What they never tell you about losing a lot of weight

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At her heaviest in 2011, Shannon Britton weighed 486 pounds. This photo was taken 10 days before her gastric bypass surgery on November 23. At her heaviest in 2011, Shannon Britton weighed 486 pounds. This photo was taken 10 days before her gastric bypass surgery on November 23.

(CNN) — At 27 years old, I weighed 486 pounds and decided to have gastric bypass surgery. I know what you might be thinking: “Oh, you took the easy way out.”

Let me tell you, having weight loss surgery is far from easy. It involves a total commitment to a lifestyle change.

Before my surgery nearly three years ago, I met with my surgeon, nutritionists, exercise coaches and a psychologist. I went to classes and learned about meals, exercise and how my body would change. We learned about plastic surgery — how many weight loss patients have their skin tucked because they have all this excess skin hanging from your body in weird places.

I was prepared, or so I thought.

On November 23, 2011, the…

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