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   Posted 7/17/2013 4:56 PM (GMT -6)   
I know that with the GERD diet it is hard but even when you eat normally (no greasy/fatty food) I am finding hard to add weight. Are there folks who lost weight on the onset of Gerd and then fight to maintain or add weight.

Chris K.
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   Posted 7/17/2013 6:12 PM (GMT -6)   
I lost 25 lbs between Feb. and May, because I could no longer eat double portions and had to cut out coke and other sugary stuff.

For the past two months, I am maintaining my weight at 160lbs (6 feet, male, 40) and not losing any more weight but not gaining either.

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   Posted 7/17/2013 7:46 PM (GMT -6)   
I lost about 12 pounds (202 -> 190) in last 2 months. Male 44. Maintaining my weight now but I have to stick to my plan to eat. Getting a big belly and seems like my other body parts are smaller.

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   Posted 7/17/2013 8:15 PM (GMT -6)   
I was diagnosed with Crohn's disease and gastritis a few months ago and so after a really bad episode last weekend I am on a serious bland diet. It's been really hard to gain weight after cutting out all the junk food (pizza, ice cream, soda, dairy etc). So, i understand the struggle to gain weight and the lack of appetite sometimes to even consume enough calories each day. I've been trying to eat more frequently throughout the day when possible, hoping that helps! Since the onset of this I've lost 15 lbs. 128->113 lbs. Female, 26. Goodluck to you!

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   Posted 7/18/2013 6:19 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi - Anyone else with their experience ?

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   Posted 7/18/2013 7:29 AM (GMT -6)   
Yep, lost 10 lbs and can't put any of it back on. 42 yr old male, 5'9" 125 lbs. Just like fight-gerd, I now have a "big belly" and very skinny body. It is a struggle to keep my current weight on.....ugh!

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   Posted 7/19/2013 9:55 AM (GMT -6)   
Pediasure, has more calories and protein than regular Ensure. Add starches and carbohydrates like potatoes and rice. In the course of a year I lost ~50 lbs. Just now have gained back 3 pounds 10 weeks post surgery (not fundo).

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   Posted 7/31/2013 3:24 PM (GMT -6)   
I was diagnosed with Gerd & Gastritis 11/2012. Lost 30 pounds in 6 months due to not being able to eat and cutting out high calorie stuff. Once my stomach healed, I started eating "normal" portions, I gained 6 pounds back 5/2013-7/2013. I've found that once I started eating normally the weight just started coming back on (too fast). I went from eating 500 cals a day to about 1800 cals a day. Now I'm currently dieting to keep from gaining weight to quickly because I'm actually at my ideal weight.
Try eating high calorie foods such as Ensure, Boost, peanut butter, avacados. There's also something called Benecalorie that adds 350 calories to any meal.

Post Edited (natitc) : 7/31/2013 2:35:31 PM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 7/31/2013 4:38 PM (GMT -6)   
I've lost 25 pounds. Can't put it back on with the new lifestyle. I was a big guy back in the day. No fat, but lots of muscle.
I had a lot of anxiety about my weight loss. I thought i looked like i had cancer. Not so,much anymore. Cancer likes fat.
Thats how I look at it now. Check your BMI and if your in the normal range then you have an edge up on the cancer issues.
To find the data on this look up obesity and cancer by the cancer institute. EC is a cancer that is affected by extra fat on the body. Something to do with the cellular actions. not just the weight bearing down on the les valve. Apple shape is worse than pear shape.
I am 72.5 inches tall and weigh 180. I am at the high end of normal. I feel like I am too thin but my BMI says I am just right. In fact I could lose some weight to get into the middle of the normal range.
I am 45 have Barrett's so I am careful. I had it ablated so actually I am considered Barrett's free. But, it's the lifestyle change that will keep it this way. Most of America is over weight so when we get thin like this we stick out. But really we are normal and we are the way we should be.

Chris K.
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   Posted 7/31/2013 5:11 PM (GMT -6)   
nat, how are you? Are you still hanging out on this forum?
Anyway, good to hear that you are doing well.

To others, personally I think PPIs can cause you to lose weight. For me, when the acid production is reduced in the stomach, it causes malabsorption issues.

I started off at 185.
Then I went on Prilosec for a week and then in that week, I lost 10 lbs.
Then I was on Aciphex for nearly two months and in that period, lost another 10-15 lbs.
I stopped taking the Aciphex and was able to maintain my weight around 160lb for two months.
Recently, I was having a rough week with my stomach so I caved in and started taking Aciphex again for a few days. In those few days, I lost around 3 lbs. I stopped immediately and switched to Zantac (non-PPI) and managed to put a pound back after about a week.

Everyone's different but for me, PPIs have contributed greatly to my weight loss.
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