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Hello everyone,

I've heard and read that with the VSG one can expect to lose between 60-70% of their excess body weight. Anyone here who lost more than that? I'm hoping to lose 80-90% of my excess body weight, and was just wondering if any of you had any words of wisdom or advice on how you got to that point. Mind you I'm about 5' tall and weigh about 210 lbs., and will probably have the sleeve done in September. Thanks much.

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I lost it all, a bunch of us here have. Words of advice. Add real exercise when you are able,be prepared to work hard, drink a ton of Water and be patient.

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46 minutes ago, it'sonlythefirststep said:

I am 5’2” weighed 270 lbs and 1yr 4months after surgery I weigh 140 lbs doing great! Wish you luck in September

What do you attribute to your success?

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I did and I can still lose !! I lost 5 lbs last month. My surgeon told me I could lose as much with VSG as I could RNY and I took him at his word. Stick to the program no matter what. Good luck

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I lost all my excess weight in 10 months. 115 lbs down. I’ve been maintaining for a month now and so far so good. Logged everything every day, focused on Protein, limited carbs, go to the gym. Nothing magical but doing it all works!

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Follow dr advice keep high Protein and lowest carbs and sugars. Work hard. Keep active. Don't cheat.

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Hello everyone,

Thank you all for taking the time to reply to my post. I guess one of my biggest concerns is the fact that for over 2 years I've had chronic pain in my left foot that doesn't allow me to do much. I don't know how to swim. I can go for a 10 minute walk or do about 10 minutes on the recumbent bike right now. I can also work out to some chair exercise videos, but that's about it. I'm hoping beyond hope that the weight loss from surgery will relieve the pain in my foot, allowing me to up my exercise/cardio. At the same time I'm scared that my foot won't heal, thus preventing me from losing the amount of weight that I want to. I've been to physical therapy, I have customized orthotics, and have received countless cortisone injections in my foot. Anyway, I was just wondering, how intensely did you all work out? Did you find that sticking to the proper diet was more effective for weight loss?

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I'm about 9 months out and lost 82% EWL so far (my EWL is calculated based on the highest BMI in the healthy weight range). I attribute it to genetics, luck, following my surgeon's instructions, and, frankly, being sick as a doc months 3-7. And, yes, I put genetics and luck first because I've met a few folks who eat like I do (or better) and lost about 60% and some who eat worse than I do and lost more.

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At 4 months out and I have lost >60% of my excess weight. I expect I will lose 100% of my excess weight before it's all said and done. I do think much of the weight loss can happen due to the calorie restriction, but I also do workout. After surgery it was just walking everyday, but now I do weights and I'm training for a 5K run--not helpful for your situation, I know. I attribute my success to following doctor's and nutritionist's orders to a T. I also changed my eating habits and incorporated exercise before surgery so that I had already altered my lifestyle. Exercise has become much easier and less painful as I've lost weight, so I have to keep pushing myself.

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@TeeBeau exactly what my surgeon said, if I can start my diet and exercise leading up to the surgery it's like giving the bypass a head start :)

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At my heaviest I was 5'8" and 465 lbs. At 39 I was told my excess weight was 170 lbs and that if I was determined and I could stick with it I would lose that 170 lbs in 12 months.

I lost that 170 lbs BEFORE my 6 mo checkup.

Because of schedule conflicts I didn't have my 1 year followup until about month 14.

At 14 months I was down 250 lbs.

I have since re-gained, but that's OK. This process saved my life and changed my life in ways I could have never anticipated. It was NOT a weigh loss journey for me, but rather a journey of self discovery. I've spent the last 2 years learning who I was, but more importantly who I wanted to be.

We all can be anyone we want to be. You just have to be willing to make the necessary changes to make that happen. It's NOT about willpower or determination, but a combination of the two.

Long term success is NOTHING MORE than short term success repeated over and over again.

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3 hours ago, WeighInRadio said:

Long term success is NOTHING MORE than short term success repeated over and over again.

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