FAQ: I had weight loss surgery last week, why isn't the scale moving?

This is a very common question we see in our support group. Why isn't the scale moving?

"Feeling distraught! I'm 4 weeks post op and must be going to be a slow loser! I'm down 17 pounds post op and 21.4 total. I'm tracking everything and have begun walking (my energy levels have been so low). The scale just does not move! This is the rate I could have lost with Weight Watchers! I'm frustrated because my understanding was that for a time the surgery kind of worked itself and during that time you needed to establish good habits but you essentially lost weight in spite of yourself"~~ Kristina, member of Bariatric Eating Support on Facebook

But there is nothing wrong, and nothing to worry about. It is very common to have stall in weight loss around weeks 3-6. Your body is still healing from having surgery and needs time to catch up with the changes that are happening with your anatomy.

At this stage, we recommend that you stay off your scale so you don’t end up getting discouraged. We urge you to continue to focus on the plan provided by doctor, do not try to increase calories.

Remember your tools for success:

  • Protein First
  • Stay Hydrated
  • Take your vitamins
  • Exercise

Your weight loss will restart! You are not the person who surgery didn't work for!