The new cast member burst onto the scene after several episodes this season, bringing a breath of fresh air to the show and being very open about his life. During his first episode, he shared that he used to be obese and was isolated as a result. He finally couldn’t take being heavy any longer and shared he had weight loss surgery.
He added that working out and also eating healthy helped him reach his goal. In fact, he also dished about what he eats, which is mainly a specific order at Chipotle. Fans sent him messages, asking for more information about the surgery. So Whitman posted a video to Instagram to share exactly what he did.
He chose the gastric sleeve
Whitman’s signature sense of humor was on full display in his video. He said the most popular question he’s gotten by far is what kind of weight loss surgery he had. He joked about how he first tried to answer direct messages, but his “thumbs gave out.” But not because he had a barrage of messages, but he hilariously blamed his “weak thumbs” and Whitman genetics. “We are fat and we have weak thumbs and we are proud of it!” he comedically exclaimed.
He continued by answering the question. Whitman said he had the gastric sleeve procedure, mainly because a family member had the same operation and had success. But he urged followers to talk to their doctor. He added because there are a number of options, plus after all, “I’m a real estate agent, so ask your doctor the important questions,” he said.
What is the difference between the gastric sleeve versus gastric bypass?
Both weight loss surgeries are designed to help obese individuals lose weight, but each procedure is a little different. According to UPMC, gastric bypass is typically recommended for morbidly obese individuals, typically with a body mass index over 45. Both surgeries have roughly the same amount of recovery time (two to four weeks), but the sleeve has less risk of dumping syndrome. Dumping syndrome is when the patient experiences abdominal cramps and diarrhea, typically within 10 to 30 minutes after eating.
With gastric bypass, the surgeon “attaches a small pouch to the intestine in order to bypass the stomach.” Whereas with the gastric sleeve, a portion of the stomach is removed, which creates a tube-like stomach (the sleeve).
Weight loss results are a little slower with the sleeve versus bypass. But, “Gastric sleeve patients lose between 60 and 70 percent of their excess body weight within 12 to 18 months, on average,” according to UPMC. “Gastric bypass patients lose between 50 to 80 percent of excess body weight within 12 to 18 months, on average.”
Beyond gastric bypass and the gastric sleeve, patients could also explore other options. They include malabsorptive and combined procedures, a revision procedure, and a laparoscopic option.