Doctors pressuring me to have gastric bypass surgery.

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Hi! My name is Nichole and I need to lose 183 lbs. My Doctors are pressuring me to have gastric bypass surgery. They say since I’m 46 years old that there is no way I can lose the weight on my own. I restarted my weight loss journey on my birthday Jan. 1 and I’m down 17 lbs. My doctors say that my weight loss is most likely water weight. I’m in need of encouragement because I am not getting any support at home or from my Doctors. Feel free to add me. Also if any of you has lost 100 plus pounds I would love tips and any information that may help me. Thanks everyone 💗

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  • MikePTY
    MikePTY Posts: 3,814 Member
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    Most doctors know very little about weight loss and nutrition. Quite honestly unless they are a registered dietician, I wouldn't put any more stock in what they say than your mechanic.

    It is true that the initial loss is probably majority water weight, but so what? It's been less than a month. It's going to take some time to see significant loss. There are a lot of people here who have lost significant weight at your age or older. A person, whether 1 or 100, loses weight by being in a calorie deficit. You can do that at 46 just like you can at 26. Keep on with your plan. You'll prove them wrong when they see the results.

  • fdlewenstein
    fdlewenstein Posts: 231 Member
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    I am 59 YO and last August I weighed my all time high. I needed to lose 90 pounds. So far I have lost 50 pounds. If you are determined on your weight loss journey, then you have my support. Don't let any doctor pressure you into surgery (unless you have a life threatening situation). I would get a second opinion and see a nutritionist. Also, see if there is a support group that you can attend. Its a real shame that you are not getting the support you need at home (and from your doctor). Support is absolutely an important part of losing weight and chasing your mindset regarding your health.

    The more I think about it the angrier I get! Your doctor should guide you, give you resources, and support your decision (again...unless there is an imminent threat). Yes, it may be more difficult when you are older to lose weight, but really it has more to do with determination. Be strong and see a different doctor.
  • Nony_Mouse
    Nony_Mouse Posts: 5,646 Member
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    Well that's BS! Plenty of people lose weight just fine at your age.

    Seconding the Larger Losers group :)
  • ChelleDee07
    ChelleDee07 Posts: 396 Member
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    I also call BS!!! I loss more than 100 lbs back in 2017 and I have maintained that loss plus dropped more since. You can check this thread out for more details on my weight loss if you are interested...

    https://community.myfitnesspal.com/en/discussion/10603791/more-than-100-lbs-loss-in-8-months-4-days/p1