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So at this point, I am confused to say the least.
Started the bariatric Program: 336lbs
Day of surgery: 326
CW:279 2 weeks shy of 5 months post Vsg
GW 220-230

In the morning I can not eat food without first, drinking, something hot it’s the only time I really feel restricted. I am two weeks away from being five months out. Noticed I’m will only lose about 1-2 pounds a week but I fluctuate the same 1-2 pounds. I can’t get my Protein from real food after eating 3oz of chicken at noon. I can’t eat real food for the rest of the day. Water intake is not a problem. But I have been at a stall for a month!! dietitian does not want me to rely on Protein Shakes, but that’s the only way to meet my protein goal.

Any advice???

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we started out at about the same weight on the day of surgery. I just checked, and I'd lost 63 lbs at the fie month mark, but then, I had RNY - weight loss is usually a bit faster with that than it is with VSG (although you usually end up at the same place in the end). Two lbs a week isn't unusual once you get out that far. Honestly, I still drink a Protein Shake every day because I'm supposed to average 100 grams of Protein a day (we discovered early on that I malabsorb it - so the usual 60-80 grams/day wasn't doing it for me). I could probably get that high from food alone, but I don't like to obsess all day about whether or not I'm going to meet my protein goal. I know I WILL meet it if I have a protein shake for my mid-morning snack.

I know some dietitians and surgeons don't like people to stay on Protein Shakes for long, but I know a few people who hate eating Breakfast whose dietitians told them to just have a protein shake for breakfast, then (so they're OK with it in some situations) - but opinions seem to vary among dietitians.

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Have you spoken to your surgeon about struggling to eat real (solid) food? This is uncommon at 5 months & you should be able to eat a wide range of meats, vegetables, fruits & some complex carbs. Push them for an answer.

Stalls happen & can happen several times. While we say they last 1-3 weeks some do experience longer stalls.

As for your weight loss slowing to 1-2lbs a week, this is perfectly normal. Everyone’s weight loss slows as they progress. Wait until you’re almost at your goal weight (or your body’s new set point - these may not be the same), then you’ll be counting ounces a week.

Out of curiosity what’s your calorie intake like?

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7 minutes ago, DanielleQ said:

Right now I would I get about 500 calories if that

At 5 months post-op, 500 calories per day might signal your body to be in starvation mode. Most programs seem to recommend between 800-1000 calories as a benchmark until you reach maintenance. For example, my dietician told me 80g Protein and that protein should be 40% of my calories, which works out to around 800 calories per day.

Do you have any theories on why you can't eat real food after lunch? You should be able to eat most food by now. I'm only at 3 months post-op and the only foods I've been told to be careful with are asparagus (very fibrous) and steak (but ground beef is fine). Have you tried crockpot chili, or pulled chicken? Maybe navy bean Soup with ham? Greek yogurt and fruit? I also like tuna salad or smoked salmon.

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How are you feeling now? You should really speak to your surgeon. At this point, you should definitely be getting more calories in and be able to eat actual food.

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