How Does Stapling the Stomach Affect Weight Loss?

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Stapling the stomach reduces the amount of food the stomach can hold and absorb. Learn about how stomach stapling affects weight loss with the help of a licensed dietitian in this free video.

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Now, if you are interested or are scheduled to have a bariatric surgery, you're probably wondering, how does stapling my stomach affect weight loss? I'm Charlotte Lawson, a registered and licensed dietitian here in Tampa Bay, Florida, and when we go through the extreme process of stapling the stomach, we significantly reduce the amount of food our stomach can intake, as well as what's being absorbed. Now, when removing certain sections of the stomach, this in particular directly affects certain nutrients that we eat from food and where they're absorbed. So, when your body is not absorbing these foods, you're not utilizing the calories and therefore, not gaining extra calories or gaining any extra weight and when we remove this extreme amount of calories, our body has to pull from other stores. So, this now is utilizing its stored up glycogen and fatty deposits to keep your body running and metabolizing and really just functioning for everyday life. Now, like I mentioned, a lot of this has to do with malabsorption which is not absorbing nutrients whatsoever. So, you're going to have to be on a specialized multivitamin and mineral supplement to make sure that you're still getting the nutrients that you need without becoming nutrient deficient just because of your lack of actual food intake. Now your diet is going to be very very different after this surgery as well. It's going to go through a few liquid phases and then when you turn to solid foods it's still going to be very small and mushy and again just small in amount. Now, be mindful that our bodies are actually very, very smart and your body might start to change after a while since the surgery has taken place. It can actually start to grow and expand the small portion that's left of your stomach. So, even though you've had this surgery, it's not a get out of jail free card, meaning you still need to be mindful of the foods you're choosing. A good variety and a moderate amount of calories is really what's key to any weight maintenance program. So, just be careful of your added sweets and sugars and high concentrated calorie foods. Good luck with the surgery and again consult your dietitian and physician for extra and particular help for your situation. I am Charlotte, and eat happy.

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