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3 Years post op & gaining weight

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I am 3 years out and hungry too much and have gained 20 pounds in the last 2 months. What do I do?

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I am not sure but I have seen people talk about the 5 day pouch test you might want to read about that

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20 pounds in 2 months is alot of weight. call your surgeon and get in there as soon as possible for a check up. have them check your thyroid too. Might be off. I hear this so much with GB patients that they gain the weight back. I saw it happen to a good friend of mine and she is heavier than when she started. i do not have an answer but maybe your doc will. good Luck with everything!

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I too have gained some weight over the past few months even though I eat very healthy and still small portions. No sugar, low carbs. My dr is testing me for thyroid, so mention this to your Dr. I was afraid to cuz I thought that he'd just say I was over eating and not exercising enough. Good luck

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I agree speak with your doc, 5day pouch test, and journal your intake go back to basics :) best of luck...

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I am 3 years out and hungry too much and have gained 20 pounds in the last 2 months. What do I do?

IT takes 3,500 calories to gain 1 single pound

you won't like this but you have ONLY two choices

1/keep eating and regain your weight back

2/stop overeating -control what YOU CHOOSE to put into YOUR mouth

and start losing weight

It's up to you

if you always do

what you have always done

then you will always get

what you have always got

YOUR choice

Edited by STILLTRYINGSOHARD

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Hi all!

A few pounds have found their way back to me. I have cut back eating, drinking more water and exercising again (I sprained my ankle severly last spring and couldn't walk comfortably until the end of October). I have also found that when I have "bad" carbs (pretzels, granola bars, etc...) I get tired, and on some occasions, hypyoglycemic attacks, so those have been cut down substantionally (maybe 1 serving of mini pretzels per month). I also have severe food allergies since before the GBS, so the food I eat is even more limited due to the ingredients and not wanting to have an allergic reaction, which means anaplylactic shock. My fiance says he can see my weight coming down, although it is not coming off as fast as it did immediately following the surgery.

I know that not being able to exercise this past spring, summer and early fall (it gets cold in New England!) was a major factor in my weight gain. I had a panniculectomey 11/28/11 and my surgeon cleared me to exercise the beginning of February, so I have been doing so for the past month - getting up in the am and working on the eliptical machine for 10-20 minutes every morning and on the good weather days, walking for a half hour on lunch break at work. (working my way up to 1 hour walking and 1/2 hour eliptical). My fiance has been my rock, helping me to get back on track. He's on his way to having GBS, hopefully this year, in the next few months. It's been a 2 1/2 year ordeal for him, but he's almost nearing the finish line!

Good Luck!

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i gained 10 last year but 20 is scary especially in such a short period of time. !!~ watch what youre eating immediately and then work out as much as possible if not already.

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I had RNY Gastric Bypass in Feb. 2009. I started at 381 and got down to about 235 and maintained that for like a year. It was so cool!! I was dating T. at the time and would constantly be pushing him around in his wheelchair (Mall and going for walks). Then in Nov. 2010, he dumped me. I was EXTREMELY depressed and didn't exercise at all. Since Fall 2010, I have gained approximately 50 pounds. NOT GOOD!!!!

I want to get a revision. I need another boost to help me lose this 50 lbs. or more!!!!!!! I see my surgeon on July 6. I want to lose some major weight from now until then. My 10-Year High School Reunion is July 28 and I wanna look great!!!

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IT takes 3,500 calories to gain 1 single pound

you won't like this but you have ONLY two choices

1/keep eating and regain your weight back

2/stop overeating -control what YOU CHOOSE to put into YOUR mouth

and start losing weight

It's up to you

if you always do

what you have always done

then you will always get

what you have always got

YOUR choice

3500 calories to gain a single pound is quite inaccurate, it all depends on activity level vs how much you eat. If for example you do limited activity so your body burns around 1100 calories in the day from sitting around, but you are eating around 1800-2000 calories, you are going to gain weight.

5 day pouch test is the best option, if it is what youre eating, if its your thyroid then that is going to be one big wrench in the mix of weight gain and loss

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3500 calories to gain a single pound is quite inaccurate, it all depends on activity level vs how much you eat. If for example you do limited activity so your body burns around 1100 calories in the day from sitting around, but you are eating around 1800-2000 calories, you are going to gain weight.

5 day pouch test is the best option, if it is what youre eating, if its your thyroid then that is going to be one big wrench in the mix of weight gain and loss

3500 calories/pound actually is correct. It takes 3500 extra calories to gain 1 pound. So if someone consumes an extra 500 calories a day that will result in a gain of 1 pound per week, which is what stilltrying was saying. So, yes if someone's calorie limit is 1200 calories/day and they are consuming 1700/day they will gain 1 pound per week. To have gained 20 pounds in 2 months is an extra 35,000 calories/month or an extra 1250 calories/day. That means 1250 calories over and above what they should be eating.

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Even with my thyroid meds increased I have gained back 10 lbs since my surgery. I know that I am eating larger portions, drinking liquids other than water and am not getting in enough exercise, so I have to be more attentive and get more activity in during the day. I know where I've gone wrong and am now dedicating time daily to get things back on track.

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I am 3 years out and hungry too much and have gained 20 pounds in the last 2 months. What do I do?

You're a vet! An old pro! Let me ask you, "What do you do?" Where have you stepped off of the straight and narrow? What things are you doing now that was a no-no 6 months post-op? Dust off that program, and nail yourself firmly to the wagon. If you don't remember your program, ask people for their programs on the site or get back in touch with your surgeon's office and NUT. What do you do? Get your head in the game and don't count this as "over." Your tool is still there. Use it.

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I have gained about 10 lbs but have taken off 7 just by eating more protein and less of the sweets and carbs. I'm starting the 5 day pouch test tomorrow. I started measuring my food again and for example I measured a cup of ground beef and spices, onions that I made last night and I was able to eat most of the cup but was very full so I know that my pouch is ok. But my concern is my stoma b/c I seem to get unfull very quickly. Will see my surgeon about that. But from what I have heard, the 5dpt is the best way to go. Be strong. Stick to your guns. The 5dpt will get you off the carb/sweets wagon train.

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Im in the same boat. Almost 3 years out and have gained back 12 pounds. I know it's because of my carb intake. I just can't say no to sweets.../no matter how hard I try. I don't have the time to dedicate to the gym as much as I did. I go on my lunchbreaks for 30 minutes ....but I need to do more. I have a full time and a part time job to boot. I wish I could hardwire my jaw shut.

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I too am over 3 years out and have gained back about 20 lbs. I too have trouble with carbs. Its my own fault and Im going to start the 5 day pouch test on Monday 10-22-12. I know it wont be easy but I need to get back in control of this part of my life. My husband had the GB on Aug 8,2012 and is already derailed. He is losing but not at the rate he thinks so he gets discouraged and eats carbs. He can eat a whole bag of popcorn and not bat an eye. I can hardly eat a handful. Anyway....Hang in there and we can all make it!!!

I can do all things through Jesus Christ who strengthens me!! My God is bigger than anything I face.

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When I had gastric bypass in November 2009 I needed to lose 270lbs. I lost 130 pounds the first year and stopped. I still had over 140 lbs to loose and stayed there for a year and then I started gaining. I gained 20 pounds and joined a gym. I now do boot camp daily and watch my nutrition and have now dropped more pounds and feel better.I am down 170 lbs and I've stopped again. Not gaining but really nervous about it cause I still lose 100 lbs. I don't know if this is normal. There was no real follow-up with the doctor that did my surgery and no one even knows how to contact him, so been trying to figure this all out for myself basically.

I had an endoscopy & colonoscopy last week because I have started throwing up (which I did not do before) and they said it is due to my stomach stretching and causing more acid. What do you do if you have stretched your stomach. Is this normal? Any suggestions on what to read or do to find out would be appreciated.

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I can not speak to your issue but yes, Terry, you can stretch out your stomach by overeating for sure.

It is not ideal, normal.

No, not normal but that is one reason why people do the five day pouch test, to keep their eating in check and stop the overflow of food into your belly so you do not overeat and stretch your stomach. The stomach does not stretch by itself-it reacts to the amount of food stuffed into it at one time.

How sad that you did not have follow up.

I would suggest three things...start taking an ant- acid immediately if you are not already on one from the Gastro Dr, try the five day pouch test-it will help you regulate your food intake and let you know how off track you might be. And I would do a two week protein shake diet to help shrink your appetite after you do the pouch test. It may feel like torture but for me, it helps curb my appetite and my desire to overeat and then I find more control.

It should also help your stomach shrink back somewhat.

I was told by my Dr that you can shrink your belly back by eating much less.

Lastly, I would research local hospital Gastric Bypass programs and hit every free seminar and support group you can find.

I live in an area where there are at least four major hospitals that offer free support groups monthly to Bariatric patients no matter where they are operated on and I can tell you that I have attended classes of all kinds, support, nutrition, and exercise at two of them.

They say statistically that people who get support are much, much more sucessful at long term weight loss so although I am very independent and do not feel a need for support, I attend these things periodically to keep me on track.

I find it hard to show up and be present if I am eating bonbons and gaining weight, so it keeps me on track.

But I have seen long termers show up who are struggling and looking to get help and support.

Lastly, I would suggest that you keep a real and honest food and exercise diary for one month-write down every single thing you are eating and all the movement you are doing daily. And then I would suggest that you make an appointment with a Gastric Bypass nutritionist-not a regular nutritionist but one that specializes and works for a GB practice and bring your diary and see if they can get you back on track.

Oh...my protein shake diet consists of two protein shakes and three meal replacement shakes (you can find some good ones at GNC)-as well as all my regular supplements, loads of water and tea and a cup or two of coffee for a total of between 1,000-1,200 calories per day.

Edited by Phatlady

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Good advice, Phatlady! Good to see you are still working it! I'm up about three pounds over goal and decided to come here for support before I let things go. All in all, I'm still very satisfied with my journey, though.

Terri

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I'm struggling right now too. I did the 5-day pouch test this summer and it went okay. I was exercising a ton though and that stopped as soon as school started up. My days are longer now since I'm working and the extra hours have meant extra hunger. Add in the reduced activity and I've put on about 10 pounds - maybe a bit less. Anyway, back on the wagon and in need of some encouragement. Every time my weight inches up I'm in fear that it will be the time that I lose control again. I DON'T want to go back to feeling out of control with food. Back on the wagon. The one thing that is helpful to me is that when I'm in the mode of really watching everything and exercising deliberately, I actually feel better about all facets of my life. Even though I'm not able to eat what I want to, I'm actually happier.

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LAUREATE-SO GREAT TO SEE YOU HERE!!! HUGS!!!!!

I hate to sound like a soap box Mjune but I found that I had to make that horrible commitment and I have been getting up and hour early to get my morning run in before my meetings, appointments or tennis matches. I think when you get to the 5 pound creep-or 10 lb, that slope gets slippery.

I also find that sometimes I am less interested in eating after a hard work out so I can substitute a prtoein shake.

I added running to my regular work out, I did not substitute it for something else. If you do not want to run, wake up 45 minutes early and walk as hard and as fast as you can for 40 minutes...YOU CAN DO THIS!!!!! Hugs!

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