Well this is more for general information (for all who may read this) but there are two phenomena that occur during weight loss:
A stall is a brief period (although it can seem like forever) of no weight loss. But eventually weight loss starts to happen again.
A plateau is a longer period of time where absolutely no weight has been lost at all. I believe (Pam, jump in here) that a plateau is several months of no weight loss.
In the WLS community (from what I've seen) when you are still in the losing phase, it is more likely to be a stall. Stalls typically happen as your body tries to process what is going on. The important thing to remember about weight loss is that even though YOU want to lose weight, your body does not. It is not designed to do so. In fact, it is designed to more easily gain weight than lose it. So it's going to fight you every step of the way. One way it does that is through stalls. During a stall your body slows down the wheels, burns calories at a lower rate (because it thinks you are going to starve to death).
That is why we are big advocates of EATING round these parts! If you eat a good amount of healthy calories (lean protein, complex carbs, good fats) your body will begin to "trust" you again, so when you are active it will burn calories. Stalls also happen because you are doing the same routine for too long. The body is extremely efficient at burning calories. Sure, doing 30 minutes on the elliptical burned mega calories when you first started doing it. But after a while your body learns to do it with less calories. I liken it to your new post-op food budget. You buy better foods so the first couple of shopping trips it may be more expensive than you thought it should be, but then you learn the sales, learn where to go and eventually you learn to get that same grocery list for less money. Same concept.
Now plateaus are a natural end-destination of our process. We SHOULD plateau at some point. Problem is where *we* think we should plateau and where our *bodies* think we should plateau sometimes differs. Sometimes people come out smaller than they wanted to be and some come out a bit heavier than they thought they would. I would be in the latter category. I'm ok with where I plateau'd now (well...most days I am) but it's definitely not the weight I thought I'd be.
So that's the best information I've got. I'm sure others have better stuff!
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Weight loss stalls and plateaus are very common after WLS -- or any type of weight loss program. We didn't gain weight steadily over the years and we will not lose weight every day or week when we're losing weight it's not going to melt off every day or week. It's frustrating, but it's all part of the process and we just have to be patient and work through these little bumps in the road.
But when the scale hasn't moved for a couple weeks or months - this is the perfect time to take a very close look at what we're doing and figure out if we need to make change. Have we allowed bad habits to creep back in or are there adjustments to routines that need to be made to jumpstart the weight loss again? Here's a list I typed up earlier:
Also, here's a great post by DxE that has a ton of information that might trigger ideas in some other areas to break a plateau.
Hope this helps...