Has gastric bypass helped you lose weight after diet and exercise failed?
- 14 Jul 2012 by zoe_noogie
- 26 Jul 2012
- polycystic ovary syndrome, weight, gastric bypass surgery, diet, exercise
This question is specifically aimed at people who have adhered to a strict "this-isn't-just-to fit-into-skinny-jeans-this-is-for-life" diet and exercise routine yet have been unable to lose weight (beyond 30-40lbs from your ideal weight). From what I understand, gastric bypass surgery is mostly a means of decreasing food portions sizes, in which case, I doubt it would help me, because I already eat so healthy and divide my meals into small portions. But maybe there's more to it? To PCOS sufferers: how has gastric bypass helped (or not helped) you in your struggle for weight loss? Have you been unable to lose weight through regular diet and exercise?
Thanks in advance for any info you can give me :)
Added 25 Jul 2012:
To those who don't gather this from my description, I AM on Weight Watchers along with several other diets (that I have not broken in at least 8 years), and I AM in the 26 BMI, making me technically obese. What's more, I do NOT take gastric bypass lightly and have done massive research on the subject after my cousin successfully had it done and lost every pound of excess weight. She was no where near 100 lbs overweight, she was my size, and did not exercise Or diet to the extent that I do. I would like to avoid gastric bypass at all cost, but the only other answers that I'm receiving from this site are either "diet" or "exercise" which is a very discouraging thing to hear when you ARE and it's still not working. Please, do not answer this question without taking the leap of faith that I AM dieting and exercising, that I AM counting the calories that I'm consuming as well as expending, and that I am NOT losing what science says I should.
Gastric bypass surgery is authorized only if you are at least 100 pounds above your ideal body weight or BMI, body mass index. This procedure is not to be taken lightly and causes major lifestyle changes. No bariatric surgeon would ever consider surgery for an extra 30 or 40 pounds. Might I suggest Weight Watchers along with your exercise routine instead?
Good luck and hoping you are able to drop those pounds.
Hey zoe - I am so glad you made this "conversational" because this is a subject near and dear to my heart!!! So here is some conversating for you. I am a 57 year old woman and have had weight issues for as long as I can remember. Up and down and down and up. Yes, the yoo yoo kind of living is no way to live and very hard on body. It is actually worse to yoo yoo than to be overweight but at the same weight for a long time. I have done a lot of research, too. For me and not just some other diet plan... I picked up the 6-week body makeover by michael thurmond. It is the only thing that made sense to me because after the weight is gone... there is NOTHING to change because you are still eating the same type and kind of food for the rest and best of your life. I lost 92 lbs before I got married and I have only been married 2 years. I have had my weight off and kept it off for 4 years now. The difference with this program is... it isn't a diet... it is a lifestyle change. Diet implies there is something being taken away and not much help with the maintenance part at the end of it. That is why most diets fail. It seems there is always a 2 parts to the process but only the first part (the weight loss part) is explained well in any program. Not this one and I have done them ALL! After I got rid of my weight in 9 months (not uncommon either on this program), I took everything to heart and had no buddy system or accountability partner other than my fiance at the time. He also lost 20 pounds and didn't need to lose anything. It was just the way I was cooking. I was also eating 5-6 times a day as outlined in the program and drink about one gallon of water a day (I still do that). There are five body types between the two genders. Once I did the body blueprint to see "where" I was carrying the fat. I took the blueprints and put my body type together. That blueprint alone gives you your "body type" whether it be A, B, C, D or E. I was a "B". From there... I took a look at all of the food types and groups that were appropriate for me. I couldn't believe the foods that I thought were good for me were actually causing me to retain or gain weight. Once I got rid of that stuff and started eating better quality food... the weight started to come off. I didn't plateau at ALL on this program. Not once... I couldn't do any of the stretching exercises either. This program isn't based on "no pain no gain". He says exercising like that is detrimental to the good results you can get by doing the stretching and toning he describes for each body type. Again, I couldn't do any of that but I didn't let that deter me. I just did it and it DID work! I have never had a program work like this and there isn't anything to change at the end of it because you are already eating everything you are supposed to be eating. When I stopped losing weight based on the quantity of food I was consuming... that is where I stayed and that is how I figured I would know how much I was going to lose. I didn't set out thinking I was going to lose 92 pounds. That is what I lost and that is where I stayed with the way I was eating and the portions I was also eating. I didn't count calories or weigh anything. It did make sense and it did work. I would try this before invasive surgery. Most people cannot eat like a bird because that isn't how we were made. But this program worked (for me) for a reason and I am happy to share it with anyone and everyone who wants to hear about it. I carry an old picture of me as a reminder and also to show people who can't believe I was as big as I was. I am a healthier person for it and it has made some of the other issues I had go away. Some of those issues were high cholesterol, high BP. Don't have those anymore and don't need those meds.
Just sharing what worked for me and surgery was recommended to me. I thought the doctor who recommended that to me was pretty insensitive to me as a person and as a patient.
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