Yes for life. Post bariatric patients eat small amounts for the rest of their life. Haven't you ever met someone who has had gastric surgery and regained ALL their weight back? I know a few. That's due to not following the post surgery lifestyle including small portions, healthy eating and exercise. That's basically because a patient didn't learn anything. They decided to eat too much after surgery, their stomach stretched back to regular size (which it WILL do with large amounts of food) and well..weight gain.
I agree that sometimes the surgery works for people but it ONLY works if you are really truly willing to change your life and LEARN how to keep it off.. but I think most opt for it because they want a "quick fix" to their weight..well who doesnt? but the problem is that they don't LEARN anything. Getting your stomach cut in half isn't teaching you WHY you're overweight to begin with, how to prevent it from happening again, and how to be healthy. can you tell i'm anti-surgery?
As far as gaining from starvation mode, well I'm proof of this. For me anyways, I DID gain from not eating enough...and we arent talking about super low calories here either. I was eating 1400 cals per day, jogging 5 miles a day at 150 pounds. My body said "no" and literally held onto my weight for 2 STRAIGHT months! No loss. not one tiny bit! So I thought maybe i was eating too much (despite what my calorie range was). I dropped my calories to 1200 and well..gained a few pounds (still while running and exercising) within a few days.
someone on Spark suggested that i eat more. I was in disbelief. like eating more would REALLY help me lose..well I figured nothing else was working so i gave it a shot. I started eating 200 calories more per day and within a week, the scale started to move down. I balled my eyes out that day. That was my "ah ha" moment. When I realized that your body really does NEED a certain minimum amount of calories just to be alive, for your brain to function, heart to beat, etc. My body obviously went into starvation mode because I was creating TOO much of a calorie deficit between what i was burning with diet and exercise and what I was eating. ..THAT is starvation mode.....hope this helped :)
I'm 5 feet 3.5 inches
Starting Weight: 220 pounds (July 4, 2007)
Goal Weight Reached: 140 pounds (September 20, 2008)
Maintenance Goal: 140-143 pounds
Current Goal: Stay in maintenance range!
| current weight: 142.0