Question: I had weight loss surgery and have been at the same weight for a while now, what am I doing wrong?
Answer: If you are following the guidelines in your RMAP binder, do not be discouraged! This is most likely a natural stall during your weight loss journey. To consider weight loss at a plateau, you usually stay at the same weight for about 6 weeks. Anything less than 6 weeks (if you are following the rules…) is the body’s own way of shedding itself. Weight loss does not maintain a consistent downhill pattern; weight loss ebbs and flows, vacillating between minor stalls and losses.
If you maintained a certain weight prior to weight loss surgery (WLS), it is not uncommon for the body to want to stay there on its way down, as well. As you should be exercising, you may be gaining muscle weight (which weighs more than fat) while losing fat. The number on the scale may be the same, but your clothes may be fitting more loosely.
If you have not been following the guidelines, and feel you have reached a plateau because of poor habits; there’s help! You are not alone on this journey. Think about the habits that may be causing your weight to slow down or plateau. You may find it helpful to meet with bariatric dietitians at St. Mark’s Hospital, or LDS Hospital, most insurance companies cover visits with the dietitians.
Emotional support is also critical after weight loss surgery. We welcome you to attend Support Group, which is held on a monthly basis. You may found individual counseling helpful as well. We work closely with Leslee Miller, LCSW (Salt Lake County).
Remember, you didn’t gain the weight overnight, so you are not going to lose it overnight either. Enjoy this journey!
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