Saturday, May 11, 2013

Lisa Lampanelli Lost 100 Pounds - Does It Count If It Is Surgery?

Comedian, Lisa Lampanelli, is in In Touch this week and they have photos of her showing her incredible weight loss. When you see someone who is over 100 pounds lighter than they previously were, they are some great photos. It is only when you read the story that you see that Lisa did not lose the weight through diet and exercise, but because she had a type of gastric bypass surgery. She said that for 30 years she tried to lose weight the old fashioned way, but it never worked for her so she did the surgery. She said it was a tool to get her over her addiction to food. But, if you lose the weight like that, do you actually beat your food addiction? Don't you have to figure out why you are addicted to food? If not, won't she gain all the weight back?

68 comments:

shiny_special_one said...

Yes. See: Carnie Wilson.

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Sugar said...

Wow! She looks so different!! I think she looks great and I hope she has a plan to keep it off. I just watched the roast of David Hasslehoff last night. I miss when those were funny like that. Lisa is always funny at a roast.

rejectedcarebear said...

I know of a few people who got a similar surgery, lost a ton of weight but gained it back. BUT I know people who got it done, ate correctly and exercised and kept the weight off. Just exercise and eat properly and you'll have no problems after the surgery.

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f281561 said...

My husband works with someone who had it but she didn't resolve her psychological issues with food. She binge eats multiple Big Macs when she gets stressed out. He says there are bags at her desk. . I think unless you get help it won't work.

timebob said...

If it saves her life in the long run. Good for her she has the money to pay for it, why not do it. Her weight has fluxed over the years. She was really big at one point.

Meanie Reese said...

RCB, I was going to say the same thing! Re: Lisa, good job, girl and much health and success!

Me2 said...

I've known a couple of people that had this type of surgery and agree it only works if you change your diet, eat healthier food. The people i knew did lose weight but didn't change their diet so were sick all the time.
example- guy i knew all he ate were snack crackers like cheetos, cheezits chips & junk food. I knew another lady who had this and ate nothing but toast & popcorn all day, and had such low iron that she has to have painful iron infusions done for the rest of her life. (thats all she told me there has to be another side like she had low-ish iron to begin with?)

I've lost 75+ lbs over 5 years by slowly changing my diet, and walking every single day. now in my 50's i'm in better physical condition that alot of 20 yr olds. (bragging session over....)

Me2 said...

btw- I want to congratulate Lisa too. I hope this works for her and she has many years of good health & success.

Renoblondee said...

My sister had it done 5 years ago. She is still maintaining perfectly. It worked for her. I'm very happy for Lisa! And yes, it does count Enty!

Meanie Reese said...

@Me2 Awesome!!! Keep it up!! =)

Cee Kay said...

I kind of tend to think it doesn't count, actually. If you don't work out how you got obese in the first place, you WILL be right back there again.

Molls said...

I worked with a woman who had this surgery. For about six months she changed her diet and looked great. But within a year, she was drinking 7-Up for breakfast and eating candy bars during the day and TV dinners for lunch. She gained back all the weight and more.

Anna Nonymous said...

I didn't think it counted really, before reading the comments here, that's why I love our witty/friendly comments sections, it's so nice learning about other people's experiences and points of view. It sounds like with the weight loss surgery, it does depend on if the person is willing to put in the work and be healhty, like anything.

Anna Nonymous said...

Good job Me2 and Reese, keep it up!

Topper Madison said...

My sister had it several years ago and lost, as she put it, "a supermodel" off her back. At the time of her surgery, she was diabetic, had high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and spent over $100 a month on medicines for her health problems. Today, she's gained probably 20 pounds of it back, but all her health issues are gone, and she is off all medications. She got her life back and couldn't be happier. Food addiction is a bitch, so, who gives a shit about how it's dealt with? Do people shame people on Nicorette or using e-cigarettes to beat their addiction to tobacco? Or alcoholics who drink N/A beer? Hell no.

I say, good for her. She's actually is giving herself a fighting chance.

detown359 said...

I'm preparing right now to have a gastric sleeve for weighloss. Yes, I think it does count because the things I will be required to do will be harder than anything I've worked at before to lose weight. 80% of my stomach will be removed so I will only be able to eventually eat 4 oz per meal. I'll need to ensure I'm getting enough protein, vitamins and exercising all while not reverting back to past behaviors. It's definitely not a cope out or easy way out. I also had the first of two psychological visits yesterday and have to take a psychological exam to ensure I'm ready for all of the changes. Big steps but I'm tired of being sick, with the weight being the biggest contributor to all of my diseases.

sleep_deprived said...

I didn't even recognize her

Meanie Reese said...

@detown: Good luck!! You can do it!!=)

just curious said...

I guess she can't make anymore jokes fat white gals dating black men jokes.
Half of her jokes are gone. She got away with making fun of Palin's grand kid because she looks like the "average" mom and not done MILF.

She prolly joke about how she used to fat from now on.

I notice women who get lose weight especially by cheating like to brag about how fat they used to be and how other fat people are lazy.

Mari said...

I think it's up to Lisa to make it count. She has a chance to work on it, keep her health her priority, and hopefully she'll have success.
Congrats to all who shared their stories.

Greg said...

The fact that someone is 100lbs overweight is evidence alone that the person doesn't have a healthy relationship with food. The surgery can definitely reduce risk of diabetes and various illnesses associated with obesity, but its up to the individual to address the void and issues that lead to the 100lb gain in the first place.

Marguerite Canfield said...

Long time lurker...I had gastric bypass 9.5 years ago. Lost 130 lbs and was maintaining it. My biggest mistake was not getting help for my food addiction. I managed to maintain the loss when I lived in a big coastal city and walked/took public transportation everywhere. Once I moved to a southern state, it was no involuntary walking and chain restaurants galore. I've put 60-70 lbs back on because I fell back into my old bad habits. Totally my fault, but I didn't realize the simple act of walking to get from point A to point B and eating non-chain local food was the key to the loss maintenance for me. Now I'm struggling again. Like they say, it's stimach surgery, not brain surgery. Time for me to seriously fix the brain part.

The Real Dragon said...

Why wouldn't it count? anyways she looks great. hope she keeps it up.

MadLyb said...

Whatever you have to do, as long as you don't gain all the weight back, because then you're getting into some dangerous territory by stretching out a smaller stomach.

I think the way to go is having your jaw wired shut, because that way you learn to eat smaller portions.

detown359 said...

Thanks!

Zeeky_Boogy_Doog said...

Absolutely it counts! If nothing else, it gives the person a break from overeating, simply because you can't. Hopefully once the fat is going away, the person can tackle the psychological side.

Food has to be the hardest addiction to stop, because you still need it. It'd be like a person desperate to quit alcohol but still has to drink 2 glasses of wine each day.

canopener said...

I've never been fat. Enty hates fat chicks. He even has a bumper on his Prius: "Fat chicks need not apply". He makes me lol so much!

Henriette said...

Doctors have said that these types of operations are needed for certain types of obesity. I know a lot of people who have had the rubber band type of surgery (Al Roker) who have gained back the weight. They never adjusted their diets or routines properly.

Me said...

oh please, do the approval first thing. i come here for you, the comments are extra.

Sherry said...

Marguerite Canfield: Don't give up. You can find your way back...
Me2 and Detown..Congrats and best of luck!

Evil Kumquat said...

I thought the whole point of weight loss surgery (not liposuction, but bypasses) was to make it so you can't get fat again in the first place even if you stick with your old habits?

VeeBee said...

July will be my 10-year gastric bypass "anniversary." I lost 210 pounds over 18 months. Eventually I had reconstructive surgery to remove excess skin. Over time I gained about 20 pounds back. Then 5 years ago I had a healthy pregnancy, gained 60 pounds (about half of which was pure edema during my last 6 weeks), gave birth to a 9 lb 13 oz son and then lost all my pregnancy weight in about 4 months. The key is to develop the exercise habit, even something as simple as a daily walk and to remember to eat like a "normal" person, not like an obese person. It is very, very hard. It is a daily struggle even now. Being a normal weight does NOT fix all your other problems or make you instantly happy but it DOES make it so much easier to live a full life.

So yes, weight loss surgery definitely "counts."

hunter said...

Oh I didn't notice Enty's comment comments earlier. Today seems to be better, I don't want to need approvals. :(

hothotheat said...

I work with a couple of people who think this kind of surgery is "cheating", even if the person having the surgery has health issues that would be solved by losing weight. I don't get that attitude. I think this surgery is fine, and if you keep the weight off all the better.

Cleodacat said...

My mom wants to do this. I would say she is prob 150lbs over a healthy body weight. My problem is I struggle with my weight as well and encourage her to eat healthy with me (she lives with me) but she turn her nose up because she doesn't like to try new veggies or dishes. I find the risk of anesthesia and the process too high if you're not going to make a personal commitment to change.

MontanaMarriott said...

People tend to not realize this is only an aid to help weight loss. I know too many post GB patients who are HUGE again only because they eventually expanded their pouch again. ONce you have the surgery there is no do overs, they have some fixes but most insurances will not cover them. My sister had it so thus the reason I know.

Lee Tanner said...

I'm currently going through the evaluation period to get clearer for WLS. After struggling with depression for years, I am finally ready to tackle my food addiction. It is one of the harder things I have ever done. I'm lucky in that I don't have any chronic diseases, but I know if I don't face this now I could be in for a rough road in the future.Fondue and body image are two things a lot of women struggle with and it is never as simple as " eatxa cheeseburger you skinny bitch!" or "start exercising and put down the McDonalds, you fat cow!". I hope this works in the long run for Lisa and I am cheering her on.

Lee Tanner said...

Agree. Food addiction is similar to other addictions in that ailat neurotransmitters and similar pathways in the brain are activated.

Lee Tanner said...

Detown--if you ever want to chat, let me know. Go you!!!

Lee Tanner said...

VeeBee--you are an inspiration!!!!

Lee Tanner said...

I posted a long reply to another poster but as someone preparing for this surgery I can tell you it is not "easy". I have a great surgerical team who is preparing me in other areas in advance of my surgery. I know that once I have the surgery, I havme a ling road of recovery ahead of me. I've approached thus surgery as a last resort to get the bulk of my weight off, and I have worked on the emotional issues that have contributed to me getting to my weight. If surgery works, I will never begrudge someone who took thus route because it is not an easy one.

Mango said...

I think she looks great. I've never liked her comedy, tho'.



Cleodacat said...

Best wishes on your surgery, a speedy recovery, and healthier life

Unknown said...

How is it any different than locking 400 lb man up with Jillian Michaels for 6 weeks and forcing him to work out for 12 hours a day? She has to live the rest of her life with 80% less stomach and you don't just get the operation and 100 lbs flies off you - you have to excercise and eat right still.

michelelala said...

It is so nice to see a normal thread back :) Thanks everyone !!!

As someone who struggles with weight, when I fall off of the food wagon, the weight comes back frighteningly fast and takes twice as long to come back off. Whatever it takes. At least she's honest about the surgery. Hope she still stays as funny.

Unknown said...

I would never have this surgery, because of all of the risks involved. I wouldn't call it cheating, though. As others said, there is much more to weight loss with this method than just the surgery. She still has to take the time to learn how to take care of her body.

It's an entirely different situation if someone is using surgical procedures to attain some beauty ideal. Liposuction or similar body-contouring procedures is more along the lines of cheating (except in certain circumstances).

auntliddy said...

Zeek, i always make that analogy about booze and food! Its so true!!

Pogue Mahone said...

If I had the $$$$ I'd get weight loss surgery too because nothing else works!

auntliddy said...

Obesity is greatly misunderstood as to its causes. The sugery is no cakewalk, but as everyone here has wisely pointed out, if u arent addressing fundamental eating habits, you will relapse.

Rose said...

Does it count if you lose bunch of weight on atkins or slimfast and then gain it back? Why is it assumed that just because someone gets this surgery they just walk in and get it with no other alterations to their lifestyle?

Losing weight on slim fast or cutting out carbs is dealing with food addiction either. I assume it counts the same with the surgery. There will always be people who do it the right way and people who don't and end up yo-yoing.

paula said...

She looks wonderful! And yes, it does count if you do it with surgery. You still have to watch your diet--even more carefully after the surgery to make sure you get all the nutrients you need. And you still need to exercise, to make sure you don't lose muscle tissue. It will be up to her whether she gains the weight back. I've known several people who have had it done; some gained the weight back, some didn't. If she has a good doctor she has also gotten some counseling, most likely, to work on the emotion/food connection.

EleanorRigby said...

Yay! The comment section is interesting again! Love reading about your thoughts and experiences. I normally lurk, but I comment occasionally, mostly because by the time I get on here, commenting has generally ceased.
Just wanted to say that this website may belong to Enty, but the comment section belongs to the readers. I was very frustrated yesterday, but as long as we go about the norm, with interesting and heartfelt comments, we'll take back the comment section from those who try to annoy us!

EleanorRigby said...

Whoops, meant that in a good way. Enty is not the annoyance, trolls are.

kit said...

There are different types of bariatric procedures that affect different parts of the digestive system. Yes, some are 'less' invasive and if you do not adjust your mind accordingly, you can easily return to size.

Then there are others, which are more difficult to get around, but also possible, but in order to do it, you'd have to ignore all of the warnings which can be unpleasant and/or painful: dumping, stomach pains, diarrhea, lack of nutrition to get back to some weight.

If folks are doing the second, and ignoring pain, then something else is seriously wrong. Most of the procedures require psych examination by insurers as part of process, but if you're not dealing with the mind, emotion of food, then ugh.

Yes. I have had a procedure. Lost 180, was too small, gave myself back 35 lbs and maintaining. Exercise, small portions, few carbs.

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B626 said...

Give her credit for admitting it instead of going the Star Jones lie your ass off route, but gawd her head looks HUGE

hothotheat said...

I disagree food addiction is like other addictions. Smoking, drugs, alcohol - you can cut out completely. Food you HAVE to have. With a food addiction, you face the struggle 3 times a day (minimum). Food addiction is harder to deal with than other addictions that can just be avoided completely.

nichole said...

I am getting ready to have gastric sleeve surgery in 6 weeks. This will probably be the hardest thing I've ever done (and I'm in the middle of writing a dissertation). It really isn't as simple as "stop eating at McDonalds". I had to have a boatload of consults as well as nutrition classes.

There are foods that I will now have to stay away from for the rest of my life. I have to add supplements and completely change how I eat. After being overweight my whole life, I want and need to be healthier. It's not like I could just wake up and say, I think I'll have surgery.

So yes, it counts.

fuckflattering said...

Yes, it still counts. Anyone who's ever known anyone to have this surgery knows it's no fucking cake walk.

Zeeky_Boogy_Doog said...

I don't really think it's fair that we would consider whether it counts or not. It's just further vilifying people who already get looked upon as terrible human beings.

The only reason it should matter if a person is overweight is the health problems that come along with it. "Well, he no longer has diabetes and heart problems since he lost the weight, but it doesn't count." ????

What "does it count?" is really saying: "Being fat is ugly and gross, and if you don't lose weight naturally, you're still a terrible person. Health problems are how I justify my disgust." <--- That attitude is the true ugly.

Sis said...

Yes, it counts! In March I had Gastric Sleeve Surgery and I couldn't be happier! It was a hard decision and the preparation ( for the sleeve surgery itself)took about 6 months and fortunately I had already done many programs and none had worked for me! I have lost almost 36 pounds so far! My outlook on food has changed and that matters the most! For people who do gain weight after surgery it means they are eating all day long, your stomach cannot physically hold food otherwise unless you are eating all day, this was a question I asked in therapy. Protein is important and so are vitamins. I am doing pretty well and I feel normal, before my hunger was out of control and now it isn't!

Scallywag said...

" Don't you have to figure out why you are addicted to food? "

Not everyone is addicted to food. But those who are that have the surgery often transfer their addictive nature to other addictions like alcohol, gambling, sex.

There is a lot of counseling that goes along with the surgery.

Oopsy_Daisy said...

Didn't have my glasses on and thought that was Courtney!

Gayeld said...

Good luck! It takes a lot of courage to take this drastic a step, no matter what others think.

I work with someone who had it done and he's managed to keep the over 200lbs off for several years now.
Jerk. *pout*

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Matthew said...

This is definitely great and all for Lisa.

I remember the same issue when Carnie did the same thing. Yeah good for her for controlling her issue, but those who do it solely through self control should be lauded on a whole different level.