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   Posted 7/30/2011 1:21 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi everyone,

I feel funny asking this question but are we able to take diet pills to help us lose weight? I've gained a ridiculous amount of weight since my ileostomy in July of 2010 and feel huge and a little unmotivated. Was hoping some kind of drug would help me.


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   Posted 7/30/2011 3:40 PM (GMT -6)   
I don't think it would affect your ostomy much, but just fyi most of the weight you will lose with a diet pill will probably come back on fairly quickly after you stop taking it, because you aren't changing your lifestyle. If you did it in addition to changning your diet and exercise, then it might help long term.
Stephanie, 29 years old

March 2000-Diagnosed Crohn's Colitis
(Tried every drug imaginable, but lived 10 years with daily diarrhea)
March 18, 2010-Total Proctocolectomy and Permanent Ileostomy! :)
(Now med free, 4 subsequent procedures to correct blockages at stoma site)

Stoma named Zoe...She's my best bud!! :)

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   Posted 7/30/2011 8:12 PM (GMT -6)   
Honestly, like 80's Chick mentioned, it won't be a long term solution.

The only way to take it off and keep it off is lifestyle changes...Can you add a walk around the block a couple times a day? How about keeping track of what you eat during the day and modifying that? Every once in a while I use a calorie counter on my phone just to 'remind' me how many calories I eat during a normal day.

I couldn't eat for so many years that I really don't ever want to deprive myself of any my compromise is the amount that I eat has to be a "serving size" or less and exercise of some kind. I stay away from drinking my calories because those things sneak up on you and a person can easily have 1000 calories without being full.

Don't get down on yourself! We all have our stories of our illnesses that got us here and that in itself can be very difficult. Take baby steps...and you'll get there...don't set goals you won't be able to keep and reward your self when you reach them!

Good Luck:)
formally known as OHIO76 ~ honoring my daughter's passion!
Crohn’s dx 1989
some terrible years before my temporary ileo in 2001
Proctocolectomy w/end ileo in 2008
...wish I knew then what I know NOW!

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   Posted 7/30/2011 9:03 PM (GMT -6)   
For me, it's all about portion control. I've just cut down on the amount I was eating, keeping it to about 1200 calories a day. So far I've lost 16 kgs (33 pounds) in the last 6 months (still have at least that much still to go though!). I hardly ever feel hungry as well. It's not a fast loss, but I don't want it to be. My biggest fear is all the excess skin dieters get when they lose weight too fast. This way, my skin has time to retract as I lose weight.

I go by the theory, I put it on slowly, so I'll take it off slowly. You're much more likely to keep it off by losing it slowly as well.
Ileostomy for 34 years due to UC. I had my surgery at 10 years of age.

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   Posted 7/31/2011 12:07 AM (GMT -6)   
Thank you everyone for your replies. I have just been having the hardest time with my weight since I am able to eat without any pain. I love it and I am so blessed to finally feel this way but my weight gain has made me feel a little depressed. I work for my father at his pizzeria and therefor i am always surrounded by carbs and amazing tasting foods. I just have to be strong and try harder. I enjoy walking and I actually do it alot at my job without sitting down at all some days. I just wanted something to help jump start my weight loss and give me some energy. Thanks again, Sabrina

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   Posted 7/31/2011 10:13 AM (GMT -6)   
If you walk alot then why not get on of those pedometers you clip onto your waistband to see how many steps you really take each day. It is surprising but even if on feet all day how few steps we take. Think the amount per day to aim for is 10000 steps as a basis and then you can challenge yourself to increase this.

This along with reducing calorie intake and healthy diet will see the weight coming off. It's not easy and have no idea what I would do if I had to go in a diet as have no willpower which I suppose is good job as due to amount of bowel removed and low absorbtion I need 4000 calories a day. Not as much fun as it sounds as with the CD it means appetite isn't always that great.
Crohn's dx 1989, loop ileo 1992, end ileo 1992. Arthritis developed 1990 Stoma abcess 1995. Azathioprine started 1995. Panprocolorectomy 1999. Stillbirth 2000, antiphospholipid syndrome dx 2000. Flare up 2004, stoma abcess and strictoplasty 2004. Low blood pressure dx with impaired kidney function 2006, fludrocortisone pres. flare up 2010, steroids, Humira, codeine.

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   Posted 7/31/2011 6:26 PM (GMT -6)   
there are some that have a lot of caffiene in them, i like them just for the energy, and because the easiest way to lose weight is to cut out calories, and if you drink coke, that's your biggest calorie intake! so when i cut that out, i cut out my caffiene too. I don't know that they help lose weight, but i take them anyway.
If you want a serious weight loss and you can handle it, get the insanity workout. I lost 40lbs in about 3 months. just from cutting calories, but mainly that work out. it will kick your butt!
UC for 8 years, before finally kicking its butt and having a permanent ileostomy April 17 2007!
-I have gone to find myself, if i get back before i return, keep me here-
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