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Katie

Roye was
an athletic
child, and
she thought that all of her exercise would
help her maintain her weight. But when she
became pregnant, she gave in to her cravings and gained 80 pounds. "Having my
daughter at such a young age, I dropped out
of my sports and became less active and I
just kept growing," she says.
A skiing accident in 2012 led to two knee
surgeries in a year-and more weight gain.
From age 18, Roye wanted to have weight-loss
surgery. But her parents encouraged her to
try other methods before making such a significant decision. Her father is a weight-loss
surgeon himself, so Roye valued his opinion.

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"I learned that I have
a huge emotional tie
to eating, and I had to
change that to view
food as fuel. I don't eat
because I'm happy or
sad. I eat to give myself
energy for the day."
She says she tried everything to lose
weight-restricting her diet, counting calories, Jenny Craig, Medifast, Atkins, SlimFast
and medication. "I would lose weight,
then gain it back. Nothing was effective,"
the Texas resident says. She even battled
anorexia and a problem with binge-eating.
In September 2016, at age 23, she decided
to go ahead with the surgery, which would
shrink the size of her stomach. She weighed
280 pounds, up from 150 pounds before
her pregnancy.

"I know a lot of people consider weight-loss surgery the
easy way out, but it's not,"
she says. "It has forced me to
change the way I view food.
I learned that I have a huge
emotional tie to eating, and
I had to change that to view
food as fuel. I don't eat
because I'm happy or sad. I
eat to give myself energy for
the day."
She eats small meals six
times a day and drinks
water 45 minutes before
each mini-meal. On a typical day, she might have a
couple of pieces of fruit,
an egg, a protein
shake, yogurt or
cottage cheese,
chicken breast,
a lettuce wrap
with turkey,
or vegetables.
She has dropped
75 pounds and
is still working
toward her 150pound goal weight.
But her weight loss
has allowed her to get back to exercising, and she's adding muscle. "I'm not
so concerned about the number as I am
with how my body looks and feels. I'm
5 foot 11 inches, so I'd be OK with 175
or 180 pounds," she says.
THE EXPERT'S TAKE: "People
who are getting optimal medical followup, who are seen regularly and getting
counseling on diet and exercise, can do
really well with surgery," Youdim says.
"But clean eating and lifestyle modification have to continue, or weight regain
will occur." ■

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