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I had a gastric bypass December 12th 2018 I have now lost 162 pounds.Yes I'm pleased so far but, I haven't reached my goal of 150 pounds.I wigged 358 when I started my journey but it seems like I'm at a stand still I'm not gaining or have I gained any back but just bot losing very much now I have a checkup on july 5th and my doctor had a goal for me to be at 185.and I'm at 196 now it just seems like I crave food I want to snack..omg and candy and suger that's all I want.want can I do

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Have you looked into high-protein, sugar-free sweets? There are quite a few of them right here in the Bariatric Pal Store. I'm also really fond of Jello sugar-free chocolate pudding. I've also found that having a cup of coffee with skim milk and artificial sweetener in the afternoon keeps me from snacking when I'm tempted. You don't have to eat "prohibited" foods to satisfy your sweet tooth!

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9 hours ago, sstormer72 said:

I had a gastric bypass December 12th 2018 I have now lost 162 pounds

First, congrats on losing 162 lbs...that's quite an accomplishment!

Weight loss does slow down the further out you get, and it does require a little more effort than those first months when the surgery did most of the heavy lifting.

As for the cravings, have you been giving into them regularly? People often find that once you introduce sugar into your diet regularly, your body tends to crave it more. If this is the case, try to white-knuckle it for a few days, and the cravings *may* reduce in intensity. Try drinking lots of Water when you want to reach for some dessert?

Try finding something that will keep you busy: do you like to exercise? Maybe re-organize a room in the house, read a book, gardening?

Also there have been lots of folks here who have had success with IF (intermittent fasting)...essentially you limit your eating time to certain windows of the day (or week). It may be easier to say, "ok, I can't have this food right now, but I can at 4pm" vs. saying you can't have it at all. If you are interested, here is a beginner's guide to educate yourself: https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/intermittent-fasting-guide

Good Luck!

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I started where you were. It took me 20 months to lose all my excess weight. I think I weighed around 185 at the one-year mark. I can't remember if my surgeon had a goal for me or not, but he was elated with my progress.

I can tell you that once you hit the year mark, stalls become more frequent and longer and weight loss drops down to nearly nothing. Like two lbs a month. I got discouraged so many times, thinking I'd never get to a normal BMI (even though my surgeon and dietitian told me not to get my hopes up because only about 10-15% of their patients made it that far), but I kept plugging away and eventually made it. SO...suffice it to say, don't give up hope yet! Just continue to follow your plan. If you go for more than a month or so and the scale doesn't move, then cut back a bit on calories and see if that gets things moving again. But long stalls and snail-pace weight loss are VERY common once you get into year 2.

P.S. I think your surgeon is going to be happy with even 196. Considering all the weight you've lost, that's really not that far off the mark. But keep plugging away!

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If you've hit a stall or plateau you need to look closely at your calories and your carbs and Protein.

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