Caitlin Van Zandt Shares Weight Loss Secrets

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Guiding Light star Caitlin Van Zandt has lost 65 pounds. Yes, 65 pounds!

She recently spoke with celebrity gossip tabloid Us Weekly about the laparoscopic adjustable gastric-bandin surgery than enabled her to shed so much weight. Here are excerpts from the interview:

What made you ­consider surgery?
In high school, I looked into weight-loss procedures on the Internet, but gastric bypass scared me. And there’s such a stigma toward weight-loss surgery. When I landed a great gig on Guiding Light [in 2006], I felt comfortable exploring that option again.

Caitlin Van Zandt Pics

What was the surgery and recovery like?
To be fit enough for the procedure, I went on a two-week liquid diet before­hand. That was the most extreme thing I did. In terms of the surgery, I walked into the hospital on a Friday at 6:30 a.m. and left at 1:30 p.m. On Tuesday, I was back at Guiding Light shooting a love scene. I felt some abdomen pain and could only sleep on my back, but I felt absolutely normal in about four days. Right now, I have two tiny scars, but by the time I am ready to wear a bikini they won’t be noticeable.

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Its like you read my mind! You appear to know so much about this, like you wrote the book in it or something. I think that you can do with some pics to drive the message home a bit, but other than that, this is excellent blog. An excellent read. I'll definitely be back.


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Hi I just wanted to say that caitlin is an inspiration to me. i am 24 years old and a mother of two, age 7 and 15months. i have struggled with my weight my whole life. the last time i was under 200lbs. i think i was 16 or 17. i am now a horrible 280lbs. i too am interested in the lap band and after seeing the results i think i am going to do everything i can to try to have the procedure. some people think this is just an easy way out, but after over a dozen failed diets there comes a point to were you really have to have this kind of help to achieve a heathy way of life. i not only have myself to think about, but my children and our future and me being a part of that future. so, thank you for your inspiration and good luck on the rest of your journey.


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