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Posted: 02 Dec 2018, 17:04
I am two months post op and only lost 17 lbs, don't know why my weight lost is going so slow. I can't exercise due to needing knee replacements.... could this be a big factor?

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Posted: 11 Jan 2019, 17:32
I understand about the knee issue, that is why I had started to do water fitness classes. It is easy on the joints and helps with the weight loss. Also look into your protein intake.

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Posted: 13 Jan 2019, 10:49
There are many factors that go into the rate in which you will lose post WLS... just to name a few:

Pre-Surgical Weight
Body Type
Activity Level
Overall health
Fluid intake
Nutritional intake

and most importantly... how your body reacts to gluconeogenesis (GNG) and ketosis - because we all react differently. I strongly recommend looking up how your body burns carbs/fat cells through GNG and ketosis, it will really help you to understand what is going on in your body after WLS.

You will lose weight without activity and really during the first 6-8 weeks, too much activity can hinder you so the fact that you're not able to exercise isn't counting against you. I have gone from 367 to 221 without any formal exercise due to a back injury. I am just now working on strength training to help lose the remaining weight and build back the muscles I lost.

You will have periods where the weight falls off in large quantities and periods where it comes off in small doses. You will have stalls, usually every 3 months there is some form of stall... it takes about 3 months for glycogen (who is responsible for the destruction and storage of carbohydrates/fat) to go on strike and glycogen does it fairly often.

As long as you are sticking to your plan, getting your fluids in, and working towards those protein goals the loss will happen.

It is okay to lose slow and ultimately, the slower losers tend to have less loose skin and less stalls. Your body has more time to adjust than someone who drops 30 lbs over night. I'm one of those who drops 20-30 lbs from one day to the next and then sits there doing nothing for a month while my body plays catch up.

This is a journey, not a race and you're doing great! Keep your chin up!

If you do want to exercise, I would recommend some low impact exercises like swimming or even do some upper body exercises to at least get cardio going and help strengthen your arms/core.
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