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Sunday, April 24, 2005

WLS Myth Busting: All patients re-gain weight because they stretch their stomachs

Dear Readers:

Recently I’ve been annoyed at the number of myths floating around about weight loss surgery. Today I introduce for your information and amusement a new column: WLS Myth-Busting. I will address for you the things people say about WLS that are false and misleading and hopefully offer some intelligent feedback for these comments. Please drop me an email if there’s a WLS Myth bugging you.

MYTH: All WLS patients re-gain weight because they stretch their stomachs.

: WLS stomachs can never stretch to pre-surgical size. At best, a post gastric-bypass stomach will expand from a capacity of 2 Tablespoons to one-cup capacity. Eat more than 1-cup volume at one sitting and it’s vomit-city, sweetheart!

TRUTH: WLS patients will regain weight (here’s the secret) by snacking or grazing. Eating little quantities of the wrong foods all day long causes WLS patients to stop losing weight, or worse, this behavior results in weight gain.

Snacking is the downfall of the WLS patient who regains weight, not stretching the stomach. For an example, 5+ years out of surgery, I can eat one piece of pizza at dinner. If I eat a second piece at dinner I WILL get sick: guaranteed. However, If I nibble on the leftovers an hour later, I can add another piece, and an hour later, another piece, and so-on. See the pattern? Snacking is the problem, not stretching the stomach.

The fact is, patients who live by the four rules do not regain their weight. Just as a reminder, here are the four easy rules:

  • Protein First
  • No Snacking
  • Exercise
  • Drink LOTS of water

The best way to bust this myth and prove the nay-sayers wrong (and don't we all want to do that!) is to live the four rules and never re-gain your weight.

Best Wishes,
Kaye Bailey

1 comment:

Lisa Griswold said...

THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!

I have an acquaintance who keeps telling me stories of "people she knows" who had the surgery and every single one of them gained the weight back, plus more.

She keeps telling me that surgery will not fix the problem and could actually make me heavier later in life.

When I try and explain to her that these "people she knows" didn't do it properly, she gets very defensive and says it's the doctors and media that convince people surgery is the only answer.

I know I will not take this surgery for granted and hopefully will not let snacking or grazing sabotage my weight loss.

Thanks for the post! Very good!!!!