Nina, I had a complete hysterectomy a little over 25 years ago and yes it does make a difference, but NEVER, NEVER give up. Just keep telling yourself that this is a life style, not a diet. I love Spark People because you can stay on track and if you stray it's very comfortable to come back. So even if you don't lose as quickly as before or even gain some, just keep eating healthy and exercising.
Good Luck and take care.
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34 9/19/13 7:44 P
I had a complete hysterectomy a few years ago. I'm still pretty new here, I just started a week and a half ago, so I'm not sure if it will be harder to lose weight compared to before my hysterectomy. But I am not going to let it stop me. If it takes longer, it takes longer. We can do this!
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3,293 9/19/13 2:40 P
Well, I was able to keep my ovaries, so perhaps it is a different experience. I had a hard time with the forced no-exercise period (6 weeks...I am not good at sitting still) and was in pain for quite a while, which didn't slow down my exercise, but made me a bit miserable.
Other than that, I was able to continue losing weight.
Have you asked your doctor about hormone replacement?
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3,837 9/18/13 9:33 A
I had a hysterectomy just over a year ago. I was really ill for a few days - they sent me home but I couldn't keep food or water down for a few days - lost about 6lb in 2-3 days. Well, obviously that all went straight back on when I was eating again. For some reason it seemed to take quite a few months before I started losing weight again, but I'm now about 14lb lighter and quite a lot of inches thinner than before the hysterectomy. (My weight loss has always been very slow since I started but, as I'm looking for sustainable lifestyle changes rather than a diet I'm reasonably happy with that - except for the plateau that I seem to be on right now.)
I had a partial hysterectomy, so I don't know if having the full would be different in terms of weight loss. But just to add my experience: The cancer diagnosis and subsequent hysterectomy is what spurred me on to change my life. I lost consistently the first year. It could just be, as another poster said, that your body has different needs now. It definitely is harder as we age, and hormones account for that, too. Be patient with your body and focus on your health. Your body WILL respond.
Sorry about your hysterectomy.
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22,043 9/18/13 5:45 A
I wonder if SOME of what you gained back was in relation to any swelling - even small amounts of swelling. also, for the few weeks that you are recovering, it is possible that you were still eating around the same calories, but were less active, therefore burning less in your day.
Perhaps you might consider talking with your Dr about this so you can get the correct information as it relates to you.
However, having said that, here is a link that you may be interested in:
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21,152 9/17/13 12:47 P
What you're experiencing is not unusual. While a safe weekly weight loss would be 1-2 pounds, there will be weeks you don't lose. There will even be weeks you gain ! And that doesn't mean you're doing anything wrong. this is not the Biggest Loser. the weight doesn't magically drop off the minute we decide we need to lose. It really could take 6-8 weeks of healthy eating and regular exercise before a person sees a change in the scale. and that too is perfectly normal.
Can having a hysterectomy make it difficult to lose ? It certainly doesn't make it any easier and it could complicate it in some people.
Mostly, it strikes me you need to be more patient with your body. As we age, a number of different factors contribute to making weight loss difficult, but not impossible. It really does require far more patience from you. So, don't beat yourself up because the weight isn't coming off as quickly as you'd like.
Weight loss is a slow steady process that takes time.
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9 9/17/13 12:09 P
I had a complete hysterectomy in April. Before I had surgery I lost 35lbs. I have gained back 7. I have started my diet and exersize routine last month and I have not lost one pound as of yet. I'm getting very frustrated and to the point of saying forget it its not worth it. Has anyone had a hysterectomy and found it difficult to loose weight after and have any advice?
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