We are bariatric newbies, cruising along and amazing ourselves with our outstanding results and then one day it happens – the dreaded plateau or weight loss stall. What the heck is going on? We are not eating enough to put on weight. We are not eating enough to gain weight? How is it we are even eating enough to maintain our weight.
I get calls and emails and texts from bariatric newbies. They are upset, confused, frustrated and ready to throw their bathroom scale at the wall.
I get it. There has been a lot of work that has gone into the weight loss journey and a lot of money so this stall is just not fair.
Here is what you will hear me say when you call, text or email me about a plateau or a stall. Stalls are a part of this journey. Stalls should be expected. I have never worked with a client who did not experience a few stalls on their journey to wellness and their short and long term goals.
This is a lifelong journey. This is not a sprint to the finish line and these stalls that you are experiencing are a normal part of the bariatric journey. It’s almost like your body needs a chance to catch up with the number on the scale.
I will tell you to put the scale away when you are experiencing a stall and to weigh yourself once a week. Focus on your healthy journey and stop focusing on only the destination. Congratulate yourself each and every day for making better choices.
This is also when I will encourage you to take your measurements. Sure, the scale may not be your best friend right now but your tape measure may tell a different story. When the scale stalls, your clothing may still continue to feel looser. Now that’s even more fun than the number on your scale. That’s the number on the size of pants you wear!
Sure, I will also ask you to send me a 3-day food log but I know that your food log will be perfect and that I will need to change very little. I know you are trying your best and making wise choices. This is just something that everybody goes through and I want you to continue making those good choices and I want you to focus on staying busy and working on your new healthy routine.
Please don’t compare yourself to somebody you met on a forum or on FaceBook. Everybody is a biochemical individual and no two people are going to lose weight at the exact same rate. People start their journey at different ages and different weights. No two clients are the exact same. Plus, some people may exaggerate their weight losses. Who’s to say that they are telling the 100% truth along the way. We can only be accountable for ourselves.
Keep on keeping on – the scale is going to move again in a week to three weeks. If it doesn’t, reach out to me and together we will evaluate and get things rolling again.
Persistence – keep on keeping on! You’ve got this!
About the Author: Sheri Burkeis a Registered Holistic Nutritionist and Bariatric Surgery Coordinator at International Patient Facilitators in Tijuana and Cancun, Mexico. She has worked with bariatric surgery clients for over 10 years and especially enjoys providing nutritional guidance to pre and post bariatric clients.In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two teens and cooking up a nutritional storm in the kitchen.