Bookmark Website  | Free Registration  | The Team
The Lounge  | Champions  | The Wire |  Schedule |  Audio  |  Arcade  |  The Top Ten  |  Historical  |  Email  |  Video

Even Gastric Bypass Patients Hit Weight Loss Plateaus


Sometime, during the phase of rapid weight loss after gastric bypass surgery, many patients may find their weight loss is stalled. Talk about discouraging. The daily ritual of weighing and celebrating another pound gone has turned into depressing torture because the scale just won't move- the dreaded plateau has arrived.

One reason for the plateau is physiological. The body reacting to the restrictive caloric intake sends out a signal to start burning less stored fuel. In other words, the metabolic rate (the rate at which the body burns fuel) is reduced as the body attempts to conserve fuel in reaction to a state of famine. Your body is hanging on for dear life to it's beloved fat.

Face Down The Dreaded Plateau:

There are things we can do to face down the dreaded plateau. The first is to avoid beating up on ourselves or regretting the decision for WLS. Simply accept that a plateau is part of the natural course of weight loss and this too shall pass. Plateaus can last two to four weeks. Try to be patient and consider your body is simply taking a rest from the hard work of losing weight.

Avoid snacking during the plateau. Old eating habits that caused obesity may resurface as we comfort our disappointment with extra snacks or make unhealthy food choices. Try to avoid this type of self-sabotage. Keep in mind, a plateau is a difficult time emotionally. I can recall feeling, "I really didn't deserve to lose all this weight anyway, so I may as well eat this or that." Avoid the self-pity trap.

Re-examine your commitment to healthy eating and exercise. Sometimes a plateau can be busted simply by returning the very basic principles of living after gastric bypass. One nurse-dietician suggests a return to pure protein for 48-hours. That means eating only eggs, low-fat cheese, chicken, tuna, turkey, etc. - nothing processed. The science behind that is the intake of pure amino acids (protein) will boost metabolism and force the body to burn stored fat.

Another way to feel proactive in plateau busting is to kick-up the exercise program. Add an extra half-mile to a walk or an extra set of repetitions to the strength training program. Any little change will catch the body off guard and it just may respond by dropping a pound or two.

And of course continue to drink clear fluids, specifically water, to flush the body of toxins and fat.

Counterfeit Plateaus:

Now, What about the plateau that lasts longer than four weeks and you still have lots of weight to lose? These are referred to as "Counterfeit Plateaus" in the health community. Most counterfeit plateaus result from miscalculations or forgetfulness on the part of the dieter. For example, maybe we are forgetting to avoid starchy carbs or processed snacks. Maybe we are eating a tiny dinner and an hour later eating another tiny dinner? Perhaps we've fallen out of the habit of exercise. Little slip-ups or forgetfulness can become quite costly if we let it go too long without correcting the behavior. Take a hard look and find ways to improve habits and boost weight loss.

Water/Fluid Retention Plateaus:

Too much salt in the diet will cause a water retention plateau - avoid prepared soups or other foods that have excessive salt. A fluid retention plateau is the result of insufficient water consumption so the body retains fluid to compensate. Remember, drink the water.

Plateaus are Temporary:

Remember, plateaus are temporary. As discouraging as it may seem at the time it will pass and it is a natural part of the weight loss journey.

Copyright 2005 Kaye Bailey - All Rights Reserved.

Kaye Bailey is a weight loss surgery success story having maintained her health and goal weight for 5+ years. An award winning journalist, she is the author and webmaster of http://www.livingafterwls.com and http://www.livingafterwls.blogspot.com

Fresh & insightful content is added daily, check in often.

To subscribe to the LivingAfterWLS monthly newsletter "You Have Arrived" click on http://www.livingafterwls.com and enter your details in the subscription box.


MORE RESOURCES:

To Your Good Health: There are many causes of weight loss
TwinCities.com-Pioneer Press
Hyperthyroidism is the classic example. -- Chronic disease. Cancer in particular has several ways it can cause weight loss. Chronic infections also sometimes show progressive weight loss. -- Psychiatric disease, especially depression and anorexia nervosa.



U.S. News & World Report (blog)

Fasting for Weight Loss: Fad or Phenom?
U.S. News & World Report (blog)
In the never-ending quest for that Holy Grail of sustainable weight loss, more people are experimenting with some form of fasting. Celebs have helped popularize quick fixes. Many may recall Beyonce's pre-Grammy 14 days of lemon juice, cayenne pepper ...



Extra

Chaz Bono Shows Off Dramatic Weight Loss, Talks Caitlyn and New Serial Killer Role
Extra
Chaz Bono Shows Off Dramatic Weight Loss, Talks Caitlyn and New Serial Killer Role. Actor Chaz Bono looks good! He showed off his 85-pound weight loss during an interview with “Extra's” Mario Lopez at Universal Studios Hollywood. Chaz Bono Shows Off ...

and more »


E! Online

Zoe Saldana Flaunts Killer Abs, Post-Baby Weight Loss in Gym Selfie: ''It's ...
E! Online
The 37-year-old actress, who gave birth to twin boys in December 2014 and gained an estimated 70 pounds while pregnant, took to Facebook on Wednesday to flaunt her post-baby weight loss—and the proud mama is looking fab! "Almost there! It's been ...

and more »


UPI.com

Correction: Weight Loss-Balloon story
WRAL.com
In company trials, patients treated with the balloon lost about 7 percent of their total body weight over six months, compared with 3.3 percent weight loss in patients who didn't get the balloon. But six months after the devices' removal, patients in ...
FDA Approves 'Belly Balloon' Weight Loss DeviceWebMD
FDA approves balloon for weight lossUPI.com
FDA approves balloon weight loss deviceW*USA 9

all 199 news articles »


Health.com

All About the Weight Loss 'Balloon' The FDA Just Approved
Health.com
In a clinical trial, the ReShape system helped people more than double their weight loss compared to those trying to lose weight through diet and exercise, an FDA news release said. That clinical trial was funded by the company that makes the ReShape ...
Stomach Balloon Approved By FDA For Weight LossScience World Report
New Weight Loss Option: FDA Approves "Belly Balloon"iSchoolGuide
New Weight-Loss Method ApprovedKTRH
Vocal Republic
all 21 news articles »


Medical Daily

Kids' Weight Loss Strategies Largely Depend On Their Parents Health Knowledge
Medical Daily
Those with higher health literacy were also more likely to pick more strategies (including those which are probably unnecessary, such as reducing carbs), and more likely to turn to the internet or books for their knowledge about weight loss. Those with ...
Low parental health literacy limits child's weight-loss optionsHealio

all 2 news articles »


abc7news.com

New surgery aids weight loss by transmitting signal to brain
abc7news.com
The excessive weight Adams gained during the past 15 years, as well as its health implications, forced her to explore weight-loss surgery options. She opted for the new route, and became the first person in the Tri-State area to undergo the VBloc Therapy.

and more »


Latinos Health

Why the most popular rule of weight loss is completely wrong
Washington Post (blog)
The much bigger mistake Wishnofsky made was misunderstanding how our bodies react to weight loss. As soon as we start cutting calories from our diet, the number of calories our body expends begins to fall. "It literally starts happening on the first ...
Biggest Weight Loss Rule is a MythLatinos Health

all 7 news articles »


Q13 FOX

Woman accused of faking weight loss shares brave photo to silence 'haters'
Q13 FOX
A New Zealand-based makeup stylist who shared photos of her dramatic weight loss on social media is getting worldwide attention after she posted an “after” photo showing her excess skin to silence the “haters.” Simone Pretscherer Anderson said she went ...
Woman posts bravely honest weight loss photos to silence online hatersMashable

all 41 news articles »

Google News


Advertisement



Section Site Map - Submit News - Feedback - Comments - Advertise with Us

Copyright 2006 Luminati Inc. All rights reserved.