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Weight Loss Stalls After Bariatric Surgery – The WHY’s and HOW’s

Weight Loss Stalls After Bariatric Surgery


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There have been ample of questions lately on the Facebook page about weight loss stalls and how to best jumpstart a weight loss stall after bariatric surgery. Let’s discuss it in detail.

Is it normal to experience weight loss stalls after bariatric surgery?

I’ve been stalled at the same weight after gastric sleeve at 7 weeks after leaving the hospital. What should I do?

Add in some exercise/resistance activities after bariatric surgery to keep your body working. Going off of diet alone won’t be enough long-term to keep losing and maintain the loss- Katelyn JM (US-RD Nutritionist)

There can be many causes of weight loss stalls following weight loss surgery. Find the root cause and fight against accordingly.

Fighting Weight Stalls Post Weight Loss Surgery

1. Going back to clear liquids will only lower your metabolism.

2. Replace sweet drinks with

      • Low-fat soy milk,
      • Smoothie made with nonfat plain yogurt, skim milk, and frozen fruit,
      • Tea or coffee with no cream or sugar.

3. Introduce more vegetables and fruits, depending on your tolerance.

Factors Causing Weight Loss Stalls Post WLS

Pouch Resetting and Clear Liquid Diet Post Bariatric Surgery

You’ll be suggested to go back to clear liquids to reset your pouch. Well yes, you may lose some weight. But, you may miss out on a lot of essential calories, in the process.

Causes For Weight Loss Stalls After WLS

Lack of Sodium

One of the main functions of sodium is to act as a regulator for fluid balance in the body. The more sodium you take in, the more water you hold on to.

If you’ve had a Honey Baked Ham or lots of popcorn,  you’re really thirsty for the next few hours, waking up in the middle of the night, and start guzzling water. Sounds familiar?

      • The more sodium you have, the more water retention you have.
      •  Taking sodium out of your pre-bariatric surgery diet, you eliminate more fluid.

Lowered Metabolism Rate

Crash dieting and cutting on too many calories too fast lowers your metabolism. The calories would burn slowly because your body thinks you’re starving. Also, your body will break down valuable muscle tissue for energy.

So, that’s why a lot of times people will lose weight on a diet and regain all the lost weight adding another 2-3 pounds.

How to Break a Stall After Weight Loss Surgery?

Dealing with Weight Loss Stalls After Bariatric Surgery

Be Mindful of What You Eat After Bariatric Surgery

      • Write down everything you are eating.
      • Just think of what you are bringing in your body.
      • Develop new eating habits that will help you maintain your weight loss.
      • Eat more fruits and veggies post-WLS.
      • Follow the ‘Steam, Roast, Bake’ criteria with your food.

So, yes, protein is important but it is not the end-all-be-all if you are more than six months out from bariatric surgery.

Even if you are more than two or three months, it is not necessarily the only thing you need to focus on. A wholesome diet makes a huge difference in your weight loss.

Exercise After Weight Loss Surgery Should Be Routine

Finally, try to increase your activity following your bariatric procedure or change up your activity…you are constantly doing the same exercise or the same daily activity in your garden or at work.

You have to shake things up. Your body is going to once again adapt to whatever it is that you are doing.

      • Your body will adapt to a little amount of calories, as it has got used to it.
      • Change the intensity/resistance of your physical activity.
      • Have an Inclination towards the treadmill.

So, I hope this helps and this is a long one. It is a big tangent, but I think this is an area that is very confusing and frustrating and once again there is no exact science to it.

We are learning more and more and it is one of those things where you have played with it…try one thing and then try another thing. So anyway, I hope that helps.

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Updated on June 19, 2019

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