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My surgery was oct. 2018. On my surgery day I was 430lbs. I’m now at 318lbs. I’m staying around 1000 calories a day. Going to the gym 3 times a week. Usually burning under or just at 1000 calories when at gym. I’ve stalled and been around 320 for about a month or two.

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7 minutes ago, BBQKing said:

My surgery was oct. 2018. On my surgery day I was 430lbs. I’m now at 318lbs. I’m staying around 1000 calories a day. Going to the gym 3 times a week. Usually burning under or just at 1000 calories when at gym. I’ve stalled and been around 320 for about a month or two.

Are you accurately counting all your calories? That seems like a long time to be in a stall at your current weight and only eating 1000 calories a day.

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On 08/31/2019 at 10:04, justmetj said:






Are you accurately counting all your calories? That seems like a long time to be in a stall at your current weight and only eating 1000 calories a day.


I’m sure. I use a Bariatric calorie ap every day. I count everything, and read and log labels.

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14 minutes ago, BBQKing said:

I’m sure. I use a Bariatric calorie ap every day. I count everything, and read and log labels.

You may need to up your calories then to get your body out of starvation mode.

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2 minutes ago, BBQKing said:

Does that work?

It absolutely works. At first try increasing your calories by 100 a day by adding some healthy Snacks like Protein, fruit or Peanut Butter and see if the scale starts moving if not you may have to go up another 100.

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2 minutes ago, BBQKing said:

Hmm I’ll have to try that.

Good luck 😊

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Well I’m more accurately at 1000 calories give or take 1-2 hundred . So add calories? That seems like it would not work, but I could try it. I usually drink at least one Protein Shake a day. I can eat almost anything, other than junk food, which I stay away from, as long as I chew it enough.

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1 hour ago, BBQKing said:

Well I’m more accurately at 1000 calories give or take 1-2 hundred . So add calories? That seems like it would not work, but I could try it. I usually drink at least one Protein Shake a day. I can eat almost anything, other than junk food, which I stay away from, as long as I chew it enough.

I didn't know there was a give or take on your calories maybe that's why you're in a stall also. Maybe do a baseline of exactly 1000 calories for one week then if the scale doesn't move, up it 100 for a week to see if there's a change.

Sometime you have to do this to find your "sweet spot". Once you find it you should lose more consistently.

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Ok, I though starting at the gym would help. It hasn’t. I do more strength than cardio. I do 2 miles on stationary bike then at least 20,000 lbs, of weight movement.

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On 08/25/2019 at 08:46, ZGal said:



I am between 700 and 1,000 being 6 months out. I’m very tall, work out almost every day, get my Protein in, and I’m still doing well dropping the weight :)


I’m having a hard time getting in my 75 ounces of Protein. What does a typical day look like for you? I’d love some new ideas for ways to get up to 85 or 90 grams!!

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@claricey, you didn't ask me, but I get a lot of Protein.

Breakfast: 1 scrambled egg, a slice turkey bacon, half a cup of coffee with fat-free milk, a small glass of Tomato juice (to take my pills)

Lunch: Healthy Choice Power Bowl, or a salad with no dressing and salmon or chicken on top if I go out.

Dinner: 5 oz. fish, half a cup of veggies

snack options if I get hungry: banana, yogurt, quarter cup mixed nuts

Water: 64 oz.

Almost every meal and snack is built around protein.

I was stalled out and just decreased my calories to 800 and started losing again, which means skipping the Snacks. But In my first six months, I broke some stalls by eating more. Increasing or decreasing by 100 calories a day for a week isn't going to hurt anything, I don't think.

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50 minutes ago, claricey said:

I’m having a hard time getting in my 75 ounces of Protein. What does a typical day look like for you? I’d love some new ideas for ways to get up to 85 or 90 grams!!

Your question made me think about the connection between Protein and calories.

Each Dr. has their own nutritional guidelines. My nutritionist suggests between 60-80 grams of protein.

There are a few things I’ve learned about protein.

Our concepts of protein are changing. It’s not just how much protein but when we have protein. Our bodies need the protein more at rest to build muscle than it does prior to exercise. Healthy fats fuel our bodies longer than excessive protein.

Too much protein converts to glucose when it’s not being utilized. Since I struggle with metabolic disorders and glucose intolerance I’ve kept my protein between 50-60 grams. (Averaging 50j

you need to get a feel for your own protein level. If you stall evaluate wether it’s too much protein or type of protein. If you want a protein boost BariatricPal has protein shots, you get 15 grams of protein in 3 ounces.

also if you stall , it’s not just about how much calories (either too much or to little ) but the type of calories. Not all calories are equal.

Im not an expert. I can hardly figure myself out. We just take it one step at a time and do the best we can.

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