frustrating calorie question

on 7/1/19 11:12 am
VSG on 05/28/19

I'm having this issue with calorie consumption and exercise each day. So here it is. I have been having a really hard time (strange I know) getting the suggest 800 calories in a day. Try as I might I can't seem to get in more than around six hundred calories a day. This wouldn't be such a bad thing except that I also work out at least once a day. (If it's a nice day I usually also try to slip in an hour long walk at lunch since I'm not really eating.) So even though I am doing what I am supposed to be doing and only eating what I am supposed to eat I have noticed that the weight is slow to come off. anyone else experiencing the same frustration? How did you overcome it? I don't wan to reintroduce bad habits like not eating right or not exercising so this is really getting to me.

Laura in Texas
on 7/1/19 12:13 pm
RNY on 09/17/08 with

Stay the course. At one month out, you are probably in a bit of a stall. Do not fall into the trap of thinking you are eating too little.

Laura in Texas

53 years old; 5'7" tall; HW: 339 (BMI=53); GW: 140 CW: 167 (BMI=26)

RNY: 09-17-08 Dr. Garth Davis

brachioplasty: 12-18-09 Dr. Wainwright; lbl/bl: 06-28-11 Dr. LoMonaco

"If what you're doing doesn't work, change what you're doing - don't complain that it doesn't work."

White Dove
on 7/1/19 12:35 pm

Most people have a stall around week three. If you were taking in more calories you would be losing even slower.

Real life begins where your comfort zone ends

on 7/1/19 12:47 pm
VSG on 02/13/19

Are you weighing yourself daily or once weekly? I would weigh in once a week at the same time, same way. Also I agree with what others say about the"eating less makes you not lose weight" myth. The only exorcise I have done post op is walking, and I have had a net loss every week except for 1 week(it was after easter holiday and I ate too much)



Day of Surgery-347


on 7/1/19 1:35 pm
RNY on 05/03/18

I agree with others, you may be in a stall. If so it'll pass, just stay strong. I didn't eat more than 400 calories for the first month or up to around 600 around month 3 and didn't start eating the 800 calories per day until maybe...6 months out.

25 years old - 5'5" tall - HW: 260 - SW: 255 - CW: 132.0

Pre Op - 5.0, M1 - 25.6, M2 - 15.6, M3 - 14.0, M4 - 13.4, M5 - 10.8, M6 - 13.8, M7 - 9.8, M8 - 7.8, M9 - 2.8, M10-2.4, M11-0, M12-7

Lower Body Lift with Dr. Carmina Cardenas - 5/3/19

Sparklekitty, Science-Loving Derby Hag
on 7/1/19 4:20 pm
RNY on 08/05/19

When you say that "the weight is slow to come off," HOW slow are we talking about? Many of us get spoiled during the first two or three weeks post op when you can lose 10lb or more in a single week. After that point, it seems that the majority of people lose a pound or two per week, which seems terribly slow, but its actually a healthy and sustainable rate.

Nerdy Little Secret (#42) - Derby Strong!
VSG 2013, lost 150lb - RNY conversion 2019 due to GERD

on 7/1/19 4:47 pm
VSG on 05/28/19

I'm losing about a pound every eight days or so. I thought in my ignorance that the easier weight loss would last the first month and then the real effort would begin. I took for granted the idea that less calories and more exercise would equal a quicker weight loss journey especially when you are extremely over weight but I guess since I'm down to about sixty-six pounds this is something I should have expected. Oh well, I'll just have to dig in and soldier on. Thanks everyone for the encouragement, I really needed it.

on 7/2/19 5:29 am
RNY on 06/03/15

I lost 16 lbs the first month and then maybe 10 or so lbs a month until month six, when it dropped even further. And I started out at over 300 lbs. People lose at all kinds of rates for all kinds of reasons, and the only control you really have is whether or not you stick to your plan. I did stick to mine - I was *very* compliant - and I did eventually end up losing 100% of my excess weight. I've been working with pre-op classes for the last couple of years, and I always tell them that their level of commitment is a MUCH larger factor in their success than their rate of weight loss is - and I truly believe that.

on 7/3/19 7:45 pm
DS on 11/01/14

I always lost less weight when I exercised but I still did it regularly, and still do now 5 years out.

My first month or two was really slow on weight loss but I knew it was helping. Only a few pounds the first few weeks but 150lbs by month 12. Just keep working the program. This is a race the tortoise wins.

on 7/5/19 8:01 pm
RNY on 05/02/17

I had a hard time getting enough calories as well during that first few months. The weight was slower than I expected to come off and then it picked up for a few months before becoming a more consistent amount. The first month is so hard for many reasons but not visually seeing the scale results caused me regret. Until I saw the numbers and others could see the progress, I struggled and felt like I was doing things wrong. Keep on doing what you're doing and it will come off.

HW: 287 SW: 266 CW: 149.2

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