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For those who have essentially "leveled out", how long did it take? Obviously everyone has different bodies starting from different places, but from what I gather for VSG it seems that most people lose most of what they're going to lose within a year. Is that true? And is it 6 months? 9? Or do many people take years? (Disclaimer: I know this is a life-long change, and it's not just "bang" and done. Just trying to gauge how low I'll go and how long it'll take.)

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It took me about 9 months. I had 130 lbs to lose and reached goal at about 9 months I've stayed within about +/- 3lbs since then.

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There's really no way to gauge. If this were an administrative process with rigid timelines it would be one thing, but everyone's body is different. It's based on countless factors like how over one's normal weight they are, their metabolism, their caloric/carb intake, how long they take to heal, etc. There is absolutely no way to tell how long until you level out.

I had an internist that sees hundreds of people for bariatric surgery say in an appointment today it can take up to 3 years for weight to level out. The first year should really be concern about healing. If one has made the appropriate lifestyle and dietary changes befitting a smaller person the weight should come off accordingly and eventually level out.

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I would say for people that keep eating well, and are dedicated to the process. 3 years.

At lot of people will get to a point at year 2 stay there for a long time and just lose a few pounds without trying. Then some people bottom out, gain a little and they stay there.

I think 3 years though, if you aren't regaining is where you really see your final results. Even with people with lower BMIs.

People say 1 year just because most of the first year is healing and adjusting. You have the most restriction and eat the least.

I think people lose the most rapidly in the first 6 months, 6-9 is pretty fast, then it start slowing. It just depends on the person.

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I had the sleeve 3 yrs ago and lost 1/2 of the 50 lbs I wanted to loose. I'm stuck and no matter what I've done I can't seem to loose the last 25 after year 1. Since the sleeve my BP is normal as all the rest of my tests are but I can't seem to get the rest of the weight off. I get my Protein, Water and upped my treadmill but I stay w/in 3 lbs. I've counted calories, wrote everything that went in my mouth down.

I'm wondering if age plays a part in it because I just turned 70? I'm grateful for my excellent health but would like to get the last 25 lbs off if possible.

I've heard about a set point in weight and wonder if anyone knows about it?

Any suggestions appreciated.

Sherry

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I had my sleeve Surgery in May of 2018. At the time I weighed 352, I now weigh 181. Most of the weight came off in the first ten months. I have been steady at 180 for about a month now. I wanted to plateau here since 190 was really my goal. I do not want to go below 180, nor do I want to gain, unless it is muscle weight. I am now trying to find the sweet spot for calories so that I maintain.

Good Luck

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I lost most of my weight in the first 10 months also. Now I am focusing less on Protein, more on fat and keeping carbs low...Still researching but may be heading towards low carb mediteranean diet.

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I think that the advice that it varies from person to person is right. It is actually pretty hard to guess. My initial surgical consult told me that I would "never be normal" and that the best that I could result that I can expect from surgery was to get to around 290 or 280 (I started at 518). I dropped 257 lbs in the first year and, at 17 months out, am still losing weight (down 301 lbs so far). My experience is that over time you tend to pay a lot less attention to the scale. My weight can bounce a bit week to week, but I find myself focusing a lot more on how much my workouts improve or how my clothes are fitting

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On 3/30/2017 at 8:06 AM, talkingmountain said:

It took me about 9 months. I had 130 lbs to lose and reached goal at about 9 months I've stayed within about +/- 3lbs since then.

i agree with you. 9 months is the max period. after that the reduction in weight is slowed down.

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I personally plateau'd around 7 months out.

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I'm leaving out right now, Surgery was March 21st. So 8 months or so. A little bummed to be hitting my lower limit at 207-213 ish... but that sure has hell beats 370!

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I would say 8-8.5 months is where I leveled out. Right at my goal weight.

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