Effects of Gastric Sleeve Surgery

September 17, 2015 Star LaBranche

There are always going to be unexpected effects from anything, but there can be some unexpected effects from gastric sleeve weight loss surgery. Whether you get it to help you deal with binge eating disorder or not, this surgery will have a huge impact on what you eat, how you eat, and many other parts of your life. Here are some of the unexpected effects from gastric sleeve surgery.

Effect of Gastric Sleeve Surgery: You Save A Ton Of Money

When you get gastric sleeve surgery to help treat binge eating disorder you can read up on what to expect. But what about unexpected effects?

One unexpected effect from gastric sleeve surgery is that you end up saving a lot of money on food. You can order off of the appetizer menu at restaurants and still have leftovers. Get a regular portion and you will end up with food for days. I recently went to one of my favorite Indian restaurants and made six meals out of one dinner serving.

Grocery bills are cut drastically. I can make a meal out of a vending machine bag of chips. Which, in a tight spot, I've had to do. I don't recommend that because of the lack of nutritional value in said bag, but in a pinch, it's like having a super power.

Effects of Gastric Sleeve Surgery: Fourth Meal

Another unexpected effect of gastric sleeve surgery is that you're eating so little, you will most often need to eat four meals in order to make your calorie goal for the day. So you get to add an extra meal somewhere in your day. For a society that is so keen on the idea of three meals a day and anything more than that is pure self-indulgence, this just feels subversive and fun. I really enjoy eating my fourth meal.

Effects of Gastric Sleeve Surgery: You Are Useless At Buffets

This unexpected effect of gastric sleeve surgery really took me by surprise. It's common for someone who has had gastric surgery to go to a buffet and pile a plate high with food, only to sit down and realize they will barely be able to make a dent in their plate. It makes sense when you think about how long someone has been eating these portions of food, for most sleevers, their entire lives, then suddenly, they have a stomach that holds around eight ounces and there isn't any more room. It goes without saying that there are no seconds at the buffet after gastric sleeve surgery.

I try to avoid buffets as much as I can and all of my friends and family know it basically amounts to a huge waste of money for me to go one, but sometimes things are out of your control and you end up at one. I started taking one tiny portion and eating that, then going back for something else, just so I could space out my meal and I wouldn't be finished and itching to check my phone while everyone else is still eating.

The Biggest Unexpected Effect of Gastric Sleeve Surgery of All

So what's the most surprising unexpected effect of gastric sleeve surgery? Feeling completely full and satisfied on such a small amount of food. People have asked me if I feel deprived or longing as I watch other people eat more food than I do. But honestly, I don't. When I'm full, it's the exact same feeling as I would get before my surgery. And that I found really surprising.

In the end, my binge eating disorder was changed forever when I decided to get gastric sleeve surgery and was no longer able to binge the way I had been. When I would become physically ill from eating too much and feel full from eating so little, it had a massive, and unexpected, impact on how I ate and how I handled my binge eating disorder. After celebrating my three year gastric sleeve anniversary, I know I made the right choice for myself in dealing with my binge eating disorder.

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LaBranche, S. (2015, September 17). Effects of Gastric Sleeve Surgery, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2024, July 13 from

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