Not Losing Weight After Bariatric Surgery

by Jan

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?


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

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)
- Bariatric Eating (How you eat)
- Bariatric Vitamins
- 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 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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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
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..

No weight loss
by: Heather

A stall at 3-6 weeks is VERY normal, and can last as long as 3 months. You will experience stalls throughout your journey, just stay on course.

The HAIRY TRUTH- everyone's hair loss is different, some have absolutely no hair loss, some minimal, and some loose almost ALL of it! I went from having luscious, thick, gorgeous hair to fine, thin, damaged, breaking off and constantly falling out hair. I'm 4 years out and if I do not take my vitamins.. I still have spells of losing an excessive amount of hair, but overall my hair has come back.

Not Losing
by: Anonymous

I am so glad I found this page. I had a gastric sleeve in August 2014, and I have lost 90 lbs total. I need to lose more.

The problem is I have been on the lose a pound gain a pound cycle for the past 4 months. I am glad not to be the only one having the problem with the "stall" and will try some of the suggestions that have been given here.


carb/ft blocker
by: Anonymous

If your body is that intent grabbing calories, take a fat and carb blocker but make sure you aren't allergic to shellfish as the fat blockers contain chitosan. Wait for science to make more no or low calorie foods. Just don't stop getting protein.

Keep on truckin
by: Wittyone87

Something that I have noticed as I've gotten further along in my journey, when I'm slowing down with the weight loss is I'm not keeping as good of track of my protein as my calories. When I look back through my fitness pal, I wasn't getting enough protein, even though I thot I was. I have gone back to focusing on my protein as my major source of calories, still continuing to work out, and working on my water intake. I eat lots of meat/fish, and not mas many veggies. As long as I keep up with the Biotin, my hair loss is minimal. I've lost almost 55 Lbs, and I'm walking over 4 miles now without exhaustion! It's such a great feeling....hang in there when you're feeling down about your stalls, re-evaluate what you're eating, drinking, and working out. If you're doing all the right things, just keep at it!! If you're not, you'll see quickly what you need to change and can correct it. While people may "accuse" you of taking the "easy way out", this process still takes a lot of work, and we just can't give up, or it's all for nothing! Don't forget to utilize support groups, people there are in various stages and can give you some good advice, but also don't forget that everyone's journey is not exactly the same! Keep going!!! Much love to you all!!

weight loss stalls
by: Ann

Hello All,

I am only in my second month of the surgery and I am so thankful I revisited this site. I started my weight loss 4 months before surgery. I did my research and watch several videos and noted that our bodies are really, really smart. Our body will adjust to fewer calorie intakes. What I was told to do, is that we must give our body something it is not ready for. For example, if you stick to hardly eating any carbs at all and continued to do this, our bodies knows this routine. What I have did is, go two days straight eating hardly no carbs, but get my protein as soon as I get out of bed, increase my exercise (but not excessive, get your heart rate up), afterwards eat 3 hours later (Dr Oz and Chris talk about this on his show), STOP EATING AT 7PM. But, on the third day, eat carbs (in moderation), but go back to no or low carb that next day. Do this cycle again and play with recipes. We need vegetables also. Our bodies are very different so what may work for some may not work for all. However, sugar should be very limited. Before the surgery, I did not have an appetite anymore for sugar, also beer and alcohol will freeze weight loss after surgery too. Doing this I have loss 41 lbs so far and I am monitoring my weight lost and preparing for this stall. I am deterimined to not become depress and take an aggressive stand on my weight loss. Instead of walking, I will increase to running. I will also not be afraid to eat, our bodies need to burn calories and it won't if it has nothing to burn.

not losing at all...
by: anonimous

I had gastric bypass 7 weeks ago... only lost 28 pounds by the first three weeks and then stopped losing. I'm so sad!

I was almost walking in your shoes
by: Anonymous

Hi, I was scheduled for surgery this morning Aug 10 2015. After extensive research, reading several blogs like this one and a lot of soul searching; I decided to cancel my surgery and try to lose the weight on my own 1 more time. However I applaud all of you for your bravery to take on this journey and I wish all of you well, stay positive and healthy.

weight loss
by: Anonymous

good morning, its been 4 weeks since i had the sleve procedure and i am so disapointed in my self because i have only lost 8pds and have not lost any more. i am trying to keep with the process and procedure and for some reason this has been harder for me than when i had the lap band done 5 years ago that i lost 87 pounds. my band slipped and was causing severe heartburn and acid reflex that is why i had the sleeve done but now i am not sure what is happening that i am not loosing like others are loosing maybe i am doing something wrong.

signed "frustrated"

Stopped loosing
by: Debbie

I had my surgery exactly one month ago today, I have lost 30 pounds. I was loosing about a pound a day and then all of a sudden it just stopped. I stared exercising about 3 days ago, 15 min. on the tread mill @ 2.7 mph and two min on the elliptical and doing curls, back arms and butterfly's with 5pound weights. My sugar is very low and my carbs are too, and I know this for a fact because my Ketone sticks are turning nice and purple. ( they won't turn if carbs are present). I just want to know if it is the norm for the weight to come to a halt so soon after surgery. I had the sleeve.

Plateau person
by: Anonymous

I had the gastro bypass surgery, lost 100 lbs and have been the same weight for about 4 months. I am really worried that I paid $15K for that. I need to lose at least 75 more lbs to be where I wanna be. What can I do?

7 months and counting :)
by: Anonymous

Hello :)

I know everyone is different but here's what is working for me and hopefully it might work for other too. My surgeon and nutrition team here in Texas have been excellent about providing support and classes post op to help our weight loss surgery community.

My nutritionist and surgeon have recommended a low carb (under 30g a day) , high protein diet. Of course all teams recommend this but when I asked about calories, my nutritionist told me the following. "the calories don't matter, the carbs do. Foods high in fat and low in carbs are the way to go". I have followed this to the best of my ability and it has definitely worked for me. I eat bacon, chorizo, eggs, cheese, chicken, greek plain yogurt (4 carbs)...well y'all get the gist. I try my best to stay between 20-30 carbs a day. And trust me, it's really a change but one that worth it. I don't ever count calories, farthest thing from my mind.

My stats are the following:

Jan 1, 2015: 307lbs (highest weight)

had my surgery 1/26/15 and was down to 294lbs on surgery day. (lost 13lbs thru working out and pre op diet).

9/1/15: 221lbs.

In a little over 7 months post op, I've lost 73lbs, (86lbs since I started my journey) with 1 stall at month 6 that lasted about 2 weeks. I've only walked and today was my first day at a gym to begin the second half of my journey. Dr. thinks I should be around 150-160lbs for my height so I'm ready to hit the gym blazing.

my best advise is that carbs can easily sneak in EVERYWHERE! one sip of soda/sweet tea, little bite of this or that. Before you know it, you've racked up quite the count. Don't get me wrong, yes I've eaten foods high in carbs but I try to keep my end goal in focus and there are so many options to still eat what you love and keep the carb count down.
Good luck to everyone!! keep going and don't quit!! visualize and materialize :)

by: Anonymous

I had the sleeve surgery on 8/12/15 and for the past 2 weeks I have not lost any weight. I am starting to get really depressed. Does anyone have any advice? Please and thank you.

by: Wendy

So those of you who wrote you wee in a stall 6 or more months ago...where are you now?

Lack of weight loss
by: Angela

Hi all I had my sleeve 4/27/15 lost 24 pounds in first 5wks post op and no weight loss since ( that's 13wks) All I've been doing is gaining and losing then gaining an losing the same 4 pounds. I have been very depressed and desperate for answers. Thank you to all of you who have commented as you have given me some comfort that unfortunately for some of us this is "normal" and now I don't feel so alone. I don't know if I'll ever lose this weight but at least I know I've tried EVERYTHING. Good luck to you all and remember you are not Alone

No weight loss
by: Anonymous

Hi everyone,
I had the VGS on 08/24/15 and I have lost ONLY 10 pounds within 3 weeks. Is this normal? I am following the purée and soft diet. I kind of regret doing this, still in pain and the weight loss is not what I expected...

6 months in the Bag, Surgery Being Scheduled
by: Losing Soon

I found this forum looking to see what I should be expecting once I had the surgery and my future afterwards:

Step 1) My insurance company required a variety of things in order to get it approved ( Over $5,000 worth of tests, treatments, and procedures )
Step 2) 6 months of supervised weight loss
Step 3) Lose 3-5% of excess weight.

Now I am not sure about everyone else, But I for one have had a horrid time trying to lose weight on my own. Im now nearing 40 with a list of medical problems.

Changes waiting for surgery:
1) Lost nearly 60 lbs with drastic diet and exercise.
2) Cholesterol, ALT/AST, A1C, and HDL are all normal for the first time in 20 years.
3) Gave up all alcohol, Dairy, and red meat.
4) Followed a basic workout daily consisting of push-ups, crunches, side-bends, and stretching. as many as i could do daily ( up to 45 push-ups daily )
5) Diabetes under control for the first time with 2 very expensive medications.

Now hopefully the final tool will help me get those last 70 lbs off. I should have my Date for surgery tomorrow.

Gastric Sleeve is in my near future!

I have a sleeve
by: Anonymous

Had a sleeve going on two and a half years went from 226 to 143 on I'm back up too 168 to 170 lbs I wanted to gain some weight back but not this much need some help to start losing again

weight loss stalls
by: Ann

Hello All Again,

(see previous post by Ann)
It has been 3 months since my VGS and I am still satisfied with how things are going. But, I read the post, watch videos did my own research and started my own "discipline" and changed my eating habits entirely before the surgery. This made a big big difference. As far as the not losing weight, I am not at that point yet, but I have gotten to know my new digestive system-which has changed a lot. What I know is (I'll only speak for myself from my experience) my digestive system does not absorb and process food the way it did pre-surgery. It is very, very slow, so I only use the surgery as a tool to remind me of eating smaller portions,stay away from sugar and carbonated drinks. The rest I do myself, running, walking,drinking protein, taking vitamins and drinking tea has help burn 47 lbs. With doing all these I notice, sometimes I do not see results until several days afterwards, and moreover the scale does not move for days sometimes weeks. HOWEVER, my blood pressure has reduce to normal readings, my belly is flatter, my clothes are very loose, all my neighbors who see me running tell me whatever I am doing its working! I run frequently, but slowly. I suggest to take some time to get to know your body pre and post surgery.

worried about it all
by: kaysplace

I did my sleeve 8-11-15. Tuesday past marked my 6 weeks. Last Friday I was down 52lbs with 100 left to my ideal goal. But over the weekend I didn't lose any. I haven't been able to get all 80grms of protein or 64ozs of water daily. I still eat very small to almost nothing meals. Even if I try cheating by snacking on my kids cheese puffs or drinking small glass of whole milk. I haven't eaten anywhere close to 500 calories and yet I have gained back 3 lbs showing only 49lbs down. I worried about the pain of swallowing since they also fixed my hernia I had as well. I was told no heavy cardio or workouts till I got to this 6wk point. I wasn't worrying about a stall until I googled and found this. Now I am not sure if I may have stretched my stomach due to accidentally forgetting not to drink with meals or if my little snack cheats are hurting me but I cant seem to drink the protein shakes its like after 8 weeks I just cant get my body to drink them. how can I tell if I have done something wrong or if I am just in this stall and how can I get out of it.

replay to: Kaysplace
by: Ann

Hi Kay,
Please allow me to share with you that I lost quite a bit of weight myself. But before the weight loss surgery I changed my eating habits and became familiar with what will put on weight. Through some research, lectures and testimonies I found out there are foods our bodies maybe sensitive and one of those is MILK. If your body tolerates it well that's fine, but you said you gain 3 lbs and yes it could be the cheese puffs also, but I too cheat a little, eating Cheetos too, but I do not drink regular milk at all and I have not gain weight. For the sake of finding out what works for you I would leave the milk out, try to burn those 3 lbs by exercise and see if that helps. I have posted two other responses on this blog about weight loss stalls. I had my VGS in June 2015, three months ago and I have only lost 26 lbs. However, I changed my diet 4 months prior to surgery and lost 21 lbs for a total of 47 lbs. I have 43 more pounds to loose before I reached my goal weight. So its different for all of us. Keep up the good work and stay the course!!

weight loss stopped
by: Trish

i had Bypass on 23rd July 2015. I have so far lost 21 kilos but have not lost anything for 3 weeks. Glad that Im not alone in stalling!!! Will start a liquid only diet today!!! Thanks for all your comments. I take a ZINC tablet every day and have no hair loss!!!

by: HeidiB

I had RNY 9/15/2015 I lost 20 pounds the first 3 weeks but have been stalled since. NO hair loss but because of this stall I want to pull my hair out! Scale goes up and down by ounces etc...

I am eating 1-3 protein shakes a day, Meals 2-3 a day (2-4oz) meat with sauce. 550-850 calories. If I eat 3 meals I drink less shakes.

Walk 1.5 miles at least 4 times a week.

I am wondering if its my metabolism at this point. The only thing I can think of is to up my exercise. I am beyond frustrated!

keep strong! :)
by: Belle

Remember guys, this journey is a marathon not a sprint. If you are trying your best and following dr. orders, the weight will come off. Even if it's slow but remember where the journey started. Appreciate every moment and keep a positive attitude. If deep down you believe that something is off then please reach out to your doctor and nutritionist. They have helped me get out of frustrating moments during this journey. They may be able to guide you to a different path that better works for you!. Best of luck everyone!!!

highest weight: 307
Sleeved 1/26/15= 294lbs
10/5/15: 215lbs.

by: Trish

I had my Bypass 10 weeks ago and have stopped losing. Ive lost 21kgs and gone down two dress sizes. At first I felt fabulous. People commenting on how great I was looking. But 4 weeks ago my weight loss stopped. Ive come down off my high and can only see fat when I look at myself. When I rang my surgeon he said that I had probably reached the limit of my weight loss!! I was distraught. Ive got another 20 kilos to lose. I have 2 Optifast meals a day, plenty of protein and very few carbs. I drink plenty of water and walk every day. Im hoping, after reading all the other posts on this page, that my weight loss will start again. Its very demoralising and I feel cheated that I wasnt told this would happen by my surgeon!!!

Regarding hair loss, i take a ZINC tablet every day and have not lost any hair. Good luck to you all!!

Personal explanation
by: Anonymous

I think you lose so much at first that your body catches up. Like, you know when you starve yourself and your body begins to eat itself I think somehow it has consumed as many calories as it can that way and your body has begun survival mode and refuses to give up anymore without a fight. It makes everything harder. You start wanting to overeat again and you are tired and depressed ect. It's a battle with yourself and you must win! Don't be defeated now. Everyday realize it and buck up,keep your chins up and refuse to give up the fight. Lots of luck everybody. I hope it made since.

Too many calories
by: Trish

I was told by a friend that my weight loss had stopped because I was having too many calories a day, and I was now on a "maintenance" diet. As I was only having 700-800 a day I didnt believe her. But when I thought about it I realised she could be right. So last week I reduced my daily calories to no more than 500 a day. Sounds drastic I know but it worked. Im losing sround half a kilo a day. Our bodies are all different and 500 calories a day is how I must go if I want to lose weight. I take a good multivitamin every day so Im hoping I will be ok. Its actually really hard to stick to no more than 500 calories but it can be done. I have 100 calories five times a day. Good luck to everyone!!!

I hav a query too!!
by: Sharu

Hi, i have done the Sleeve gastrectomy with duodenal switch. I lost 6 kgs in the first four days after surgery but since last 2 days it's stagnant. I was 110kgs came to a 104.80kgs and on second stagnant day it was 104.40kgs. Is that normal?

Because I thought I would have faster weight lost if instructions followed properly. I hope I am not doing anything wrong.

I walk a lot. I drink water as instructed. Now I am on liquids. So please let me know if this is normal?

2weeks post op
by: Holly

Hi, I am actually in route to my two week post op apt. My starting weight was 222, and today I am 203. I'm so glad I found this blog :) makes me aware that there will be times I won't loose weight, & what to expect. But most importantly, to stay positive. Thank you all for your journey stories❤️

by: Kim

I had a band to sleeve revision on 10/13/15. I have lost 20 pounds but have been stalled for 2 weeks.

I started exercising this week and starting on the soft food list.

I have pain in the sternum after I eat a little. Is this what it feels like when your getting full or eating too fast?

Also, worried that I won't lose my weight with the sleeve because I thought it would be falling off by now. Suggestions? Thoughts?

Keep on going
by: Chakram

I had my sleeve done on August 31st. 62 days later I'm down 64 pounds. My energy levels are beyond crazy. I have had no pain, haven't taken 1 pain killer yet.

My advice is watch what you eat, no sugars and stay active. I do everything from walking to gym to clubbing, cleaning my home 3, 4 times a week.

Don't give up, and good luck!

6 weeks Post Op
by: Losing Soon

I have followed every instruction from the Staff at the surgeons office.

Phase 1: Liquids.
Phase 2: Puree`
Phase 3: Soft Foods (Where I am Now)

For the 1st 4 weeks I walked 1 hour 2x daily. Taking Bariatric Fusion multivitamins 4x daily
I made all of my dishes from Protein high things such as broth with unflavored protein powder. And added 3 shakes daily of Bariatric Fusion shakes made with coconut milk.

Puree'd foods were far easier. I made what like to call not chilli! it was essentially high protein vegetables with complex carbs like sweet potatos. Throw in blender and then cook like chilli ( can add unflavored powder here too! )

Sweet Potato / Cauliflower stew was great here as well.

Next was Whole Grain cream of wheat, and for flavor I bought fresh strawberries and puree'd them into a sauce (all natural) and added a teaspoon of strawberry shortcake protein powder.

Now into phase 3! I decided vegetarian was for me. It had been so long since I had dairy or any meat/fish/poultry why stop now. I make everything with high protein vegetables,nuts, berries, seeds etc...

For exercise I still walk 1 hour daily and have now added jogging 1/4 mile and 4 hours a week at jiu-jitsu.

As far as the results:
No More Medications!
All Bloodwork Normal!
97 lbs Lost total!
45 Since Day of surgery!

( February-September ) September 22 surgery day!

Metabolic Syndrome
by: Karen

I had gastric sleeve surgery 15 months ago. I have lost a total of 50 pounds.

After a lot of run around from my surgeon that I must be cheating, I finally decided to take things into my own hands. I went to an internist who after running tests diagnosed me with metabolic syndrome. This syndrome makes it extremely hard to lose weight.

I would recommend those of you who are having difficulty losing weight to read about this online and find an internist who can treat you if in fact you have this too.

I hate that it is so hard for me to lose this weight. However, I am glad that I wasn't doing anything wrong to hinder my weight loss.

Good luck in this weight loss journey.

Losing weight
by: Donna

I had lap sleeve surgery 16 months ago. I lost 39 lbs before surgery and as of now I have lost a total of 169lbs. I have gone from a 5x to a large and for the first time in over 3 decades am wearing dresses. I have done 3 5k's in the last year and half.

I knew at some point I would stall and many times I did and then I would start losing again. Stress is a horrible monster, try not to stress and stay the course.

I am 60 years old and I am here to say it works. I am one of the lucky ones who lost the . I am never hungry. I have eaten candy and ice cream but I eat it sparingly.

Good luck!

keep Going
by: Ann

I am very encouraged to read of the continued
Weight loss. I have experienced a slower weight
loss process, I have also been able to tolerate the old habits like sugar, high fat foods and sweets although I run nearly two miles every day, it's the old habits that may sneak in.

Distractions and stress make us vulnerable to weight gain. Watch It. I have not gained any weight but the loss is very slow. But I will keep moving running and eat to live and keep my weight down and not eat for comfort.

Thankful for this site!
by: Cheryl

I had gastric bypass 9/29/11. Yes... that is long ago, but I have been soooo discouraged because I have only lost 70 pounds of the 150 I need to lose. I have put 10 back on in the last year.

I thought I was doing something wrong even though I ate as I should, but must admit that the last year, I have not been watching my carbs like I should. I am diabetic and also take meds for high BP. I just turned 66.

I can not exercise as I should because my knees and back are so arthritic, and I also have degenerative joint disease & spinal stenosis. I walk for a few minutes and have to sit.

The one thing I haven't noticed in reading all the postings is no one has mentioned drinking water. My surgeon wanted me to drink at least 64 ounces of water a day. I have never been able to drink that much, and maybe that with the lack of exercise has stopped my weight loss after the first year.

Does anyone know if insurance would cover having the surgery again? I just feel that if I could knock off another 50 pounds, it would help enough to be able to exercise more and continue my loss.

6 months p.o. gastric bypass
by: Anonymous

I have lost a total of 64 lbs. In the last 2.5 months, only 6-7 lbs. It's very frustrating but when I honestly look at what may have changed I see these things..

1. I stopped tracking every single thing that went in my mouth.

2. I have learned to once again to eat what I cook for my husband.

3. I am, once again, grabbing little snacks at night.

Today I recorded my food and shock....(not really), I had twice the calories I was having a few months back.

Good news is, I know what works, and I know after all I have gone through in this journey, I am not willing to let it slip away.

I too, like many have had significant hair loss, so I bought nice extensions and I will have them tomorrow. Its worth it to me, to spend some money to feel good in that area again.

More importantly, I am not giving up on this!

Weight plateau after 4 weeks after surgery
by: Anonymous

Hi Jan,

Although you are frustrated with not losing as "quickly" as you expect after surgery, please know that you are really doing great thus far so soon after surgery.

The body has to adjust. The weight loss after surgery is a process, people don't just continue to lose weight, the mind and body have to catch up with whats happening. It's so important to be patient and gentle with yourself.

It's so easy to be in the "dieting" mentality even after surgery. Please remember, Weight Loss Surgery is NOT a diet, it's a lifestyle change which requires patience, diligence, mindfulness, change of old habits, etc.; it's not a quick fix.

It really does sound like you are doing very well and you just need to keep going and be kind and loving to yourself and embrace your success right where you are.

I would encourage you to attend support groups, a critical ingredient to your weight loss success which I strongly encourage.

You're welcome to click here and join our free online support group as well. I would love to see you there.

Nadia Barhoumeh-Lee, RN

(click here for Nadia's full bio & testimonials)

P.S. If you would like to speak with me directly, please click here to pick a time and reserve a spot during one of our upcoming FREE weekly online weight loss surgery support group meetings. Participation is completely anonymous (you can just listen in if you'd like), and getting direct feedback from me and other patients often helps immensely. I hope to you decide to join us!

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