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I’m on the 4th day of my 14 day pre-op diet and been trying to google/research everything I can about the gastric bypass. I came upon an article that essentially said that older and menopausal women are slow to lose and not as great results. I figured this was the place to find out the deal from my peers. I just turned 50, so this article definitely got my mind thinking. What are your experiences or thoughts? I would love to hear.c

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I was 58 when I had my surgery. Already way past menopause. I weighed just under 300 ( cant't remember but in in my stats I think) pounds a week from surgery.

I hit my goal of 150.0 pounds in July or August 2019. (The stats are on my ticket I think) I thought that was a pretty steady weight loss.

Good luck with everything.

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I was 54 at surgery but not menopausal and I lost all my excess weight. Not sure if there's a correlation between age, menopause and amount lost. Interesting question.

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My surgeon advocated for bypass over the sleeve due to my being menopausal (among other reasons). He said age and hormones definitely impact weight loss.

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I'm 49...at goal:) Going through perimenopause now.

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Your rate of loss is very personal. Some older women lose quickly, others more slowly. Just as some younger women lose slowly & others rapidly. You may have fewer or more stalls on the way.

I do remember people used to say it was harder to lose weight as you get older. Not bariatric surgery related. Just one of those things people said. Old wives’ tale or fact I don’t know.

In saying that, I was 2 months shy of 54 & menopausal when I had surgery. I reached my goal at 6 months (31kgs/68lbs) at a pretty average rate. I then lost more in the year after - just over an additional 11kgs/25lbs. A good friend, a year older & also menopausal was slower, about 9 months to lose a similar amount to reach her goal & she’s way more active than me.

Good luck. You’ll get there in your time.

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I had surgery when I was 55 and post-menopausal (I went through menopause at age 51). I lost all of my excess weight. I was a slow loser, but it was consistent.

P.S. age IS one factor in your rate of weight loss - so is gender, activity level, metabolic rate, starting BMI, and how closely you stick to your program.

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I was 65 when I had bypass surgery. I lost 135 pounds in a year. I started at 249 pounds. All I did was follow what I was told to do with eating directions and my hardest exercise was a treadmill. You have the power to make this work. Go into it with positive thoughts and enjoy the ride. Do your best and let your body do the rest. Good luck.

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Hi I’m learning to cook again. I’ve lost 30lbs. pre-op and am fully menopausal. Then I got my period again. The Gyn said it was due to weight loss. Did this happen to anyone? I was blessedly free for 4 years, now yuck.

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@learn2cook Congratulations on the 30 and the learning to cook again. OMG, I used to hate those surprise visits by Aunt Flo. Luckily I had my girly bits removed several years ago due to fibroids, so thankfully I will not be getting that surprise .

When is your surgery date?

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On 4/2/2021 at 7:15 PM, Deemar007 said:

I was 58 when I had my surgery. Already way past menopause. I weighed just under 300 ( cant't remember but in in my stats I think) pounds a week from surgery.

I hit my goal of 150.0 pounds in July or August 2019. (The stats are on my ticket I think) I thought that was a pretty steady weight loss.

Good luck with everything.

Thanks. I need to stop googling everything. It makes you worry about things you don’t need to.

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On 4/2/2021 at 8:26 PM, Jaelzion said:

I was 54 at surgery but not menopausal and I lost all my excess weight. Not sure if there's a correlation between age, menopause and amount lost. Interesting question.

Congratulations on your success and thanks. I love hearing success stories of people who are around my age. Success is great at any age, but more relevant to me when I can see commonalities with others.

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20 hours ago, skinnydreamer16 said:

I was 65 when I had bypass surgery. I lost 135 pounds in a year. I started at 249 pounds. All I did was follow what I was told to do with eating directions and my hardest exercise was a treadmill. You have the power to make this work. Go into it with positive thoughts and enjoy the ride. Do your best and let your body do the rest. Good luck.

Thank you and congratulations on your success. My plan is to follow the instructions I was given by my team. They certainly know better than me. Exercise not a problem, I have a personal trainer three times a week and a dog I have to walk a lot. I plan on working this tool as much as possible and as hard as possible. Doesn’t make much sense to do anything less. Thanks for the positive words. You’re right the power is in my hands.

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20 hours ago, catwoman7 said:

I had surgery when I was 55 and post-menopausal (I went through menopause at age 51). I lost all of my excess weight. I was a slow loser, but it was consistent.

P.S. age IS one factor in your rate of weight loss - so is gender, activity level, metabolic rate, starting BMI, and how closely you stick to your program.

Thank you and congratulations on how well you’ve done. I’m just so worried that somehow this will fail like all the other diets. And although I’d prefer fast weight lost, I’ll take slow if it means I’ll get to my goal.

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22 hours ago, Arabesque said:

Your rate of loss is very personal. Some older women lose quickly, others more slowly. Just as some younger women lose slowly & others rapidly. You may have fewer or more stalls on the way.

I do remember people used to say it was harder to lose weight as you get older. Not bariatric surgery related. Just one of those things people said. Old wives’ tale or fact I don’t know.

In saying that, I was 2 months shy of 54 & menopausal when I had surgery. I reached my goal at 6 months (31kgs/68lbs) at a pretty average rate. I then lost more in the year after - just over an additional 11kgs/25lbs. A good friend, a year older & also menopausal was slower, about 9 months to lose a similar amount to reach her goal & she’s way more active than me.

Good luck. You’ll get there in your time.

Congratulations on your success and thank you for your story. When you’re nervous about something, common sense tends to go out the window. Thanks for reminding that everyone is different and the finish line is what’s important.

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