Nurse And Mother Of Two Takes New Approach To Finally Lose The Weight
North American Precis Syndicate
Just six months after having a new kind of weight loss procedure, Guerrant has lost 50 pounds, and can see and feel a difference in her eating habits and her life. (NAPS)
(NAPSI)—If you ever fear you have a fat chance of being slim, consider the
case of Bayyinah Guerrant. She grew up slim. It wasn't until her early 20s,
after having her two daughters, that she started gaining weight. She could
track her weight gain by which size scrubs she had to ask for at the
dispenser machine in the hospital in New
York, N.Y., where
she is a nurse in the pain management department.
"I was always so busy balancing taking care of my kids and working that I
didn't eat as healthy and couldn't find time to exercise," said the
now-44-year-old Guerrant. "It got to the point where I was asking for XXL
scrubs, which was embarrassing."
She did what anyone would do after gaining some weight: She started
dieting. Fad diet after fad diet, and she would always gain the weight back.
Despite the setbacks, there were periods of success. In 2000, she joined a
popular weight loss nutrition program, lost 70 pounds and kept that weight
off for almost three years. Then Guerrant's schedule changed to 12-hour
shifts and making lifestyle changes proved challenging. She gained all the
weight back, plus some. Still persistent, she turned back to dieting.
"You name the diet and I've done it," she said.
But for Guerrant, losing the weight was never all about fitting back into
clothes she had outgrown; it was about health. She was born with a congenital
heart condition. A hole in her heart caused her to develop ventricular
tachycardia, and she has had three open-heart surgeries to correct the issue.
Still, today, her condition limits the level of exertion she can undertake.
For her, it was about making sure she's around for her daughters, now 19 and
20, as long as possible.
When weighed in at 209 pounds, her heaviest ever, she knew she needed to
take action. She wasn't heavy enough to qualify for the gastric sleeve, but
her friend told her about the ReShape Dual Balloon for Weight Loss. Designed
for patients with a BMI of 30−40, ReShape is an intragastric balloon
inserted into the stomach for six months to curb appetite. The patients get a
year of nutritional counseling to assist with developing a long-term plan for
maintaining a healthy lifestyle, while they have the balloons in place and
after removal. Guerrant looked into it and made an appointment with Dr. Shawn
Garber at New York Bariatric Group, one of the first surgeons to begin
performing the nonsurgical procedure and who has performed it more than
anyone in the world.
"Every day, I see patients who are looking to break the fad-diet cycle but
need a jump start," said Dr. Garber, who performed Guerrant's procedure. "Bayyinah
was the ideal candidate. She was motivated and ready to do the work to lose
the weight and keep it off."
Since the procedure, Guerrant has lost 50 pounds. She is taking Zumba
classes, watching what she eats and has started traveling again. And while
her main goal wasn't to fit into old clothes, Guerrant admits that has been a
nice added benefit.
Now, when she shows up for a 12-hour shift, she heads to the scrub
dispenser machine, pauses, and makes her selection: medium.
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