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.
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.