I was diagnosed with UC at age 15 and had my 2 j-pouch surgeries at age 16. I am now 26 years old, and 10 years later, I have had little to no success at losing weight and keeping it off. I am about 5'9" and currently weigh 240 lbs.
I've tried almost every diet imaginable, exercise, etc and nothing seems to work. I've had blood work done and my thyroid seems to be fine, although hypothyroidism does run in my family as my mother and Grandmother both have it. The only thing that made me really lose weight was when I took Adderall for ADD, but as soon as I came off of it, the weight piled right back on.
I feel like perhaps it has something to do with the j-pouch or the fact that I was on steroids at such a young age for over a year. I remember in 10th grade when I was 15 I weighed 160 pounds. A few weeks after starting Prednisone and I was up to 227, moonface and all. I just find that I am constantly hungry, and when I try to "diet" I feel lightheaded like I need to be eating more (and I usually end up doing just that).
If anyone has any input or suggestions, I'd really appreciate it. I'm so frustrated, I am almost at the point of considering bariatric surgery.