Thank you so much for everything you do for weight loss surgery
promotion and the weight loss surgery community.
I had my original open RNY on Jan. 30, 2002,
and a revision on Jan. 17, 2003 due to a staple line disruption.
On Dec. 30, 2003 I had a pannictulectomy (15 pounds of skin was
removed) and a hernia repair.
My starting weight in 2002 was 365 pounds,
and I now weigh 240 pounds. I also just
turned 40 years old this year.
My question, or dilemma, is that I want to
lose more weight!!! I am feeling very hungry a lot of the time,
and feel like I pick lot. I still have difficulty with eating
some foods, and regurgitate at least once a week.
What can I do to get back to losing again?
I've increased my protein (actually my surgeon turned me on to an
absolutely awesome protein powder) and I'm trying to cut back on
Please help me. Is there some sort of eating
style or types of foods that I should defiantly incorporate or
I still want to lose about another 60 lbs.
Thanks for being there,
I have received many questions that are just
like yours, so don’t feel like you are alone.
You didn’t mention that you have regained any
weight so that is excellent. It sounds like your weight has
stabilized at a level that you are not happy with. In order to
get your weight loss moving, you have to make some changes.
The first is to examine what you are eating.
If you are hungry a lot of the time, you are probably grazing on
carbs. I believe that most of us who are morbidly obese are very
carbohydrate sensitive. Try to severely limit your carbohydrates
for a few days to see if you can break the carb cycle that I would
suspect that you are on. If you are grazing a lot, then you are
probably grazing on carbohydrates.
Also, many people confuse feelings of hunger
with feels of thirst. When you feel hungry, drink a glass or two
of water and wait 15 minutes and see if that takes care of the
sensation. If it doesn’t, then eat some protein.
Be sure to have some protein sources readily
available. Buy some ricotta cheese and mix it with artificial
sweetener, some vanilla extract and some cinnamon and have that
ready. Boil some eggs and keep them refrigerated. Buy some
cheese cubes or slices of turkey pepperoni. Raw vegetables are
also good choices because they provide that chewing sensation. You
mentioned that you like the protein powder that your surgeon
suggested. Identify when you tend to get hungry and plan a
protein drink around that time.
You need to start an exercise program and I
don’t mean walking. You need to do a cardio exercise for at least
30 minutes a minimum of 3 to 4 times per week. I cannot stress
how important this is.
Your task is not easy. You are beyond the
“Window of Opportunity” so it will be more of a struggle to lose
weight. Take your time and do not get discouraged. Be happy with
losing a pound or two in a week.
Candy would like to hear from anyone else
that has a similar problem. She can be emailed at
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