Poll! How much did you regain and when?

Discussion in 'Duodenal Switch' started by Marquis Mark, Jul 31, 2018.

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    Settledownnow

    Settledownnow Well-Known Member

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    Just another thought.... I believe we need to be realistic about individual goal weight. It is not appropriate for most of us to aim for a weight we were in high school or in college. Rather, we need to find a goal weight that allows us to be healthy and physically active (or at the very least not hinder mobility) and then focus on maintaining that weight. That may mean carrying a little more weight than a "normal" BMI. I know some say to try to lose as much weight as possible and go below goal so that you are "normal" at the regain but that just never made sense to me. I am a 5'3" female, age 56, and it is not realistic for me to try to weigh 120 as I did when I was in my 20's. I also do not want to have to be on a chronic diet to try to maintain an unrealistic weight.

    All of this is to say that perhaps at your age and height Marquis MarkMarquis Mark maybe 240# is a good weight for you (or 235# or 230# or ?) and now your focus needs to be on stopping the regain and maintaining your weight. I do not know. It is just another way to look at things.
     
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    Settledownnow

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    Don't you usually walk quite a bit during the school year? Could it be that daily walking has helped keep your weight gain to a minimum and now with school out you've gained some?
     
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    southernlady

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    Very true. Although as an adult, pre DS, my lowest weight was 147. Even in high school, I weighed in the 140’s. And while I enjoyed seeing 121 on the scale for 10 seconds, I knew that wasn’t realistic for me. Staying in the low 140’s is fine. Would I like to be between 135 and 140, yes, but not enough to work at it. Staying where I am takes no real thought other than making sure I get enough protein, enough fat, and keep my carbs under control.

    My goal, back when I was losing...was first to reach my lowest adult weight (147), then to reach normal BMI (145), then just ride it down as long as I could before I settled into my normal.
     
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    k9ophile

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    It is not appropriate for most of us to aim for a weight we were in high school or in college.

    Absolutely! I graduated high school and started college at 135#. Had the flu or something and lost down to #125. Dropped out and due to a long story about my f'd up relationship with my dad, got down to 115#. My surgeon's goal was 145#, which is one pound over my lowest post-op weight. It's also 10# over my current weight. I like 155#; it's 200# under my highest weight. Saying I lost 200# is a nice round number.
     
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    Marquis Mark

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    Working this summer so still walking 3 miles a day, most days. It's got to be the carbs. It's just not as easy for me as it seems to be for some of you guys to avoid them consistently. If it were, I wouldn't have gone the full monty on WLS. But, now that I have, and there's no other solution left, there's no other option.

    Mind you, at 6'3" and 240 I look pretty good (according to others). No one would describe me as fat. But my dream of becoming a Chippendale's dancer isn't going to happen and I would like to be 30 pounds less than I am.

    To go back to my original concern: If I have to live at 240, I can, and I'll be grateful. But I'm just wondering where the regain ends. It seems like for a lot of people it was about 3 years out?
     
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    Settledownnow

    Settledownnow Well-Known Member

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    The point was that the weight gain may not stop automatically or magically. You may have to stop it yourself by cutting back on carbs. Some people gain a little, some more, and some have gained all back.
     

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