Not Enough Weight Loss 3 Months After Gastric Bypass?

Question Below Submitted By:  

Lori (a patient from Los Osos, CA)

I had Roux en Y gastric bypass surgery on July 1 (about 3 months ago). I had been having difficulty getting enough protein until this week but I’m concerned that I haven’t lost enough weight. I have only lost about 25 pounds.

What am I doing wrong?

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Expert Responses to the Question Above

Bariatric surgeon at CBGSA , Arcadia , California

by: Dr. Troy LaMar

Hi Lori,

Congrats on getting your weightloss journey started! Don't worry, you are not done losing weight.

A couple of thoughts......

Everyone who has a gastric bypass does not lose weight at the same pace.

So, we surgeons can never predict how quickly a patient will lose. It is not uncommon to have plateaus after weight loss surgery (i.e. not losing weight for a month or 2).....

However, you can make sure you are optimizing your chances.....make sure you are getting at least 80 grams of protein/day, and not cheating on carbs and fats.

Make sure you are performing some form of exercise on a daily basis. Sometimes even when you are doing all these things a plateau may occur.

Just keep doing all the right things.

Finally, not a bad idea to check in with your own surgeon to make sure you are doing all the things they want you to do.

Good luck,
Troy LaMar MD

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