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Study Finds Gastric Bypass More Effective Than Lap Band For Weight Loss

I’m often asked how I made the decision to undergo gastric bypass surgery as opposed to the Lap Band.

For me, the fact that the Lap Band is so easily reversible and adjustible was a negative. I know me all to well, and if there was a way out during the difficult times I’d take it. I wanted, needed, something permanent.

Not everyone feels that way. One of the plans I have for this site is a comprehensive section detailing the pros and cons of both procedures to help people make that decision. When I do, the following information will certainly be a part of it: Continue reading

Study Finds Diabetics, Those With Larger Pouches Lose Less Weight After Gastric Bypass

Well, I thought this was very interesting.

According to a study published this week in the Archives of Surgery, it seems that diabetics may lose less weight after having GBP.

Part of what’s so interesting about this is the fact that other studies have shown gastric bypass surgery to be an effective treatment for diabetes.

In this study, however, 310 people were checked 12 months after having surgery. The average weight loss was 60% of their excess. But 38 of those patients had lost less than 40% of their excess weight, at least one losing as little as 8%.

When they researchers tried to figure out what the people with poor results had in common, they found two things: diabetes and a larger pouch. Continue reading

A Woman’s Body Image

I haven’t posted in a while. I’ve been very busy with my “day job.” Feeling bad about that, I had every intention to come in today and write a post about how I’ve gone from a size 14 to a 12 – yay! – but still haven’t lost any pounds. (Weird, huh?)

But as I was driving back from dropping my kids off at school, Focus On The Family was on the radio. I missed most of the program today, but as I tuned in Dr. Dobson was talking to an author apparently about lies we tell ourselves. And something he said really got to me.

The author (I’ll look up who it was later, right now I want to get my thought out) was talking abot how we lie to ourselves or are lied to by the culture and that the biggest lie we believe is that “I don’t matter.” He specifically talked about women, and how everything around us (media, advertising, etc) tells us we have to look a certain way to matter. Continue reading

Finally! The Scale Is Moving!

I hesitated to write this post. Because last time I thought I had finally moved off my plateau the 2 pounds I lost came roaring right back.

But after several days of below-180land, I can officially declare an end to my days on this plateau. Yaay!

This morning I am all the way down to 176 or 177 – my scale isn’t digital and my eyes are a bit blurry in the morning.

I had an appointment last week with my surgeon, and while there I talked about the plateau with the nurse, who has also had gastric bypass surgery. She said that she spent 3 whole months at 150, so figured she was done and this was where her body meant for her to stay. Continue reading

The Honeymoon Is Definitely Over

Eating Out Is No Longer FunWell, it was fun while it lasted. But it sure seems that my honeymoon period (the first 6-12 months after gastric bypass when weight is easy to lose and hunger is minimal) is over.

To be honest, it’s been over for a little while. I can’t really put my finger on the exact date, but I know that for a few weeks before my gall bladder operation in mid-June I had been stuck at 190. I really think that the only reason I dropped the next 10 pounds was the fact that I ate nothing but chicken soup for 3 weeks. Continue reading

Gastric Bypass Better For Diabetes Than Weight Loss Alone?

I found an interesting study on gastric bypass and diabetes at this link.

Scientists tested the insulin levels of 2 groups of diabetics: one group underwent gastric bypass surgery, the other group lost a similar amount of weight through calorie restriction alone.

Patients from both groups were matched for age, body weight, body mass index, diabetes duration and control, and amount of weight loss.

So the only variable was how they lost weight. And the results were somewhat surprising. Continue reading

Another Plateau Bites The Dust!

Yaay! For the first time in about a month, my scale moved today!

I’ve been stuck at 180 since right after the gallbladder surgery, but today my scale read a sweet 178. I’m now firmly within the range of what I weighed in high school, which is way cool.

(Back then I ranged from 165 – 185 and thought I was massively overweight. Of course, immediately after graduation my PCOS kicked in and I soon discovered what massively overweight really was. For years I’ve looked longingly at photos of myself from those days, wishing I’d known then what I know now.)

So how did I bust this plateau? Continue reading

Gastric Bypass: Benefits Other Than Weight Loss

Seems having a gastric bypass will do more than just help you lose weight. According to this article from the American Society For Metabolic And Bariatric Surgery, systems all over your body can see dramatic gastric bypass surgery benefits.

Suzanne at the Thinner Times Forum (great forum, by the way!) posted the following image. It really makes the point!

Gastric Bypass Benefits

Reprinted with permission of The Cleveland Clinic Center for Medical Art & Photography © 2007. All Rights Reserved

Personally, I have experience with polysystic ovarian syndrome and metabolic syndrome, sciatica, migraines, depression, and possibly sleep apnea (needing a sleep study on that one – if I have it, it hasn’t gone away yet.)

So how do my co-morbidities stack up? Continue reading

Gastric Bypass Increased My Life Insurance Rates

Here’s a side effect to gastric bypass you may not have thought of.

So DH and I are getting life insurance. Most of it is on him. But for my portion, I was surprised at how they treated the fact that I’d had gastric bypass surgery. Continue reading

Why Does Weight Loss Seem So Slow?

This morning at church I was talking to a friend of mine who’s also had gastric bypass surgery. Hers was in January of this year (5 months ago), and she’s lost 55 pounds. That’s an average of 10 pounds a month, which is pretty much the same rate I had.

Yet both of us said we felt like we were constantly on a plateau.

What is it about this surgery that makes weight loss like this feel like a snails pace? Continue reading