How do I lose this gained weight after total colectomy?

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   Posted 12/4/2008 11:20 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi guys! Its been 9months post op and I have been gaining weight. I have been trying to diet the usual way with fruit and veggies and exercise but the weight stills increases. I don't know what to do. I've look online to find out if there are special diets for people who have had this surgery but I couldn't find anything. Do any of you have any tips?
Subtotal colectomy planned for March 14th. AH!
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   Posted 12/4/2008 1:04 PM (GMT -7)   

unfortunately, there isn't anything "special" that works!!!  The only thing I can suggest is to increase what you are already doing...I know, with me, I have to increase my weight training to see results...not just cardio sad   

Moderation when it comes to food and it is better to EAT calories than to DRINK calories...water is best, no diet soda/juice...but if you are dehydrated and need electrolytes drink what you have too...I find that water and unsweetened tea work fine and every once in a while I drink lemonade!

Let us know how it goes!!  Good luck.

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   Posted 12/4/2008 2:20 PM (GMT -7)   
to add to what ohio was sayign about the drinking, it's been found that people who switch to diet sodas to lose weight, instead of drinkign regular, actually gain weight! i have seen a few studies that show that, some of them say the reason is that people think subconsicoulsly, well i didn't have those calories from the soda so i can have a piece of cake or a piece of pizza, or whatever.
Or others say it has something to do with the chemicals in the artifical sweeteners.
And juice is one of the absolute worst things to put pounds on you! i gained a bunch of weight from juice right after surgery that was all i would drink.
Samlitcher-it's important to find something you like to do to exercise. i don't know if you would like doing this, but i got dance dance revolutin for Wii (they have it for xbox, and ps2 and ps3) and that is the absolute best exercise and it is SO much fun!
good luck!

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   Posted 12/5/2008 2:10 PM (GMT -7)   
There's no magic to losing weight. Decrease calories and increase exercise. If that doesn't work you need to up the exercise. Safe weight loss is 1-2 lbs per week and it is shown that weight taken off slowly will more likely stay off in the long term. I have lost about 25lbs in the last year. I exercise 6-7 days per week for a minimum of one hour. This includes cardio and weight training. If you increase your cardio activity (and I mean by raising your heart rate) you will burn more calories. Be consistent and be motivated. It's the only way to get the weight off.

dx proctitis in 1987
dx UC in 1991, was stable until 1998

1998 started prednisone, asacol, pentasa, nortriptylene, ativan, 6MP, rowasa enemas and suppositories, hydrocortisone enemas, tried the SCD diet, being a vegetarian, omega 3s, flax, pranic healing, yoga, acupuncture, probiotics

2000 lost all my B-12 stores and became anemic

2001 opted for j-pouch surgery- now living life med-free

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