Gastric Bypass Surgery

My weight loss journey after Gastric Bypass surgery.

Friday, January 15, 2010

Gastric Bypass Surgery - Low Carb Diet

So here I am 4 years after my Gastric Bypass Surgery and I still think it was the best choice I ever made! I have however put on about 15-20 pounds from a combo of the holiday food and lack of exercise, so I have started a new year diet! As I have stated before on this blog, the surgery alone is not enough to stay thin forever, it gives you a jump start but you still have to watch what you eat and exercise to keep it off!

I am trying a low carb diet for the first time since I had the surgery and I am not 100% sure how I am going to do, wish me luck! I also have low carb blogs which I will be updating with recipes while I am dieting, check them out:

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  • At 11:19 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Frankly, to me, anyone who goes this route (GBS) is a cop out. And, since elective surgeries like this cause everyone's insurance rates to go up, those wanting it should have to pay a huge surcharge on their own policies.

    Every person I've come into contact with who has had the this surgery was plain lazy. They didn't want to exercise; they didn't want to change their eating habits. And, for exercise, I mean just walking (not jogging or killing yourself) each day. They just sat and sat and sat. They could have walked a little before work and definitely after it. But they were plain lazy. Then, they would eat anything and wouldn't cut back. I exercise daily and eat what I want, within reason. I don't diet and I've never had this surgery and never will. I know how to lose 20 pounds a year if I have to. I know of a person currently who had this surgery recently. EVERYDAY he eats cheese and fried foods. It doesn't matter if he is cooking from home - it is still high in saturated fat. And, this is a daily thing. I have not seen this person eat a decent variety of meals - popcorn is his favorite. And, I know. He is a roommate. But, he also doesn't exercise, either. So, give it a few years, and he'll be right back to where he was. This surgery has become nothing but a money maker for doctors and an easy cop out for those who don't want to take responsibility for their own eating and lack of exercise habits.

  • At 2:54 AM, Blogger linny29 said…

    Strange as it may seem to some of you, I actually agree with most of this comment! Although it is more of a rant about the roommates laziness, it does have alot of truth in it.

    Going to lots of meetings and talking with people who are post gastric bypass surgery you do come across people who do not change their lifestyle and therefor will end up in the same place after time. In my experience though, more than half of GBS patients do change and keep it off but I am now 4 years out and things have changed. I had to go to GBS meetings for months before the surgery after proving to the doctor and then the insurance that I WOULD change my lifestyle! Now it is a lot easier and there is less education before surgery. There will always be people wiring their jaw shut or getting surgery (or whatever comes next) just to lose weight, only to gain it all back.

    Now I would like to point out that in the article you commented on I do say "the surgery alone is not enough to stay thin forever, it gives you a jump start but you still have to watch what you eat and exercise to keep it off!".

    Now as far as the insurance, the reason most insurance companies have given in and covered the surgery is because their studies find it saves them money, meaning it doesn't cost you any more. I know I save my insurance company money post gastric bypass surgery! Less meds, less doctor visits, no hospital visits since, lower blood pressure, etc. So with that point I disagree!


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