How much am I supposed to be eating?

on 10/8/18 5:32 pm
VSG on 07/16/18

Hi there

so it's been about 2.5 months since surgery. I have had my ups and downs . I still feel quite a bit of restriction. Per my nutritionist I should be able to eat about a cup of food. Well it just depends on what it is. I can only get about 2 oz of chicken, can't tolerate steak / pork or anything else. That being said sometimes I can not even get the 2 oz in. I try to eat slowly and a chew well. Quite often feel pain and at times will throw up this slimy thing . My surgeon doesn't seem concerned . I am getting concerned because I thought at this point it would be better. Anybody went through this? Thanks!

Gwen M.
on 10/8/18 5:48 pm
VSG on 03/13/14

1c is a LOT, especially at this point. 2 ounces is much more sensible. I'm 4.5 years post-op and I still measure my meals at 4-6 ounces, depending on what I'm eating.

If 2 ounces is too much for you right now, and it seems like it is, try measuring 1.5 ounces and doing that if it's comfortable. You can always supplement with a protein to ensure you're reaching your protein goals.

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

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on 10/8/18 6:02 pm
VSG on 07/16/18

Thanks! I will cut down to 1-2 ounces . I just got very worried when I was told I should be eating about a cup. Thanks again!!

on 10/9/18 5:16 am
VSG on 10/05/17

Wow. What Gwen M said. I'm at a year, and the doc said 3/4-1 C is a big meal for me. I have found I can always eat 5 meals (not snacks or grazing) over the day to get in protein & calories (about 1100 at this point in maintenance). But a cup at a time and I would be in barf-city (TMI)

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 10/8/18 10:34 pm
VSG on 07/24/18

I had my surgery one week after yours so we are at about the same stage.

I haven't been able to eat more than two ounces either. I average about 400-500 calories but a lot of that is liquid protein supplement. I use the isopure no carb ready make drinks in fruit flavors. It is 40g of protein. It keeps me from being hungry and allows me to meet my protein goal.

I think that a cup of food at a meal is entirely unrealistic this soon out. I always proceed with caution because we are still learning our new anatomy. It sounds like you are following the guidelines and will progress accordingly. If there is one thing I have learned it is that we all heal differently and lose weight at different rates.

on 10/9/18 6:12 am

I'm about 4 months out and eating a cup of anything (even if it's a softer food) makes me feel too full. I think you're on track, honestly. But if you're ever worried or confused about anything, call your doc and nut.

HW: 260 - SW: 250

GW (Surgeon): 170 - GW (Me): 150

on 10/9/18 3:29 pm, edited 10/9/18 8:31 am
VSG on 06/11/18

The biggest challenges for me were figuring out what my "full" sensation was, and learning foods I could tolerate, and in what quantities. At first I couldn't go more than a day or two without getting an attack of the "slimies". By about 3 months the "slimies" had become a rarity.

I'm 4 months out. The amount I can eat is determined mostly by the texture and density. To give you an example, I can typically eat any one of the following in one sitting.

smoked tofu - 1/4 of a packet

soya yoghurt - one of those teeny little pots with a tbsp of milled flaxseed

high protein granola w/ oat milk - 1/3 cup

lightly cooked (firm) veggies - 1/2 cup

well-cooked (soft) veggies - 3/4 cup

soup - 1 cup

I still can't tolerate dry food, like falafels.

on 10/9/18 5:56 pm
VSG on 07/16/18

Thank you so much guys!!

I felt worried when he said that. I'm totally not going to even attempt to go to that amount of food. I am hitting my protein goals most of the days and the days that I don't the I drink a few more ounces of my protein shakes. I still take one every morning for breakfast.

Today I went down to 1.5 oz of shredded chicken and did just fine. I hate the slimmes so much!!!

Thaks again!!!