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April 08, 2006

Weight loss and weight gain

Set_of_brass_scales_1 Within the first two years following surgery, you can expect to lose 50 percent to 60 percent of your excess weight, if you follow the dietary and exercise recommendations. If you continue to follow these recommendations, you can keep most of that weight off long-term.

However, if you return to your old eating habits, you may gain back any weight you've lost. People who regain weight after gastric bypass surgery usually are consuming too many high-calorie foods and beverages and don't exercise enough. And rather than eating three meals a day and small snacks, some people graze - eat food all day long. This eating pattern often leads to consuming too many calories, which causes weight gain.

If you aren't losing weight or are regaining weight after surgery, see your doctor. Your health care team can help reassess your eating and exercise habits and help you confront and overcome any weight-loss obstacles.

Though weight-loss surgery helps you shed the pounds, its success depends on your willingness to adopt lifelong healthy-eating and exercise habits. What you eat and how you eat changes after surgery, but the benefits of weight loss and your improved health are well worth these efforts.

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