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Weight Gain After Gallbladder Removal…

30 Apr

Warning, some of what you are about to read might be TMI so read at your own risk!! If I am struggling, I know someone else is and I need help.

About 2 1/2 months ago I had my Gallbladder removed, the doctor said it was one of the worst she had ever seen. Immediately I noticed a change in my body, some people report having diarrhea, where I was the opposite, I couldn’t go at all. I quickly noticed that weight was packing on. In maintenance I had settled between 170- 175, I really wanted to drop another 10 pounds but I wasn’t actively trying. After surgery, 5 pounds was added quickly, I thought it was because I couldn’t use the bathroom. After the first month I was at 10 pounds and now 2 1/2 months later I am 15 pounds heavier.

I went to the doctor because I thought I may be having some hormone issues, they checked me for Poly-cystic Ovarian Disease and blood work came back negative. I am doing everything right, I have less stress, even exercising more and the weight is still going up. This feeling is like no other, I mean I guess I could compare it to a plateau but even then the weight stays the same. I am struggling to stay positive about this, I have worked so hard to get the weight off and keep it off and now nothing I do is working. I know its not about the number on the scale, but when your clothes don’t fit that is too far. I think it would be different if I ate crappy food and constantly ate out, but I don’t. It’s really starting to bum me out!!!

I am not going to say that I have tried it all because I haven’t, as a wellness consultant I help people lose weight for a living. I know exactly from experience how to burn fat and what foods to eat and what time of the day. NONE OF THAT IS WORKING FOR ME!!! Since getting my gallbladder removed my body is having a hard time adjusting, the doctor said it could take up to a year.

I found information on the internet about a few things I can try…

Bile salts are also biologic detergents that enable the body to excrete cholesterol and potentially toxic compounds (eg, bilirubin, drug metabolites). The function of bile salts in the duodenum is to solubilize ingested fat and fat-soluble vitamins, facilitating their digestion and absorption.


I started taking a probiotic but I haven’t seen a change, I am to the point where I will try anything! Suggestions are welcome, please comment below, I know I am not in this alone and I think I am the most frustrated I have ever been.