gastric bypass

I just had gastric bypass on 9/26/16. I just had my first check up which is supposed to be two weeks but ended up being 1 1/2 weeks. I had only lost 2 lbs. The doctor says the norm is usually at least 10! what am I doing wrong and how do I start tracking on my fitness pal.. all help is appreciated.. kind of bummed out!


  • SkyMaiden007
    SkyMaiden007 Posts: 25 Member
    Did you not even try tracking before getting a bypass? Do you not know how to track at all?
  • Dove0804
    Dove0804 Posts: 213 Member
    edited October 2016
    Unfortunately, this isn't a question anyone on here is going to be able to answer for you- it's really a discussion with your doctor. Prior to surgery you should have had extensive discussions and planning as to how you'll eat before and after surgery. Have you been following those instructions to a T? You'll need to learn how to eat differently if you're going to lose and maintain any kind of weight loss.
    If you still feel lost, make another appointment, or ask for a dietitian referral. Your doctor knows you and the details surrounding your health much better than any of us will.
  • courtneyfabulous
    courtneyfabulous Posts: 1,863 Member
    Talk to your doctor... but I do know when I had abdominal surgery (not gastric bypass) I was quite bloated & swollen in my belly for several weeks- it's possible you have the same which would make your weight higher.

    Logging your food in MFP is quite easy, there's probably a tutorial on here how to set up an account & log food, but you probably want to base your calories & macros off your doctor's guidelines rather than whatever the app calculates for you. You can change your goal calories & macros in the "goals" menu.
  • GothamVeggie
    GothamVeggie Posts: 87 Member
    I think it would be a great idea to find a registered dietician and nutritionist. They can help you with meal planning & set you on the right path to succeed.
  • SLLRunner
    SLLRunner Posts: 12,943 Member
    I agree with speaking with your doctor and asking for a referral to a registered dietician (not a nutritionist because they are not licensed or registered) so you can figure this all out.
  • Mavrick_RN
    Mavrick_RN Posts: 439 Member
    Obviously Gastric Bypass Surgery does not work for everyone.
  • fluffysexyme
    fluffysexyme Posts: 104 Member
    I had surgery on May 26. I spent a week in the hospital with complications. I didn't lose a single pound, AND I was on a clear liquid diet for a week. A week later, I started melting.
    Then I hit a plateau where inches would melt off.
    Then weight.
    Then inches.

    Take your measurements, weigh in weekly, and follow the diet to a T- which you should still be all liquid, MAYBE pureed. Don't rush the process!
  • JenniferNoll
    JenniferNoll Posts: 367 Member
    A week and a half out, you will still be very bloated and retaining fluids. You'll be very swollen from where the surgery was done. It usually takes a couple of weeks for the weight to start to come off. Give it a chance.
  • duddysdad
    duddysdad Posts: 402 Member
    I would recommend a dietician over a nutritionist. Anyone can call themselves a nutritionist, but dietitians have gone to college and are more knowledgeable with health and nutrition. I saw my doctors nutritionist and she told me now to eat less than 2k calories or I would go into starvation mode and gain weight. I would not recommend one.
  • mzzzfrog
    mzzzfrog Posts: 10 Member
    Talk to your doctor. You should have been given aftercare guidelines and they can refer you to a dietician if you need more help. 15 years ago I had RNY and lost 120 pounds. This surgery only works if you use your new tool correctly. If you don't understand the doctor's instructions speak up and ask for clarification and don't give up until you get it.
  • amyk0202
    amyk0202 Posts: 667 Member
    I'm going to link you to the stickied helpful threads: . Those are for later.

    I had a sleeve in 2012. At this point, you are most likely still on liquids & you should have been given a pretty detailed eating plan from your surgeon with the number of calories to try to take in every day, the amount of protein you should be eating, & whether you should be on clear broth or purees. If you did not receive one, you should be blowing up the phone at the doctors office immediately. It's important that you don't begin solids too soon because you need to heal.

    Once you can start eating solid foods, your doctor should be giving you guidance there as well. What your initial daily calorie goal should be, the amount of protein to get in, what foods to avoid. I know with gastric bypass, you will generally have to learn what will personally be acceptable for you & not trigger dumping--it's not the same for everyone.

    You can use MFP to track all of your intake. You need to get a digital food scale & start weighing all your solid foods in grams & using measuring cups & spoons for the liquids. You should log everything. You start building up your list of favorites & frequently eaten foods so it gets faster & easier to use the longer you do it. You will get a warning that you aren't eating enough calories. You can ignore that. MFP will continue to track your totals & save your data.

    Don't worry. If you follow your doctors advice, you will lose weight. This is the time to start building the habits that will sustain you once you reach maintenance. I honestly don't think I would be where I am now (at a normal BMI) without having used MFP to keep track of everything.
  • rjc992
    rjc992 Posts: 20 Member
    Follow the Dr's directions closely and you will lose as needed. Focus on your protein, water and walking for now, since you are still on liquid, or just starting pureed stage. You are probably only eating 500 cals a day or less even if getting all your protein in.