Weight loss after bariatric surgery moves at its own pace, each persons body has its own speed and a weight stall is inevitable.
After 2-3 weeks of weight loss, it can be frustrating when you realize that your body is no longer dropping the weight like it did at first.
You’re still eating very little, in fact, you may be eating less than you did the first couple weeks. With that, it is very difficult to carry on motivation to continue on your diet when it appears to be no longer effective.
If you experience a weight loss stall, don’t panic! It happens to 99% of all WLS individuals at some point. Some within weeks, others months.
The plateau is likely due to your body balancing out. You just had major surgery, the body may see it as a trauma, so be patient while your body figures it all out.
It may take another week or two, but if you continue on your plan, your weight will eventually start to drop again.
TIPS TO GET THE SCALE MOVING
HYDRATE – Be sure to drink at least 64 ounces of water a day
EXERCISE – Move your body at least 30 minutes a day
LOG YOUR FOOD – Every little thing adds up. Log your food to see if you’re taking in excess calories. Your caloric intake might have been <1000 calories, but with snacks could have jumped up.
EAT – Don’t starve yourself. Keep to your meal plan. Be sure to get your protein in first. Eating will keep your metabolism from stalling.
STAY OFF THE SCALE – Constantly obsessing over a number can really stress a person out. Cortisol is a stress hormone released by the adrenal glands. When cortisol levels are too high for too long, this hormone can hurt you more than it can help. Keep those cortisol levels from skyrocketing, only weigh yourself weekly.
FIND SUPPORT – Find a nutritionist, health coach or other professional to help you work through the stress and find the right plan to get you back on track.