on 4/14/18 7:42 pm

Hi All,

I just went to my 6 month post op appointment this past Tuesday. The dietician says I'm not eating enough calories and should now being at 6 months out be at 1200 to 1400 calories a day. I average anywhere from 800 to 1000 calories a day now and get in my 60 to 80 sometimes more grams of protein. I have been losing consitantly an average of 2 to 3 pounds a week. I'm scared that by increasing my calories that much I'll stop losing weight and also with the calories I am taking in on a daily basis I am satisfied and am not hungery. What calorie ranges are you guys eating in and if you are at 1200- 1400 are you still losing consistantly?

Cecily C.
on 4/14/18 7:51 pm - CA
VSG on 02/22/17

I think this is where I would agree to disagree with the dietician if it were me. My surgeon is in the camp that believes in a maximum of 800-1000 calories a day during the losing phase. It got me to goal in 8 months.

Ht: 6' HWEver: 338 StartW: 282.8 SurgeryW: 268.9 GW: 170 CW: 166.2

Pre-Op:-17 M1:-17.8 M2:-12.2 M3:-9 M4:-12 M5:-11 M6:-8.4 M7:-10.2 M8:-11.4 M9:-6.8 M10:-7 Goal reached 11/9/17! (37 weeks, 1 day) First plastics (LBL, medial thigh lift, fat transfer to rear) 5/08/18

on 4/14/18 7:53 pm
VSG on 08/11/14

I'm 3.5 years out and I eat 1200 calories. I would keep doing what you're doing. What she's recommending would put you in maintenance status

on 4/15/18 4:04 am

That's exactly what I was thinking. I'm down 76 pounds so far and still have another 70 til goal so definitely not wanting to go into maintenance mode yet.

Erin T.
on 4/15/18 3:02 am
VSG on 01/17/17

Many people maintain on that many calories. I stayed at 600-800 calories per day until maintenance.

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 4/15/18 6:03 am

This is exactly what my registered dietician told me at 6 months. I gradually increased from 650-800 to around 1100 over a couple and the weight loss completely stopped. She said to be patient. I have now gone back to what I was doing, and I've started to slowly lose again. She left the practice, so I'll see what the other RD says in a couple weeks. Keep looking at the big picture. For reference, I've lost 107 pounds since last June, almost 90 since surgery in late July. I am sorry I followed her directions because I really want to take advantage of the golden first year. Listen to the experienced people on here about the losing vs maintenance phase. Some of us require fewer calories than those online calculators indicate for age, height, weight, and activity level. We would survive a famine though!

Liz WantsHealthForAll
on 4/15/18 10:41 am - Cape Cod, MA
VSG on 03/28/16

As several of the others said, 1200-1400 is maintenance for most of us (it is for me). I stayed under 800 calories until maintenance (and drop down there when my weight gets above my maintenance range now).

Liz 5'3" HW: 219 (BMI 38.8) SW: 185 GW: 125 CW: 115-118 (BMI 20.4-20.9) - TT and facelift 1/11/2017 - Brow and eyelid PS 12/11/2017.

WL: Pre-op: -34 M1: -17 M2: -12 M3: -11 M4: -7 M5: -7 M6: -5.5 M7: -3.3 M8: -3.3 M9: -2.5 UNDER GOAL since 10/12/2016 - in current range since 12/10/2016. Average maintenance calories 1350

on 4/15/18 1:40 pm
VSG on 10/05/17

Although I am just a bit past 6 months, I see the bariactric doctor and nutrionist tomorrow. I am at about 900 calories a day, and still losing (although past goal).

It makes sense to me that until you are where you need/want to be in terms of health, you would not take in that many calories.

So it seems to me as long as the protein is around 80 grams, and you are doing your vitamins and fluids, you should be okay, yes?

HW: 240 lbs CW: 205 lbs: SW: 199 lbs GW: 130 lbs

1 MO = 167.0
2 MO = 156.4
3 MO = 148.4
4 MO = 140.6
5 MO = 136.0
6 MO = 130.0 (GOAL)
1 YR = 122.0
Inches: 50.5 lost

on 4/16/18 6:14 am - TN
VSG on 09/28/15

I will be 3 years out in September and I sill only eat from 1000 - 1200 a day. I don't know about going up that high while still in the losing phase.

Had VSG on 9/28/15

Lost 161 lbs since surgery, LOST 221 lbs overall so far!!

on 4/16/18 11:12 am
VSG on 12/14/17

I eat about 1200 a day (per my team) and I am still consistently losing. However, I was QUITE large when I started (378), so I am at 284 right now. I've almost lost 100 pounds. If I stop losing weight consistently or have too much of a stall, then I will adjust.

And don't get me wrong; some days I have between 700-900. It just depends on the day.

Pay attention to your body and be methodical. Graph the trend of your weight loss. Be mindful of what's going. Many people can successfully lose weight at 1400 calories, but it will be slower. Others may need to be much lower. It really depends on your body's metabolic rate. My nutritionist said that two people can eat the exact same plan/items and have different results.

Amanda 12/2016 HW: 393 11/2017 Consult: 378 12/2018 SW: 350

2/2018: 309 3/6/2018: Broke a barrier! 297 4/2018: 286 5/2018: 279

Pre-op: -28 M1: -25 M2: -16 M3: -12 M4: -11 M5: -7

Short-term Goal: 250 by August 15th!