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They told me this might happen...

Saturday, July 04, 2009

But I didn't really believe it....that weight loss might stall when graduating from liquids to purees. Day 1 of purees, and I was up 1 pound, but that came right back off the next day, so I thought that was the worst of it. However, since then I have continued circling the same pound or two, so I think I'm temporarily stuck.

I have been eating typically between 800-1000 calories a day (I do share my log, if anyone wants to check it out), primarily protein, and carbs I eat are usually veggies/fruit. So, I'm wondering, is this just normal, or is there something I could be doing differently? I know it is not recommended to eat less than 1200 calories as that can slow the metabolism--could this be the trouble, and can it happen that quickly? With the lap band, should I be eating that many calories, and if so, how? I am already eating 3 meals that are 3/4 to 1 cup of food, plus 1 or 2 snacks, (my surgeon's office prefer no snacking but will allow it if portions are small and choices are healthy).

Am I in a rut from eating so many of the same things over and over? I have heard of calorie cycling to jump start metabolism, where you eat higher protein for a few days, and then have a day or two where you eat lower protein and higher carbs to kind of "trick" your metabolism. Has anyone with the band tried this?

Or maybe my weight stalling is totally normal for this stage, just like they said. Maybe my body just needs some time to adjust after having lost 10 pounds on liquids. I'm meeting with my dietitian this week, so I'm sure she'll have some insight for me.

The really cool thing, though, is that in all of this, I haven't been frustrated or tempted to "jump" off the wagon, which is what I have done so many times in the past. That "If I'm not losing anyway, I might as well just eat whatever I want. Why bother trying." thinking has been my arch enemy in the past. I don't know if I've really licked it for good, but for the moment I'm enjoying victory over it. I just keep plodding along, knowing that I've made a healthy change for my body, regardless of what my weight shows. I love my band!
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  • BANDSTERGAL
    While everyone's weight loss after WLS is different, from my experience this is very normal. My physician (who has a lapband too) regularly eats 800 or 900 cals a day - all optimized as protein and few carbs, too. You are doing great!
    The big difference is the exercise. we MUST move ourbodies a minimum of 30 mins a day. I have not gained any weight going from liquid to mushies to normal foods -- but I also have not lost a whole lot. There are stretches of 10 days where the scale does not budge. So I recommend picking up your exercise and see what happens! emoticon on the meal plan, btw. Keeping to protein and 3x a day with 1 or 2 protein snacks is the key.
    3390 days ago
  • CARAMBA09
    =)

    You will notice this rut going away after your first 2-3 fills
    I did not lose ANY weight from week 3 until my third fill happened - on week 13!

    Do not be hard on yourself, have patience! enjoy the ride
    3392 days ago
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