Gaining weight after wls

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Registered: 09-02-2008
Gaining weight after wls
Sun, 07-28-2013 - 9:57am

I met a woman at a church even last week that had wls 4 years ago, lost over 100 lbs, then gained it back. I didn't even know that was possible. A friend of mine told me it happens often but I had never heard such a thing. How does that happen?

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Registered: 03-06-2004
Mon, 07-29-2013 - 12:24pm

You are considered a success for weight loss surgery if you keep 50-70% of your excess weight off at 5 yrs.

I have a friend who is 4 yrs post op, who never got to his goal weight and has put almost all the weight he did loose back on.  This happens when you don't change after surgery.  WLS is not a magic potion for weight loss--everyone looses weight in the first 6 months post op but if you don't eat protein first, change your portion size and exercise it is doubtful that you will make your goal weight or keep the weight off.  I am 3 1/2 yrs post op and I can eat almost anything now, I seldom dumb anymore and junk food goes down much easier than healthy food.  So to maintain weight requires me to--get on the scale routinely, eat protein first, limit my carbs, exercise, drink lots of water, eat at meals and scheduled snacks-no grazing.


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Registered: 08-13-2012
Sun, 08-11-2013 - 11:06am

Congrats to you for keeping the weight off. I know two women, one who never reached her goal and another who did, who slowly put all their weight back on. They never changed their lifestyles after the surgery. The same unhealthy eating habits krept right back in and they are right back where they started. One has just started Weight Watchers and the other has given up. It really is sad to see them struggle so badly with their weight.