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3/16/08 11:00 P

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I can only imagine how you must feel when your dr told you that. emoticon

I have not had the WLS, but know of 4 people who have. To this day, once their weightloss plateau'ed all 4 of them still struggle w. the weight issues I do. One friend of mine, actually lost all her weight only to gain almost (almost meaning all but 20lbs) back. Another friend traded food (since she could not eat alot anymore) for alcohol. Now she is going through AA and has been 30 days clean & sober. I am not talking bad against WLS, but I think you need to get to the root cause of why you eat and try to work on that. I know my problem is a sugar addiction. I am getting better, but I still a loooonggg way to go. I can attest that w/ pcos it is ALL about the hormones. After 66 days of working out and trying to eat sensibly (for the most part) I started on my own (w/o the help from Provera) and since I started last week, I have no desire for all the sugar I was craving before. Let me tell you, before AF (aunt flo) arrived, I was having to fight really hard to control my sugar cravings. I would give im to my chocolate craving, but limited.

Pls. don't think I am on my soap box, if so, I apologize. I just wanted to express that I think you will still have the same battle w/ the surgery or w/o. Besides, you seem to be doing great! 14 lbs is a great start! It took me 6 weeks to lose 6 lbs! Some of those weeks, the scale would not even more!

Gina

Edited by: GINAINVA at: 3/19/2008 (09:15)
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3/12/08 12:02 P

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It IS possible to lose weight with PCOS. We just have to work harder than others. We're not going to see instant "Biggest Loser" - style results. Keep up the good work, and post here when you need motivation! I know how hard it can be to keep going when you don't see big losses. (Or any losses, sometimes.)

WLS definitely should be the last option. Not only is it risky (a family friend of ours died from complications after gastric bypass), but after the surgery you'll have to change your lifestyle anyway. Why not try the lifestyle change first?

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3/12/08 9:49 A

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16lbs is great! Congrats. I'm doing pretty much the same thing as you. Exercising 5-6 days, tracking my calories (1200-1550) per day, watching my carb & sugar intake, drinking 8-10 glasses of water a day, cutting my portion sizes, finding healthier snacks, etc.

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HEATHERNY's Photo HEATHERNY Posts: 897
3/12/08 9:46 A

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I am on Weight Watchers and I exercise in home and at a gym. I have cut out all the white carbs and replaced them with whole grains. I slao try to cut out white sugar and replace with Splenda when possible. 16 lbs is a great start! Keep it up!

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MONAGETTINGFIT's Photo MONAGETTINGFIT Posts: 27
3/12/08 9:36 A

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Thank you all for the info. I really do not want the WLS. It really is my last idea. How are you guys losing the weight. I have lost 16 pds since Jan. I have just been eating a lot of whole grain wheat and drinking plenty of water. I do try to exercise at least 5 or 6 times a week. What are you guys doing to lose the weight?

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3/12/08 8:34 A

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I had Lap Band surgery but I did it more than 2 years after my doctor first suggested WLS. It is only a TOOL. If you read my recent posts on SP and my blog, you will see that it is possible to struggle even after the surgery. I also had complicating medical issues (hypertension, sleep apnea, and problems with the veins in my legs) that finally made me choose WLS. Weight loss, not the surgery, has resolved the medical issues listed above. Therefore, I think that if you are able to lose weight without the surgery then you will receive the benefit of improved health. The surgery is not magic. It is really only a tool. I am glad I did it but, in my case, it was medically necessary. Note that I am here with you all doing the same things that you are doing in order to continue losing weight.

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*raises hands*

I had severe PCOS, and my most major and obvious symptom was my weight. I had been over 200 pounds since I was about 13 years old, and I'd been over 300 pounds since I was about 20 years old.

The explanation given to me was simple - hormones, specifically, estrogen and insulin. Fat holds estrogen, and estrogen holds fat, and no diet or exercise was going to break up that love affair. My fasting insulin levels were so high - close to 60 - that no amount of metformin could help. My best bet was the take the weight off first.

WLS is no quick fix however. I started out at 335. At my lowest weight, I was 190, and I was ecstatic. Medication then caused me to gain back up to where I am today. I'm back on track and working my "tool" (because that's what WLS is - a "tool") to lose that regained weight. I've lost three pounds this week simply by not eating the things I'm not supposed to eat. (Like, duh!)

I am the first one to tell you that WLS isn't for everyone, and it isnt' an easy solution. Educate yourself, check out a few different bariatric programs, and make the decision for yourself.

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HEATHERNY's Photo HEATHERNY Posts: 897
3/11/08 10:18 P

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I have to tell you that yes, it is very difficult losing weight with PCOS but it is possible! I have lost 78 lbs. Yes, it has taken 15 (almost 16 months) but I did it naturally. No surgery, no pills, just a proper diet (Weight Watchers) and exercise, a lot of exercise. I have to say that it takes a lot of control, determination, effort (more then most people give) and, most of all, time! With PCOS, I cna tell you that it can take up to twice as long to lose the desired weight. IF you want the guick fix, then surgery can be the answer.... Just remember, just because you have Gastric Bypass or a Lap Band that does not mean that you will not gain the weight back. You stomach is a muscle and you can restretch it out and gain all the weight back. I personally know a couple of people that it happened to. Research whateven you are thinking about in detail before you jump into anything.

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AMEENA5's Photo AMEENA5 Posts: 1,415
3/11/08 7:45 P

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I know having PCOS makes losing weight REALLY hard. Trust your gut instinct. Weight loss surgery is the last stop on the road for me. Hang in there ok?

Try reducing your carbs (not eliminating). Over time you WILL lose weight. Not all doctors really understand the consequences of PCOS and are rarely sympathetic.

Hang in there! We are all here for you! Don't give up!
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3/11/08 5:39 P

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I would suggest weight loss surgery being your last option. Many PCOS patients struggle to lose weight, we fight against our bodies and our wills. But what I've learned over the years is w/ self-discipline about what I eat, dedication to exercising and watching my carb intake, I CAN lose weight but it is a lifestyle change. I have considered surgery too but I have also lost weight on my own so I won't give myself that "out" until I have no other options. Are you currently taking any meds or supplements to help w/ your PCOS? Is your doctor involved w/ your PCOS a lot or is he/she just dismissing you as a patient that overeats & is lazy?

Edited by: MOMNMEL at: 3/11/2008 (17:39)
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3/11/08 4:57 P

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With PCOS and having a hard time losing weight. My doc. has suggested having some kind of weight loss surgey. I am not sure if this is the right route. I am very scared. Any information or insight on how to get the weight off will be greatly appreciated. emoticon for all that you have to say.

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