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Hi y'all,

I've been stalled in the 270s for a few weeks now and I don't know what to do other than ride it out (which I'm doing, but not well). I'm about 16 months out from surgery and I'm averaging about 800-1000 calories per day and getting in 90-100+grams of Protein in with 3 meals and 3 Snacks. I've upped my Water intake to at least 80 oz/day and I've also started exercising again after an injury and laziness sidelined me for a while. My fat and carbs are usually around 40 g/day but on a higher calorie day, it can get into the 60s for.

Am I getting in too many calories and too much protein for where I'm at? Too many carbs/fat? I think I put myself in maintenance and I still have about 100 lbs left to lose before I hit goal. Any tips?

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I'm thinking that at 270 lbs and 5'6", 1000 cals a day would be sufficient to lose weight on. I did a quick calculation with your stats and theoretically, you *should* be losing at anything less than 2400 cals/day...!

Have you been at 1000 cals a day the entire 16 months?

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No. For a while I couldn't break 800 calories until about 9-10 months. My injury occurred about 6 months out of surgery, curbing my exercise substantially and then depression hit and I lost myself for a good 3 months towards the end of 2019. I stopped tracking in my app but I would put myself at 1200-1400 calories during that time. Got it together in January when I was about a year out and by then I'd lost 110 lbs.

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I find I have to switch things up drastically. I’ll do a super low carb low calorie day (like 700-800 cals), then a higher carb, higher calorie day (like 1200 cals), then back to 900 cals. Doing that almost always keeps me from stalling. I just never let my body get use to the same thing. It’s also what was recommended by my surgeons office/dietician if stalls happen.

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Keep saturated fats low as you can and sugar.

Low bad carbs is good too.

Also be careful of sodium in food.

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17 hours ago, Nic C said:

No. For a while I couldn't break 800 calories until about 9-10 months. My injury occurred about 6 months out of surgery, curbing my exercise substantially and then depression hit and I lost myself for a good 3 months towards the end of 2019. I stopped tracking in my app but I would put myself at 1200-1400 calories during that time. Got it together in January when I was about a year out and by then I'd lost 110 lbs.

Maybe I misunderstand...how long have you been stalled, and how many calories do you/did you average during the stall?

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1 hour ago, ms.sss said:

Maybe I misunderstand...how long have you been stalled, and how many calories do you/did you average during the stall?

For my current stall, I've been stalled in the 270s for the last few weeks, almost a month (April/May). During this month, I've been averaging 800-1000 calories.

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8 hours ago, ronjsteele1 said:

I find I have to switch things up drastically. I’ll do a super low carb low calorie day (like 700-800 cals), then a higher carb, higher calorie day (like 1200 cals), then back to 900 cals. Doing that almost always keeps me from stalling. I just never let my body get use to the same thing. It’s also what was recommended by my surgeons office/dietician if stalls happen.

That makes sense. I'm pretty much eating the same thing every day and don't have much variety in my diet. I'll start switching things up. Thanks!

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5 hours ago, Nic C said:

For my current stall, I've been stalled in the 270s for the last few weeks, almost a month (April/May). During this month, I've been averaging 800-1000 calories.

Ah, ok, I would think that since it's only been a month (I incorrectly thought you have not lost weight for the last SIX MONTHS @800-1000 cals), this is just a normal part of the process this far out from surgery. Weight loss does tend to plateau as you progress. So long as you stay the course (especially at 800-1000 cals), it will eventually pick up again.

Good Luck!

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