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2/7/14 2:27 P

So you're off to the doctors but really 800 calories isn't enough to sustain your activity level?

When my friend had a bypass it was all about tiny portions of food, I'm assuming it's the same for you? I'd add one or two more mini-meals- like 20 almonds, 2 ounces of lean protein to your diet and chances are your body will not think it's starving. Right now your poor body thinks it's in a famine so there is no WAY it will let go of the weight. Adding protein will help maintain your muscle mass...just a thought.

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2/6/14 11:23 A

Congratulations on your journey! I know 5 different relatives who have had the procedure done and all have hit at least 1 plateau (most more than 10 on their way down to their goal weight) so don't be discouraged. I was told once by my doctor (granted I have not had a bypass but it should work relatively the same way) that a plateau was your body's way of holding on to it's nutrient sources until it received enough signals or experienced enough consistency that it no longer believed the body was at risk of dropping to low/ hitting a famine/ starvation mode etc. I'm not sure how much of it I believe but watching my family members with the surgeries they would go sometimes months on a plateau (keep doing what they were doing) then next thing they knew they were down 15 lbs).
I'll shadow all the other voices that say speak with your doctor and another thing to keep in mind, with all this activity going on you could be loosing the weight and just replacing it all with muscle. Are you taking measurements? Are your clothes getting looser or are you feeling stronger? It is also always a possibility that when the doctor takes a look at you he could always change his/her mind and have you change your weight goal. They wanted my father-in-law to go down to 170 lbs and when they saw him at 185 lbs they told him to forget the 170 lbs mark he need to start focusing on weight training and if the scale got up into the 190 lbs mark he need not panic but that for his frame the weight they usually recommend was just too small.
Congrats once again! That is a long and challenging process both physically and mentally and I'm so glad you have come so far and seem to be doing so well!

ANARIE Posts: 13,184
9/10/13 4:45 P

When you see your doctor, also discuss getting a body composition test and re-evaluating your goal weight. Because you weighed so much in the past, your bone density is probably higher than average, and you might be carrying several pounds of extra skin. If that's the case, you're not carrying as much fat as people your current weight usually are. It might not be necessary (or healthy) for you to lose the whole 30 remaining pounds. Dieting can't remove skin.

And be assured that even if you do have 30 pounds of fat left to lose, it's not unusual to plateau and your plateau is not unusually long. The last 15% before goal is harder to lose than the first 85%. Sometimes you have to ignore the scale for a while and focus on healthy habits alone, without weighing. You might want to give your scale to someone and ask them to hide it for you until Thanksgiving or so, while you double-down and get super meticulous with measuring and recording your food and exercise. That gives time for the message to really sink in that you're doing this for your health, not just for that number on the scale.

ROXIELU0422 Posts: 317
9/10/13 2:25 P

I agree that you need to speak to your doctor.

If you are donig that much activity, your might not be eating enough calories to sustain that amount of activity and your body is holding on to everything.

SPARK_COACH_JEN Posts: 65,540
9/10/13 6:56 A

Hi Rhonda

Does your doctor know you're doing so much exercise? I agree with the previous poster that you'll want to discuss this with him/her. I'm assuming you met with a Registered Dietitian after your surgery who helped prescribe this meal plan. You might also see if you can go back for another visit with them, since they have such specific calorie and nutrient guidelines for you to follow.

Best of luck!

Coach Jen

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9/10/13 5:45 A

There are two things I would say.

The first is, WELL DONE YOU!!!! You have lost a huge amount of weight, and most of it is obviously down to your hard work, and even if you weren't to lose any more, you have still done your health a fantastic amount of good.

The other thing I will say, is that perhaps you should touch base with your medical providers. I am sure that they will have the expertise to help you as it pertains to YOU and YOUR health.

Good luck, and again, well done!!!

9/10/13 2:21 A

I had a RNY gastric bypass on Nov 13, 2012, and I've lost 180 lbs, but need to lose 30 more to achieve the doctors goal. I have hit a plateau for the last month. I'm consuming an average of 800 calories a day, 60+ grams of protein, 8+ glasses of water, fruits and veggies per the doctors recommendations. I love being able to be active and do some sort of exercise everyday. Tonight I walked an hour. Saturday I went swimming for an hour and played tennis for 1/2 hour. Sunday I hiked to the top of Windy Ridge at Mt St Helens. On weekends I usually kayak, 2-5 hours per day. I'm loving this new active lifestyle and feel great, however I'm a bit discouraged that with 30 lbs still to go, my weight loss has stalled for the last month. I can't really reduce my calories, and I'm being faithful with my exercise. Any pointers?

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