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I’m 2 weeks post op and I have only lost about 7 pounds. I am following the diet as required and I am also walking 30 mins per day. I’m getting scared this may not have worked for me. Shouldn’t the weight be falling off? On surgery day my weight was 229, the scale today said 222. What should I do?

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people lose at all kinds of rates for lots of different reasons - gender, age, metabolic rate, starting BMI, whether or not they lost a lot of weight before surgery, etc. You are female - and you are starting at a low BMI (for a WLS patient), so right there that tells me that you're most likely not going to lose nearly as fast as some male who starts off at over 300 lbs.

I was a slow loser from the get-go - I lost a total of 16 lbs my first month, and I started out WAY heavier than you. Yet I lost all of my excess weight. Just stick to your plan and the weight will come off - whether fast or slow...

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My thinking always is: if I am taking in 400 calories daily and burning 1800 a day that leaves a deficit of 1400 a day times 7 divided by 3500 calories a pound means we should lose about 3.5 lbs. a week. Maybe not every week but as an average. This works for everyone. It's science. Be patient. This formula works for every kind of dieting!

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Thank you for your advice. Do you think I should walk more maybe 1 hour a day or so? I’m walking 30 mins but just because I just had the surgery. Do you think I should go back to the liquid stage for a week or 2 more?

Edited by GastricGal

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I thought this was going to be way easier.

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I don't think so. Follow your doc's program. I'm 6 weeks out and just started walking more regularly and just started seeing regular loss. Your body is healing now and trying to figure out what happened. I couldn't walk at much as you do at 2 weeks. I get that we all want to blink and be at goal weight but it takes time. We didn't gain it all overnight.

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1. Give it time. You're only 2 weeks out. Also, there's a chance you'll lose no weight at all for a few weeks (search 3 week stall). Mentally prep for it, because if slow loss is bothering you now, the stall will be a mind ****.

2. You started at a lower BMI, so naturally, your weight lost will be slower than someone who weighs more than you.

3. Search the board for people who started out at a similar weight. Your experience is likely more normal than you think. You may need to reset your expectations about the process.

Good luck on your journey.

Edited by I Am Groot

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The other thing that initially impacts post-op weight loss is all the Fluid that was pumped into your abdominal cavity during laparoscopic surgery, and if you were on an IV during your hospital stay. It will take time to lose the weight caused by this fluid. Be patient. It is usually recommended that you don’t weigh yourself the first month so fluctuations and stalls don’t mess with your head. Good luck. Your experience is very normal. Just follow your surgeon’s plan and you should be fine.

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1 hour ago, GastricGal said:

I’m 2 weeks post op and I have only lost about 7 pounds. I am following the diet as required and I am also walking 30 mins per day. I’m getting scared this may not have worked for me. Shouldn’t the weight be falling off? On surgery day my weight was 229, the scale today said 222. What should I do?

23 minutes ago, GastricGal said:

I thought this was going to be way easier.

Easier? There is nothing easy about bariatric weight loss. This takes work.

Breathe, relax, and take this one day at a time. You didn’t gain weight overnight. You won’t lose weigh over night. Some lose slow some lose fast. Either way you are getting to your goal and healthy.

Don’t compare your loss to anyone else it will make you crazy. This is your journey. Work your plan and envision where you will be in a year,

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Thank you, I will stay the course.

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Don't be discouraged. I am a slow loser as well, I am down 11 lbs since surgery 2 weeks ago. I was stalled for a couple of days but it is moving again. I m doing exactly what I am suppose to do, drinking my Water, eating my Protein, taking my Vitamins and walking on the treadmill. I am not hungry, and I have no cravings.

Don't give up we got this.

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2 hours ago, GastricGal said:

Shouldn’t the weight be falling off?

@GastricGal

NO

frequent misconception that the day after WLS/ and days after.............

lbs keep going down and down very quickly. Not true!!

your weight will continue going down, but not as soon as you wish.

you are doing exactly what you should be doing - if you can increase walking

time period, following weight loss plan - terrific - 7 lbs, you are 2 weeks PO,

no need to worry now. you'll have plenty of time to worry later🤣

good luck

kathy

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I’m a slow loser as well. Hang in there. It will come. I stopped following the GS community on Instagram because I was feeling like everyone else was losing faster than me. I lose 2-4 pounds and then plateau for 3-4 weeks. It’s hard but I keep reminding myself how I FEEL and don’t pay attention to the scale. I had the procedure last November and have lost a little north of 30 pounds.

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I think I will be a slow loser. I don’t want to give up because the weight is not coming off as fast as I expected. It would really suck it I only lost 15 lbs in 30 months. I think I would go crazy, I already think the surgery failed me. I’m trying to stay positive.

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I think you need to work on having realistic expectations. Your thought process that your surgery didn't work, you're a slow loser, that this should be easier is worrisome. You've lost 7 lbs in 2 weeks! That's a lot of weight in a short amount of time. You think you are failing, when you are actually succeeding. Is there some one in your surgeon's office you can speak to, or they can refer you to, to help you recalibrate your expectations?

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