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Good Morning all. I am almost 5 months post op (20 weeks). I have lost 69 pounds. But two weeks ago the weight just haulted. HAULTED.

I have had stalls before (seemingly about every 3 weeks) but this one is sticking solidly. I have changed two things: 1) my husband and I joined the local gym three weeks ago. I am doing cardio and light weights (3X a week) with many reps (trying to get this body a little toned, and help with skin sags) and 2) I have noticed that my hunger has returned. I am consuming at least 1000 calories a day. Sticking to high Protein choices (yogurt, string cheese, HB egg, Protein Bar, etc) but the calories add up fast!

So I am wondering.. do you all count calories? or just let your body direct you? I was astonished, when I started using My Fitness Pal, how many calories I was actually consuming. I would have guessed 400-500 per day, but I am eating twice that! I am getting concerned that my sleeve is done helping me, and I am on my own now. And I am finding myself more hungry than I have been in the last five months.

Anyone have some words of advice? encouragment? I know that working out will increase hunger, but I kind of thought the surgery would curb that, at least for a little while longer.

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I hear you!! i'm 14mos out, and have only lost abt 50ish... I don't pay attention to calories (I was told early on that as long as we're eating the right things, i.e. Protein & veggies, the "tool" will stop you.. idk I've always felt like I've been able to eat too much @ a sitting, but then again I have yet to use my food scale to weigh/measure anything..

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I count every calorie. Letting my body tell me when to stop got me into this mess.

Yes, sometimes I'm still hungry. That's when I serve my Protein on a bed of spinach, riced cauliflower, or miracle noodles.

To lose weight, you must be consuming fewer calories than you are burning. Tracking calories helps me be certain of this.

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35 minutes ago, Vinasu said:

I count every calorie. Letting my body tell me when to stop got me into this mess.

Yes, sometimes I'm still hungry. That's when I serve my Protein on a bed of spinach, riced cauliflower, or miracle noodles.< br />
To lose weight, you must be consuming fewer calories than you are burning. Tracking calories helps me be certain of this.

holy cow, Vinasu, you are throwing some seriously impressive numbers there! 100 pounds!? Awesome!

Calorie Counting it is! :) Thanks!

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Plan and track everything, and stick to the plan.

Without that we have no real control over the volume and macros we take in.

A little slip of the wrong food can add thousands of calories, and if it is simple carbs, our body will crave even more, not less.

(Sugar addition is perfect example)

I had RNY, but my Son had Sleeve, and as soon as he stopped tracking and controlling the volume and macros, he started gaining weight. He has no real way of knowing what he is actually eating, nor what his body really needs to maintain, let alone lose the gained weight.

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2 hours ago, mrssoupmix said:

Good Morning all. I am almost 5 months post op (20 weeks). I have lost 69 pounds. But two weeks ago the weight just haulted. HAULTED.

I have had stalls before (seemingly about every 3 weeks) but this one is sticking solidly. I have changed two things: 1) my husband and I joined the local gym three weeks ago. I am doing cardio and light weights (3X a week) with many reps (trying to get this body a little toned, and help with skin sags) and 2) I have noticed that my hunger has returned. I am consuming at least 1000 calories a day. Sticking to high Protein choices (yogurt, string cheese, HB egg, Protein Bar, etc) but the calories add up fast!

So I am wondering.. do you all count calories? or just let your body direct you? I was astonished, when I started using My Fitness Pal, how many calories I was actually consuming. I would have guessed 400-500 per day, but I am eating twice that! I am getting concerned that my sleeve is done helping me, and I am on my own now. And I am finding myself more hungry than I have been in the last five months.

Anyone have some words of advice? encouragment? I know that working out will increase hunger, but I kind of thought the surgery would curb that, at least for a little while longer.

I'd say that 1000+ calories a day might be too high for you to be losing. Do you feel any restriction when you eat? How many 'meals' a day are you eating? Are you snacking/grazing?

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