Weight loss at a stall 4 weeks out...

on 12/2/17 9:10 am
VSG on 09/28/17

Hi everyone! I've lost 35 pounds since my pre-op diet and I'm 6 weeks out of surgery, but I haven't lost a pound since I was 4 weeks out! Anyone else go through this? I'm so discouraged now and feel like I went through all this crap for nothing! Help!

Erin T.
on 12/2/17 10:21 am
VSG on 01/17/17

Search for '3 week stall' and you'll get a million posts. It's totally normal.

VSG: 1/17/17

5'7" HW: 283 SW: 229 CW: 130-ish GW: 145

Pre-op: 53 M1: 22 M2: 12 M3: 12 M4: 8 M5: 10 M6: 11 M7: 5 M8: 6 M9-M13: 15-ish

LBL/BL w/ Fat Transfer 1/29/18

on 12/2/17 11:14 am - Jacksonville, FL
VSG on 09/29/17

My first stall was at 6 weeks also. As a matter of fact, I went up 3 pounds. (I have lymphodema though so I'm pretty sure it was swelling as I had stopped using my compression garments for a few days.) But then I didn't lose for almost a week.

Just keep plugging along, you body at times goes "OH my goodness, what are doing" and attempts to put the brakes on. Continue to hydrate, eat low carb, high protein and don't despair. You will start losing again.

Do you track you foods? If you don't, I might suggest that you try for a few days. You may notice you are eating something that you think is good, but find out that you are actually overdoing it with a particular food.


VSG with Dr. Wanchick - Sept 29 2017

Age 52 Height 5'2" HW 585 (2012) Initial Consult Weight 522 SW 460 (9/29/2017) CW 350 (4/5/2018) Next Goal 325 Starting BMI 95.5 Current BMI 64.0

Pre-Op: 62 M1: 36 M2: 20 M3: 15 M4: 19 M5: 10 M6: 10 M7: ?

Donna L.
on 12/2/17 12:32 pm - Chicago, IL
Revision on 02/19/18

Many things can cause weight loss stalls in general, though a stall at 3-4 weeks isn't uncommon.

Staying hydrated helps very much with weight loss. This is because we excrete broken down fat products via the lungs or urine primarily. It also helps keep things moving and avoids constipation. Dehydration and underhydration can both cause stalls.

Increasing carbohydrate causes the body to store water. This is because we store extra glucose as much as we can (it's bad to have too much in the blood) by binding a form of it, glycogen, to water. This can cause us to gain 10-15 pounds.

Hormones also affect the water-fat-weight trifecta of the body. Hormones have a very powerful effect on weight in general, as obesity is a disorder of hormone dysregulation.

Also, you can lose fat while not losing weight. Fat loss is not the same as weight loss, actually, and many times I've lost inches without the scale moving.

Sleep deprivation also causes us to stall. You must get enough sleep, both to recover from major surgery, and to lose weight. The brain is quite active when we sleep actually, and we heal and rejuvenate the most when asleep.

Definitely review your food logs and make sure you are adequately drinking.

I follow a ketogenic diet post-op. I also have a diagnosis of binge eating disorder. Feel free to ask me about either!

It is not that we have so little time but that we lose so much...the life we receive is not short but we make it so; we are not ill provided but use what we have wastefully. -- Seneca, On the Shortness of Life

Gwen M.
on 12/2/17 2:00 pm
VSG on 03/13/14

Are you weighing/measuring and tracking everything you put into your mouth with something like MyFitnessPal?

What, exactly, are you eating each day? Give us a sample of your daily meal plan?

VSG with Dr. Salameh - 3/13/2014
Diagnosed with Binge Eating Disorder and started Vyvanse - 7/22/2016
Reconstructive Surgeries with Dr. Michaels - 6/5/2017 (LBL & brachioplasty), 8/14/2017 (UBL & mastopexy), 11/6/2017 (medial leg lift)

Age 41 Height 5'4" HW 319 (1/3/2014) SW 293 (3/13/2014) CW 149 (7/16/2017)
Next Goal 145 - normal BMI | Total Weight Lost 170

TrendWeight | Food Blog (sort of functional) | Journal (down for maintenance)

on 12/22/17 10:16 am
VSG on 10/23/17

Just like you, I stalled at 4 weeks after losing 25 lbs. quickly (I am currently 9 weeks out). For two weeks I lost less than 1/2 pound. Then it broke and I lost 3 lbs. in 1 week. Just stay on course, knowing that eventually you will break the plateau. It's really a motivation killer, but once I learned that everyone goes through this, I didn't feel so bad. Also, up your exercise. That helped me get my metabolism moving.