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Carnie Wilson's Weight Struggles Continue

Carnie Wilson's Weight Struggles Continue Even After Gastric Bypass

This may be dating me a little, but Wilson Philips was one of my favorite groups back in the '90s. One of the members, Carnie Wilson, publicly struggled with her weight, and in 1999, she weighed over 300 pounds before deciding to have gastric bypass surgery. The singer lost an amazing 150 pounds in 16 months, but keeping the weight off continued to be a struggle. Dr. Oz says that at least 15 percent of gastric bypass patients will gain all their weight back. That's because although the surgery decreases the size of a person's stomach, it doesn't deal with the emotional reasons and lifestyle choices that cause people to become overweight in the first place.

Carnie became pregnant with her first daughter, now 4 years old, and packed on 70 pounds during her pregnancy. She lost it over three years, but after her second pregnancy, Wilson has been unable to lose the extra 61 pounds she gained. After appearing on The Dr. Oz Show in the beginning of February, the mom of two was shocked to learn that being 5'3" and 218 pounds put her in the morbidly obese and prediabetic category. That was the supportive nudge Carnie needed to realize she has to stop making excuses about why she's gaining weight, and has to get serious about her health so she can be a positive role model for her daughters.

To find out what Carnie is doing now to drop the extra pounds


Dr. Oz and his team prescribed a 90-day program that involves daily exercise and food journaling, and it's helping Carnie get back on track. When asked if she felt like a failure, Wilson replied, "No, this is life, and life is up and down. I'm at a down, but I'm coming back up."

This week's Get Fit For 2010 Challenge is to blog about your weight loss and fitness progress, and I'm sure many of you can relate to having your own ups and downs on the road to getting healthy and fit. It isn't always easy and we're not always successful right away, but hopefully Carnie's story will inspire you to continue on your path.

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starbucks2 starbucks2 7 years
If you have GB surgery and don't change your habits, the weight will come back on. You have to understand that it's just trying to help you find out how it actually feels to be full, to start listening to your body's needs again- Like someone said, the stomach is elastic and will slowly expand the more food you eat. My host parents (when I was and exchange student in Oregon) both had the procedure done and did well for about a year, but then they started eating small amounts of the wrong foods, and slowly went back to old habits. If you are willing to make the changes, GB surgery can help, but it will not magically do the work for you.
mtiger mtiger 7 years
This just goes to show that the only way to sucessfully lose weight and keep it off is to change your lifestyle!!!
Spectra Spectra 7 years
In general, people who regain weight after having gastric bypass surgery done generally aren't using their "tool" effectively. You CAN outeat the surgery...if you eat small amounts constantly throughout the day, eat a lot of high calorie/low volume foods (like sugary sodas and milkshakes, ice cream, etc.), and gradually eat more over time, you will regain the weight. After the operation, your "pouch" does naturally expand a little bit so you can eat a little more. The idea is that after a while, you've retrained yourself to eat smaller quantities of food. I hope Carnie can get herself back on track. I'm sure it's tough for her to admit that she was a GB surgery failure.
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 7 years
Just like the posters above, I wondered how Carnie gained so much weight after her bypass surgery. Well, I hope her new attempts will be successful. I confess I do feel sorry for her.
chloe-bella chloe-bella 7 years
Also, I would guess that even though they can't eat that much food at one time, it wouldn't stop then from eating small amounts constantly throughout the day.
Soniabonya Soniabonya 7 years
Please correct me if I'm wrong, but from what I heard, the stomach is elastic. If you build up your food in take, over time the stomach will stretch from the small size and will continue to do so as you eat more and more. Again, I don't know if that's true. I think it was a Mythbusters episode that talked about stomach stretching and ripping. . . scary thought but very possible.
tuliprush tuliprush 7 years
Like TADOW, I don't understand people like her or Star Jones that can have their stomach stapled, and gain weight back. I need to look into the science behind it, because I see her go up and down in weight and I relate to it very much, having had Binge Eating Disorder for 10 years - - - she needs to see a psychiatrist to deal with why she keeps putting the weight back on, not go to Dr. Oz for a diet/nutrition plan. She obviously knows how to lose weight...she needs to deal with the mental side, now.
I still am fascinated by the mechanics of gaining weight after having the size of your stomach reduced. I am not judging Carnie, but I am genuinely confused as to how it is possible to gain such a significant amount of weight when your stomach can't hold that much food. I really wish her well and I hope she can change her lifestyle to have a longer life. I know personally weight issues are so hard to overcome.
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