Between June 2010 and December 2010 I had 3 major abdominal surgeries for bowel cancer. I am 29 years old and I found since the surgery that I cannot lose weight no matter what I do. I currently weigh 84kg's and would really like to lose 14kg's. I am a medium build and 167cm tall. Is it possible that the scar tissue is holding onto fatty tissue making it harder for me to lose weight. I have tried eating well and exercising at the gym 3-4 times a week for 2 hrs each session. I'm so frustrated!
Does Scar Tissue from Major Surgeries Potentially Interfere with Weight Loss? (photo)
Doctor Answers 1
Tough to lose weight
I am so sorry to hear about your serious health problems. Unfortunately, there is no evidence that scar tissue "holds onto fat" making it harder to lose. You might sit down with a dietician and really count out exactly the calories you take in and what you burn on a daily basis. As long as they are equal, you can't lose weight. If calories burned exceeds those taken in, you will lose weight. A person even went so far as to eat nothing but Twinkies for a month and lost weight because the ratio of calories in to out was such that he still lost weight.
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