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  • Possibly having Gall Bladder removed. How do I stay lean post-surgery?

    Been having pains for awhile now caused by my gall bladder and my doc wants to take it out. I don't really have a problem with this but i;ve read places people after this surgery can gain weight easily because your gall bladder isn't regulating fat intake anymore? Is that right?

    How do I keep eating the things I love while remaining lean and feeling good?

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    I had my GB out in 1984. Put weight on, took it off, put it on again. Can't relate this to my lack of a GB but can relate it to poor eating habits

    Without a GB, and after some conventional dieting and 5 months on the PB, I'm now down 35 lbs with no issues whatsoever.
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    • #3
      Originally posted by belinda View Post
      I had my GB out in 1984. Put weight on, took it off, put it on again. Can't relate this to my lack of a GB but can relate it to poor eating habits

      Without a GB, and after some conventional dieting and 5 months on the PB, I'm now down 35 lbs with no issues whatsoever.
      Pretty much the same for me - mine came out in 2000 and I didn't notice anything different in how my body handles (or doesn't handle) fat (but I sure did appreciate the absence of crushing pain from gallbladder attacks!). I lost 125 lbs on a low-carb diet in 2003-2004, and have gained/re-lost 40ish lbs of that several times since then. I can attribute the gain/loss to times when I was and wasn't eating well, not to my gallbladder!

      I was 29 when mine came out; my dad was 65. He's had very mild diarrhea since he had his out (controllable with light medication), but he's 75 now and still lean and healthy.
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      • #4
        Mine came out in 2005 and didn't have any bearing on my weight one way or the other. I needed to loose 20 (ish) lbs. before the surgery but didn't gain any extra after. Started PB in February of this year, the 20 lbs. dropped like a stone and no digestive changes otherwise except an immediate and complete stop to indigestion and acid reflux.

        Now, I was never much into the CW scene anyway, always ate full-fat, tons of meat & veggies, a fair amount of dairy and very little sugar, so switching to Primal for me was pretty much just cutting the grains & legumes - easy, peasy. I regret not learning about PB before the fact because I hate the idea of missing parts but not having a gallbladder hasn't had any effect that I can see.

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        • #5
          I had mine removed in October. The first couple of weeks was certainly an adustment period. I would routinely be in the bathroom 20 minutes after eating most anything. I lost a couple of pounds the first week or so, but haven't seen any weight loss or gain I can attribute to the surgery since. There aren't really any foods I can't eat, but I know that if I put hot sauce on anything I need to have a bathroom handy within 20 minuntes. I don't think you will see much of a change at all (except for the loss of pain) and nothing primal approved has ever given me any grief.

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          • #6
            I had mine out a little under three years ago. For a while I couldn't tolerate red meat, but that seems to have sorted itself out. Otherwise, the only changes have been a distinct lack of pain.

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            • #7
              Robb Wolf mentioned in one of his podcasts that complications from the gall bladder may be a sign that you are celiac.

              If you aren't strict with your grains already, you may wish to try that first and see if your problems clear up. Or not! I think this is the podcast that covers it:

              gall bladder

              Good luck!
              Steph
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              • #8
                Yeah i've been tested for celiac disease and it was negative but i dont eat grains of any kind.

                Well thank you to you all for putting my mind at ease.

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