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Next month I'll be two years out from surgery. I was doing great, then some life stress swooped in and everything started falling apart. Im hungry all the time again. Im not getting that full feeling. Ther desire to eat all the time is back. Ive gained 15 pounds back over the summer. Im scared. Is it possible to stretch your pouch back out? Will it shrink back? Have i screwed this up? Is it fixable? I haven't reached out for help or support before now, and i'm becoming more and more depressed every day. Has anyone gone through this before? What should I do?

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42 minutes ago, Sarrus said:

Next month I'll be two years out from surgery. I was doing great, then some life stress swooped in and everything started falling apart. Im hungry all the time again. Im not getting that full feeling. Ther desire to eat all the time is back. Ive gained 15 pounds back over the summer. Im scared. Is it possible to stretch your pouch back out? Will it shrink back? Have i screwed this up? Is it fixable? I haven't reached out for help or support before now, and i'm becoming more and more depressed every day. Has anyone gone through this before? What should I do?

You have not screwed up. Life’s stresses happen. The great thing is you got on this before a significant weight gain. Many of us have had the 15 to 20-pound gain years out. You are not alone. Glad you reached out for support.

I am a sleeve. My restriction is noticeably less but my stomach is not back to full size. All I can offer is what has worked for me. Some things to try for hunger and filling the extra space you may be experiencing.

  • Get back to basics. Log your food stay within your weight loss calories/macros, hydrate and exercise/activity. (Food log aps myfitnesspal or baritastic)
  • Get temptation foods out of the house go shopping for items on your plan.
  • Just because we can eat more does not mean we have to eat over your calories and gain weight. For me, simply staying in my calories and macros and the scale moves.
  • With your Protein and other items on your plan. Allow yourself to eat as much veggies until full
  • Extra carbs and real sugar can make you crave them more and cause hunger. Detox off them.
  • Keep healthy options on hand to satisfy sweet and salty cravings.
  • Night snacking. Keep a veggie tray and some berries in the fridge allow yourself to snack on these items. If you try to bargain with yourself for other options its head hunger.

Some will offer advice on pouch reset (going back to liquids and progressing back to real food stage) Decide for yourself if this is too restrictive. it may cause you more hunger. For some it helps to feel restriction a bit more – It does not shrink your pouch.

We have a weight loss challenge for support and motivation. Link below.

https://www.bariatricpal.com/topic/426358-❤july-2019-challenge❤/?page=9&tab=comments#comment-4795344

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@FluffyChix Started a great thread to help with the head work. It may help to get back on track.

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