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I hope this question makes sense. My doctor told me that the surgery (I had VSG) would take care of 50-60% of the weight you wanted to lose and after that, you're on your own (must work your tool). I know there are some who lost all of their weight with the surgery and I know some who have lost about 1/2 of their desired weight loss with their surgery and now they must lose the rest on their own (I fall in the latter category) I am 3+yrs out from VSG and I initially lost 100lbs in 7 months then hit a stall. Since then I have gained about 25lbs. I'm in the process of losing it plus the rest of the weight I need to lose (I still need to lose 100+ lbs) So here's my question.....

For most of us, before surgery....it was nearly impossible to lose the weight and keep it off. After surgery, the weight seemed to fall off quickly in the beginning and then taper off. So if you still need a significant amount of weight to lose after surgery, do you think the weight will come off at a "normal rate" (1-2lbs a week) or faster because we have the surgery? Or do you think it'd be like before surgery where it was damn near impossible? I'm not looking for immediate results and I know the weight isn't going to fall off like it did right after surgery and I know everyone is different and I know it depends on a ton of things but I'm just curious how it worked FOR YOU? Thanks

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Do you know what % of excess weight lost category you actually fall into ? (20 30, 40, etc) It's a bell curve unfortunately and there are always going to be those at each end of the spectrum.

IMHO try to have moderate expectations. Anything ovet or under you expection are bonus/no big deal.

It may fall somewhere in between regular preop & later post op speed (theres no way to know for certain how your body will react) but it will be work.

I'm not sure what changed from the time you were maintaining to regaining but perhaps look there first for clues (especially food, drink and habit clues)

A lot of people further out have lost regain by diligently working their original plans again (eating clean, accounting calories, exercise, etc.)

You can do it! Also check with your original Surgeom/Team because they may have more options to help you out.

Good Luck!

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5 hours ago, Lovin2lose said:

I hope this question makes sense. My doctor told me that the surgery (I had VSG) would take care of 50-60% of the weight you wanted to lose and after that, you're on your own (must work your tool). I know there are some who lost all of their weight with the surgery and I know some who have lost about 1/2 of their desired weight loss with their surgery and now they must lose the rest on their own (I fall in the latter category) I am 3+yrs out from VSG and I initially lost 100lbs in 7 months then hit a stall. Since then I have gained about 25lbs. I'm in the process of losing it plus the rest of the weight I need to lose (I still need to lose 100+ lbs) So here's my question.....

For most of us, before surgery....it was nearly impossible to lose the weight and keep it off. After surgery, the weight seemed to fall off quickly in the beginning and then taper off. So if you still need a significant amount of weight to lose after surgery, do you think the weight will come off at a "normal rate" (1-2lbs a week) or faster because we have the surgery? Or do you think it'd be like before surgery where it was damn near impossible? I'm not looking for immediate results and I know the weight isn't going to fall off like it did right after surgery and I know everyone is different and I know it depends on a ton of things but I'm just curious how it worked FOR YOU? Thanks

Congratulations on your weight loss. You have done phenomenal. Is there a reason you feel you need to lose 100+ pounds?

You can lose weight years out. Keep things realistic and long term sustainable. Make short term goals of five-pound increments. Give yourself a year of being consistent on your plan and make a goal of living and eating healthy. A healthy lifestyle should not be diet hell.

I’m five years out. Weight loss is slow. My surgery restriction is less. I can hold more food volume (My stomach is not back to full size) I have had to find ways to fill the extra stomach space, keep hunger at a minimum and stay within my weight loss calories and macros.

Sorry for the long response.

Get some advice for your dietician first. I’m no expert. All I can offer is what works for me. You may have to tweak things to find your own weight loss mojo.

Basics: Follow your plan, Log and weight your food, hydrate, drink 30 mins after you eat, exreccise/activity.

The only reason we gain weight is eating over your weight loss/maintaining calories and macros. Ask your dietician for meal plan or research one you feel you will stick with. (Bariatric basics, keto, intermittent fasting, whole 30, paleo, low carb, vegan. The list goes on) Whatever meal plan you decide to follow log your food. (myfitnespal) or another food log app.

Do you know what calories your body loses weight at? We are all different. Sometimes the numbers change years out. Using myfitnesspal app - Start with 1200 calories. You can dial your calories up or down by 100 to find the zone that works for your body. Set your Protein, carbohydrates, and fats goals to fit the diet plan you choose. If you need help, ask.

  • Real sugar, processed food and extra carbs cause craving and hunger. Detox off them.
  • Get temptation out of the house – go shopping for things on your plan – Research some bariatric recipes to keep food flavorful. A few links
  • Keep healthy options for sweet and salty cravings on hand.
  • With your protein and other items allowed on your plan eat as much veggies until full to fill the extra sleeve space. The veggies will help keep your calories low.
  • Depending on your plan use plant based or low glycemic carbs (sweet potato, brown rice, whole wheat) Stay within your carbohydrate goal. Low glycemic keeps your blood sugar from spiking.

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