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Patricia's Guide to Bariatric Living


Overcoming Weight Loss Stalls After Bariatric Surgery: Tips for Success

Nine times out of ten, when I consult with a patient experiencing a stall, they are doing one or more of these things: 1) not eating enough, 2) not drinking enough water, 3) exercising too much. If you are struggling, reach out to me, and let's get you back on track!

Don't worry; it's a fairly easy fix. There are strategies you can use to overcome these stalls and continue progressing toward your goals.


Understand Your Body's Changes

First, it's essential to understand that weight loss stalls are a normal part of the process, especially several months after surgery. Your body is adjusting to significant changes, including reduced stomach capacity and altered digestion. As a result, your metabolism may slow down temporarily, leading to a plateau in weight loss.


Review Your Eating Habits

One of the first steps in overcoming a weight loss stall is to review your eating habits. Are you sticking to your recommended dietary guidelines? It's crucial to focus on nutrient-dense foods that provide essential vitamins and minerals while avoiding empty calories. Keep track of your food intake and ensure you're consuming enough protein to support muscle maintenance and overall health. 


Stay Hydrated and Mindful of Fluid Intake

Hydration is key to overall health and weight management, especially after bariatric surgery. Ensure you're drinking enough water throughout the day, as dehydration can definitely impede your weight loss. I recommend that you shoot for a minimum of 64oz in the first 6 months and then half of your goal weight or 64 ounces, whichever is larger. You'll be shocked by how much better you feel once your body is hydrated properly!


Prioritize Physical Activity

Regular physical activity is vital for maintaining weight loss and overall well-being. Aim for a combination of cardiovascular exercises, strength training, and flexibility exercises. Even small bursts of activity throughout the day can add up and contribute to your overall calorie expenditure.


Address Emotional and Psychological Factors

Weight loss stalls can sometimes be influenced by emotional or psychological factors. Stress, anxiety, or changes in mood can impact your eating habits and overall progress. Consider seeking support from a counselor or therapist if you're struggling with emotional eating or other psychological challenges related to weight loss.


Revisit Your Support System

Having a strong support system can make a significant difference in overcoming weight loss stalls. Lean on your healthcare team, support groups, friends, and family for encouragement and guidance. Share your challenges openly and seek advice from those who understand your journey.


Be Patient and Persistent

Lastly, remember that weight loss is not always linear. There will be ups and downs along the way, and patience is key. Celebrate non-scale victories, such as increased energy levels, improved fitness, and better overall health. Stay committed to your goals, stay consistent with healthy habits, and trust the process.


It's important to remember that overcoming weight loss stalls after bariatric surgery requires a multifaceted approach. By implementing the strategies above, you can break through plateaus and continue on your journey toward long-term weight management success.

Consistency is key. Stay the course! You've got this! ❀️

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