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Navigating the challenges of weight loss slowing post-bariatric surgery

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Navigating the challenges of weight loss slowing post-bariatric surgery

Weight loss slowing or plateauing after bariatric surgery can be frustrating, but with the right strategies and support, it is manageable.

Rest assured, that a slowdown or plateau is normal, especially after the rapid weight loss of the first few months post-surgery.

Here’s what you need to know about weight loss slowing and how to stay on track with your goals.


Is your weight loss slowing or are you regaining weight?

A plateau may see your weight stabilising for a short period before weight loss starts again, but if you notice a gradual increase over weeks or months, it’s important to reassess your diet and exercise routine.

Also keep in mind that there are other signs of weight loss not just on the scale, like feeling more comfortable in your clothes, increased energy levels, less joint pain, easier breathing and an overall feeling of general well-being.


Common reasons for weight loss plateauing

Here are few reasons why your weight loss might be slowing down, even post-bariatric surgery:

  • Increased caloric intake: as you adapt to your new lifestyle, it’s easy to gradually & unknowingly increase your calorie intake, either by expanding portion sizes or choosing higher-calorie foods and liquids.
  • Reduced physical activity: Often, the initial surge of losing weight so quickly can decrease, and if physical activity doesn’t increase to compensate, weight loss may stall.
  • Metabolic adaptations: Your body is incredibly adaptive. When you reduce your food intake your metabolism will slow down. This can sometimes lead to a slowing in the rate of weight loss or a plateau.
  • Temporary plateaus: It’s also worth noting that plateaus are a normal part of any weight loss journey. They are usually temporary and can be overcome with the right strategies. Don’t let them stop you.


If your weight loss is slowing, here’s how to keep the the motivation.

Slow and steady isn’t necessarily a bad thing, just focus on being consistent with healthy choices.

Focus on portion control and establishing a regular eating pattern. This helps prevent overeating and ensures you’re consuming nutrients vital for post-surgery health.

Engaging in regular physical activity is crucial. After bariatric surgery, incorporating both cardio and strength training exercises helps prevent muscle loss, boosts metabolism, and supports ongoing weight loss. Activities like walking, swimming, and resistance exercises are excellent choices.


When to consider revision surgery

For some, despite best efforts, weight loss may not reach the desired goals, or significant weight regain  occurs.

In such cases, revision surgery could be an option. This depends on the type of initial surgery and the specific challenges you’re facing. Consulting with your surgeon can provide clarity and direction if this is necessary.


How to stay on track, even if your weight loss is slowing

If you’re noticing your weight loss slowing down and need guidance on how to adjust your diet, exercise plan, or are considering the possibility of revision surgery, don’t hesitate to reach out. Contact our office today to schedule a consultation and get back on track with your weight management journey.



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