When does the weight loss stop?

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   Posted 3/16/2013 12:51 AM (GMT -6)   
Hello everyone,
I had my Nissen surgery September 28,2012 all is well. I am sleeping better, I have more energy and I now enjoy eating my food. I have increased the vegetables that was struggling with initially. Well my doctor told me that I wolud lose up to 20#; I have now loss 55# and counting. Don't get me wrong I had the weight to lose, but when does it taper off? I thought I had stablized but once I started swimming 1x/week and doing a freeweight arm exercise program I started dropping again. Oh I do not have the dumping syndrome either. I know this surgery was not for weight loss; but I'm tired of people asking me if I had gastric bypass:-(. I think like me I never knew there was a surgery for reflux until my 2nd GI consult after 14yrs of reflux. So any advise on average weight lost and when it will stop? All the reading on various sites say 10 is normal.

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   Posted 3/16/2013 3:41 AM (GMT -6)   
I am not an expert because I am only 3 days post NF. But I did a lot of research prior to my NF and I found a chart showing how many calories you need to maintain your present weight. Anymore you gain, any less you lose. I was 6' tall and weighed 213 at the time. The chart calculated as a moderately active person I needed a minimum of 2328 calories. For a sedentary person such as myself while in recovery, I would need 1940 calories just to stay even. I cant imagine how few calories I am currently eating. Since I am allowed few carbs and no meat I cant see how I can control my weight loss during the next few months.

Prior to my NF I played tennis six days a week. I am giving myself three months off during my recovery and then I am going to try to begin light play again.

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   Posted 3/16/2013 6:50 AM (GMT -6)   
The amount of weight lost varies depending on the person, as Retired Seabee said.  The more weight you're carrying prior to the surgery, generally, the more weight you will lose.  If you think about it, it makes sense.  You have to eat a certain amount of calories to maintain the weight you were prior to surgery.  During recovery you're eating many less calories, so you lose weight.
Once you start eating the same amount and types of foods you ate prior to your surgery, you'll gain your weight back.  If you don't want to gain it back, then by all means don't go back to eating the same number of calories again.  If weight loss is a concern and you've become underweight, you can easily compensate for smaller meals by eating more of them and adding more high-calorie foods.
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   Posted 3/16/2013 8:32 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you for your input. I know originally up to 2 months out I was struggling to eat 500 calories a day. I have now increased to 1200 calories a day and this is because anything less I am dizzy. So I am in the process again of finding an even balance. Thank you again. LNF has truly given my life back.

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   Posted 3/16/2013 9:21 PM (GMT -6)   

Glad to read of your successful surgery but a weight loss of 55 lbs is a lot. You did not share the time frame it took to lose this much weight.

Another idea, make an appointment with a nutrionist to help you decide if your weight is a good range for you as well as dietary education to help you meet the weight goal you establish.

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   Posted 3/23/2013 7:43 PM (GMT -6)   
I had my surgery September 28, 2012 so the 55 Lbs was from that date until now. I followed your advised and talked to a nutritionist at my job. She informed me that because I had gained so much weight over 8 months before surgery secondary to water retention. My body before surgery was not filtering nutrients correctly and I had gained 40 lbs. She told me I am still in the healthy "safe" zone if I loss no more than 10 more pounds. Since, I am back to exercising on a regular basis I should monitor my calories in and calories out. She said it is also important that I balance my fruits, vegetables and protein. Fresh fruit is still rough on my stomach so use "Greens" from it works it has a daily dose of fruits and vegetables in a powder form that I mixed with juice or water 2x/wk.
But again, I can't express how appreciative I am of all the support from this forum. I am truly lucky to have had NF because my reflux was controlling every aspect of my life. Now I have control of my life and enjoying life.
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