How Do I Get Past My Weight Loss Plateau?

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Susan C. (a patient from New York City)


I am a couple months post-op with the gastric sleeve and have a problem: the dreaded weight loss plateau.

I was doin’ great, losin’ weight at a steady pace, but then…boom! Several weeks, no weight loss!

I need some help with this. I started at a great support group, but the instructors turned over and unfortunately I don’t like the new lady very much – she’s a little judgemental. So, I stopped going, but now I’ve stalled in my weight loss and I don’t know what to do : (

I’ve been reading that this slow weight loss happens to a lot of people after the sleeve and it’s just something you have to power through.

But, I was hoping to get some help getting over the plateau. Are there any tips to “jump start” my weight loss again? Should I change my diet at all? More exercise to get my metabolism going? Pray extra hard to the weight loss gods? I haven’t yet found anything that has helped!

I was doing so well and I just don’t want to lose momentum. They say it takes 3 weeks to build a habit and 3 days to break it – I just don’t want to lose any of the steam I’ve built up the last couple months.

Thanks so much in advance!

Susan C.

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Surgeon Response to "How Do I Get Past My Weight Loss Plateau?"

by: John Rabkin, M.D., Pacific Laparoscopy

Susan C.

Weight loss plateaus are common as people lose weight following Weight Loss Surgery (WLS.) There is variability in the timing and duration of these plateaus from patient to patient as well as from WLS procedure to WLS procedure. You should not be alarmed if the plateau lasts several weeks before your weight loss continues.

Limiting your diet to three small meals a day (as opposed to the five often recommended) and using low-calorie snacks (carrots, celery, etc.) to ‘carry you forward’ to your next meal may help. Eat slowly, chew your food well and avoid eating until it is uncomfortable: stop eating when you feel satisfied and no longer hungry, before that last bite which is stretching your sleeved stomach and causing discomfort. Avoiding ALL liquid calories will also be of benefit (including liquid protein shakes: it’s best to get you daily protein needs in a solid form.) Protein first: avoid eating carbohydrates and limit your fat intake as much as possible. And don’t forget to EXERCISE every day!

All of these approaches will serve you well in achieving your weight loss goals. Enjoy the journey!

John M. Rabkin, M.D.
Pacific Laparoscopy

(click here for Dr. Rabkin's full bio & contact info)

DISCLAIMER: This educational advice is based on the depth of your question and the details provided. The above should never replace the advice of your local physicians as they have the ability to evaluate you in person.

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