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I had gastric bypass 5 yrs ago & have gained a lot of the weight back. I've been binging. I eat until it hurts. I just can't stop. Any help?

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Marissa Vicario, CHHC, AADP (Holistic Health Coach) answered
I'm sorry to hear that you are struggling. It sounds like the root of your eating could be emotional. Have you worked with a coach or a therapist to get to the bottom of what is causing the binges? I highly recommend seeking professional help in this area. In the meantime, try to seek out other activities you enjoy to replace the eating. Make a list so you are armed with it when you feel yourself overeating. This is just a start. I wish you the best in your healing. 
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Catherine Theodorou MS, RD, CSSD, LDN (Registered Dietitian and Board Certified as a Specialist in Sports Dietetics) answered

Liza5326, weight loss can be a tough journey. Prior to undergoing the surgery were you given the opportunity to speak with a therapist and registered dietitian? If so, did you have ongoing care with them after the surgery? Are they people you can go back to? There is an emotional and behavioral component to weight loss especially when you have gastric bypass. Inherently you may know what to do, but perhaps you are struggling with the application of how to do it and reasons of why you deserve it. What do you want? Is it weight loss or something greater than just a number? You’ve already taken the first step. Keep moving forward.

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Ashley Ross (Certified Health Coach) answered
Liza5326, first of all I want to commend you for taking the positive intention to have your surgery 5 years ago and lose the weight. The difficult part of weight loss surgery is even though you are able to lose the weight and look different on the outside it still doesn't change the emotional part on the inside. Losing a significant amount of weight really does change the whole you and it's hard to prepare for that new you. I would recommend going to a support group that your bariatric doctor can recommend and also online there are a lot of great forums for support from other people who have had the same surgery. You made a great step forward and asking for help. Best of luck to you!
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Pamela Warren, MS, CHN (Certified Holistic & Clinical Nutritionist) answered
Each of the above women are right. This is a difficult thing. You have shown that you care very much by having the surgery. The downside of the surgery is that it might not allow you to consume an amount of food or the consistency of foods that create satiety (a feeling of fullness) for you after you've eaten.

Additionally, there might be a place somewhere deep down inside of you where you do not feel fulfilled in your life or in your livelihood.  If you can get to the point of wanting to explore more of this, you will find out what it is. From this point you can begin to recognize what is your trigger for emotional eating and then begin to take more control over this aspect. 

Having hope that you can gain control is the first step. Learning to love yourself for all that you are is very important here. If you can truly learn to love YOU, and that is every part of yourself, you will begin to move in the direction that brings you to better control. That is the 2nd step. From there you could develop the habit of always doing what is best for yourself because you would never want to harm yourself intentionally. That is the 3rd step and really what is needed to be utilized each day for maintaining a healthful and balanced intake every day.

Let me know if this makes sense to you Liza5326. I am very curious to hear if I have suggested the right route for your recovery.

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