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Hi!
I had surgery on March 10th 2021.
From 3 week Pre-op until now, I have lost a total of 19 pounds (nearing 6 weeks total time). I have not lost any weight in the last 10 days.

I’ve spent a good period of time assuring myself by reading the great feedback on others posts about similar questions but, most suggest the 3 week stall and I have heard that the stall can happen 2-4 weeks post surgery.

Has anyone ever heard of a stall basically right out of the gate?

I am tracking - I am at 600 calories/day and 60g of Protein.< br />
My Pre-Op Diet Start Weight was 257 and I am currently 238.

Thanks in advance for the advice and feedback, a little challenging to not be discouraged!

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if you're eating 600 calories/day and 60g of Protein, then you're in a stall. Mine was weeks 2 & 3.

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I am experiencing the “three week stall” right now. Rest assured though, you can’t eat what we are eating and not lose weight. I think our bodies just fight it cause they literally Think we are trying to die.

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My advice....up your calories and get off the scale for a couple weeks. Which, I realize sounds like blasphomy and utter madness...but it honestly might help.

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I never understood this and don't understand what happens when I hear this. I always thought that if you burn more than you consume, your body has no choice but to lose weight. What is this stall?

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1 minute ago, JazzyJess20 said:

I never understood this and don't understand what happens when I hear this. I always thought that if you burn more than you consume, your body has no choice but to lose weight. What is this stall?

they're very common during weight loss. I think your body has to stop every once in awhile to "recalibrate" before going on. It happens to almost everyone.

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On 03/28/2021 at 22:59, catwoman7 said:



if you're eating 600 calories/day and 60g of Protein, then you're in a stall. Mine was weeks 2 & 3.


Thank you. It’s comforting to hear someone had the stall early. I appreciate the feedback!

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On 03/29/2021 at 03:09, ShoppGirl said:



I am experiencing the “three week stall” right now. Rest assured though, you can’t eat what we are eating and not lose weight. I think our bodies just fight it cause they literally Think we are trying to die.


Totally get that especially because in my previous life I struggled with very disordered eating - months at a time with little to no food followed by bingeing. That’s years ago but still, perhaps our body doesn’t forget. Thanks for the feedback!

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On 03/29/2021 at 04:32, Creekimp13 said:



My advice....up your calories and get off the scale for a couple weeks. Which, I realize sounds like blasphomy and utter madness...but it honestly might help.


I like blasphemy, I’m a rebel at heart. I made the decision last week to stay off the scale but then thought oh I will check...not good. I will heed your advice and stick to my plan of the scale once a month.
Many thanks for the feedback!

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On 03/29/2021 at 05:37, JazzyJess20 said:



I never understood this and don't understand what happens when I hear this. I always thought that if you burn more than you consume, your body has no choice but to lose weight. What is this stall?


I know it’s hard to understand right? I do however get it, your body is trying to save itself.

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On 03/29/2021 at 05:39, catwoman7 said:






they're very common during weight loss. I think your body has to stop every once in awhile to "recalibrate" before going on. It happens to almost everyone.


I like that ‘re-calibrate’

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6 hours ago, JazzyJess20 said:

I never understood this and don't understand what happens when I hear this. I always thought that if you burn more than you consume, your body has no choice but to lose weight. What is this stall?

It is a biological defense against starvation...developed by humans over tens of thousands of years of adapting to poor hunting seasons and bad harvests. It's why you're cold all the time, why you get constipated, why you run out of go, why you can feel cloudy and not quite yourself....your body just shuts down everthing possible to keep you from losing anymore weight because it thinks you're dying of starvation. Lots of critters have the adaptation. Torpor. Brumation. Hibernation.

Uban legend has it that sometimes kicking up your calories a little bit and doing more physical activity, getting more sunshine...can help snap your body out of it.

In another ten thousand years, maybe our bodies will develop a resistance to the excess calories that are shortening our lifespans.......but for now, they're still more into defending against starvation. If only we could explain it to them. LOL.

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1 hour ago, Creekimp13 said:

It is a biological defense against starvation...developed by humans over tens of thousands of years of adapting to poor hunting seasons and bad harvests. It's why you're cold all the time, why you get constipated, why you run out of go, why you can feel cloudy and not quite yourself....your body just shuts down everthing possible to keep you from losing anymore weight because it thinks you're dying of starvation. Lots of critters have the adaptation. Torpor. Brumation. Hibernation.

Uban legend has it that sometimes kicking up your calories a little bit and doing more physical activity, getting more sunshine...can help snap your body out of it.

In another ten thousand years, maybe our bodies will develop a resistance to the excess calories that are shortening our lifespans.......but for now, they're still more into defending against starvation. If only we could explain it to them. LOL.

Oh wow! Thank you for the information! I genuinely did not know all of this. Is this typically the reason why allstalls and plateaus happen in weightloss?

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Rachel Goodman is an awesome dietician who offers online classes and support - she’s not specifically for bariatric patients though. But she does talk about the biology of dieting /starvation mode.

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