What Happens When You Lose 100 Pounds? Part 1 - My Bariatric Life

My Bariatric Life Health Guide
  • What Happens When You Lose 100 Pounds?

    Perhaps you are in pre-gastric bypass surgery mode and deliberating what the new you might look like and feel like. You might have an image of a slimmed down version of the current you, happily shredding your physician’s prescription pad. Those blue slips that had been traded for meds to control high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and diabetes are no longer needed, and your vendetta with poor health is put to rest at last. The doctor’s pad has been quartered and disabled and a stake driven through its’ little blue heart. You are healthy now.

    You may imagine yourself finally getting the promotion that is long overdue from a boss who suddenly thinks you are a bit more qualified since your dramatic weight loss. Better yet, you may vision yourself applying your toe to your employer’s forehead as he begs you to reconsider your resignation. You apply that last bit of pressure that topples him over while saying something like, “Frankly my dear, I don’t give a damn.”

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    In fact, you might imagine quite a few things.

    Yes, losing one hundred pounds will have perks although it is unlikely they will be like the ones I have just described. You will enjoy a better standard of health, but physicians are pretty protective of those pads. Gleeful shredding would be difficult. As for your boss…well, it’s a long shot at best, kind of like being struck by lightning twice in the same day.


    But the fact remains that there are benefits to losing a good deal of weight. There may also be some unwanted consequences. Beyond the ideals, a good question for consideration might be what happens when you lose one hundred pounds? Another thought might be if it is even likely you can lose one hundred pounds at all.

    Average Weight Loss After Gastric Bypass Surgery

    Roux-en-Y is the most common type of gastric bypass surgery. A surgeon will divide the stomach into parts and will bypass part of the stomach and small intestine. This reduces the amount of space available for food consumption and calorie absorption. Less calories translates into weight loss. The amount of weight that is lost and the time it takes to lose weight is different from person to person.

    Weight loss after gastric bypass surgery begins quickly, and a liquid diet is required for the first eight weeks after surgery. When the patient begins eating solid food, weight loss continues, and a person can expect to lose between ten to twenty pounds per month. The most weight is lost in the first eight months, and the average amount of pounds shed is between eighty and one hundred and forty pounds depending on level of compliance, diet, and exercise.

    About ten percent of patients who have gastric bypass surgery do not lose weight, and it is possible to gain weight back after the surgery has been performed.

    Studies show that about 59% of patients gain back about 20% or more of the weight they lost after having bariatric surgery.


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    AGA Journals - http://agajournals.wordpress.com/2011/03/03/what-causes-weight-gain-after-gastric-bypass/
    LiveStrong.com - http://www.livestrong.com/article/283388-what-is-normal-weight-loss-with-the-gastric-bypass/

Published On: December 28, 2012