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Old 10-29-2008, 07:45 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I live in India and after a life long struggle with myself and my feelings towards food and consequently weight, I have decided to get a gastric sleeve. Someone might judge me and say that I am not morbidly obese and so am being drastic but I have also read stories on this very forum where people wished they had done the surgery earlier - if only just to improve their quality of life....
Anyway, from the way things look, I will be getting operated on Monday and had a couple of concerns:

1. Do people experience serious hairfall?? I was told by one of the doctors I visited that hairfall is very common and one has to be on vitamins to control that....?
2. How do you ensure you never pack on the pounds again?

I am overweight by 50 lbs and want to make sure I never regain them!!
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Old 10-29-2008, 08:14 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I've lost/gained my whole life!!!
Start Date:
Aug 1, 2007
Surgery Date:
5' 8"
Height:
280 lb
Start Weight:
154 lb
Current Weight:
150 lb
Goal Weight:
126 lb
Weight Loss:
4 lb
Lb Left to Lose:
45 %
% Lost:
Summer 2008
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42.5692041522
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hair loss is common and there is no real way to prevent it...your body is searching for protein, and since hair is a source, it's also a victim of your body robbing protein from on place to use it another.....it's not really loss so much as it's thinning for most people...it usually kicks in around 50 pound weight loss mark....and continues up to 100.

This surgery is a life style change. As long as you have your mind set that you will NEVER EAT LIKE YOU USED TO, you should be successful. It doesn't mean you can't have occasional treats....it just means you have committed yourself to eating healthy and adopting a successful plan. Some people do gain their weight back....it's up to you as to whether or not your are one of them!

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Old 10-29-2008, 09:43 AM   #3 (permalink)
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172 lb
Current Weight:
165 lb
Goal Weight:
150 lb
Weight Loss:
7 lb
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Feb 09
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Chances are, you will have hair loss. I had very long hair and it fell out really bad....then I went and had 6" cut off and it helped. Eating your protein daily will also help. You wont go bald, but you will experience some hair loss.

This is a lifestyle change. My doc told me that four things will keep the weight off:

1. make healthy choices with your meals and snacks
2. exercise at least 3-4 days a week (weightlifting & cardio)
3. water, water, water! at least 64oz daily
4. your portion sizes...if you are eating a portion bigger than your fist, you are eating to much!

Good luck with your surgery and keep us posted!
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Old 10-29-2008, 09:54 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Hair loss is a common "body reaction" to the trauma of any surgery. There is nothing you can do to prevent it, but it's not permanent--your hair does grow back. Following your surgeon's protocol is important. You have to learn a new lifestyle to make any WLS successful. Remember you have to take vitamin supplement forever after these surgeries. If there are support meetings in your locale, I'd highly recommend attending them. Wt loss is at it's maximum rate during the first few months after surgery. This is WHEN you have to learn new eating habits, exercise routinely, hydrate properly, and take you daily vitamin supplements. The WLS is a tool towards wt loss, and by itself is no guarantee of permanent wt loss. You have to change your old eating habits, eat healthy foods, exercise, etc. to maintain any wt loss you attain. DAVE
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Old 10-29-2008, 11:04 AM   #5 (permalink)
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162 lb
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Welcome to the board, thank you for joining us.
Congratulations on your upcoming surgery.

As everyone has said, yes, hair loss is common, but then again, once you are out of the rapid weight losing stage, and your weight stabilized, it will come back, it isn't permanent, and neither will you go bald.
As for not regaining weight, healthy life style and healthy eating habits is the key. In other words, do the same thing you would do, to stay at a good weight range, regardless of surgery or not. Regular exercise, making good food choices and eating to live, not living to eat, in other words, take moderation very very seriously. And always remember this is a life time commitment. If, after you lose weight, you go back to your old life style and old eating habits, then the weight will come back on.

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Old 10-29-2008, 01:00 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Hey guys,
Thank you SO much for responding! I am a bit apprehensive now that D-Day is coming up and just wanted to check with people who have already embarked and are successfully on this journey.
I do understand that eating right is key as is exercise - but what do I do?? I eat pretty ok (no junk food and sodas or desserts) If I drink soda its diet and I'll have a couple cans/week.... my major problem is portion size....I can easily pu away a huge bowl of cereal, a couple of eggs, 3-4 toasts and a couple mugs of coffee for breakfast! As I understand it, my cravings will disappear or at least lessen post surgery.... and my capacity to eat will have shrunk significantly.... will I still gain weight?
My exercise regime is pretty intense when I am on it....brisk walking 8-10 kms 3-4 times a week and for the days I don't do that, I do 45 minutes of pilates....

If I keep this up post surgery will I be ok - weight loss wise?
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Old 10-29-2008, 01:26 PM   #8 (permalink)
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I feel exactly how you feel. My date is Nov. 13th and I'm ready but at the same time I'm not trying to worry too much. Just take it one day at a time. We'll be fine.
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what worries me the most is that despite making healthy food choices at most times, I am a binge eater.... I am not a junk food eater but my appetite is crazy!! I can easily pack away a bowl of cereal, a couple of egg whites and a few toasts with a couple mugs of coffee for breakfast!
I am so petrified that I will continue to eat that way!! How do I change my habits? How do I unlearn what I have done all my life?
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