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Menopause Weight Gain 16 years post Roux-en-Y



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Hi there,

I just joined this site looking for support and suggestions on my 1st major weight gain 16 years post a very successful gastric bypass surgery. I am 52, had the surgery at 36, and lost 198 lbs, and maintained a goal weight of 170 lbs, with a yearly fluctuation of 10 lbs, or so, post operatively. I also maintain yearly blood work that drives my nutrition and supplemental needs with my primary doctor. I gained about 20 lbs about 4 years ago after back surgery, but brought it down again within the year. Here is my problem, last January I started menopause, stopped oral contraceptive, and have experienced heavy insomnia, hot flashes, hormone shifts, and large weight gain of 50 lbs for the year. I have to add that this total change in my physical, and emotional health, has led to some depression, which of course does not help. I am still going through Menopause but I feel more emotionally stable and ready to address the weight gain. My question is, where do I start? My surgeon had always said "you have a permanent tool at your disposal, so if you feel yourself slipping from your program, then go back to the beginning" which I have always assumed he meant to start at only fluids and gradually increase intake from there, but I've never truly slipped with a significant weight gain in 15 years, so never had to go back. I would appreciate surgeon and fellow post operative patients advice and suggestions please.

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Bumping for you, hopefully someone may have some advice or suggestions.

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Thanks Guru, you are my only response so far, and I appreciate the well wishes. This is a 1st for me joining an online support group, and I realize that most of you are far more recent post surgery, but I think my issue is not an uncommon one, and something that could affect so many later in your lives. I have started back on Liquid Protein and resumed a large daily Water intake, limiting my carbohydrates, and solid food to 80% Protein, as the carbs makes me want to eat more. Already dropping some pounds.

I would like to say to the group, that I welcome any questions you may have, about long term success, with this surgery. This is the 1st major "bump" in the road for me in almost 16 years, and if I can help anyone I would be happy to 😀

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