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I'm 5 months post-op (down almost 70 pounds from pre-surgery weight, almost 80 from starting weight) and under 200 (FINALLY!!). But I can already see the losses slowing down. I'm cool, I knew it would happen, but the slower loss makes me want to tinker with my diet a bit. I don't know that I will, but it's in the back of my mind, and I know that sooner or later I'll have to "mix it up" a bit to keep the losses coming.

My practice says 650-800 calories until 6 months (not sure how much it increases after 6 months, if at all) and I'm wondering if my body would prefer the 800-1000 calorie range right now, based on a few "off" days I had recently that resulted in quicker drops than I've been seeing at the 700-800 range.

Thoughts?

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I am 3.5 months post-op and tinkering with the same thing. I find I'm losing more weight at 600 calories than I am at 800 calories, so I'm trying really hard to stay at the lower end of the range.

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I'm a year out, and I'm keeping it at 1,200 a day. I lost 5 pounds this week, so I guess it's still okay!

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I'm 5 months post op.

I'm taking in around 500 cals a day, and am still losing steadily. Mind you, not as rapidly as before...my health app says I'm averaging a loss of about 2.4 lbs per week for the past couple months. I'm completely fine with this, so I'm not messing with what I'm doing for now.

I track everything I eat/drink and record my weight every morning at the same time. For what it's worth, I notice if I eat more, I lose less.

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58 minutes ago, ms.sss said:

I'm 5 months post op.

I'm taking in around 500 cals a day, and am still losing steadily. Mind you, not as rapidly as before...my health app says I'm averaging a loss of about 2.4 lbs per week for the past couple months.

Can I ask what your daily Protein intake is and what you're eating? I found it so hard to eat anything other than shakes in order to meet the protein goal and stay around 500. Now I'm getting to the point where a shake isn't cutting it- I need real food for some staying power in my tummy.

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I need to find mine. I should go through my Baritastic app and see if I spot a trend. Most days I have 700-750. I’m losing weight slowly but surely. I don’t know if I could feel satisfied with 500-600 calories everyday though. I’m 7 months post op.

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7 minutes ago, KT1981 said:

Can I ask what your daily Protein intake is and what you're eating? I found it so hard to eat anything other than shakes in order to meet the Protein goal and stay around 500. Now I'm getting to the point where a shake isn't cutting it- I need real food for some staying power in my tummy.

I'm not @ms.sss, but for me, lean meats were the key. Specifically, grilled or poached chicken breast, grilled shrimp or shrimp ceviche, seafood, grilled or raw prep like poke or sashimi, seared scallops, and turkey or beef Jerky as a snack.< /span>

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Interesting comments above . I am 3 months out and averaging about 10-15 lb loss a month in the last month , but I am am only about 15 lbs from my goal and I was a lower BMI. I can’t do 500-600 a day most days , as I am very active , spin 5x a week and get 10k steps . Seem to be settling at the 800-1000 calories range with 1-2 Protein Drinks a day and at least one yogurt in order to get Protein grams in ... hard to eat enough protein honestly

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Yep, concentrated on lean Protein, no added fat beyond an ounce of avocado per day and a spray or two of evoo spray. Mostly just 60-70g lean protein plus a couple bites of steamed veg. Kept it plain.

Average for losing was <30g carbs (the lower the better), 60-70g protein and between 650-800 cals per day. I still didn't lose quickly. But I've made it to goal 2 at 13 months and will continue on to Goal 3. I still have to be closer to 650-700 to lose more.

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1 hour ago, KT1981 said:

Can I ask what your daily Protein intake is and what you're eating? I found it so hard to eat anything other than shakes in order to meet the Protein goal and stay around 500. Now I'm getting to the point where a shake isn't cutting it- I need real food for some staying power in my tummy.

I aim for 70g of protein a day.

Here is what I ate today & what I plan to eat for "dinner" later. It looks like i'll still only be at 400 cals and be 8g short on protein for the day even with my planned dinner, so I may try to get in some beef Jerky or greek yogurt if I have room.

Also so far, I've drank 1900 ml of Water, but I still have the rest of the night, so the final number will be more like 3000 ml.

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I find this all quite interesting as I am 4 months out and am still focused on Protein and fibre and not calories. I'm losing 1.5 to 2 lbs per week with moderate exercise but then last week lost 4 lbs. Who knows why but I'll take it! I think I need to try and track it all again..I just haven't as the portions have been so small I've only focused on the other. Lolo 2020 - I'm impressed with your exercise routine! You go!

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1 hour ago, sillykitty said:

I'm not @ms.sss, but for me, lean meats were the key. Specifically, grilled or poached chicken breast, grilled shrimp or shrimp ceviche, seafood, grilled or raw prep like poke or sashimi, seared scallops, and turkey or beef Jerky as a snack.< /span>

Yep, this is what I do also more or less. Grilled chicken breasts, turkey, seafood. Yesterday, Breakfast lunch & dinner was shrimp and scallops and grilled chicken and it totalled 467 calories for the day.

And beef Jerky is a fixture in my purse and pockets. I carry it around with me everywhere in case I get stuck somewhere and I get hungry. Most of the time its of the homemade variety, but I haven't made a batch recently so it's store bought for me these days.

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Thank you for posting your daily meals. I see both of you use Isopure Dutch chocolate. I’ve never tried that, it looks like you mix it with fairlife? Do you get the low carb or no carb? Does one taste better?

Sorry for all the questions, I saw it on Amazon and wasn’t sure which one you prefer.

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5 minutes ago, Cheeseburgh said:

Thank you for posting your daily meals. I see both of you use Isopure Dutch chocolate. I’ve never tried that, it looks like you mix it with fairlife? Do you get the low carb or no carb? Does one taste better?

Sorry for all the questions, I saw it on Amazon and wasn’t sure which one you prefer.

I just mix mine with Water (+ Decaf instant coffee + Benefiber).

The dutch chocolate is low-carb, I also have the NO-carb, but its the unflavoured one which I sometimes use to add to food or to bake/cook with. I like the dutch chocolate because it is the least sweet of all the chocolates I've tried.

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