Sure it’s an amazing Transformation, but it’s not Magic. Can you handle the truth? Here’s the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth. 

Betcha Can’t Eat Just One
I am horrified by some of the stories new post ops tell of eating foods that I wouldn’t have dreamed of eating when I first had my bariatric surgery back in 2001. What is the difference? FEAR!

The Truth About Bariatric Surgery

What was it like in the olden days, Mr. Peabody?
Back then, no one knew what to expect. There were no suggestions for meals, or guidelines, no real rules, remember that there was barely an internet twenty years ago. No living breathing examples of post ops, other than Carnie Wilson, fresh from her Playboy layout. I remember watching her give a TV interview while she made a dessert with Sweetened Condensed Milk, licking it from her fingers and calling it ‘Liquid Gold’. I also recall thinking ‘that girl is in big trouble’.

You are on thin ice!
Back in the year 2000, having bariatric surgery was like walking across a frozen lake, never being sure if the next step would crack the ice, and plunge us into the icy water. We didn’t know anyone who had actually been across the lake before – we were on our own inching along tentatively, scared to death of what could or would happen.

Party like it’s 1999
Today, there are all kinds of people on the other side of the frozen lake rooting you on, having a party with confetti and they’re all drinking Diet Cokes. Come on – walk faster! Don’t worry! The ice is THICK! Don’t be scared!

Temptation Island
Have an Oreo, we’re all having Oreos. You deserve to eat an Oreo! We are eating Oreos and look at us! We’re losing weight. Don’t listen to those people trying to scare you! You didn’t have surgery to be on a diet for the rest of your life! Go ahead, have a sandwich, it’s whole wheat bread! HAVE A PIZZA MADE WITH A TORTILLA… EVERYTHING IN MODERATION! Potatoes are vegetables, have some! Would you like a Diet Mountain Dew? I drink soda and I have lost 75 pounds in four months, I must be doing something right!

Misery Loves Company
If others are doing it, it cant be that bad! Can it? Isn’t this how we arrived at the doorstep of bariatric surgery to begin with; by ignoring the reality of our actions? Why, yes it is! Let’s find others who are also pushing it and not doing what they are supposed to be doing. IF they are still alive maybe I can get away with it too!

The Readers Digest Version (ask your mother)
Bariatric surgery drastically reduces the amount of food you can stuff into your mouth and ultimately your stomach – and for about SEVEN MONTHS you can effectually eat just about anything and still lose ONE HUNDRED POUNDS!

You can literally not move a single muscle and eat whatever you want (that doesn’t come back up) and because your stomach has been made so small you can actually lose ONE HUNDRED POUNDS!

Now the Hidden Truth
Please listen as this is critical – you are not driving the bus for the first seven months after surgery, even though you may think so. It is the surgery doing the work! What you do with the massive head start that bariatric surgery provides is up to you.

IF you take it upon yourself to learn what ‘eating right’ actually means – it takes a while to get the hang of it, even though it is simple it does take planning and effort…

IF you figure out a way to motivate yourself to move your big ole butt at least a little bit on 3 out of 7 days a week, even if it’s just parking further out in the lot at the office…

IF you somehow look inside yourself and figure out that you may have an underlying issue which is the cause of your eating – that this is not really about food for you and take the even bigger step to work it out with a therapist…

IF you put your hands over your ears and ignore the Oreo Eaters who do not realize they are following false Oreo gods and hanging with the WRONG CROWD…

You will have an amazing opportunity to overcome and even reverse the death sentence of Morbid Obesity!

The Truth about Bariatric Surgery:
Bariatric surgery gives you about SEVEN MONTHS to easily take off ONE HUNDRED POUNDS to lighten your load and give a boost to your self-esteem, while you get your act together and learn how to eat right. Drop the Mic.

93 thoughts on “The Truth About Bariatric Surgery!

        • KathyB says:

          It depends on your starting weight. So it depends on your height, weight, frame size, etc. It could be anything from 15 to 50 lbs. It’s just not a one-size-fit-all answer. I always recommend you weigh yourself, take good measurement of everything (neck, upper arms, wrist, bust, waist, hips, thighs, knee, calf, etc.) and take a picture of yourself (facing the camera and side picture) before surgery. Then each month weigh in, take your measurements and new pictures. Your journey will be awesome to behold. Don’t get caught up on the number of pounds, make it about how you feel, how your clothes feel, how much energy you have and learning the proper way to eat. Eventually, there will come a time when the weight-loss will slow, but you’ll notice the inches still leaving. It happens and it’s natural since the amount of calories you need to live, move, and breath will drop and the amount of calories you can eat go up. When they meet is when you will plateau. Then it will be your choice whether you want to increase your exercise or cut back on your eating in order to get your weight-loss going again.

          • Carol Alexander says:

            I am up 12 pounds after almost 3 years… and hate myself… how can I get back.. oh ps.. that 12 pounds all fell in my area below the bra and across my shoulders… ….

          • Suzanne Shaw says:

            Take a look at our Back On Track plan, it’s fantastic and has helped thousands lose their regained weight!

          • Cindy says:

            I am almost 2 years out and have added 3lbs. from my goal weight. Got off track a bit but I am back on the right path. The weight didn’t come off as fast as I would have liked at first, but after I stopped weighing myself it seemed to go faster (because I wasn’t stressing about that number). With your past life so focused on a number, it is hard to let it go. Now I weigh myself every two months just to keep myself from going too far off track. You will get there. Just be patient.

  1. Betty Ann Rosengrant says:

    I had my RNY surgery done about 5 years ago ,give or take , lost a good amount but, put some weight back on . Am interstred in what you have ,would love to find a great Protien drink . Thank You

    • Margaret says:

      Protein drinks are fine early on but after 5 years a protein drink will be many easily ingested calories. Liquids do not stay in your stomach and give you a full feeling. While you need plenty of water, drinking calories is not a good idea. Better to get your protein in foods.

      • Susan Leach says:

        Thanks but you did not carefully READ what I said. IF you cannot EAT ample protein, you must make up the difference take it in SOMEHOW. The crazy high numbers of those with longterm weight gain is NOT because all these people consume too many protein drinks… fat chance of that, lol. It’s because they don’t use Protein First to stay full and control portion, instead choosing to go back to bread, tortillas, pizza, soda, ice cream, foods that created their obesity. You are either a new post op (meaning less than five years) or you are someone watching this from the sidelines (a dietician or nutritionist or non-op). In the trenches, what I have said is both accurate and fact.

        • Beverly Boulianne says:

          ABSOLUTELY>>>> thank you for setting some people straight. It really strikes the wrong nerve to hear how some people think it because we consume to much protein…It is just as you answered them.. old habit hard to break…eating wrong foods..same one that put the weight on to begin with.. Its stay clean eating and all stays well. I hit the snag in the raod and regained 27 lbs….But. I said enough is enough….back to the proper way of eating…have 15 lbs left to drop…not worth the rotten junk food….healthy living and being healthy is the BEST… Thanks……

        • Ronda says:

          Susan, you tell em Sister… like it is! LOL If she’s post op..I’d like to see her down a protein shake and NOT feel full! I have been a nurse for many years and post op Distal RNY or 19years. I STILL stay with the basics. Oh, and READ LABELS READ LABELS READ LABELS!!! I posted a Lil about me below.

        • Dolores says:

          Just found this site and what you say is 100% true!! Its been 15 yrs for me, lost 135 and only recently have gained back 10lbs. It is a constant, non stop battle to pick the good foods vs the “oreo goodies”! Protein drinks at this point are worthless, most have to many additives & fillers. Real food- lean proteins, veggies and fruit are what we need to eat & fill up on!

      • Sarah says:

        I had my surgery in 2012 i lost 152lbs i go up and down about 5-8lbs ever since but have done great! My problem is the minute I try and eat breakfast and lunch instead of doing protein shakes I gain weight, but still doing shakes this many years out I dont stay full and get cranky

  2. Andrea says:

    Had my surgery done 8 yrs. ago lost 186 lbs. but went through difficult times and grained 60 lbs back I drink my protein ” pure protein ” is the best but I have not been able to get back on track.

    • Dayana says:

      I gained 30lbs and to me is a nightmare. I need to get back on track. I gained it Lil by lil eating and drinking sweet alcohol and medications my doctor had to give me because of nerve pain. I don’t know what to do anymore.

  3. lori says:

    I’m 10 months out of my bariatric surg. My weigh Los has been steady so far. I haveost 80 lbs. I know what has helped me is eating good healthy protein with high fiber fronts and vegies. I also go to the gym and exercise 3x a week. If I miss days I will walk. Keeping a healthy routine has to be part of your new life. Surg. Is not mention to be quick fix and you sit Back and do nothing. You are going to fail if you keep that mentality. Remember to also get invloved in a good weight loss support group for bariatric post. Surg. It helps with all the emotional struggles we all come up against. I wish everyone the best of luck and keep your head high. you took the hardest step already. Now we all need to stay motivated with positive energy around us.

  4. Laken says:

    I loved your article. I’m almost two months out and nearly down 40 pounds. I eat protein in everything I eat. I find a way to add protein, and it doesn’t go into my grocery cart unless it has a decent amount of protein.

  5. Carolyn says:

    I have. A problem I have not seen addressed here before, my surgery was December 6th 2014. I have lost 120 lbs. my bmi was 30 when I started it is 16 now which is to low. I can’t eat more then a couple spoons full before the pain starts. It seems like I am sick or in pain every time I eat, so I am still losing weight. In june 2015 my Dr. Did a scope and dilation, it helped for a short time, he did it again last week. So far it is ok, I know all the rules and. Follow them, this is not part of the ‘Honey Moon period”. I was told to eat calories so I am trying to that that means things I would not be eating yet.. Has any one else gone thru this? There are times when wish I had not had the surgery. I look anorexic and old.

    • Susan Maria Leach says:

      Carolyn, you are going to need to take in some easy calories to stop weight loss. You also need serious protein. I HIGHLY recommend you choose a couple bags of our Inspire Whey Protein Isolate, to blend with whole milk, and drink at least 3 or 4 of them a day. You need easy liquid calories right now if your BMI is 16. Inspire is thin in texture and the shakes are small. They will be easy for you to drink. It sounds like you could have some adhesions or scar tissue that is causing this pain. – Susan Maria

    • Robin says:

      I have experienced something similar to this several months ago. After some research I decided to try going grain free and especially gluten free. It made a difference for me.

    • Bodie says:

      Have you had your gall bladder checked? I went through the terrible pain you described. it ended up that I needed to have my gall bladder removed. Please get it checked. I was miserable before I had it removed. It has been 3 weeks since my gall bladder was removed and life is soooo much better. Good luck!

    • Victoria says:

      Carolyn I had this exact problem! I had the robotic assisted RNY in 2009. My BMI was just about off the charts and I weighed in at 338lbs at surgery day. Little pain, easy surgery, couldn’t wait to get going on my “new” life. Within weeks the nausea hit and extreme pain after eating. I had 3 dilations in 18 months. Literally no one could figure it out and my bariatric surgeon was becoming frustrated. I couldn’t eat just anything. There was no rhyme or reason. 2 years later I weighed in at 132lbs and I was honestly anorexic, exhausted, malnourished. While on vacation, I had to have emergency surgery. I continued to lose weight and my gastro doctor recommended medical marijuana to increase desire to eat. Everything had to be high calorie and I needed to eat every 2 hrs. Over time I was able to regain some weight and felt really good at 165lb. I looked much better and felt great. Fast forward, I now have about 50lbs to lose. I am disheartened but I also know I can lose it again. Except I have triggered the nausea and pain back. I’ve come to accept this is the way my body works. I don’t regret the RNY but I do caution people considering bariatric surgery to really, really think about what they are doing and how they are permanently changing their body.

    • Thelma says:

      This is the problem with this type of surgery. My spouse had RNY 14 yrs ago, has gained some wt back but he is still ok. However he has some health issues and cannot take certain meds because of possible damage to the pouch, he has been depleted of iron and had to have infusions. etc etc. I wish he had never had the surgery. He takes many vitamins, i have researched them all and found the best ones spendy, but necessary. It is a lifelong problem and i would personally never have the surgery, way tooo risky. We are going to have a whole generation of folks who are going to be mal nurished and have health problems related to this surgery. We are a nation of obese folks and we need to stop eating the crap that is available. Sugar is deadly i am personally addicted to, so i have made the concious choice to stop it. I recently visited the Netherlands where people are mostly of average weight. Yes there are obese folks but you rarely see them. They also are telling the public to sop eating sugar. This surgery is just a tool not a fix. We must fix the addiction of food first. Because that is why we are 50 100 200 lbs over weight. For many this surgery is a quick fix, but one still has to deal with food.

    • Katie says:

      I was having almost this exact same thing for about 6 months right after surgery and found out it was my gallbladder causing all the issues. It might be something to get checked out.

    • Sharon Peterson says:

      I had a similar situation after my RNY 10 years ago. I had to have 4 different endoscopes where they went in with a cannula and opened the hole where food goes through to my pouch due to adhesions. But it took 4 times and then I’ve been great for 10 years. Hope this helps.

    • Dana says:

      Yes, I had my surgery in 2015 down 140 lbs. I’m having a problem of still losing weight. I struggle with eating. I eat healthy, just everything makes me sick.

  6. Kim says:

    I had my surgery nearly 4 1/2 years ago. I started at 235 (I’m 5’2″). My BMI was 43 when I started. I quickly lost 125 and was down to 110 and in a children’s size 14. I, like Carolyn, lost too much weight. My doctor told me I had to find something high calorie that I could eat to at least maintain my weight or he would have to place a feeding tube. I could not eat carbs, they made me so sick to my stomach. I found I could eat peanuts. For about a year I ate 5 pounds of peanuts a week just to maintain. About 4 months ago I started consuming carbs again and I’ve now gained weight. This morning I weighed 133. Reading your article scared me. I need help and do not know where to turn. I find myself emotionally eating again. In the beginning when I “couldn’t” emotionally eat it was a “piece of cake”. Do you have advice for me? This struggle is real. It’s true. I do not want to go back up the scale. Thank you for your honesty and transparency.

  7. Miki_Chris1196 says:

    I want to Thank you Susan for helping me to get Back on Track and not just that but for helping me learn all the things I didn’t learn from my surgeon and bari clinic. I never worked out and ate the wrong foods ~ albeit small amounts ~ and thought I was fine. I am about 20 lbs up from my lowest weight, which was not even yet my goal weight. I have fought hard to lose my first 10 pounds of regain (it took a month) but that is fine. I didn’t give up and have lost one more pound. I will continue to workout daily (and actually feel better when I do) and live the protein first veggies to follow lifestyle. I have been alternating between shakes and protein/veggies diet depending on what I am doing at work and what I cooked the night before. I will continue to fight and win the war on obesity! Thank you for giving of yourself to so many people! You have changed my life for the better by telling the truth and setting me straight!

    • Kelly says:

      Reading your post sounds so much like me! I never hit my goal weight to begin with and then regained half of what I lost! It is so disheartening and embarrassing. I tried KETO and lost some of the weight, but I’m still nowhere near where I need to be. It is just so hard being overweight!!

  8. Angela says:

    I love, love, love inspire protein. This is the best tasting protein drink I have ever had. I just wish that I could walk in a store and buy it. I am so impatient . I so appreciate this website. I am so messed up in my metabolism. It has been hard for me to lose. I’m hoping with exercise and BOT will work for me.

  9. June says:

    All whey protein drinks make me feel ill almost immediately. They also affect my irritable bowel very quickly. I am 9 months post surgery and have trouble getting enough protein.
    I make the drinks with water but it makes no difference. Will we ever be able to buy your products in Australia?
    Thanks for you great info.

    • CINDI says:

      I have a lot of trouble with the protein shakes and seem to be lactose intolerant so I decided to switch to soy milk which is fine but I’m not getting enough calcium and vitamin D so I have to take more supplements. I have found that if I eat eggs for breakfast I tend to feel full for a long time and there are a lot oF protein in eggs I also enjoyed meat if you’re a vegan, the best advice that I can give is to mix your protein shake with water it doesn’t taste great but at least you’ll get your protein I have also used fruit juice with my protein shakes and I use Crystal Light orange-flavored to mix with vanilla protein shakes and it taste like a creamsicle. I have been doing great and for months about 80 pounds and I feel like a million bucks. Getting my protein has been difficult because I really don’t like the taste of the protein shakes. I think I’m going to try this protein shake and see how it goes for me. I wish you all the best of luck with the surgery and your post op. it’s difficult but so far I’ve found that is absolutely the best thing I have ever done for myself

  10. Stephanie O. says:

    You hit the nail on the head! I have seen so many of the Oreo eaters on WLS FB groups and when I comment they come back calling me the food police! I am 3 yrs post gastric sleeve and researched post op eating and what causes regain. I also worked with a Bariatric psychologist to identify and work on my food issues. For mr WLS was a last resort to help me regain my health! I never wNt to take it for granted again! I am not perfect and yes I have made bad choices at times but I work hard at making the right choices 90% of the time.

    • Ronda says:

      Stephanie, you got it! I am nearly 20 years post WLS and still stay away from sweets, pasta, bread (if I am out will cut a sandwich into 5 pcs and take the bread off)….it floors me what post-ops think they should be eating! I, too, have been called the food police. LOL I am a obsessive label reader, too. I keep my sugars under 5 grams, have 3 protein shakes dly, water (no drinking w meals), and use small plates and bowls for my meals. I was blessed to have a good bariatric dietician and a psychologist who herself was post WLS. We all fall, and hafta get up and start again. It happens!

      I just found this site last night while searching for sugar-free custard recipe. I posted a Lil more about my long story below but it’s not posted yet.

  11. Debbie says:

    I have issues with carbs and ice cream nitetime candy I have good habits in day but cheate after dinner I have to lose 10 pounds to have my surgery currently at 2:35 I have a fourth that needs operation bone spurs and ankle pain other leg has a knee issue so hardly walking

  12. Donna says:

    I have a question Sometimes when I drunk cyst all light I get a burning feeling in my stomach. I had my gastric bypass 13 yrs ago lost 106pds. Regained 20. Then found your site I started reset and bot. Lost the 20 and now just 10 odd away from my original goal set my doctor all those yrs ago. Thankyou

  13. Teresa ashe says:

    I’m in process of starting my journey of this surgery jam 120 lbs over weight but Iam scared to death of the lose skin most have any advice for me?

    • losin2live says:

      That is one of my biggest concerns too! I am over 300 pounds still, and tentatively scheduled for surgery in June. I’ve lost almost 85lbs on my own, and already have the nasty loose skin. it is going to be disgusting (and probably hazardous to my health) when I have surgery, and lose more weight.

      • Alison Garcia says:

        Hi! I totally understand your concerns. It is kind of daunting when you consider how your skin may or may not bounce back after weight loss surgery. I look at it this way: I’d rather have a loose apron, swinging arms, and my health, rather than a large abdomen full of unhealthy fat that could bring on worse health issues down the line than empty loose skin would. I’m 7 1/2 years post op, and even at goal have a loose abdomen, loose arms, inner thigh skin, and my health. It’s truly worth it in the long run. Skin removal is always an option, but focus on the positives rather than worry about what’s to come. -Alison 

  14. says:

    Cris no tengas miedo de verdad nose siente dolor un poco de molestia se puede controlar no todo los cuerpo son iguales yo llevo un año y seis meses y me siento fabulosa

  15. Trish says:

    I am just starting this process and honestly some of the problems discussed here scares the me. Wondering if this is the right path ti take.

    • Diane says:

      I the same place as you. I the beginning of this journey but after reading a lot of the posts i am wondering if this is the best thing for me to do it has scared me.

  16. Ronda says:

    I agree 100%, staying on track is about staying disciplined and listening to what ur body is telling you. I had a distal RNY with a 1 Oz pouch in 1999. At 5’3″ & 345# I was headed for trouble. As a nurse I knew what I was walking into (risks, complications, lifestyle changes, ect.)but was so so ready for a change. I ruptured a disk & back surgery 1.5 mo. after WLS…recovery was long! However, as I recovered from the surgery..gave me time to think… once released I hit the floor running. I worked up to 7 mile runs, 2 hour workouts, and stayed with the basic rules I was given by my surgeon, & Bariatric dietician. I lost 200# in 2 years. EXERCISE IS SO IMPORTANT, once released ya gotta move. Do wut ever you find fun. For me exercise was and is a great stress and anxiety buster! I kept 100% of wut I lost for over 13 years UNTIL I hit a deer and rolled my car. Ended up with a spinal cord injury, several broken bones in my neck and 2 plus years of wheel chairs and intense therapy (in my legs, arms, and hands) ..thru out these past few years I had to deal w a regain of approx 45#. It’s been a hard lump to swallow but I have done my best to keep moving as best I can and continue to stay with the basics. 8 glasses of WATER dly (yes I do occasionally hv a soda), no drinking during meals, use a small spoon (like a baby spoon if u have trouble with pacing yourself-worked for me in the beginning), protein first, then veggies (not corn or taters :}) if u do that you may find your full and won’t want more. I am severely lactose intolerant, thru my wonderful gastroenterologist, I have learned that Kerfir and traditional good quality Greek yogurt was safe (for me me anyways). I use protein shakes (100 call mixed with a couple ounces of PLAIN kefir) it’s thick and very satisfying. She’s absolutely correct we MUST have our protein. If you are getting too many calories from your shakes maybe you Need to check a better quality lower cal supplement. I am anxious to try a sample pack to give Inspire a taste. I still cannot eat a whole lean cuisine, usually get three meals out of one meal (tossing any pasta and/or high starch veggies.) I have recently had a setback had a small bowel obstruction due to adhesions (scar tissue) another surgery and lost approx another 30#. I battled some depression after my accident and had to give my brain and heart a reboot. Gotta get moving again…
    I am telling ya guys hang in there and don’t give up….it’s hard work…YOUR WORTH IT!!!

    I found this website last while doing a search for a sugar-free WLS friendly custard. Glad I found you!

  17. Christina says:

    I’m 7 years post op. Want to lose the 20 I gained.what’s the best way? Liquid protein and Keto eating?

  18. Kathleen says:

    I am 3 yrs post op RNY. I am cogniesent of my intake every day. I have not regained, but I have not lost the last 20 labs either. Will try the pouch reset and let ya’ll know what happens.

  19. Patricia says:

    I had my surgery late 2001… I still have to watch what I eat, and exercise!!… it’s really key to keeping you motivated. If you can’t walk…swim, do seated exercises! Whatever your body can handle and your doctor approves. This surgery is REALLY a jumpstart to a new life of you let it be… dont be discouraged as your body tells you how to eat and what you can tolerate. It is truly life changing, it’s not a diet, it’s a life changing experience.

  20. nat1023 says:

    My surgery is on Oct 23 gastric bypass. I’m 5’3″ 236lbs I have Diabetes (on insulin pump), on high blood pressure and cholesterol meds. I’m so nervous not knowing what the surgery is going to do to my body. My husband supports me kind a, he’s worried about the loose skin and how I’m gonna deal with that….he’s all about doing it the natural way. #unsure

  21. Loki says:

    Thank you for this article….I’m actually 1 year post op and have gained 6 pounds.
    Not sure what my entire issue is BUT this kick in the butt article really helped me see passed the foggy funk I’ve found myself in.

  22. Thelma says:

    There is a problem with this surgery and your vitamin absorbtion. Magnesium and iron are basically absorbed in the small intestines, iron needs stomach acid which you do not have, if you are deficient in iron you will also be deficient is magnesium. calcium etc etc etc

  23. Will says:

    I had my sleeve surgery October 10th. The doctor decided that, with my chronic migraines, I should have the sleeve instead of the bypass, so that I could continue to be able to take the medicines I need.
    I’m down 40 pounds since the surgery, and am still continuing my journey.
    I found this website today, and am glad I did.

  24. Cheryl Jones says:

    This is all so enlightening!! I am still in the pre-op, nutrition classes phase. I weigh 255 at 5’6″ and I have been miserable!
    I am literally sick and tired of being sick and tired. Many of the contributors here,real!y leave me feeling
    apprehensive about my upcoming sleeve surgery but I respect their candor. I really do. I am addicted to sugar and I realize that I must dream with that. I also have a huge stomach that already overlaps the top of my pubic area. So I ask myself what this might look like after having lost significant weight. Anyway, I intend to move forward with this life change regardless of my a
    apprehensions and dare I say, fears. I refuse to acknowledge the fears and I am grateful for the input from so many who have already been through the surgery and come out to the other side!

  25. DEE says:


    • Alison Garcia says:

      Hi Dee, the Inspire diet is absolutely simple to follow. we give you the bones of the plans, and optimal Inspire items to consume, you do the rest, including one meal of solid protein and low carb vegetables. Read carefully through this information, it spells it out quite simply for you. Couldn’t be easier!!! -Alison

  26. Colleen Wilkins says:

    I had my sleeve on 1/8/18 and have only lost about 5 lbs. I was in a stall before my surgery. I am eating a puree diet at this point. Is this normal? I walk 2 miles every other day and am drinking my water. I feel like I am doing something wrong

    • Alison Garcia says:

      Hi Ms Colleen, you are fairly new to post op life. Be patient with yourself, and trust the process. Stalls are quite normal, you’ll experience them many times throughout the journey to goal. Keep doing what you’re doing, and you will do wonderful!! Best wishes for a continuing good journey!!! -Alison

    • Anne says:

      Hi Colleen,
      Just because the scale doesn’t appear to be moving, your body IS adjusting and changing! Sometimes it takes a while for the scale to catch up. Don’t get discouraged – keep doing what you’re doing – and you WILL see the results!

  27. Mary Grieder says:

    I am worried about having surgery. Interested in knowing if I can follow your diet even without having had surgery without ill effect?

    • Alison Garcia says:

      Hi Mary, absolutely! We have many non op individuals who have had great success in achieving their goals with the Inspire Diet. Your turn!!! -Alison

  28. Donna says:

    Hi! I’m almost 7 mo out from gastric by-pass. I’m on a high protein low carb diet. I exercise six days a week. I have a severe defect in my lungs that caused me to have a 9-1/2 hr surgery to give me 20-30 yr life span. I’ve not been able to exercise because of this lung defect. Today I am walking 2-1/2 miles per day. I’ve lost 125 lbs and Imhave reaches my goal weight. I set a goal what size pants I wanted to get back into and I succeeded. This was the best decision I have ever made. I had some complications about 3 weeks after surgery where I had to have my gallbladder removed. It’s a life’s long journey and I will continue this for the rest of my life. I feel the best I have in over 20 yrs.

  29. Renee says:

    I am two and a half years out. I had a sleeve done in October of 2016, but due to severe acid reflux I had to have RNY a year later 2017. I also had problems with continued pain after the first surgery, that turned out to be gallstones. So I had to have my gall bladder removed. I also had problems with kidney stones a couple of times. So it has not been easy. Now I am finding myself underweight. I started out at 230lbs and Now I weigh 103lbs and my height is 5’3″. My bariatric team is sending me to a eating disorder group. I have been trying to gain some weight back on but it is so hard to retrain your brain.
    I have been following the diet no sugars, no carbinated drinks, or carbs and not to drind from straws and to read the labels.
    on every thing.
    So now what do I do? I look at my self and I do not like what I see. I don’t have breast any more or have a butt. It is so sad. I never thought I would see myself wear a size 3 to 1 some times even a size 0.
    I was told my my bariatric team that they would like to see my weight at 120. I heard that and it scared me. I am afraid of my weight starting to climb back up.

    • Suzanne Shaw says:

      I’m so sorry to hear you’ve been having such a hard time. Please take the advice of your Medical team to heart and follow it, I know its scary but they have your best interests in mind. Good luck to you!!

  30. Denise says:

    Thank you for truthful insight.
    My Cardiologist recommend that I talk with a Bariatric Surgeon. I weigh 376 retaining fluid like crazy. Had a nerve test done.When they pricked my legs with a needle my legs leaked fluid for 3 days. Was put on lasix lost 13 lbs. I’ve had a uncle who died a few years after bariatric surgery but he was a heavy smokerand drinker. He lost a great deal of weight. Had a cousin have RYN and died 2 weeks later complications from surgery.
    Yet I still know I need help. I’m learn as much as I can about The Sleeve and RYN. Pre&Post Dos and Dont’s

  31. Victoria says:

    I am almost two years post op. I haven’t regained but cannot get to my goal weight of 160 lbs. I have 30 more pounds to lose. My doctor told me I probably reached my setpoint and more than likely wont lose any more. Is it possible to get to 160 following your program?

  32. Sara Moore says:

    I had my surgery in June, 1987. I lost 120 pounds by just follow a few rules. No carbonated drinks, high calorie ice cream shakes, and chips with sharp edges . Later I learned I couldn’t eat much bread either. It worked great until 5 years ago when I quit smoking and a year later I was 20 pounds heavier , then last fall add Steroids to my daily pill regimen ( I have COPD) and another 10 pounds snuck in there. So now I’m putting Bariatric Inspire and a few other things from this site on my grocery list to USE. The only thing that bothers me is the amount of sodium in the soups and snacks, otherwise I love the products and hope to lose the 30 pounds gained in the last 5 years. I ‘m finding some exercises I can do also.

  33. Rose says:

    I stumbled upon this and have questions.. I had Bariatric Surgery 2017.. I followed the guidelines and so far I’ve had great success with a 52lbs loss.. My questions is not about gaining some weight back, but about the hair and muscle loss after surgey.. I go to the gym 4 days out of the week and my workout consists of HIIT Cardio, body sculpting with weights and I’ll use some machines, not all the time I rather use my body to gain stamina and build muscle.. I have lost A LOT of hair and no matter how hard I go at the gym I have not increased the muscles in my legs or arms.. I’m not sure if anyone has ever experienced the hair and muscle loss but I would like to know what’s my next step?

  34. Matthew says:

    I am 3 weeks post op vertical sleeve
    I’m having no trouble hitting my protein and water goals
    I have lost 35kg/77lbs so far very very happy

  35. Jacqueline T Malak says:

    I am new to the group but had RNY in 1996. I started at 408 pounds and got down to 184 pounds and was able to maintain it until 2017. I ignored the weight gain at first, putting it down to the stress of being diagnosed with a blood clotting disorder and being started on a blood thinner for the rest of my life and having a total replacement. Then the hunger hit and has stayed. No matter what I eat or when I am ALWAYS hungry. Finally went to see Bariatric surgeon and he did some tests. Turns out I have developed a fistula and am feeding both sides of the stomach because back in 1996 they did not separate the two sides well enough.

    So now I am headed into surgery to repair the fistula and see if I can get back to my happy weight. I don’t regret doing this, as I would have most likely died by now or been so big I would never leave the house. I was thrilled to find this group and am excited to have somewhere to turn for help when I struggle. I live in Alaska, so everything is far away. Fingers crossed this does the trick. Any recommendations for post-fistula surgery are appreciated.

  36. Pam says:

    I am 13 yrs post surgery. I have gained 50 of the 100# lost. Cannot seem to get it off. I was in a near fatal accident 8 yrs ago that threw me into menopause. Is there a possibility that I can still get this off?

  37. Peggy Kitchen says:

    I am scheduled to have sleeve surgery on December 17, 2018. I am doing the pre-op diet. Love reading everyone’s comments. I have all of the mixed emotions and pre-surgery jitters. I’m gonna push through it and get on to the other side.

    • Theresa says:

      Praying for you Peggy! I’m scheduled for surgery on December 31 2018. I have many mixed thoughts but at this point I really don’t have any others options. May the Lird be with you on this journey,,,let me know how you do!

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  39. Amy says:

    Theresa- wishing you the best in your upcoming surgery. Stay strong, drink your water 1/2 hour before you eat. Stay away for sugar and processed foods and you will do fine. I had surgery way back in 1986 ( huge scar) now surgery is done laposcopically . I lost 86 pounds in 1 year and met my goal. My surgeon was thrilled. I stayed that weight for years, only gained 25 lbs thru a pregnancy and it was all gone after her birth. I kept walking or stationary bike . The pouch does stretch over time and you can easily eat a whole sandwich. I started going off track and over the years have gained it all back plus 10 lbs. so disappointed in myself. I am trying to get outta plus size again. I never ever thought this would happen to me. Reality check. Starting strong again and aiming to get to my goal weight . Drinking plenty of water , protein and veggies is the key!

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