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Yesterday I was listening to Scott Tousignant‘s interview with special guest Traci Knoppe. I came across Traci (@TraciKnoppe) in Lynn Terry’s Elite mastermind group (and indeed she’s been a great source of help to me) I met Scott there too.
Scott’s specialty is Scott Tousignant – Fat Loss Quickie” href=”http://www.FatLossQuickie.com” target=”_parent”>The Fat Loss Quickie – cheekily named 🙂 … where his main objective is to get people moving and he provides motivational coaching to get us off our bums (so to speak) encouraging us to simply get on with it (moving that is!).
Scott began by asking Traci about how she came to be online, of itself a pioneering story, but the main reason Traci had been invited along was to talk about an entirely different subject, that of her experience in undergoing Gastric Bypass Surgery.
Fern Britton Speaks Out
This topic was highlighted over here in the UK, when the speculation grew about This Morning co-presenter Fern Britton’s and rapid weight change. She spoke out in June 2008, when she was outed by the press.
I guess the 2-year lapse, before it was revealed, gave her time to adjust. She held her dignity, made no apologies and didn’t lose face. Her fellow co-host, Philip Schofield, stated to the Sun newspaper:
It’s no one else’s business that she had a gastric band fitted, despite the public back-lash against her.
Others defended her right to privacy, such as Observer columnist Barbara Ellen. It can’t have been an easy situation to manage. Ms Britton said she hadn’t spoken out about it because she didn’t want to influence others, and far from being egotistical I think it demonstrates both a need for personal privacy while acknowledging how influential popular culture and celebrities do influence people.
She comes across as someone with a sunny disposition, emphasised when she and Philip Schofield often went into fits of the giggles while presenting This Morning together, which endeared them to the nation. This was complementary to the great depth of sensitivity Fern displayed when faced with emotionally charged subjects or interviewees with harrowing stories.
In Marked Contrast
However, Traci Knoppe’s revelations about the procedure she received was quite a different story giving stark contrast on what participants of this type of procedure endure.
Traci has a down-to-earth, genuine, mother-earth personality. She has 3-young children (still at home) and another 3 grown with children of their own. Her husband turned house-dad and Traci (home school their kids) and recently swapped roles as Traci’s online business became successful.
However, over the last 5-yrs since the surgery, has been anything but a celebrity-like transformation.
Traci talks candidly about her history of weight gain from childhood which led her to this. She went on to describe to Scott (@FatLossQuickie) the physiological transformation that took place when her gut was changed this way as her process involved reducing the length of the intestine. She told of the pre and post operation experience and the long adjustment period, including the subsequent monitoring, check-ups, and inherent challenges.
Fast forward to now and Traci’s physiology has not delivered the normality she’d set out to achieve. And although she now eats regularly, instead of the 1/meal/day/1600 calories (in order not to gain more weight) that was her pre-op reality, she concluded that she swapped one set of problems for another set of unimagined consequences.
You can hear the interview here:
NB: Following this post Traci wrote a comment thus and it’s important to the context of the post:
Thanks for your article about my interview with Scott. Just wanted to clarify one thing, I did not have the gastric band procedure, I had laproscopic Roux-en-Y (Lap RNY), which is an entirely different procedure than a gastric band. The notable difference is that gastric banding simply places a band around a portion of the stomach to create a smaller pouch to offer a quicker satiation point, but then the food passes through to the remaining stomach and the intestinal tract is also not altered and remains normal. There are no mal-absorption issues with gastric banding.procedures.
In RNY, a small pouch is created and segmented from the original stomach, with the original stomach is no longer connected to the new pouch, nor to the digestive system. In addition, approximately 5-feet of small intestine are removed and the remaining small intestine is attached to the pouch: this essentially forms the ‘bypass’ portion of the gastric bypass and bypasses the original stomach which causes mal-absorption.
Weight is rapidly lost initially due to a decrease in calories, restricted by the small pouch size; and also by mal-absorption of calories intake. The downside to mal-absorption is that essential nutrients are also not absorbed fully where some nutrients are no longer absorbed at all.
Just needed to clear up the difference between the two, as those differences are significant.
If you’re considering any of these sorts of surgeries, but would really like a different solution that may take longer but ultimately takes you back to normality, then please arrange a free and informal chat with me.