Weight Gain after Weight Loss Surgery. Let's support each other
My name is Ronnie. I was sleeved October 2016. From the beginning of my journey, I lost between 80-90 pounds (depending on the day). I never reached my goal.
Since my WLS, I have had other physical issues that has impacted my ability to walk and exercise. In addition, I have been on multiple medications with a weight gain side affect and I've had 3 surgeries (one for melanoma and two on my spine) This is my way of saying I've gained approximately 20-30 pounds. I am TERRIFIED to get on the scale!!!!
I've not be able to get back on program and I seem to have lost my focus. I've tried to go on each phase of the program (liquid, soft, etc.), but I am not able to follow through. I had no problem staying on a liquid diet for weeks before surgery and weeks after. I don't know if it was because I knew I was having the surgery?????
I need help to get my mojo back. Anyone else? Let's support each other and our efforts to get back on track and continue our journey together!
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Ronnie, (@grandmar), I understand you posted this discussion a bit ago, but I was wondering how you are doing in regards to your weight gain since posting this to the group? Were you able to get back on to your program? I'd like to invite a few other members who have discussed a gastric sleeve to see if they have had any ups & downs to share as well and perhaps how they got back on the weight loss path. @ritaz1964, @lovette26, @aprilarlady, and @mdk have discussed gastric surgery and may be able to share some experiences with you.
@grandmar, you have discussed many other complications that made it difficult for you to stay on your program, are you still finding this to be the case?
I didn't have the sleeve but had the roux-en y. I managed to lose 150 pounds and was actually asked to gain 5-10 pounds. When the scale started going up, I was terrified. I too have had complications. I had difficulties at the beginning and had to stay on the liquid diet longer than normal. Less than a year out I had kidney stone removal surgery followed by gallbladder removal surgery one week later. At the very least, I was completely wiped out. I had zero energy, had to go in daily for fluids, and slept a LOT! My energy level is still not where I need it to be and I'm another year and a half out from that whole mess. I too need to get on a regular exercise program and start feeling like myself again. What does anyone do when you start to see the scale going up? How do you reign things back in?
I gained all of the weight I lost during the height of the pandemic. I’d had a gastric sleeve in 2017 and had “only”gained back 30 of the 100lbs I’d lost until 2020. I also have a number of other health conditions, but it is beyond frustrating that all of the weight is back.
Welcome @kaye4c, I've struggled most of my life with weight and can definitely understand your frustration gaining the weight back. I haven't had weight loss surgery but have found that intermittent fasting and low carb healthy fat eating has helped me keep the weight off. There is another discussion that you may find helpful — Low-carb healthy fat living. Intermittent fasting. What’s your why?: https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/low-carb-healthy-fat-living-intermittent-fasting-whats-your-why/.
I also found this article that you might helpful – How to Keep the Weight Off After Bariatric Surgery: https://health.clevelandclinic.org/how-to-keep-the-weight-off-after-bariatric-surgery/.
@grandmar may have some suggestions or thought to share with you also. Have you discussed your weight gain with your doctor to see if they may have some suggestions?
Hi @johnbishop , are you aware of this page to point members in the direction of? https://connect.mayoclinic.org/blog/weight-management-1/tab/program-overview/#ch-tab-navigation
We also have the following articles related to this topic, written by Mayo providers:
Thanks Tara! @taraschmidt
I hear you! I can’t get weight off either but I try to focus on what weight I was able to keep off. I’m thinking of trying weight watchers again. Maybe We not eating enough? I exercise all the time and see no results. I’m at menopause age. I’m about 9 years out from surgery. I don’t regret it one bit but find this road block frustrating.
hi I an a newcomer to this site. I had a stomach stapling as they called it many years ago. I did not lose all my weight and consistently have gained every year since. I am now a senior and still obese. My question is….once you have the surgery and gain all your weight back, what happens inside your body? Does the "alteration" do anything to stop you from losing??? I can lose if I go on about 800 calories a day and even then it is painfully slow. Some of the heart and blood thinner medications apparently do not help with weight loss either. I am absolutely stumped as to what to try next and the Drs. just say count calories!! I am here on this site hoping to find others who may have some new suggestions or can exchange info
Kaye, same issue here. Was sleeved in late 2015 and lost 125lbs over the following 12 months. Maintained that weight for the next year, but did not undertake any physical exercise during that time. Come the pandemic, I hibernated for nearly 2 years and fell back into my "grazing" routine (eating small snacks pretty much all day and into the late night.) As a result, I have regained 30lbs and went from wearing 2X to 3X shirts and added 2 inches to my waist. I know I have a food addiction/eating disorder…which is what got me to the 450lbs I was at before surgery.
I am now seeking counseling to address the overeating and hopefully avoid further weight gain or the need for bypass surgery.
Hello, I had gastric bypass 3 yrs ago and have gained back about 45 of the 100 I lost. This is associated a lot with depression after losing my only sister suddenly. Has anyone tried Saxendra to help get back on track and get the weight off
Thanks for any replies