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I'm still in the Honeymoon losing stage, but that didn't stop me from attending Cleveland Clinic's group session yesterday with the topic of Weight Gain. The room was packed with a lot of veterans about 2 years out.

The number one culprit per the presentation seems to be carbonated drinks (aka soda) that many cannot seem to give up permanently. I'm glad I was never a soda drinker, although I was as a kid (thanks mom - but they didn't know much about nutrition in the 50s and 60s; we also ate mashed potatoes nearly every dinner).

And to add to Babbs list, you should continue with support groups or nutritionist visits even after the year honeymoon period is over. Maintain portion and calorie control. Eat Breakfast, don't skip meals. Plan and shop and cook smart. Avoid or limit alcohol.

They don't believe in that 5 day pouch reset. They recommend going back to Phase IV diet plan. Here is a copy of the CCF entire plan that they released electronically. Enjoy

http://my.clevelandclinic.org/florida/ccf/media/Files/Florida/bariatric-surgery/Bariatric_Nutrition_Manual.pdf?la=en

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Thank you for being so honest. I'm concerned about the weight gain years down the road...it's a true reality....

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Studies show after year 4 there is an expected regain as your body normalize to the drastic loss.

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Only 5-10%. My hubby gained 20, but still felt good under 200 so and he's kept the rest off for 10 years.

>You gain it all back?

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We have TOTAL AND COMPLETE control of that. Don't think we don't.

I agree with Babbs 100% on both replys.

I had put back on 20 at about year 4 i think.....and when my jeans didn't fit... that was a sign to me to get my a$$ back on the wagon. I put myself in Check and lost that 20 and 20 more... So it can be done... if you want it bad enough.

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@@mizzjen What do you think is the reason you gained it back?

My very good friend Jenny had the GB in 1999 and lost a b*tt load of weight.... Went from 24 down to a size 4. Over the last couple years she is putting the weight back on. She is one of the most beautiful women inside and out, but I can see that she had sunk into a depression of sorts. She won't go out or even talk on the phone at times.

We have had talks about what's going on, and she can't seem to get a grip on what she is doing and it is definitely spiraling out of control. As her friend i want to be as supportive as i can be.... but i'm afraid i'll hurt her feelings and make her more depressed....

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I am 28 months post op. Got down below my goal to 158. Over the holidays i gained now nearly 10lbs back.

I know 100% it is because of my choices and it is hard to get back on track but doable. Just remember your pouch is still there, you just need to use it properly.

I also hate the idea of the 10 to 15% regain.....I am going to fight like hell to get back down where I was when I reached goal.

The only advice I can give is get back on the plan. High Protein, lower (good carbs), lots and lots of Water and move as much as you can.

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@@mizzjen What do you think is the reason you gained it back?

My very good friend Jenny had the GB in 1999 and lost a b*tt load of weight.... Went from 24 down to a size 4. Over the last couple years she is putting the weight back on. She is one of the most beautiful women inside and out, but I can see that she had sunk into a depression of sorts. She won't go out or even talk on the phone at times.

We have had talks about what's going on, and she can't seem to get a grip on what she is doing and it is definitely spiraling out of control. As her friend i want to be as supportive as i can be.... but i'm afraid i'll hurt her feelings and make her more depressed....

Get her some help. As a friend, better to hurt some feelings than to let her slide further in to depression

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You gain it all back?????

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Statistically, no. Most people do not gain it all back. However, if you go back to your old way of eating then, well, of course you're going to regain.

The key to WLS isn't losing weight. It's maintaining loss. However, your odds of maintaining a huge loss are much, much greater with WLS than without.

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@@mizzjen What do you think is the reason you gained it back?

My very good friend Jenny had the GB in 1999 and lost a b*tt load of weight.... Went from 24 down to a size 4. Over the last couple years she is putting the weight back on. She is one of the most beautiful women inside and out, but I can see that she had sunk into a depression of sorts. She won't go out or even talk on the phone at times.

We have had talks about what's going on, and she can't seem to get a grip on what she is doing and it is definitely spiraling out of control. As her friend i want to be as supportive as i can be.... but i'm afraid i'll hurt her feelings and make her more depressed....

She definitely does sound depressed, unfortunately the depression needs to get treated first. I struggled with it decades ago, once I treated the depression the weight came off on its own.

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Hello I am just wondering what happen different that you gained it all back. I am researching the sleeve because I want to do it. So I am very interested of all the good and bad things about the surgery

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The easy answer is this:

When you stop doing what worked before, it doesn't work anymore.

When you stop:

Eating Protein first

Drinking at least 64 oz of no calorie, low calorie fluids

Limiting sugar, white carbohydrates, and calorie laden drinks

Moving more than sitting

Not drinking with meals

Eating mostly fresh, non processed food

Eating tons of colored veggies

Weighing yourself to hold yourself accountable

you will gain.

Pretty much it in a nutshell.

What you left out is the mental aspect. Fear and hope were motivators. You get comfortable. You lose and feel good. You forget the struggle.

Like most women who have experienced childbirth. You forget the pain until you are pregnant again lol They joy of a new body. For some a new life. You forget about your struggle until the scale or your body starts to remind you.

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So true!

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Wow, it took me a few days to figure out how to get back into this forum. I'm grateful for the many comments on here. It's gives me hope. I heard the wrong things early in my glory days of weight dropping off. " if you are able to keep the weight off 3 years you will not have any problems ". Unfortunately I took it to heart and allowed myself to eat whatever I wanted. My weight did go up and down some about 10lbs. I worked full time at a physical job and exercised my days off. I hit 40, job change, weight gain. Found out about disabilitys more weight gain. Lost our home in a house fire, more weight gain. I have always known I'm a sugar addict. Most of the time Doctors and professionals laughed like I'm Kidding. I wish, but notice they don't laugh at alcoholism or drug addiction. So long story short I lost my job, home, had a scary gun accident that left me with PTSD and 75lbs of extra fat. I'm feeling depressed beyond understanding to most. Sugar feels like my only comfort in life.

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I also suffer from PTSD and sugar can seem like a comfort. However my doctor put me on Prozac and I feel way better. The sugar is much easier to ignore. You need to get yourself to a calm state and then take care of yourself.


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Good morning, I’m so happy to have stumbled across all of this encouragement, this is what I’ve been searching for. Everyday I say to myself I got to get back to me. I’ve gained 50pds and I refuse to buy clothes because I’m happy with what’s already in my closet. The struggles of this life and trying to deal with it all resulted with me putting myself aside and focusing on all the mess and it’s time to get back to me, TODAY. I really needed this and will run here for my accountability and encouragement. I got to start right now. Thanks for Mall of the truth you all have shared.

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I had gastric sleeve surgery 4 years ago I lost 123Lb and And kept it off for 2 and a have years I have now gained it all back. I had 2 back surgeries in 4 months time and Could not get out of bed for 8 months which was most of the reason I gained it back But I believe the main reason is I had all my teeth pulled and cannot eat with my dentures I am getting no Protein at all I live on club crackers and snack bag of potato sticks. Because I have not gotten protein and so long I am very weak and have muscle pains I don't know what to do I feel like I am just waiting to die

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I’m happy to see some long term losers.
There are some successful banded people still left. I’m almost 13 years out, and truly had to change bad habits and exercise. My band is only filled 1 (out of 4 ) . I just keep hoping it will last.
I’m very happy to be mid sixties and at high school weight... not perfection, but nothing is perfect.
Don’t kid yourselves....it is a long and windy road
and I still try almost every day.
Best of luck to all!

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