Not Losing Weight After Bariatric Surgery

by Jan
(Minnesota)

I had surgery on October 20th, and in 6 weeks lost 30 pounds. Since then I have been hovering at the same weight (up 2 down 2) and am wondering why it won't go down!

I am getting my liquids, vitamins, and as much protein as possible on less than a quarter cup of food per meal. I am walking at a fast pace 2 times per day for about 15 minutes. WHEN WILL THIS END?? I'm wondering if there is something wrong?

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Which surgery
by: Jeff

Hi Jan,

Which surgery did you have?

Jeff

not losing weight
by: Jan

Roux en Y gastric bypass surgery

Not Losing Weight
by: Her Moojesty

Maybe if you examine the type of food you are getting. I noticed that I stop losing if I get even a drop of sugar. I had a sleeve in November, lost quite a bit of weight during the clear liquid stage, but once I could get the protein shakes and soft diet stuff, the weight loss slowed.

I ate a lot of sorbet and fruit bars, and the sugar kept me hovering. I'm pretty sure it was the sugar.

In any event, I sure wish you luck, and don't be afraid to contact the surgeon. This is what I worry about, because I got mine done in Mexico, and I sure am not going back there. No doctors around here really want me as a patient.

Her Moojesty

not losing weight
by: Anonymous

thanks for the advise! I will try to watch my sugar intake and see if that helps, although pretty much everything I eat is low fat and unsweetened. I have been told by friends that my body is just adjusting. I'm not sure how a person can eat so few calories and still not lose weight, but I will be seeing the doctor for my 3 month check up in a couple of weeks.

not losing
by: Yvonne McCarthy(Bariatric Girl)

Don't worry too much. Right about the same time as you I went through a 6 week stall and didn't lose a pound!! After that it started falling off again. Do watch sugar. It is horrible but I feel like that if you are not losing (and you are following rules) that you are just in a stall. Not to worry and make sure to drink/eat something for breakfast so you don't throw your body into starvation mode OK?
Hugs, Y

NOT LOSING WEIGHT
by: jan

Thanks! It's good to know that it isn't hopeless...
I hope it's just a stall. How upsetting is that? It's so good to have encouragement from everyone. Thanks again!

Related Pages:
- Bariatric Diet (What you eat)
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- Life After Weight Loss Surgery

We are the same!
by: Sue

I had the surgery on Oct 11th, and I too lost 30 pounds but I have been stuck for 3 weeks. I lose 2 gain 1, lose 1 gain 2. I eat about 500-800 calories a day and about 60-70 grams of protein. Seriously, I am depressed, I don't understand how I'm not losing weight. I do not eat any sugar and my carbs (oatmeal) is around 40 carbs a day. I hope I'm in a stall and will get out of it ASAP! Yesterday I walked 3 miles and gained a pound. When you get out of your slump please post when you start losing again. Good Luck!

Same here!
by: Carol

I had gastric sleeve surgery on 10/14. Lost 42 lbs from my first meeting with my surgeon but for the last 4 weeks I've gained 4 lbs. I go up a pound, down a pound. I don't eat anything with sugar in it, keep my protein levels up and am eating 500-800 calories a day. Can't figure out what I'm doing wrong!

Me Too!
by: Anonymous

I also lost 30 lbs (this is the total of before and after surgery) and then went into a stall. I'm on my 2nd week of going up a pound or two and then down a pound. I am tracking my nutrition on myfitnesspal.com so I know I'm getting my protein, watching the carbs, no sugar, and between 600-800 calories. It doesn't make sense, but I hope it will be temporary. It seems EVERY diet I've tried, including Adkin's and Weight Watchers, I hit a stall after 30 pounds. With the other diets, I gave it 3 more months before quitting. Then I would gain back 30 plus another 20. This better not happen with the surgery!

To everyone!
by: Yvonne McCarthy (Bariatric Girl)

If you are following your program don't worry. Like I said in my other message my stall was for 6 weeks straight. After that it starting coming off fast. Just keep doing the right things and the weight will come off. At the same time make sure to form good habits right now because when the honeymoon period ends it's not as exciting so you can fall back into those old habits.

Not Losing Weight :(
by: Anonymous

I lost 20 ponds, the first month after sleeve surgery. Now its been 6 weeks after that and I haven't lost a pond. I am taking soft diet and adequate protein. I am feeling depressed, as I was told by my doctor that the weight goes down maximum in first 3 months only.

ME TOO...DEPRESSED!
by: sweethime

I had surgery on 9/15/14. I've lost 35 lbs. That's 5 months. I haven't lost a pound in almost 2 months. I've lost a massive amount of hair too. I take in my protein. I eat under 1000 calories a day. No sweets or sugar. I'm done. I feel desperate not to mention that I'm a diabetic and it goes from too low or sometimes high. This was the whole point to surgery. Depressed. Anxious. Not good....

For Sweethime
by: Yvonne Mc Carthy (Bariatric Girl)

It's important not to stress because that messes with your body (and your head) too. You can literally slow down your weight loss by mega stressing and worrying. See yourself getting to where you want. You have to see it to be it you know? I do know it's hard right now but keep concentrating on the fact that you are in a better place than you were before surgery.

Don't worry about your hair loss because it usually stops at 6 months and you'll be surprised how it will bounce back. Continue to follow your program and things WILL be OK. If you are concerned you should call your surgeon's office and let them know what you are worried about. If anything is really unusual they will let you know. Like I said in my posts before I was in a stall for almost 2 months and then it just started falling off. 13 years ago no one was around to tell me about it and I was sure I had failed at surgery just like I did on every diet I ever did. Now almost 14 years later I am still at goal.

I know it's hard not to beat yourself up but if you are following the rules you will be just fine.

Hugs, Y

no longer losing weight
by: Anonymous

I had the gastric done in Mexico in November and lost 40 lbs but nowe I've been the same weight for a month now, gain 2 lbs lose 2 lbs. Any ideas why this is happening? Thanks

Went to see surgeon...
by: sweethime

So I had my 5 month follow up finally. I was very disappointed when they offered no help to my hair loss. And to make matters worse as I explained that I haven't lost weight in over 2 months the surgeons reply was "yes that can happen there are cases where there will be no more weight loss." I am devastated. My number one reason I did this was to beat diabetes. I'm on my own again. And feeling worse than ever.

Sleeved 9/17/14
by: Laura

I lost 40 lbs right away and have also not lost weight in 2 months. I have however lost some inches. I would take your measurements and see if you are losing inches. I have an appointment the end of March and will hopefully get some answers from my MD.

For Sweethime
by: Yvonne McCarthy (Bariatric Girl)

Make sure and read my last comment carefully because I answered some important questions. There is absolutely nothing your surgeon can do for your hair loss. It is part of the journey...some lose more than others. The important thing is that you are near the time when your hair will stop falling out.

As I said in my first paragraph in the previous post, you will hit stalls from time to time but if you continue to do what you are supposed to it will be fine. If you feel like you have failed you will fail because you won't be in a successful state of mind. It will trigger bad habits and you will not get the most out of the first year. You are never alone. There are hundreds of thousands of outlets to get help from (like here). Be patient, have an attitude of gratitude and believe you will get there. You CAN do this but it does take some work. The way I looked at it was that it's much less work than the thousands of diets I did for 30 years that never worked.

I hope this has helped. Please hang in there and continue to eat properly and try to find ways to move your body.

bamboozled by gastric bypass untruths
by: Diva

Me too I thought I was the only one. I ad a gastric sleeve on 4/23/14 and got very sick. spent a month in the hospital, my surgeon had no idea what was wrong with me. Finally he decided my stomach was not digesting food so after eating i would vomit. He deciced to send me home with a PICC line and TPN which i did for almost two months. I had a gastric bypass on 7/21/14. Mind you before the TPN i had lost 49 lbs. and was down to 160 but on the TPN i gained weight 20 lbs and has been between 180-185b ot losing anything. What im really pissed about is the surgeon is like I dont know what else to do. I truly believe my stoma is too big as well as my pouch. its like i never had surgery. Im back on liquids and soft foods. HELP PLEASE

Lies...
by: sweethime

First, thank you for your support and advice Yvonne. Very sweet of you. Secondly, my surgeon told me that I may not lose any more weight. Going through surgery and only to lose less than 40lbs is horrific. I havent lost any more weight in 4 months. My pouch was left too big in my opinion. I'm going at the end of this month for revisional surgery, if need be. Good luck to all of you going through the same problem.

For Sweethime
by: Yvonne McCarthy (Bariatric Girl)

You are very welcome! I'm glad you are finding answers. Of course there are times when there are problems with the surgery but they are definitely in the minority. I'm glad you are communicating with your surgeon and moving towards a solution. Please keep us posted on your journey when you can.

fustrated
by: Debbi

i had full gastric bypass and in the 1st 3 months i lost almost 50 lbs since then 3 more months and i lost 7 lbs no where near my goal. Now i am panicking because doctor told me biggest loss would b in 1st 6 months. I am eating protein shakes and sugarfreepopcicles i dont know what to do.

Hair Loss after Bariatric Surgery
by: Wittyone87

Biotin is helpful in stopping or slowing the loss of hair. I had friends who had both bypass and sleeve surgeries, and they both mentioned taking Biotin to help with the hair loss, so I started taking it about a month out from surgery, and I don't have any more hair loss than what I already had before surgery (which was minimal).

As for the weight loss, I am there as well, realizing my only real fear before surgery "what if it doesn't work for me?". I am at the end of my 4th week, and I have stopped at about 20 lbs with the hovering gain one, lose one, and it started as soon as I was released to eat solid foods. I have opted to go back to the protein shakes and liquid diet for now to see if that boosts me back into weight loss mode. My shakes are only 160 cal, 3g of fat, 5 carbs, 1g sugar, and 30g protein.

It was explained to me that the food we eat will sit there in our stomach and since we don't have the digestive juices, it's not metabolizing, so it's turning to carbs/sugars before going into our intestines. Not sure if that's the case, but it makes sense. So I am hoping that the liquid phase will assist in getting me back on track.

I go to my first bariatric support group meeting (held by the nutritionist) tomorrow, and I plan to discuss this topic there to see what advice I get. I will post once I get back from that meeting to share with you all!

I'm glad I found this group, so I know that I am not the only one struggling this soon after surgery!

I stop lossing
by: nay

Its been 8 months to the day the first 4 months I lost 60 lbs but then I stop I'm stuck at the same weight and I can't lose anymore. I'm about to go back to liquids for a while and see what happens but its depressing me. I always feel hungry..what else can I do? Does anyone have a diet plan that maybe we can follow that might help us?

liquids helped
by: wittyone87

I've been back on the liquids for almost a week now, and I've started losing again! Between working out and the liquids, I've dropped another 2-3 lbs for the week, and it's only Wednesday! There's hope!!!

leave it to sleever
by: Anonymous

You all have valid point , but the truth of the matter is you have to change everything about your life style after the surgery . You have to take drastic measures if need be like working out twice a day shocking your body completely like insanity or power pump classes or hire a personal trainer to help you . in a way you have to become
very addicted to what you want out of this Im going through a stall right now so you no what i did i up my running and my weight training . put in what you want out of it . push your body to the limits I could not run before my sleeve now im down 52Lb and Im running miles and lifting weights after i work out 1 hr and 60 min a day in i put in the work because i have my goal to reach 190 my starting weight was 297 my goal is 190 thats a lot of weight but i cant stop because of what the scale says. We all have made a major sacrifice to do this surgery and yes it was hard and pain full for me to decide to cut out 1/3 of my stomach so I'm going to get mine out of this , how bout you family . we can do this

Setting Goals
by: Losing Soon

I am currently still 3 months away from having my Gastric Sleeve procedure done. I have been overweight my entire life of 38 years. Hypertension, Sleep Apnea, Fatty Liver, Diabetes, and the worst leg cramps you can imagine all night. As I worry constantly about such things as you know dying. I have tried everything you can think of over the years, Every Diet, Exercise, Starving, Carb counting, weight watchers etc.. Some worked , some did not..... for a time.

A woman I work with had the Sleeve done last year in January and like many of you that I have read this morning she had the same issue. She hit a cap and could not push through that wall. One day while drinking a nice glass of sugar free non carbonated water we were talking and I asked her to come down and try Jiu Jitsu class since it was a 14 day free period. ( Due to my size I can participate but only in short periods ) After the first few classes which I would say is a very intense workout she fell in love with it, tuned it into her workout, and started shredding weight again.

Her story and success is what prompted me to pursue the procedure. I suppose the morale of the story is you have to find what is your success. If going to gym and pushing and pushing to change a number is not the trigger try something new. Go to a kick boxing class, local MMA gym see what cardio they have, Start a local fit buddy group.

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Morbidly Obese

response to losing soon
by: Yvonne McCarthy (Bariatric Girl)

THANK YOU for your comment. You are absolutely correct. The surgery does not do 100% of the work and I understood that from the beginning. I also followed all the rules. There ARE instances of post-ops following all the rules and having trouble losing weight but I can assure you that many people are not losing because they don't follow the rules and aren't honest with themselves about what they are eating.

I also went on every diet known to man and I often say that I lost 100 pounds 100 times. All I asked for was to get back to a normal size and I would take it from there. That's exactly what I did and that's why 14 years after surgery I am still at goal. I just needed some help to get all that weight off and a way to get the garbage in my head worked out.

I think you will do quite well because you are already participating Jiu Jitsu now! Part of the program you are supposed to follow is getting some type of exercise.

The surgery is safer now than ever. When I had it 14 years ago it was considered barbaric. I didn't care though because I didn't want to live another day in that body.

Thanks again for sharing your knowledge!

stopped losing
by: Anonymous

I had a gastric sleeve on oct 28 2014. I lost 35 pounds but now I have not lost any weight in over a month I go up and down 2 lbs. I exercise daily and get my protein shakes and vitimins. spoke to the nutritionist and he said I have to do more exercise.I walk an hour a day and feel that is is plenty . I have always stalled and that is why I did the surgery I hope this is not the same story. Help

for anonymous
by: Yvonne McCarthy (Bariatric Girl)

I had a stall that lasted 6 weeks. Can you list what you eat during the day? Your weight loss isn't bad....I'm sure you are mostly concerned about the stall. They do indeed happen and yours should let up soon.

stall
by: rabab

I had my sleeve on the 5th of april 2015 my starting weight was 83kgs only. my weight has dropped Durring the liquid diet to 75.5 on my second week after surgery I didn't loose anything which is making me depressed and making me regrets having the surgery. My doc said it's normal but I still can't understand why it's
Happening as long as I am following all the instructions.

For rabab
by: Yvonne McCarthy (Bariatric Girl)

Definitely don't be concerned. You are barely a month out. Make sure and continue to follow your surgeon's rules and you WILL lose weight. DO NOT compare yourself to another person who had surgery. We all lose weight differently. I have no doubt that in no time the weight will start falling off.

stall
by: rabab

Dear yvonne thank u for the support I will try my best and keep u updated with my results...good luck to all

Help
by: Anonymous

I was sleeved dec 2014. I have lost 50 lbs. I have 60 more to go. The weight loss is sooooo slow. I'm down to about 6.5 lbs a month. I mostly s
Till eat protein shakes and a protein bar. Food makes me sick. Is this normal. I'm so afraid the weight loss will just stop I didn't go thru this to loose 50 lbs only I'm so afraid I've hit my equilibrium. Panic has set in. HELP

weight loss 4.5 months out
by: Anonymous

I also had surgery Dec 2014 and have lost 50 pounds so far, I need 50 more gone. I am not really strict with what i eat but I have never been a sweet eater, I do drink sweet tea on occasion and crackers are my weakness. Weight loss has been slow moving now and I hope I am not done. I havent really exercised much other than a little walking. Im sure if I start that the weight will start dropping. When I dont see the scale move but my clothes get loose so i know I am dropping inches instead of pounds. crazy journey so far!

Also stalled
by: Deb

I have the very same problem. I stalled 5 months after. I gain 2 lose 2. But I think I know where my problem lies and I'm going to change this after reading all your comments. I'm a Wine lover and with it's natural sugar, is where the problem is!! I will keep you posted.

Thank you

Good luck to all

not losing
by: Anonymous

I did rny on 4/17/15, and in the month since bypass I have only lost 25 lbs, I haven't lost any weight in a week now. I worry that I won't lose any weight from this and this was all for nothing

No weight loss
by: Mary Stars

I had the sleeve in may of 2014, lost 50 right off the start in the first 3 months, have another 50 to lose and cannot lose another pound.
I stick to the program and exercise and all I hear from medical staff where I had the surgery is "We have never heard this before".....I do know of people who do not lose more like myself. I hope this changes and I am hoping to get to goal.
Good luck everyone.

The weight loss flux
by: Your Bari sister

All of you who are struggling, my heart goes out to you. I had Roux n y in July 29, 2014, my starting weight was 323lbs and I loss 23 lbs before the procedure, and I too struggle with stalls. My first stall happened two weeks after surgery and lasted 6 weeks, I was so frustrated and angry! My doctor just accused me of cheating which also didn't help. That soon after surgery I had no choice but to follow my liquid/soft diet, there was no way to cheat? Anyway after 6 long weeks the weight start d slowly to drop. I did have to go through endoscopy around month 4 and my surgeon found that my pouch was too small so he stretched it a bit and that helped me eat and drink much better. I continue to have stalls or plateaus from time to time. Some strange happened lately, I caught an intestinal virus and lost 7 lbs one week only to gain 4 lbs back so far this week? Anyone else ever experience these weird swings? After 10 months I am at 123 lbs down and have a way to go to make my goal.

I am 50 years old and feel like I am gaining my life back! This surgey even with all of my struggles has been one of the best decisions I have made. It is NOT easy but so worth it.

Stop worrying and stay the course!
by: Luis S

Please don't worry. The nutritionist in class I attended was very specific about that there will be times when your inches have to catch up with the weight loss. I had my gastric sleeve on April 07th. Since then I lost 64 pounds. I'm losing slower now (0.2 pounds per day or staying in the same weight for days. Calm your self and think the your body is adjusting to your weight loss. I exercise every day, 70 grms of protein daily and under 1,000 calories a day.

One additional option is to increase your calories and liquid intake for a day or two and then go back to your normal diet. Introduce new foods but with caution or stop exercise for a day. Eat hot sauce to jumpstart your metabolism. (Only if you are at stage three or higher)

Hope this help. Word pf caution, don't stop the good work you have done til now. It will be a shame to thow away all you hard work. KEEP CALM AND STAY POSITIVE!!!!!!

gastric bypass
by: Anonymous

Had gastric bypass a year ago now. My starting weight was 130kg, 6 months later I realised I wasn't loosing anything. Tonight I decided to weigh myself and found out I've gained 3kg. I'm doing everything right less sugar, exercise, low calories. Really getting depressed and I'm thinking if I could have anything done to loose atleast 3stones. Thought I was going to gain my confidenceback after this d surgery but NO I'm just getting depress. Pls help.

slow loss
by: Anonymous

I have empathy for those who struggle with expectations and the slow weight loss! I had RNY gastric bypass in Feb. 2015. It's been a real challenge and at times I get so depressed. I have only lost 40 pounds total..! I have talked to others who also are having the same issue. Also wonder if being post menopause may have something to do with the stalls. What's more depressing is, we are given a promise our body will only absorb about half of calories consumed .. something to think about when we need between 500-800 calories a day just to breath and be alive. So how can weight just not fall off ? Right? My advise to us all is do the best we can and as long as we lose it's better than gaining!! Stressing just makes us feel more depressed! Good Luck to all!

Stall 6months and counting
by: Frank

I was sleeved on 4/28/2014. I lost a lot of weight but it has not moved in 6 months. its like everyone else up a pound down a pound up 2 down 1...its extremely frustrating. I never feel hungry I can go days without feeling hungry but when I do eat its always protein driven. I give up to me I had surgery to lose a whopping 50 lbs wasn't worth it to me.

Not losing weight after having the sleeve
by: Cookie

I was sleeved on March 25, 2015. The day after the surgery I had gain 10 pounds from what they say was fluids and gas, it took two weeks after the surgery to get the 10 pounds off and get back to my surgery weight...I have lost a total of 28 pounds since the surgery and it's been almost a month now since I since the scales move downward...I am so afraid that I put myself in danger thinking it would improve my life when only a few pounds gone and I'm still in the same pain that I had when I was the 28 pounds heavier...Have you ever known of anyone having the sleeve and it failed??? Please I'm desperate and depressed. I hope you can give me some pointers on how to start losing again.



Hang in there
by: Wittyone87

I had the sleeve surgery March 3rd, 2015, and I stopped losing weight after 20lbs. I went back to mostly liquids, and that jump started me a little more, and with exercise and eating right, I'm now down 47lbs, and still going. I thought the same things...I had this surgery, went through all of this for what!!? But, it did turn around for me. It's still hard work, I'm in the gym at least 4 times a week, and I swim on the off days a lot. But at least I'm seeing the reward for my hard work post surgery, as opposed to before! What things are the doctors saying in most cases for those who have been struggling?

stuck on 3 yrs NEW
by: new me

I had sleeve surgery 3 yrs ago... At my lowest I lost70lbs. I have gained back 20 lbs in the last year I am depressed about it I have been on pain meds since January for a knee surgery I had.. maybe that is not helping..

I am happy I am not where I use to be.. I have lost 50 lbs ..
Should I be happy about it or should I try something else?
Any suggestions..

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