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Hey new on here but needed some support having a really bad day. I had my vsg done on the 10th May this year, stats HW:285 SW 279 CW 254. So here is my problem, I have done all sorts of diet and had no success and feel like I wouldn’t with this vsg also. I eat right portion and right food and I’m not having the same results as others that I have seen. I am eating little and listening to my pouch but the scale is not moving and I’m scared if this doesn’t work I would be seen as a failure by my loved ones. I don’t want to be a failure and I need help or pointers on how I can make this work. I meet my Protein goals and my Water 90% of the time.


Please any advise would be greatly appreciated I am also 5weeks out and want the best for myself and kids. Pls someone help me

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You've lost 25lb in about about five weeks? Looks pretty good to me. It's hard not to do, but comparing ourselves to others can really set us up for disappointment. Personal circumstances are always different eg the surgery they had, the post op diet they are on, how much weight they lost pre-op, what their incidental activity level is, what exercise they are doing, medication etc etc.

When you say the scale is not moving? When did you last lose weight? You may be on a stall, which is quite common for most of us, the stalls can last up to a couple of weeks for some, and longer for others. As long as you stick to your post op guidelines the scales will reflect your efforts before too long.

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Last time I lost was last week...I thought if I was able to lose 2pounds a week will be healthy and I’ll be happy. I am following the diet plan and eating small but with no success. How do people get those 6-8 pounds weeks

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46 minutes ago, skinny onboard said:

Last time I lost was last week...I thought if I was able to lose 2pounds a week will be healthy and I’ll be happy. I am following the diet plan and eating small but with no success. How do people get those 6-8 pounds weeks

almost no one loses 6-8 lbs a week. I think a lot of people's expectations are skewed by TV shows like "My 600 lb Life", but you have to remember that those people started out MUCH heavier than the average WLS patient. If you lost 25 lbs in five weeks, you are perfectly normal. I lost 16 lbs the first MONTH, and I started at 373 lbs. If you haven't lost anything in the past week, then you are in a stall. If you continue to follow your program, the stall will eventually break and you'll be on your way again. You will likely experience more stalls along your journey - most of us do. When you hit them, just stick to your program and stay off the scale for a few days if you need to - and know that it will eventually break. They usually last 1-3 weeks.

it's really pointless to compare yourself to others because rate of weight loss depends on so many factors - age, gender, activity level, metabolic rate, starting BMI, whether or not you lost weight before surgery, genetics, etc etc etc. If you're committed to your program, you WILL lose weight, whether fast or slow. I was a slow loser from day 1, and I ended up losing 100% of my excess weight.

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On 06/16/2021 at 12:50, catwoman7 said:






almost no one loses 6-8 lbs a week. I think a lot of people's expectations are skewed by TV shows like "My 600 lb Life", but you have to remember that those people started out MUCH heavier than the average WLS patient. If you lost 25 lbs in five weeks, you are perfectly normal. I lost 16 lbs the first MONTH, and I started at 373 lbs. If you haven't lost anything in the past week, then you are in a stall. If you continue to follow your program, the stall will eventually break and you'll be on your way again. You will likely experience more stalls along your journey - most of us do. When you hit them, just stick to your program and stay off the scale for a few days if you need to - and know that it will eventually break. They usually last 1-3 weeks.




it's really pointless to compare yourself to others because rate of weight loss depends on so many factors - age, gender, activity level, metabolic rate, starting BMI, whether or not you lost weight before surgery, genetics, etc etc etc. If you're committed to your program, you WILL lose weight, whether fast or slow. I was a slow loser from day 1, and I ended up losing 100% of my excess weight.


Thank you so much for this and I will take it easy on myself. Really appreciate the response

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Hello, we have similar stats and I'm also just at 5 weeks out. I met with my dietician yesterday and he said my weight loss is surpassing the averages. I've lost 22lbs since surgery. He also mentioned that around 4-6 weeks most patients see a slow down in the loss as their body adjusts. It should pick back up soon. I have noticed within the last week my loss has slowed down too but I'm trying not to worry yet I'm just waiting for it to turn back around. My surgeon's office said that at this point 2lbs per week is what they are looking for. Sounds like you're perfectly on track!

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On 06/16/2021 at 17:26, JDLane said:



Hello, we have similar stats and I'm also just at 5 weeks out. I met with my dietician yesterday and he said my weight loss is surpassing the averages. I've lost 22lbs since surgery. He also mentioned that around 4-6 weeks most patients see a slow down in the loss as their body adjusts. It should pick back up soon. I have noticed within the last week my loss has slowed down too but I'm trying not to worry yet I'm just waiting for it to turn back around. My surgeon's office said that at this point 2lbs per week is what they are looking for. Sounds like you're perfectly on track!


Aww thank you this is so reassuring

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Every one loses at their own rate. There is no right or wrong amount of weight to lose each week. Yes, there may be average amounts of loss people who are similar height, weight, age, gender, etc. may have in common. As long as you see the trend of your weight loss going down you’re succeeding. The amount you lose each week will also slow as you progress.

It is possible you are experiencing a stall as has been suggested. These are extremely common. We talk about the three week stall but that first one can happen at week 2, 3, 4, 5 …. It’s just your body taking a breath & trying to catch up with the changes (surgery, weight loss, reduced calories, dietary changes,…). You will likely have other stalls as you’re losing.

We’ve all been on that gain, lose, gain roller coaster. Personally I know the reason I always regained after losing was because the diets I was on weren’t sustainable or I just went back to the same old way of eating. I’d start regaining a couple of weeks after the diet ended. The difference this time is that I work at sticking to the changes I made to how I eat, what I eat, why I eat every day. I have many years ahead of me but I’m going to work my butt off to try to stay my course cause that desire to go down my old path is always there. I just understand it & manage it better now.

Your success starts & ends in your head. It’s not just what you put in your mouth. You have to do the head work. Many do this with the help of a therapist, others do it themselves. There are lots of people here who are happy to share experiences & offer support.

Follow your plan, meet your Protein goals, get your fluids in, be more active and your weight loss will continue. You’ll get there.

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Hey! 5weeks out for me too! Done mine on May 11th, but I've only dropped like 11pounds in 2 weeks, stalled til now 🥲 it's definitely unnerving and I truly understand how you feel! Had my first month check with my doctor last week and even he thought that I was kinda slow (they expected abt 17 - 30lbs lost in first month before The Stall) so... a bit demotivating but I've been getting a lot of positive vibes from the peeps here! :)

I guess our diff is that I tend to miss hitting Protein target at times due to work but I've started working out a lil and try to eat more protein now.

Hoping all the best for you and cheer up! You're not alone :))

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