How to Break a Stall After Weight Loss Surgery?
Bariatric weight-loss surgeries have proven to an effective and fast route to weight loss when all other mechanisms have failed. With some patients, bariatric surgeries start giving meaningful weight loss results in about 6 months or even a year after. But for most people, the results of a bariatric weight loss are almost instant when doctors’ instructions are followed to the letter. Even so, some people might come to a stall in their weight loss journey and this is known as a weight-loss plateau. This is something that most bariatric surgery patients struggle and it can be depressing when they do not record even the slightest weight loss. To help break a stall and a possibility of weight gain after a weight loss surgery, this article gives you some hacks you can put into consideration.
- Change Your Exercise Routine
Remember that weight loss surgeries must be coupled with proper dieting, change of lifestyle, and most importantly, physical exercise for you to achieve meaningful results. When you get accustomed to a particular workout, it becomes a routine after 2-3 weeks, in which time you will hit a plateau because you are not burning any calories. If your physical workout has been characterized by a walk, then you might consider stepping things up with a sprint or a high-intensity interval training, HIIT. This way, you will start burning extra calories and go back to the weight loss process.
- Track Your Weight and Measurements
A few months, say 6 months after the weight loss surgery, most patients experience huge weight loss up to the second year. After this period, the weight loss curve starts diving because you have already lost the fats. Most people tend to give up recording their weight and measurements when the difference is not that big as it used to be. This can and usually makes most people give up on workouts and watching their diet and they finally hit a stall. Keeping track of your weight and measurements can help you break the stall since this shows you consistency even when the weight loss is minimal.
- Go At Your Own Pace
Even if two people weighing the same had the same weight loss surgery at the same time, their weight loss curve will be different because we all have different metabolic rates. Unfortunately, most weight loss surgery patients often fall into the trick of comparing their weight loss to other people. If for example, they tend to record lower weight loss compared to their friends, they lose hope and finally come to a stall. To break the stall, stop comparing yourself to other people and walk at your pace.
- Revisit Your Diet
Most sugary and fatty foods such as fries are very tempting; you can easily slide back to eating them because after all, it is a little amount. Often, when you find yourself at a stall after a weight loss surgery, it is highly likely that you are taking something that is not recommended. If you have slowly been sliding back to an unhealthy lifestyle, it is the high time to take a U-turn to low carbs. Replace such carbs with vegetables and proteins, as they will give you energy and roughage to make you feel fuller faster.
- Get Enough Sleep
Most metabolic processes take place when someone is asleep and this means that you tend to burn more calories while asleep. Lack of enough quality sleep will plunge you into depression, a time in which you do not lose any weight because the normal metabolic functions are also impacted. For maximum metabolism and burning of calories, have at least 8 hours of quality sleep. Even as you do this, you must also be observing your diet, living a healthy lifestyle, and working out.
- Seek Help
Hitting a stall after a weight loss surgery is common with most patients so do not get discouraged. To avoid feeling alone and discouraged, get into a support group so that you can listen to similar experiences as well as get moral encouragement to move forward.
If you do or have been living a healthy lifestyle but you are still stuck at a weight-loss stall, you should seek professional help from your doctor. This is the best thing to do because a doctor can check for other underlying issues with your metabolism or the alimentary canal. Besides, they will advise on the change of tactics and recommend new measures according to your needs. Most importantly, strive to go to a certified and experienced weight loss surgeon.