Hi everyone! Last time I went to see my GI for my check up we discovered that I had lost around 10 lbs from my original 120 lbs. being as i am already sort of small that was kind of a shock being as i've been trying to gain weight, not lose it XD. I haven't been doing anything different eating wise or activity wise. My GI didn't really have much of an explanation either :/ So, with that being said, have any of you ever experienced weight loss like this? If so what did you do to try and fix it? i'm pretty sure it has something to do with the "no large intestine" thing but i'm not what else to try to help me gain the weight back. Thanks
I drink Boost ... chocolate flavor not the one high in sugar. It’s the original. I drink 2 a day and I’m still skinny but I’m not losing weight anymore. Plus, I love the taste!!
i'm pretty sure it has something to do with the "no large intestine" thing
It has nothing to do with the “no large intestine” thing. I have had no colon for 26 years and I consistently struggle to avoid weight gain. Same as before I had surgery. And despite being very sick with UC.
There usually isn’t an inocuous reason for losing weight. If your appetite is good, and you are eating a proper and balanced diet, it shouldn’t be happening. Metabolism, diet, and undetected or untreated illness could all be factors.
Your GI should have ordered full blood labs to check for anything amiss. If I were you I would have suggested it.
Some people it easier than others to put on weight and others struggle with having to put on even a lb. If you're naturally big its very easy to gain weight. But if you're small you may have to put in some effort. I think exercising for half hour daily (weighlifting or strength training) with a balanced diet helps to put on healthy weight. You may not gain alot that way , it'll definitely make you look and feel better and it has far more benefits than just increasing carb intake to go big for a short while.
Eating carbs, especially processed carbs, in order to put on weight is definitely not a good approach for a healthy ileum and Pouch. Ideally protein shakes or supplements can be used to augment a diet high in proteins and low in carbs and sugars.
I use Absorb Plus, an elemental (pre-digested) protein and supplemental drink for IBD and other digestion ailments. I used it to recover from the surgeries and now, with a pouch, to add weight.
Eat eat eat... I find I only just manage to maintain my weight, and if I miss a meal or have lighter meals I can lose pounds in days. I drink gym shakes to try and keep on top of it.
CDUB, you sound like me. I had my takedown about 2 1/2 years ago and I just maintain my weight. When I was at my worse, I weighed 80 lbs. and ended up in the hospital and on TPN and appetite stimulant. Since surgeries, I have been up to 105 at best but typically weigh just barely over 100. Just recently started adding a nutrition drink for a snack hoping that will help. Also, cutting down on sugars. Of course, people I know want to give me a few of their extra pounds. Other than weight, I feel healthy and have enough energy to do what needs to be done. I’m semi-retired and work 2 days a week with toddlers. Keeps me busy!
I have really struggled to put on weight. One thing that does work is abundant amounts of peanut butter, I get an organic one with no preservatives or sugar and eat it with banana.