How Do I Get Past My Weight Loss Plateau?
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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.
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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