Feb 27

I’ve Quit Losing Weight After Weight Loss Surgery


Why has my weight loss stalled? © esolla Fotolia.com

Why has my weight loss stalled? © esolla Fotolia.com

You were losing weight at a fast clip when suddenly you stalled or plateaued. What the heck is going on?

Don’t freak out. We all go through this during our weight loss surgery journey. Some stall days after surgery, some weeks and some months.

Why Has My Weight Loss Stalled?

A weight loss stall is an extended stretch of time where your efforts are not resulting in weight loss.

When you lose weight rapidly chances are you are losing lean body mass (muscle) and fat. Your muscle plays a big part in the burning of calories by keeping your metabolic rate higher so you want to hold onto your muscle and even make more muscle, says Maureen Miletics, RN, BSN, MS, CBN and director of bariatric services with St. Lukes Bariatric Services

That means you’ve gotta support that muscle with high protein intake, 65-70 grams or more. Your metabolic rate determines how many calories the body burns at rest. Additionally, you want to support and build muscle so you’re able to exercise and burn even more calories.

You May Need to Eat More – Protein

The reason you’ve quit losing might not be overeating. Many of us stall because we’re not eating enough or eating the right foods. When we losing weight rapidly due to a drastic drop in food/calorie intake, our bodies slow down the metabolism to conserve energy. Because the body thinks it’s starving, it tries to hold onto every last calorie. Bam. Plateau. If you’re skipping meals or trying to eat salad instead of protein, change your ways. Don’t skip meals. Consider adding a protein shake to your daily routine. Focus on proteins first, always, before you take a bite of veggies or starch.

Now, if you’re eating well, the stall just might be too much food. Let’s face it we’re all food addicts and slipping into old ways is possible. Hit this head on. Be honest with yourself. You may need to start tracking your foods, revisit the eating guidelines your dietitian provided and use some great tools to keep you on track. I often use small (baby) utensils, portioned plates/dishes and the MyFitnessPal app to track everything your eat.

One last fact: lack of sleep can also be a problem. If you don’t sleep six to eight hours a night, Miletics says you’re at greater risk of increased ghrelin levels (a hormone that makes you hungry) and decreased leptin (a hormone that decreases hunger).

Put the Brakes on Your Weight Loss Plateau

  1. Increase proteins
  2. Sleep well
  3. Build muscle, and
  4. Assess your eating patters and food intake



About the author

Laurie Lee Dovey

LLD is a writer, photographer, marketing and media consultant, hunter, angler, RVer, sports nut, poker player, and wife.


  1. HK Jaye

    Is Ms Miletics, RN BSN MS CBN DIR also a WLS survivor?

    1. Laurie Lee Dovey

      We’re not able to answer your question. She is a bariatric specialist with a hospital/bariatric surgery center.

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