Thank you for going to bat with me on this. I’m really having trouble with seeing how this is a forever option.

    Call your bariratric office. They are better qualified to answer your questions about metabolism Ask if they have an information seminar. It will help you decide on surgery.

    All I can offer is my experience five years out from sleeve surgery. (maintaining my weight in the 130's)

    Surgery is nothing like my other diet attempts. (I've done every diet and pill) I needed a long term solution. My weight loss/maintenance diet is very livable. I'm not deprived, My hunger is manageable.

    It's normal for your surgery restriction to relax after a year. My stomach is NOT back to full size. I still eat within my calorie range,

    Maintenance diet and calories are different for each of us. It depends on your surgeons/dietitians plan, activity level, metabolism, healthy issues, medications......The list goes on. I maintain my weight between 1200 and 1300. I do have days that are higher. I take vacations and indulge within reason. If I have a slight gain I eat weight loss calories (My weight loss calories are 1100)

    Take your time and research all of this. Do whats best for you and your health.

    Jenn


  10. @MarigoldSky

    Is Weight Loss Surgery just a medically approved way into disordered eating?

    For me, Obesity has been disordered eating. Working with my bariatric team and dietitian has been eye opening. I have a much better relationship with food. A psychological exam is a part of the screening process for bariatirc surgery. Some may be denied surgery until eating disorders are addressed/resolved.

    How much of this is health based vs. fat phobia? I'm really struggling to reconcile what is truth and what is fat-panic. Has anyone else had these thoughts?

    I guess it depends on your definition of fat phobia and fat panic. Do you base major medical decisions on appearance or what is socially acceptable? Obesity is a treatable disease. The truth is, I care about my health and being around for my family.

    I'm five years out from surgery. maintaining weight int he 130's and I'm in the best shape/health of my life. Unfortunately, It took a major health crisis for me to admit my weight was slowly killing me. Weight loss has resolved my health issues. I am off many medications, My A1C is in the non diabetic range, I no longer use a CPAP machine, My mobility and quality of life is improved.

    I've only told a few people in my life I'm considering surgery. I want to get really smart about it before I roll out a plan to friends and family. Any hot tips would be great!

    Research and decide if this is a good choice for you. Offer friends/family to join you at bariatric appointments/local support group for facts and information. Keep people that are supportive close to you.


  11. On 2/22/2020 at 9:44 AM, AngieBear said:

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    Your jeans fit perfectly. Envious of that booty!


  12. 15 hours ago, Shawna Jones said:

    I’ve recently discovered that when I eat/drink my Protein, food from bariatric store or in cases where I just add Water or pre-made Protein Drinks Ect, that I get hungrier faster than when I just cook up my own small meal, or even just have a small piece of chicken or Protein Ive made or pick up from restaurant. I will be not hungry eating regular food at home that include the lean meats ect for like 4-6 hours. If I eat just a Protein Drink, snack, bar, bariatric meal however, seems like I’m ready to eat again no later than 3 hrs or even sooner..... anyone else ever notice a difference and know why? I’m so busy I often don’t have the extra time or energy to pre-make food or cook dinner so I just use pre-made bariatric protein food usually.

    Hi Shawna,

    Are you pre or post op?

    This is only from my experience and information from my dietitian.

    Protein Shakes, bars, bariatic store processed food supplements are for first stages when you can't eat enough food to hit your protein goal. My dietitian does not want patients dependent on protein shakes, bars or bariatric store products long term. Once you can hit your protein goal with real food there is no need for shakes etc...

    My hunger is not satisfied with protein shakes or add Water meals. they are slider foods. They easily break down and slide through your new stomach. Real whole food keeps my hunger under control.

    All of us are busy. Some of us use a day off work to meal prep. Below is a link to the low to no cook thread for meal ideas.

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  13. 2 hours ago, kate_0329 said:

    Hey y'all, my highest weight was 327lbs😥 I had the vsg on 5/2/17. I got down to 211lbs then found out I was pregnant in 4/18. I got up to 227lbs during pregnancy. I lost that pregnancy weight right away, but have been stuck at 211lbs since having baby almost 15 months ago. I have been tracking my food not going over 1,200 and exercising 3 days a week. Anyone else have a stall?

    You might want to contact your team for professional advice. rule out medical issues etc....

    All I can offer is my personal experience. What works for me may not work for others.

    I went back to bariatric real food stage. The calories that once worked to put my body for weight loss stopped working. I used myfitnesspal to dial in my diet, I started at 1200 calories. then dialed my calories back by 100. ( dial calories up or down to find your own weight loss calorie range) I did the same for my carbohydrate range.


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  15. My disclaimer for anyone asking if they can eat certain foods: Trust your medical professionals advice before anyone's opinion on this site - Eat whats on your plan and stay with in your weight loss or maintenance calories. It does not matter what they are doing or if their plan looks different.

    If you are in Weight loss phase - Follow your dietitians food plan. (If its not on your plan don't eat it)

    If you are on maintenance = follow your dietitians food plan -- Low glycemic carbs are added to your diet to slow stop weight loss

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