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Stall after 5 months post-op for gastric ryn bypass
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Joined: Jul 12
Posted: 11 Jul 2012, 06:23
I am very frustrated with my current situation. I am exactly 5 months post-op today and on June 24th I started a stall. I am aware that this sometimes happens to individuals but did not realize it would last almost three weeks.
I am doing what the doctor tells me, protein, water, and exercise. I have always followed the docs orders and only twice did I try foods that made me sick. I just do not understand why I stopped. Are stalls suppose to last this long? I am soooo worried this will be the end of my weight loss. I had to undergo an emergency surgery 10 hours after my bypass because of complications and I am very upset that if this is all the weight I will loose that it was definitely not worth it.
By the way my surgey date was 2/23/2012 started at 296 and now 5 months later at 209. I understand I lost 87lbs but I still have much more to go, I am supposed to weight 150-175. I am shooting for 155lbs.
Can someone please tell me if I am doing something wrong please or jsut a little bit of encouragement would be great!
Joined: Apr 12
Posted: 11 Jul 2012, 07:52
HI there, I have absolutely no experience with gastric bypasses, but now you have found this site, try logging what excactly you eat. Even if you only eat small portions.....the can be calorific. Don't give up. You have lost an amazing amount of weight!!!! You will be building muscles at the same time with your exercising, which are heavier than fat. What exercises are you doing? Could you step them up a notch? Hope this helps a little
Joined: May 12
Posted: 11 Jul 2012, 08:02
You could ask your doctor about varing your intake and exercise routines so that your body sees differences. I also agree with the PP that keeping track of your intake down to those last little licks helps you see where the fat is coming from.
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Joined: Jun 12
Posted: 11 Jul 2012, 08:25
Lovey2002: Stalls are not uncommon. You can do a food journal check to make sure that there aren't hidden carbs or calories that are sneaking in. You can try eliminating all artificial sweeteners. Add more water as well and be sure your vitamins are at a good level. You can try adding MORE protein and a few more calories. Your body may actually be thinking that it needs to stop using existing fat and have gone into conservation mode. More protein calories will have two effects. It will help your metabolism adjust to the new state of affairs and will give you more fuel to build more muscles. Yes, muscle weighs more than fat but it also burns more calories than fat. You might also need to change up your exercise routine a little more or up the intensity of your program. If at least once a week you are a bit sore after working out you might have plateaued at your workout as well. Be sure your workout includes strength and aerobic training alternating, but don't go overboard or you'll be likely to injure yourself and you'll be burning up too many calories which, again, freaks out the metabolism. Metabolisms are such delicate, sensitive lil' things.
I had a gastric bypass that unfortunately had to me reversed due to major complications so I understand how frustrating it can be when the outcome of surgery isn't what you hope for. Before the reversal I plateaued several times. A month isn't an uncommon amount of time for a plateau so hang in there. The surgery is just a tool, not a magic wand. going to your support group can help too.
Joined: Oct 12
Posted: 17 Oct 2012, 08:13
AnggieCat.. thanks for that.. I also needed to hear what you had to say. Lovely2002, I had this happen to me also.. but I had my surgery in 2001. I too lost 85pounds and stopped. I however did not have all the resourses that everyone has today. I struggled and gave up.. DO NOT GIVE UP.. it has taken me years to realize I was not a failure and to talk myself into getting back on the wagon.. I am so thankful for this site and all the people on here with their tips and recipes and advice. Keep trying different exercises.. try zumba.. try aerobic step, go dancing.. dance in your living room to pandora radio, cardio radio.. it helps.. I am just starting over, but feel as if I am a newbie at this again.. so much more info then when I had the surgery.. Keep up the good work.. and DO NOT GIVE UP.. !!!
Joined: Oct 12
Posted: 26 Oct 2012, 18:26
All good advice, especially the journals..however:
1 lb of feathers = 1 Lb of butter = 1 lb of fat = 1 lb of muscle.
A pound is a unit of weight measurement, so a pound can only weigh a pound..the volume will be different, one pound of muscle takes up less space than one pound of fat. So, please, no saying that 1 lb of muscle weighs more than 1 lb of fat, by definition that is not possible.
Joined: Jan 10
Posted: 27 Oct 2012, 12:19
Warning too much cardio actually will burn up muscle tissue and lower your metabolic rate. Doing some resistance training with a couple dumbbells at home will increase your muscle mass and that will make you look and feel better and actually burn more calories even while you sleep.
You need to track your calorie intake. Not eating enough or eating too much hasa negative effect. You'll need to track and find your number. You need a proper balance of protein, fat and healthy carbs for many reasons... hormone production, muscle building, controlling insulin and many other factors.
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