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Weight Loss Surgery Patient Shares Her Post-Operative Experiences

March 8, 2012

LOS ANGELES, March 8, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — It has been six months since my gastric sleeve surgery. Up to now the weight was flying off and I was having no trouble meeting my 10 pound monthly goal. This wonderful weight loss tapered off after entering my sixth month. It is so frustrating to get so close to my goal weight and then – BAM! – it stops. Of course, this is different for each individual. Every person who pursues weight loss surgery in Los Angeles will respond differently. With gastric bypass surgery, the average weight loss is 60-77% Excess Body Weight Loss (EBWL) in the first two years. That means that if a person is carrying 100 extra pounds, they will lose 60-77 in about 2 years. The result with sleeve surgery is 60-65%.

I spoke to my physician, Dr. Michael Feiz, about the decrease in my monthly weight loss. Dr. Feiz is an expert on several types of bariatric surgery, including the increasingly popular Lap Band in Los Angeles, and has done a wonderful job tracking my progress. He said this was a normal reaction – that my body has now lost more than 60% of my excess body weight, and that my weight loss will now decrease to 2 to 5 pounds per month.

The dietitian on staff at Dr. Feiz & Associates has helped me come up with new meal plans to achieve my monthly goals. Morning meals now consist of complete protein, such as protein shakes or an egg white omelet. Lunch consists of 2 oz. of protein with fruit, such as half an apple or pear. Mid-afternoon snacks include a small piece of cheese or a protein shake. Dinner consists of a 2 oz. of protein and 3-4 oz. of vegetables. I don’t drink with meals; this fills the stomach with empty calorie. Drinking 60 to 70 oz. of water a day is a must. After each meal, I drink 6 to 8 oz. of zero calorie flavored water or a diet Snapple. Every hour, I drink until I have satisfied my total intake of fluids.

Staying on track is not an easy feat. I have sometimes slipped into old habits like snacking on empty carbs or not drinking enough fluids. It can be a complete disaster when you start giving up. Stick to your doctor’s advice and your chances of success are astronomically better. If you are serious about losing the weight, and are willing to dedicate yourself to what needs to be done, you will achieve your ultimate goals. Remember, you are in control of you, and it’s up to and only you to make this happen.

To learn more about Dr. Feiz & Associates, and about procedures like the Lap Band in Beverly Hills, please visit online at www.drfeiz.com.

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