I'm so frustrated. Somedays I feel cursed - only 3lbs weight loss in the SECOND month post...

NiaLong
on 7/28/19 5:57 am
VSG on 04/22/19

I've struggled to lose weight my entire life. I feel as though my body FIGHTS to keep me fat no matter what.

I am in the second month(I know its just the 28th of July but its practically the end of the month) post op and have ONLY lost 3lbs. I just don't get it. My protein intake is between 60-80 grams, I take my vitamins, I get good sleep, I stay away from ALL sugar. I just don't understand how I can be on the second month and only 3lbs.

I'm just feeling like I'm not going to have good success with this sleeve. I'm not expecting 15lbs every month but with me being 340lbs currently, I expect at least 10.

I'm just upset.

Frank_M
on 7/28/19 7:24 am
VSG on 05/14/19 with

I'm 2.5 months post-op and wish my numbers were better too. I downloaded an app called baritastic. I log my food and water intake on there which is pretty easy. When I am honest with my intake I see how the calories add up, quicker than expected. I've added a lot more physical activity in the past couple of weeks and the scale is moving once again. My best advice is to really look at the nutritional labels and not just the "fat-free" advertising on the front of the package. Carbs are my worse culprit. If you can drink more that will help curb your appetite too. Best of luck!

lbalaw2
on 7/28/19 8:05 am
VSG on 09/19/17

Many people share your frustration. Look a the forum on this site for 3 week stall. Many people experience it. It is vital to track every morsel you put into your mouth. It is very easy to take in more calories than you think. Weigh and measure everything. There are many phone apps you can download for this purpose. Fat Secret, My Fitness Pal, Baritastic, to name a few. At this stage you should really only be taking in approximately 600 calories. Everyone varies but that is on the high side for your stage post-op.

You did not talk about your fluid intake. This is the most vital. At least 64 ounces a day. That is the minimum intake. Evidence has shown that we excrete fat from our bodies through respiration and through urination. Try increasing your fluid intake (you can count protein shakes as fluid) and be aware of everything that passes you lips.

You can do this. Your body is recovering. Try not to be discouraged. You took a brave step to better your health. It will pay off if you are able to stay the course and keep coming to this website for information and support. All the advise here was very helpful to me and can be for you also. Best of Luck, and be kind to yourself.

hollykim
on 7/28/19 10:23 am - Nashville, TN
Revision on 03/18/15 with
On July 28, 2019 at 12:57 PM Pacific Time, NiaLong wrote:

I've struggled to lose weight my entire life. I feel as though my body FIGHTS to keep me fat no matter what.

I am in the second month(I know its just the 28th of July but its practically the end of the month) post op and have ONLY lost 3lbs. I just don't get it. My protein intake is between 60-80 grams, I take my vitamins, I get good sleep, I stay away from ALL sugar. I just don't understand how I can be on the second month and only 3lbs.

I'm just feeling like I'm not going to have good success with this sleeve. I'm not expecting 15lbs every month but with me being 340lbs currently, I expect at least 10.

I'm just upset.

you may need to up your protein to 100 gms a day . What else are you eating? We might can help tweak...

 


          

 

tracyringo
on 7/28/19 12:26 pm
VSG on 08/09/17

How much did you lose on the 2 week liquid diet and how much the first month ?

Grim_Traveller
on 7/28/19 3:43 pm
RNY on 08/21/12

Do you weigh and log every bite that you eat, down to the fraction of an ounce?

If you do, and your calories are under 800, and carbs are low, keep doing what you are doing. It will happen.

If you aren't weighing and logging every last taste, you are just guessing at how much you are eating. Guessing will always lead to slower loss, regain, and lots of sleepless nights.

6'3" tall, male. Maintaining a loss of 280 pounds.

Highest weight was 475. Consult weight 04/12 was 411. RNY on 08/21/12 at 359 lbs. Current weight 195.

M1 -24; M2 -21; M3 -19; M4 -21; M5 -13; M6 -21; M7 -10; M8 -16; M9 -10; M10 -8; M11 -6; M12 -5.

Round_Tiger
on 7/28/19 6:47 pm
VSG on 07/09/19

I experienced a stall (and even gained 3 lbs in that stall) in my 2nd week after surgery. Like you, I was freaking the ** out! I was lucky if I was even hitting 800 calories with what I was eating, and walking everyday on the treadmill. There was no possible way anybody eating that little and doing cardio every day would not be doing what it took to lose weight. With or without the surgery. I made a post on here, did lots of reading and watching videos, and finally talked to my doctor's nurse practitioner (the doctor who performed the surgery). This is what I got from all of that:

Your body has a system that is calibrated between your weight and basic health, and this system is controlling your metabolism rate and hunger. When we lose a bunch of weight, this system detects that and thinks we're starving. So it slows metabolism way down, and will try to increase your hunger (good luck). So when we experience a stall, understand that it may be something you're not doing right, but it is much more likely that this system I described is doing its job and putting the brakes on losing anything. Once it stabilizes out and finds synchronicity with all factors involved, then is when you will start losing. In laymen's terms, when it catches its breath on the weight we are losing, it chills out and we start losing again (provided we're doing what we're supposed to be doing).

In my humble opinion, if I were you I'd continue to follow the plan but realize this is what is happening. Don't freak out and try to reinvent the wheel here. The whole thing makes sense if you stop and think about it. The body is an amazing thing. And if you graph the progress of losing weight on a daily basis, it will not be a perfectly straight line. It is in the very beginning, but for me it's starting to get much more slowed down, and I'm fine with that. A realistic goal I set for myself was a pound a week. If I lose more than that, freaking awesome! If I don't hit that, keep nose down and full speed ahead, it'll happen. I think our will power alone is something that is absolutely necessary to continue on this journey.

Sparklekitty, Science-Loving Derby Hag
on 7/28/19 8:50 pm
RNY on 08/05/19

Protein is important, but ultimately it's calories that determine weight loss. If you're getting 80g protein but consuming 2000 calories, you won't see much weight loss.

Sparklekitty / Julie / Nerdy Little Secret (#42)
Roller derby - cycling - triathlon
VSG 2013, RNY conversion 2019 due to GERD. Trendweight here!

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