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I'm embarrassed to admit that I have regained all 40 pounds that I lost. The weight gain started with the pandemic, add to that some very serious health issues with my child, and menopause, and numerous other excuses, here I am. I just don't know what to do at this point. Every single day, I wake up and say it will be a brand new day, but again, here I am.

Help me please...

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I’ve gained 15-20 due to chemo, steroids and forced menopause and have no idea how to start with the loss

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be proud that you know you need to act and are reaching out! life is hard and we all need to start again sometimes.

how long ago was your surgery?

what eating style made you successful in loosing weight last time ?

what do you think your biggest issue is that is causing weight gain ?

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I have seen people on here who have gained back 30 or 40 pounds and they have been able to lose it. Your restriction should still be there. You most likely have just changed WHAT you are eating throughout all of those stressors. Change it back to your post surgery plan and you should lose. It will be a little more difficult because you probably have your appetite back but you can do it. I am saying all this for myself too as i have gained some back and I’m struggling to lose. I have an appointment set with an endocrinologist because I thought something may be wrong with my hormones because I didn’t think I was eating that bad but my husband told me last night he thinks maybe I have been splurging more than I realize (don’t quit tracking folks). I’m still going to make sure but I’m thinking that I’m right there with you.


I have heard of people going all the way back to their liquid diet but idk if that extreme is necessary. I was thinking of going back to my liver shrink diet. It sort of detoxed me from all the junk and mine wasn’t too bad. Actually the more I think of it it kinda looks the same as the post surgery regular diet. It was mostly lean meat and veggies (just a little more veggies) with a couple shakes as best as I can recall. I guess what it really amounts to is just getting back on plan 100% for dinner with a couple shakes a day to cut calories a bit further. I am expecting the loss to be slower this time cause I can eat more now and I have my appetite so I can’t cut calories AS much but I’m hoping it will still come off eventually. I will be rooting for you too. We can do this.

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1 hour ago, ShoppGirl said:

I have seen people on here who have gained back 30 or 40 pounds and they have been able to lose it. Your restriction should still be there. You most likely have just changed WHAT you are eating throughout all of those stressors. Change it back to your post surgery plan and you should lose. It will be a little more difficult because you probably have your appetite back but you can do it. I am saying all this for myself too as i have gained some back and I’m struggling to lose. I have an appointment set with an endocrinologist because I thought something may be wrong with my hormones because I didn’t think I was eating that bad but my husband told me last night he thinks maybe I have been splurging more than I realize (don’t quit tracking folks). I’m still going to make sure but I’m thinking that I’m right there with you.


I have heard of people going all the way back to their liquid diet but idk if that extreme is necessary. I was thinking of going back to my liver shrink diet. It sort of detoxed me from all the junk and mine wasn’t too bad. Actually the more I think of it it kinda looks the same as the post surgery regular diet. It was mostly lean meat and veggies (just a little more veggies) with a couple shakes as best as I can recall. I guess what it really amounts to is just getting back on plan 100% for dinner with a couple shakes a day to cut calories a bit further. I am expecting the loss to be slower this time cause I can eat more now and I have my appetite so I can’t cut calories AS much but I’m hoping it will still come off eventually. I will be rooting for you too. We can do this.

Thank you. This is very helpful.

I don't eat a ton of "bad" food, but I eat one of those small kids chip snap bags several days/week. I pick at food as I prepare dinner. I have a glass (or 2) of wine with dinner, and then night eating puts me over the top. Not bad food, but too much food. I have to get this situation under control. I have to increase the vegetables and go back to Protein Shakes to cut back on calories. I already go to the gym twice per week and get very respectable workouts in.

My goal has never been to be skinny. I'm ecstatic at size 8 and very satisfied at a size 10. I'm at least a 14 at this point and I'm beside myself!

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1 hour ago, KimA-GA said:

I'm having real trouble with proud right now...

Post-surgery, I stuck to 75 grams of Protein and 40 net carbs pretty easily. I was at about 1000 cal/day. I ate more vegetables and cut back on my favorite fruits. No chips at all. Now I sneak in a snack pack of my kids' snack chips. I also indulge in ice cream at night with my family when watching TV. Not more than a cup, but I know all of these seemingly harmless things all add up. Add to that the metabolism of a sloth (thank you, menopause), and I'm a mess.

1 hour ago, KimA-GA said:

be proud that you know you need to act and are reaching out! life is hard and we all need to start again sometimes.

how long ago was your surgery?

what eating style made you successful in loosing weight last time ?

what do you think your biggest issue is that is causing weight gain ?

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1 hour ago, ElseeNJ said:

Thank you. This is very helpful.

I don't eat a ton of "bad" food, but I eat one of those small kids chip snap bags several days/week. I pick at food as I prepare dinner. I have a glass (or 2) of wine with dinner, and then night eating puts me over the top. Not bad food, but too much food. I have to get this situation under control. I have to increase the vegetables and go back to Protein Shakes to cut back on calories. I already go to the gym twice per week and get very respectable workouts in.

It sounds to me like you've already identified some things you know you could change.

I'm a big believer in making lots of small, but sustainable changes, rather than huge diet "resets". By that I mean, maybe for the next couple of weeks, you simply make sure you stop at only one glass of wine at night. Then maybe it's cutting the wine down to every other day, or maybe limiting yourself to 1 or 2 bags of chips a week. Try and make just one small change every 2-3 weeks until each small change becomes the new normal for you. Only then, add in another change. I think most people try to drastically change everything all at once and that rarely works.

Again, I think you know what you need to do to get back on track, the trick is taking it step-by-step and turning the "bad" habits into good ones.

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You might find this helpful. Someone posted it earlier. Really chimed with me.

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4 hours ago, ElseeNJ said:

I'm embarrassed to admit that I have regained all 40 pounds that I lost. The weight gain started with the pandemic, add to that some very serious health issues with my child, and menopause, and numerous other excuses, here I am. I just don't know what to do at this point. Every single day, I wake up and say it will be a brand new day, but again, here I am.

Help me please...

Also, I'm really sorry but you don't seem to have filled in your stats so forgive me if I'm misunderstanding. Are you saying you had gastric sleeve and lost 40lbs in total because that was what you needed to lose and that you've regained *that* ??

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If so I suspect that refocussing on Protein first, veg second, fruit third and carbs last might be a good place to start. You should still be able to use your restriction to your advantage or at the very least fill up on protein and veg to kick start another loss. I really hope you can get back on top of this. 😍

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57 minutes ago, Spinoza said:

This is fantastic. Thank you!

You might find this helpful. Someone posted it earlier. Really chimed with me.

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Look into Mounjaro. It is a diabetes med that is showing early success with weight loss. It's currently in fast track FDA trial to be approved as a weight loss drug. Patients using it report appetite suppression, decrease in food thoughts and slowed gastric emptying. I think it has the potential to be revolutionary.

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13 hours ago, sillykitty said:

Thanks! The diabetes drugs seem very promising metformin is another.

Look into Mounjaro. It is a diabetes med that is showing early success with weight loss. It's currently in fast track FDA trial to be approved as a weight loss drug. Patients using it report appetite suppression, decrease in food thoughts and slowed gastric emptying. I think it has the potential to be revolutionary.

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These are great videos! Thanks for sharing. I'm still 9 months out and trying to hit the 50 pound loss! I was down 47 pounds, was able to eat a few more carbs, but apparently ate way too many carbs and back up 2 pounds. I would love to lose another 25 pounds. For myself, I've had to re adjust my mind, get back to daily mediatation, I cant increase workouts from injuries, so I just keep doing what I'm doing there. I will cut back on carbs, increase my Protein and go back to using the app to keep track of what I'm eating. Its so easy to fall off the wagon! Plus, my appetite is slowly coming back. Some days I'm eating 3 meals plus a snack. trying to have more salads and healthy Soups.

I don't think there is any easy way out, its always the same old thing, eat healthy Proteins and low carbs, lots of vegtables. No processed foods. Easier said than done. It feels so overwhelming sometimes when I think about, what can I eat, what can't I eat, but it always comes back to the same thing.

I wish you the best in your juorney to lose these extra pounds!

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On 10/21/2022 at 10:55 AM, ElseeNJ said:

I'm embarrassed to admit that I have regained all 40 pounds that I lost. The weight gain started with the pandemic, add to that some very serious health issues with my child, and menopause, and numerous other excuses, here I am. I just don't know what to do at this point. Every single day, I wake up and say it will be a brand new day, but again, here I am.

Help me please...

I am 20 years out and have experience just about everything that comes with having weight loss surgery. I am also a pharmacist and have been like a community resource for the docs in my circle. It was a struggle to keep the weight off and to get back on track after regain. sw 296 lw: 126 regain weight 177 cw 145-150. But it is possible.

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