After Weight Loss Surgery:
What to do if you STOP Losing
Or START Gaining Weight

After weight loss surgery, there will likely come a time when you stop losing weight (before you want to), or worse...

...start gaining weight.

Are you at that point now?

If you're feeling out of control with your eating, feeling like you've failed at weight loss surgery and/or have stopped losing or started gaining since your bariatric procedure, then immediate action is necessary.

Did you get away from doing what you KNOW you should be doing?

In my experience as a dietitian, I see that my clients stop losing or start gaining after weight loss surgery simply because they get away from doing what they know they should be doing.

You may have been too scared to break the rules in the beginning, but found over time it got easier to do so. You may have thought your bad habits and food cravings would be cured by the surgery, only to find out they weren't. Or, you simply might have just gotten too "cocky," and started feeling like you should be exempt from having to follow the rules any longer.

Whatever the case may be, I'm sure you're not happy about it.

You've come to the right place.

Using my simple strategies and my sample menu you can easily replace bad habits with good ones and be back on track within the week.

Let's get started!

It's time to get back to the basics...

...starting RIGHT NOW.

It's as easy as 1-2-3...

  1. Establish a regular pattern of eating at planned intervals.
  2. Get back to the basics.
  3. Keep a food log.

Establish a regular pattern of eating

If you've started gaining or stopped losing weight after weight loss surgery, chances are you've fallen into chaotic, random eating.

That's eating whatever you want, whenever you want. Sure, you may only be able to eat small portions since having your lap band, gastric bypass, gastric sleeve, or duodenal switch, but eating small portions, too frequently, adds up to too many calories!

That's why you should establish a planned pattern of eating. This will provide you little "stepping stones" to get through the day.

Ideally, eat within 1 hour of waking and plan to eat little meals every 3-4 hours thereafter.

A sample schedule might look like this:

7am Breakfast
10am Snack
1pm Lunch
4pm Snack
7pm Dinner

Get back to the basics

If it's been months or even years since your bariatric procedure, you may have forgotten about the basics:

  • Protein first
  • Avoid drinking and eating at the same time
  • Eat slowly and chew thoroughly
  • Exercise

It's easy to get away from doing any one of these, but if you forget them all...

...hello extra weight!

Keep a food log

The best weight loss tool is not a treadmill! It's a pen.

According to research, if you write down everything you eat each day, you'll lose twice as much as if you didn't.

It just makes sense, because food journaling makes you accountable for every lick, nibble and sip you take, and it's likely mindless eating has played a part in slowed weight loss or weight re-gain after weight loss surgery.

Jump Start Your Weight Loss Again After Weight Loss Surgery: Sample Menu

7am Breakfast
Protein Shake: 4 oz water + 1 scoop chocolate protein powder + 1/2 frozen banana + 1/2 Tbsp. p.b. + ice as desired

10am Snack
2 oz. sliced low sodium turkey lunch meat spread with 2 Tbsp. hummus. Roll and eat. Serve with 1 small apple.

1pm Lunch
1/2 - 1 cup salad topped with 2 oz. tuna salad (2 oz. tuna mixed with 1/2 Tbsp. mayo). Drizzle with 1/2 tsp. sesame oil and balsamic vinegar.

4pm Snack
2 hard boiled eggs. Remove yolks and stuff each half with 1 Tbsp. lowfat black bean dip.

7pm Dinner
2oz chicken
1/2 cup steamed broccoli
1 teaspoon butter for broccoli

Get back on track. You can do it!

I'll even help you if necessary.

You can contact me to schedule a 1:1 phone appointment for further accountability and/or menu planning.

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