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June 10, 2009


Having poor coping habits and emotional turmoil becomes a part of some peoples’ daily living?Are people unable to turn to food post-surgery?

If so, they are pursuing other harmful self-destructive behavior termed as “addiction transfer”.Simply put, replacing food addiction with other items such as alcohol.

Many Americans, in their hope to fight obesity and their quest for better life, opt for gastric bypass.Being a patient, ignoring food addiction post-surgery, many people may be vulnerable to several vices.

Most gastric bypass patients put on weight due to health condition, drugs or lack of exercise.

Others get trapped in food addiction fueled by underlying emotional triggers.


Most often, food addiction consequences are difficult to hide.  If you have food addiction, you may suffer from:-

§ Excessive weight gain

§ Constant weight fluctuations

§ Food Preoccupation

Consider this:-

· Most people get trapped in the futile cycle of exercise, diet and weight gain. Though it helps you to lose weight, individual compulsive tendencies tend to stick.

· Experts widely believe that addiction isn’t just about eating and food, but is a coping mechanism to manage painful emotional feelings.

· Most gastric bypass patients tackle more than just their extra pounds. Lack of effective support system and coping mechanism before surgery turns many to addiction to cope up with frustration, boredom and stress.


1. Professional counseling or assistance from support group may help you stay clear of compulsive habits and ignore addiction transfer post-surgery.

2.  Before surgery, many bariatric doctors refer their patients to psychotherapist to address underlying issues related to mental health.

3.  In most cases, counseling or psychotherapy, coupled with surgery, reduces addiction risks and offers effective, long-term results.


Though gastric bypass patients have to contain their food intake post-surgery, a new study warns them to monitor the alcohol consumption too.

The Oprah Winfrey Show presented a segment named “Suddenly Skinny” with Carnie Wilson. It briefly discussed various reactions that gastric bypass patients had to alcohol, including binge drinking and trading food addiction with alcohol addiction

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Points to Ponder

  • Average age and weight of patients who underwent surgery was 47 and 200 pounds
  • The BMI of bypass patients dipped from 51 to 33 (still believed to be obese).
  • Gastric bypass reduces the capacity of stomach to certain ounces
  • This is the main reason why alcohol stays higher and peaks higher
  • As you drink alcohol it relaxes you both inside and outside
  • Allowing your stomach and esophagus to relax, permitting you to eat more
  • Gastric bypass patients don’t seem to metabolize alcohol in the same
  • Patients experience faster addiction
  • Most trade their food addiction with alcohol addiction
  • As the stomach capacity reduces, liquor and food gets rapidly absorbed into the intestines
  • 2006 estimates say nearly 177,000 had a gastric bypass
  • One beer generally feels like two
  • A wine glass contains 125 calories
  • Have a designated driver or do so at home

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June 11, 2009

Gisel @ 8:02 am

I have had 2 gastric bypass and guess what? After 2 years of being skinny and a size 10 I am now a size 14. It is a struggle, surgery is not the cure all. I still have issues with food, as in it’s difficult to eat, and sometimes I still throw up and I certainly can not drink alcohol, I get drunk with just a few sips. Though I eat very little, I’m sure because I don’t exercise I’ve put the weight back on. Also make sure to pick a good doctor who will continue to provide support post surgery, mine did not.

withheld @ 9:13 am


I find this post of yours very demeaning and stupid. I for one had the lapband surgery as you know, and that was one of the best things I could have ever done for myself. I also know people who have had the gastric bypass and it has helped thier health and lives tremendously.. and I do not see them turning to acoholism or drugs or anything else that you may have encountered. Oh..I guess you wouldn’t know about it since you don’t have that problem. I thought I would never address you in this manner but this really pissed me the fuck off. You may have all the knowledge of being a trainer, and know your shit.. but until you are in this position, then I can understand where you can make this comment. I am sure things will be wierd between us now at the gym, but I am stating my opinion and you stated yours. Although that email page that you sent was a looked like people were making fun of these ladies..obiviously they have no problem with why should you even comment. or care . it is their life not ours to judge..

Lapband patient,

Sam Bakthiar @ 9:17 am

You totally took this post the wrong way. I totally believe in the gastric bypass and the lap band however I am stating that before someone does that they want to make sure there are no other underlying issues. I appreciate you Laurie and encourage you to express yourself to me and “keep it real”. I am one of few people that don’t take offense when people express themselves and actually appreciates
It. That being said I think that both surgeries can definitely help as long as the psychological component is also addressed.
Laurie, it’s going to take a lot more than expressing yourself for things to be weird between us. THANK YOU for being you.
Much love and respect

Mary @ 9:51 am

This is so sad but true. I have had a couple Juice Plus clients that had issues with this and even my own mother. Surgery is not always the answer is it? It definitely has to be a combination of things to get healthy and fit. Thanks for educating others!

Mustang @ 11:10 am

No matter what you do to lose weight, it’s not easy. I can only speak for myself, by saying I have considered both of these options, and have yet to do either of them. I feel I should be able to do this myself, by eating good & exersize …however at somepoint, frustration may give way to the Lapband, and with that said, I am concerned I go thru a procedure and not be able to maintain the results, and if I can maintain them, why can’t I just produce and maintain them on my own w/o the surgery.

But I know several who have had these surgerys, and if your issues are not addresses…you tend to slip back into old habits, and put the weight back on, as I have seen with all I know who have had these procedures. (just as I do without any of these procedures) I struggle every day, and the older you get to harder it is! Very interesting posting. Thanks for looking out for us Sam.

Dr. Saman @ 6:36 pm

Thank you Tammy. I agree with you 100% that you should develop good habits before going for surgery. It’s the same thing as having a lazy employee saying that he is lazy because he works for someone else. Do you think that he will all of the sudden be a hard worker when he works for him/herself? You are your habits.
I am going to be a dad next month and I hope that I can help my daughter develop good habits. Habits make or break us.

Cynthia Banks @ 1:22 pm

I am interested in your challenge. I currently work out at Bally’s in Ontario, but I feel lost. In December 2000, I weighed 430 pounds. I underwent gastric bypass surgery (later revised to a duodenal switch) and lost 295 pounds. Unfortunately at 135 pounds, I was severely anemic and malnourished so I was “encouraged” to gain weight. I now sit at 225 pounds. I’m willing to do whatever is necessary to reach my goal. I had the surgery to reduce my risk of stroke, heart attack, cancer, and diabetes and I feel like I’ve failed my surgery. Can you help me?

Dr. Saman @ 6:38 pm

Awesome Cynthia,
We would love to take you on. We only ask you that you follow the program 100% for the next 12 weeks.
That means you can’t miss a single workout and you have to follow the healthy eating plan for the next 12 weeks with ni cheat meals. If you think you have what it takes then please call 909-393-9075 and ask for Armando.

Lan Young @ 7:05 pm

Hi Sam, I had a good family friend who just passed away 2 weeks ago due to gastric bypass surgery he lost 90lbs and died before I could get him to come and see you. He too had struggled with weight most of his life and thought this was the route to go. This story really hit home to me.I suggest people do their homework before deciding to do this its not for everyone!!!!!

Dr. Saman @ 7:37 pm

I am so sorry to hear that. I am sorry for your loss. You are definitely right about it not being for everyone.
I wish we could of helped him. Thank you so much for sharing.

Nick @ 9:13 pm

My Uncle is 375lbs, one of the greatest people I know. Uses food as a vice for feelings I know nothing about. I believe he got to that weight by himself, if he wanted to lose weight he should do it himself too. Admit your mistakes, accept the past, look for the future, take pride and care about yourself. I believe that these surgeries are “the easy way out”. Do you know how hard it is to lose 200lbs on your own? Once you do, you will never get that way again. It leaves me wondering if the surgery affects the patient in the same way. Regardless if you do get surgery or not, dont take your life granted. Be a wolf not a sheep.

September 4, 2009

charlotte allen @ 12:17 am

I am interested in your challenge. I have been thinking of having surgery but it scares me too death! I am fortysix and 5’5″ and 244 pounds. I have yo-yo’d all my adult life since having my frist child and being diagosed with thyroid ca. when I was 24. I have not been active but I am ready willing and able! I want to be around for my child, grandchildren and myself.My goal is 150

September 5, 2009

Dr. Saman @ 10:13 am

Charlotte you are absolutely right. I think the best way to do this is taking a conservative approach. The best way to lose weight and keep it off is by exercise, nutrition and lifestyle modifications.

December 14, 2009

KIMBERLEY @ 7:11 pm


Dr. Saman @ 11:14 pm


First of all I want to congratulate you on losing all that weight.
I would love to help you but I need more information as far as the kind of diet and exercise program that you are following.
Please forward me that info so we can get started.

December 21, 2009

Al @ 7:41 pm

is a breathalizer test acurate on persons with gastric bypass
I had 3 glasses of white wine over a 4 hr period and still blew a .15

Dr. Saman @ 8:23 pm

Hi Al,

I have never heard or heard anything about
the effects of gastric bypass and breathalyzer test.
Here is what i can find on it:
There is no question that bariatric surgery magnifies the effects of alcohol: blood alcohol levels rise higher and persist longer after someone has undergone one of these procedures. “I’ve been warning my patients about this for 20 years,” said Dr. Hutcher, a past president of the ASBS. However, it does not automatically follow that these patients now are in danger of becoming alcoholics or any other kind of addict. “Nothing about this study has 1 scintilla to do with women saying they are drinking more,”

Al @ 8:34 pm

I had my surgery over 4 yrs ago I’m aware of of effects but I’m 200 % of my comsuption that night I can’t explain the .15 test result.
thanks Doctor

July 27, 2010

diane wright @ 9:21 pm

hi i am from the uk and i am waiting for my sergery i have 2 apointments in sept 1 to see surgeon the other to see psychologist i am 50 years old and am morbidly obese i have struggled all my life with my weight i dont have kids but i have sisters and brothers and lots of nieces and nephews who i love and they love me but i cant admit to them i am terrified but i no there is no other way i feel no one understands what i am going through how can i stop been scared

December 13, 2010

T-Rex @ 6:56 pm

Nick says….”I believe that these surgeries are “the easy way out””

Spoken like a true IDIOT who has never had to live life as a post-op gastric bypass patient. It is ANYTHING but EASY. With the surgery you still have to exercise and watch what you eat. Actually since my surgery I’m WAY more in tune with my diet than I have EVER been before in my life. I’m betting that YOU couldn’t do it NICK.

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