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I was sleeved in Nov. 2017 and since then I’ve only been able to get in about 500 calories a day, but have been meeting my Protein goals. I was told not to exercise until I reach 800 calories a day. So, this past week I’ve worked really hard to get up to 800 calories, while following the rules and eating a few more small

meals, so I can go back to the gym. But in doing so I’ve gained two lbs. I know in the grand scheme of things that’s not a lot, but I can’t go back to gaining weight and I’m freaking out a bit. I’ve still got 80 lbs to my goal weight! I’m going to hit the gym this week to make a bigger calorie deficit, but any advice or thoughts (constructive ones) are greatly appreciated!

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It’s two pounds. It’s temporary.

Keep to the 800 calories. Keep exercising. Keep eating the right things. You will not gain weight.

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Most likely Water weight and muscle increase. Keep it up. You will continue to lose.

Edited by Sleeve1stFitNext

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It is normal to hit stalls along the way. If I wear my clothes, it can easily add 5 pounds to my scale weight. Some have noted a couple pounds difference between the weight before they entered a shower and the weight after.

One thing to do now at your stage is to assess your Protein intake. Your daily protein requirement is met by a combination of the amount of protein you obtain from food combined with the amount of protein from protein supplements (protein shakes, protein bars). Right after gastric bypass surgery, the volume of food you consume is minuscule (2 ounces) per meal. But as you get further along, the meal volume increases. Therefore you have a very important option available to you. As a result, you can begin to reduce your reliance on Protein Shakes if you concentrate on consuming high protein meals. I went from 3 protein shakes a day, down to 2, down to 1 and eventually none when I reached 1 cup per meal at a year and a half post-op.

This is important because protein shakes contain calories. If you can reduce your caloric intake, then you can end a stall. At least that was the approach that I used and it worked for me.

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On 3/12/2018 at 6:59 AM, James Marusek said:

It is normal to hit stalls along the way. If I wear my clothes, it can easily add 5 pounds to my scale weight. Some have noted a couple pounds difference between the weight before they entered a shower and the weight after.

One thing to do now at your stage is to assess your Protein intake. Your daily Protein requirement is met by a combination of the amount of protein you obtain from food combined with the amount of protein from protein supplements (protein shakes, protein bars). Right after gastric bypass surgery, the volume of food you consume is minuscule (2 ounces) per meal. But as you get further along, the meal volume increases. Therefore you have a very important option available to you. As a result, you can begin to reduce your reliance on Protein Shakes if you concentrate on consuming high protein meals. I went from 3 Protein Shakes a day, down to 2, down to 1 and eventually none when I reached 1 cup per meal at a year and a half post-op.

This is important because protein shakes contain calories. If you can reduce your caloric intake, then you can end a stall. At least that was the approach that I used and it worked for me.

I was wondering the same thing, about calories. I’m almost 8 months out and I was steadily losing almost daily, soooooo slowly, just ounces a day but every day. And sometimes a lb in a day. For about 6-7 months that happened. Now my calories have crept up, but my exercise is also up. Hard core 20 mins every other day is all the time I have, but I move all day, don’t sit down much, and add scootering and ice skating a few times a week with the kids.

i flaked out on writing every morsel down, and that was my downfall. Once I started agsin, this last week, I saw how my calories have crept up. So I really respect your post where you say you have figured it out that extra calories= stall. I used to eat 900-1000 at my last losing month. Clearly in Feb I was eating 1300. What is the best way to go down? Less intake at a meal, or no snacking between meals (longer time between meals)? Trying to up the protein but the one day I got the protein up to 90 it was way too many cals. I eat low carb but important natural carbs. Any advice for me?

My scale is playing footsie with two lbs up and down now.

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29 minutes ago, GotProlactinoma said:

Any advice for me?

I think the approach that different people find to be successful will vary by individual. It is not a one size fits all approach. Many are successful after sleeve surgery by tracking everything. They are fanatical about this. Luckily they have modern technology to help them. Such as calorie counter apps.

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On 3/12/2018 at 3:22 AM, amybeth150 said:

I was sleeved in Nov. 2017 and since then I’ve only been able to get in about 500 calories a day, but have been meeting my Protein goals. I was told not to exercise until I reach 800 calories a day. So, this past week I’ve worked really hard to get up to 800 calories, while following the rules and eating a few more small

meals, so I can go back to the gym. But in doing so I’ve gained two lbs. I know in the grand scheme of things that’s not a lot, but I can’t go back to gaining weight and I’m freaking out a bit. I’ve still got 80 lbs to my goal weight! I’m going to hit the gym this week to make a bigger calorie deficit, but any advice or thoughts (constructive ones) are greatly appreciated!

that isn't real weight gain, likely Water retention. anyone who starts exercising should expect water weight gain out of the gate. never met anyone who didn't have it.

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