047: Jay Casale on Risks and Myths of Weight Loss Surgery

Feb 25

Jay Casale has a story that is familiar to many people. He struggled with his weight for most of his life, losing and regaining the same pounds multiple times. He tried all the popular diets, and had short-term success with many of them! Then life would become stressful and he’d regain.

After finding weight loss groups on social media to be judgmental and unsupportive he started his own Facebook group – The Lighter Side of Weight Loss – a fun and accepting space for members to share their weight loss journeys. The group now has over 20,000 members and is going strong.

In April 2018 Jay underwent bariatric surgery to lose the weight once and for all. He’s here today to talk about his tumultuous weight loss journey, including the effects of stress on his weight loss goals, food addiction, and an in-depth look at the risks and myths of weight loss surgery.

In this episode, Jay Casale talks about his weightloss journey:

  • Growing up overweight
  • Massive weight gain in college cover (over 100 lbs)
  • Antidepressants and adding 60+ pounds
  • Playing “Big Julie”
  • Losing 135 pounds with Weight Watchers
  • Food addiction and compulsion
  • Deciding to have weight loss surgery – VSL
  • Pre-surgery liquid diet
  • Post-surgery diet of protein and liquid
  • The “rules” of eating post-surgery
  • Skin removal surgery
  • Avoiding a goal weight
  • Risks and myths of weight loss surgery

Featured Guest

Jay Casale


Jay’s Website
Facebook Group

About the Author

Kate Jaramillo: Creator of Ketogenic Living 101, 102, Straight-Up Wellness & Keto Living Coach Certification. Wellness Advocate & Badass.