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I was sleeved September 12, 2012 and the first couple of months I had to remind myself to eat. I never had hunger pains except for some rare head hunger if I saw others with food. I notice now that I'm hungry all the time and I can eat a full plate of food. I haven't lost any weight since last December and I know it's because of my eating habits. When our sleeve was done, I was under the assumption that they removed the portion responsible for producing ghrelin, so why is it that I'm always hungry? Has anyone else experienced this?

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The areas of the stomach that secrete ghrelin are all over the lining of the stomach and not in one particular spot. While the surgery gets most of it, doesn't get it all, and for a lot of people the hunger does come back after a period of time. Probably the best way to avoid the hungers is to eat Protein dense foods and watch the carbs and eat 4-5 times a day (or more). Also if you are drinking with meals, I might suggest that you follow the 15-30 rule (15 before 30 afterwards) or what ever your nutritionist set you up for. Carb heavy or fat heavy foods can go through the sleeve pretty easily and you won't feel the fullness that you need to stop eating. Also there is a fair amount of head hunger that can be involved, if you are a stress or emotional eater, these things can also factor in.

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oh yeah. It comes back. I got sleeved on 3/27 and in the past week I am feeling definite hunger pangs.

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I was sleeved September 12, 2012 and the first couple of months I had to remind myself to eat. I never had hunger pains except for some rare head hunger if I saw others with food. I notice now that I'm hungry all the time and I can eat a full plate of food. I haven't lost any weight since last December and I know it's because of my eating habits. When our sleeve was done, I was under the assumption that they removed the portion responsible for producing ghrelin, so why is it that I'm always hungry? Has anyone else experienced this?

My surgery was Sept. 26 and I'm in the same situation. I haven't lost in 2 months. I do eat more than I did for sure, but I also make a lot of good choices. I don't even eat a fraction of the sugar, processed foods, or saturated fats that I did before.

I'm wondering if I can reconcile myself to partial success and never getting to goal. I could make a huge push and lose the last 20 lbs, but could I sustain that with my lifestyle? Perhaps not.

It is frustrating, yes.

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Well, you say you haven't lost weight, but have you gained? If you haven't gained (or haven't gained much), then that's your sleeve hard at work, even when you're not controlling what you're eating very well.

I'd definitely suggest tracking everything you eat. There are apps like My Fitness Pal and Spark that let you enter in your recipes so you can truly track it all. Tracking makes me see in no uncertain terms what I'm eating and lets me see where I need to make adjustments. Definitely make sure you're getting your Protein requirements in and watch your carb/sugar intake. When you eat lots of processed food, carbs and sugar, it keeps your blood sugar fluctuating too much and makes you feel hungry sooner. Plus, as someone else mentioned, it goes right through your stomach. Protein dense foods take longer to digest and your body can/will make use of it, as opposed to carbs, which if they aren't burned immediately, they are stored as fat.

I'm sure you already know what to do. It's just a matter of doing it. You have to take control! Go revisit your NUT and get a plan from them, track your intake, exercise more if you need to and you'll see the scale start moving down again. :) Good luck, hon! You can make it happen!!

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No, I haven't gained weight and if I do it's between1-3 lbs but never higher. I track on mfp and I can admit that I do need to restructure my percentage of protein/carbs/fats. I'm just concerned with the feeling of always being hungry. It's def frustrating when I'm tracking my food, working out, and don't lose anything and in so many months. I initial goal was 120 which was 100 lbs but now I have a feeling I will never make it there. I have 27 more lbs to go and it might not ever leave, lol.

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No, I haven't gained weight and if I do it's between1-3 lbs but never higher. I track on mfp and I can admit that I do need to restructure my percentage of protein/carbs/fats. I'm just concerned with the feeling of always being hungry. It's def frustrating when I'm tracking my food, working out, and don't lose anything and in so many months. I initial goal was 120 which was 100 lbs but now I have a feeling I will never make it there. I have 27 more lbs to go and it might not ever leave, lol.

You only have 27lbs to goal? That's AWESOME!! I can bet that you're actually making a lot of GOOD choices too if you're maintaining your weight so close to goal. That's something to be applauded, too! Not gaining, IMO, is just as exciting as losing. But I have a long way to go, lol.

I'd try to cut out carbs, even if it's just for a week or two, to see if it curbs your appetite. I've read that the hunger does eventually come back, and I hope mine stays gone for a long time! But when I was pre-op, I did a low, low carb (almost no carb) diet and my hunger was completely gone in 2-3 days.

Maybe do that for a few months if you can, get to goal, and then start adding in carbs to maintain? Do you think you'll make it to goal without needing surgery to remove any skin?

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I feel you on the hunger I am tweaking my diet to get to goal as we speak trying to eat more dense Protein and less other. My loss has slowed and my surgeon assures me I am on track he doesn't recommend a radical diet like some surgeons and nuts have but I am losing still so his way works. I too am 27 from goal I hope to be there by my 1 yr surgiversary in November :)

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Im hungry all of the time! The difference now is i would eat chicken wings and chips or Cookies and candy and lots of it. Now i will drink some Water and string cheese and a small amount and maybe some popcorn. But yes the hunger does come back.

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You only have 27lbs to goal? That's AWESOME!! I can bet that you're actually making a lot of GOOD choices too if you're maintaining your weight so close to goal. That's something to be applauded' date=' too! Not gaining, IMO, is just as exciting as losing. But I have a long way to go, lol.

I'd try to cut out carbs, even if it's just for a week or two, to see if it curbs your appetite. I've read that the hunger does eventually come back, and I hope mine stays gone for a long time! But when I was pre-op, I did a low, low carb (almost no carb) diet and my hunger was completely gone in 2-3 days.

Maybe do that for a few months if you can, get to goal, and then start adding in carbs to maintain? Do you think you'll make it to goal without needing surgery to remove any skin?[/quote']

I will try that. Thanks for your suggestions! I think I will need some type of surgery. I have actually started to consult with a few.

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Other parts of our body produce the same hormones nothing's 100 percent it's just a blessing to get this weight off

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I'm 4 months out and I hear ya, it comes back! I try to do all Protein first then veggies or something. I'm not allowed grains til 6 months. Try cutting your carbs and see if that helps. I eat every 2-3 hrs and its mostly Protein. Good luck!

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I'm only four months out and I have noticed if I don't get my Water in I have issues with feeling "hungry" when I really shouldn't be. In my case I think it has to do with me actually being thirsty. And i do agree with the post above Protein dense foods will last longer and eliminate that hungry feeling as well.

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I've read a lot of people on here going back to the liquid diet for 2 or 3 days and it jump starts weight loss again.

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I am 4 months out and I will wake up in the middle of the night hungry if I don't eat dense Protein before I go to bed. This seems to help as I don't want to start getting up and eating in the middle of the night!

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