ummm. dianne - it's great that you're asking these questions. many people turn to WW after their surgery to help them, and it does help, mostly for the self-control and accountability.
there are several different types of surgery, but they fall into two major catetories: restrictive only, and restrictive plus malabsorption.
the lapband is restrictive only. so, people who have that can eat only small amounts at a time.
the gastric bypass and duodenal switch are restrictive plus malabsorption. we don't absorb all the calories [i've heard it's about a 30% deficit, but that might not be accurate], and we certainly don't absorb all the nutrients we need. that's why we need to pay particular attention to supplements and a diet that has more protein than carbs. that doesn't mean carb-free, by the way. but high quality carbs rather than crunchy snacks or white bread or other junk.
i'm sure your members appreciate the effort you're putting into this...
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Keeping it off is a hundred decisions a day that help you maintain what you achieved. And that's the hard part. - L Sanders
start: 506 [Sept 2001]
weight at gastric bypass [Jan 29, 2002]: 409
current weight: 225
weight for plastic surgery: 200
final goal: 180
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