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So, today I had my appointment and I am currently at 181.2 lbs, 34" waist, BMI 27 and feeling great!!!!!! I have one more appointment in December and I will be a year out! The question asked of me today, "You want to know how to stop losing the weight?" I thought oh, my goodness yes! I have had clothing altered, not once but twice, I have had my wedding ring resized twice and refuse to do it again! I am so grateful and happy about my weight loss but I am afraid I will not stop losing! I was encouraged to eat good fats, olive oil, avocados, nuts, more fruits, Protein, carbs and whole grains. Even the thought of drinking a Protein Shake makes me gag, I find them way to sweet and I have tried all flavors that I thought would be tolerable for me. (PremierProteinShakestobeexact) The funny thing, I have already been doing this and still losing weight. I hope it comes to an end soon! I don't want to start looking emaciated. Any suggestions? #stilllovingthenewme

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a lot of us who end up losing 100% of our excess weight look emaciated in year 2, but we don't by..or sometime during...year 3. Fat is redistributed a bit so you don't look as "drawn", and also, most people seem to have a 10-20 lb rebound after hitting bottom. So I wouldn't purposely try to gain weight now - just try to stabilize.

my weight loss just kind of stopped on its own at about 20 months out - but I started out heavier than you did.

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Firstly, congratulations are your weight loss. So wonderful.

Apologies to those who love them, but Protein shakes & powders are awful. I just couldn’t tolerate them at all. But, if you eat a balanced diet & include protein in every meal, you shouldn’t need protein powders or shakes. Plus, you get lots of other necessary nutrients eating real food. I aim for 50g a day based on my weight. (Some guideline recommend 0.8/kg, others 1g & others recommend 1.2g if you’re older or very physically active.) I get in about 10g at Breakfast, 10-15g at lunch, 15+g afternoon snack (yogurt), 15-20g for dinner. If it’s a low day, may be I missed a meal or snack, or wasn’t hungry, I’ll have a Protein Bar for a late supper or some chia pudding.

My dietician suggested adding skin milk powder to my milk to boost my protein & calories. I find it makes the milk taste sweeter, which I don’t like, but it’s fine for when I make chia pudding. (I whisk a big heaped Soup spoon of milk powder in a cup of milk.) You might like to try that too instead of protein powders.

I did lose more than I intended when I was trying to find my sweet spot to successfully maintain. It doesn’t take much for me to lose or gain so I’m very routine with what & when I eat. My doctors have suggested I put on a couple of kgs, but as that’s likely to happen over the next year or so, I’d rather not put weight on now & more again later. Plus, I actually have quite a small frame (now all the weight is gone). I’m really happy with my weight & size as it is.

Catwoman7 is right. Many of us who do manage to lose 100% of our weight can look almost ‘too thin’ at first (you get told this a lot by well meaning family & friends - grrrr) but everything does settle again in time. Adding a few good multi/whole grain carbs to your diet in maintenance helps a lot. I think as you, & others, get used to your new body shape & size, you start to really see yourself as who you are now & the change doesn’t seem as extreme.

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7 minutes ago, Arabesque said:

Catwoman7 is right. Many of us who do manage to lose 100% of our weight can look almost ‘too thin’ at first (you get told this a lot by well meaning family & friends - grrrr) but everything does settle again in time. Adding a few good multi/whole grain carbs to your diet in maintenance helps a lot. I think as you, & others, get used to your new body shape & size, you start to really see yourself as who you are now & the change doesn’t seem as extreme.

+1

More anecdotal evidence: I looked positively skeletal (esp my face and neck) when I finished weight loss phase. Months later, I looked much more filled in (despite the fact that I even weighed 10+ lbs less later on). I suspect it was the introduction of some carbs back into my diet....

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I'm getting comments about being too thin, and the "don't lose anymore weight!" comment crops up a lot. I've been maintaining my 100 pound loss the last three months, and going to the gym a lot, so not losing weight but gaining muscle which is making me look slimmer. I'm hoping my fat redistributes, as I look a bit "stringy" with my muscles and loose skin haha. I'm expecting a talking to from my surgeon when I go for my 12 month follow up in a few weeks, as I was told to stop losing weight 12kg ago. I didn't have a lot of choice, it just came off.....and now I'm working hard to keep it off.

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On 10/13/2020 at 9:30 PM, catwoman7 said:

a lot of us who end up losing 100% of our excess weight look emaciated in year 2, but we don't by..or sometime during...year 3. Fat is redistributed a bit so you don't look as "drawn", and also, most people seem to have a 10-20 lb rebound after hitting bottom. So I wouldn't purposely try to gain weight now - just try to stabilize.

my weight loss just kind of stopped on its own at about 20 months out - but I started out heavier than you did.

Thank you so much, you are always encouraging!

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On 10/13/2020 at 10:32 PM, Arabesque said:

Firstly, congratulations are your weight loss. So wonderful.

Apologies to those who love them, but Protein shakes & powders are awful. I just couldn’t tolerate them at all. But, if you eat a balanced diet & include Protein in every meal, you shouldn’t need protein powders or shakes. Plus, you get lots of other necessary nutrients eating real food. I aim for 50g a day based on my weight. (Some guideline recommend 0.8/kg, others 1g & others recommend 1.2g if you’re older or very physically active.) I get in about 10g at Breakfast, 10-15g at lunch, 15+g afternoon snack (yogurt), 15-20g for dinner. If it’s a low day, may be I missed a meal or snack, or wasn’t hungry, I’ll have a Protein Bar for a late supper or some chia pudding.

My dietician suggested adding skin milk powder to my milk to boost my protein & calories. I find it makes the milk taste sweeter, which I don’t like, but it’s fine for when I make chia pudding. (I whisk a big heaped Soup spoon of milk powder in a cup of milk.) You might like to try that too instead of protein powders.

I did lose more than I intended when I was trying to find my sweet spot to successfully maintain. It doesn’t take much for me to lose or gain so I’m very routine with what & when I eat. My doctors have suggested I put on a couple of kgs, but as that’s likely to happen over the next year or so, I’d rather not put weight on now & more again later. Plus, I actually have quite a small frame (now all the weight is gone). I’m really happy with my weight & size as it is.

Catwoman7 is right. Many of us who do manage to lose 100% of our weight can look almost ‘too thin’ at first (you get told this a lot by well meaning family & friends - grrrr) but everything does settle again in time. Adding a few good multi/whole grain carbs to your diet in maintenance helps a lot. I think as you, & others, get used to your new body shape & size, you start to really see yourself as who you are now & the change doesn’t seem as extreme.

I am so glad to be a part of this group, thank you so much!

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On 10/13/2020 at 10:44 PM, ms.sss said:

+1

More anecdotal evidence: I looked positively skeletal (esp my face and neck) when I finished weight loss phase. Months later, I looked much more filled in (despite the fact that I even weighed 10+ lbs less later on). I suspect it was the introduction of some carbs back into my diet....

ms.sss yes that is what family is saying haven't told any of them of the surgery and made my husband sware not to tell, I just tell them I'm on a Soup diet! lolol their response is you need to add meat to that soup! lolol Thank you for the feedback!

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On 10/14/2020 at 12:07 AM, Daisyjayne said:

I'm getting comments about being too thin, and the "don't lose anymore weight!" comment crops up a lot. I've been maintaining my 100 pound loss the last three months, and going to the gym a lot, so not losing weight but gaining muscle which is making me look slimmer. I'm hoping my fat redistributes, as I look a bit "stringy" with my muscles and loose skin haha. I'm expecting a talking to from my surgeon when I go for my 12 month follow up in a few weeks, as I was told to stop losing weight 12kg ago. I didn't have a lot of choice, it just came off.....and now I'm working hard to keep it off.

daisyJane I haven't exercised for fear of losing way much more, I am 5'8" and already look like Olive Oil from Popeye! lololol I could use some firming up here and there but afraid I will just melt away! Lolol

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