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John's Story

So Many Diets I've Lost Count

"For many years since high school, I struggled with constant weight gain," says John Yost. "I was always active, played sports, and held a job since I was 12 years old. I even enlisted in the Navy with a year in the Marines, but kept gaining weight."

"Face it, I loved to eat. Fast food was my downfall, not the sweets. I loved and craved hamburgers and fries. I even road my bicycle, when I was a paperboy in Lancaster Township, all the way to the first McDonald’s to get those burgers and fries. It did not change after I got my driver’s license - it got worse with more fast food places and easier access. 

"In the service, I would work out and the Marines was harder than the Navy. We had to run a lot, physical training, and pass the obstacle course. I did it all and still gained weight. I spent a lot of time in California and there were a lot more fast food restaurants and good mexican food to go along with it. Like most of us food addicts, I have been on so many diets that I have lost count. With 50 plus years of dieting, I lost hundreds of pounds but always gained them back and sometimes more. I did not really know where to turn next.


"I finally figured out that the older you get the harder it is to lose and maintain your weight. I watched too many of my friends get sick and having health issues. I knew that even though I continued to be active, that it was only a matter of time before I followed the pattern. I had ballooned up to 368 pounds and had a 62-inch waist at one point. I tried the South Beach diet and lost some weight again.

Same old story again, it the weight was coming back. It seemed that no matter what I would do, I could not stop it.

First Bariatric Patient at LG Health

"I had been thinking about gastric bypass surgery or maybe the Lap-Band®. I was researching the internet and believe it or not, I even considered going to Mexico for a cheap lap-band. I was looking into getting the surgery somewhere close by. Then a friend said that Lancaster General Health was going to be starting up a new program and that I might want to look into it. I did and started calling around to see what I could find out.


"After a very good meeting, I was very happy with what I learned in that first session. I was ready to move forward. Finally I had some hope and a feeling of what was to come. They were very knowledgeable and helpful with their insight of what I needed to do and know. After many appointments, to educate me, help prepare me and many medical tests, I was ready. I got the good news that I was going to be Number One - yes, the first gastric bypass surgical patient at Lancaster General Health.


"Being the first, I remember it all. I got to help with recommendations and feedback for all those that followed. It was a learning experience for all of us. The staff treated me with the utmost care and compassion that I ever received at any medical facility.


Medical Issues Cleared Up

"It is now almost two years since my surgery. After giving me one of the greatest tools to help me get my weight under control, I have lost over 135 pounds and all of my medical issues have been cleared up since I started this journey.

"I would like to thank everyone at Lancaster General Health for what they have done for me. I could not have done it without them. My life has changed so much. It is unbelievable what I have been able to do since loosing the weight. Thank you all! I will never forget.


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