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Hi.

I had my gastric sleeve surgery awhile ago. I initially loss weight, then gained, then loss. In 2019, I really started to try to loose weight by changing my diet. My diet is a low-carb, no sugar, high Protein diet.

Pre surgery, I was 289 pounds. In 2019, I was 252 pounds. By mid-2020, I was 178 pounds. Since then, I haven’t lost any additional weight, but I haven’t gained any weight, either.

At 178, I’m still a good 15 pounds overweight. My PCP told me not to be concerned, since I feel good and have lost a lot of weight.

Has anyone plateaued above the ideal weight for their height?

Have you been able to overcome the plateau to loose more weight? If so, how?

Should I be satisfied with what I’ve lost and focus on maintaining my current weight?

Any insight you could provide would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks!!

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if you're happy at your current weight, then stay there. If you're not and want to be lower, then you'll have to either decrease your calories or increase your activity level, or both. Whether or not a lower weight is worth what it takes to keep it at a lower level is totally up to you. Some people would rather be a little looser with calories and/or not have to live at the gym to maintain a lower weight, so to them, being 10 or 15 or 20 lbs overweight is worth the trade off. Others are willing to make the sacrifice to be at a lower weight.

if you do want to continue losing weight, know that the closer you are to a normal weight, the harder it is to lose. I remember years ago at Weight Watchers meetings listening to normal weight or slightly overweight women whine and complain about how hard it was to lose 10 lbs. I just rolled my eyes - yea right, I'd think - try losing 100+ lbs. But now I totally get it...

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My gastric bypass surgery was August 2020. I was originally 265 and not am stuck at 197 pounds. It's 8 months and I've been at 197 for a month now. Any suggestions? It cant be a plateau or is it? I can understand Joie0005's frustration with plateauing and not losing weight.

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33 minutes ago, Cookie12 said:

My gastric bypass surgery was August 2020. I was originally 265 and not am stuck at 197 pounds. It's 8 months and I've been at 197 for a month now. Any suggestions? It cant be a plateau or is it? I can understand Joie0005's frustration with plateauing and not losing weight.

yes - it could be a plateau. Mine lasted longer the further out I got. There were several times when I said "well, I guess this is it...", and then my weight loss would start up again.

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Did you increase your exercising during your plateau? I'm trying to find ways to "push" myself out of the plateau.

BTW folks, any types of exercising you did to help you move forward will be a great help to me. I loved walking before the pandemic because our work had an excellent bridge for walking, across and around, but since I'm working from home, I am unable to due to the neighborhood I live in. It doesn't have to be walking at home exercises either. Thanks!

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Just now, Cookie12 said:

Did you increase your exercising during your plateau? I'm trying to find ways to "push" myself out of the plateau.

BTW folks, any types of exercising you did to help you move forward will be a great help to me. I loved walking before the pandemic because our work had an excellent bridge for walking, across and around, but since I'm working from home, I am unable to due to the neighborhood I live in. It doesn't have to be walking at home exercises either. Thanks!

occasional plateaus are just a normal part of weight loss. I just rode them out - stuck to my plan, stayed off the scale for a few days. They always broke.

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Okay, thanks!

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10 minutes ago, crystaldawn81 said:

Is a 4 month plateau normal? I'm 10 months post op...

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if you've been stalled for four months, then you've likely thrown yourself into maintenance. If you want to continue losing weight, you'll have to decrease your calories or increase your exercise - or both.

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