Many bariatric patients are of the mindset that the faster you lose weight, the better it is. Part of this stems from the fact that surgeons and nutritionists seem to be numbers oriented. We do lose a lot of weight initially; however, that can be harmful to the body. Many of us end up with vitamin deficiencies even if we’re religiously taking our supplements. Some of us start to lose hair. Others have even worse problems like the appearance of gall stones and the need for bladder surgery.
What’s the problem with extreme weight loss?
Extreme weight loss is not healthy or sustainable. The caloric levels that our bodies need to function optimally are higher than the ones nutritionists and surgeons recommend for bariatric patients. True, we can’t eat as much and yes, we want to get rid of this weight quickly.
However, did we put it on overnight?
What’s a healthy rate at which to lose weight?
No. I’m not saying that you can’t lose weight rapidly, but try to be realistic. A healthy weight loss goal is between 1-2 lbs a week. Most of us lose 3-4 per week or more. That’s okay, but make sure you get your protein and your liquids in. Increase calories when you work out. 700-900 calories a day is too low to maintain bodily functions long-term.
What does starvation mode do to your body?
What surgeons won’t tell you is that the longer you starve yourself, the more difficult it is to keep weight off and to even lose it. Be smart and eat as healthy as possible. I suggest a whole foods approach. Fresh fruit and veggies.
And carbs are not the enemy. Just eat healthy, complex carbs. You can and will lose the weight if you use your tool properly, but you don’t want to lose it at an excessively fast rate. This can lead to so many more advanced problems including heart disease. Remember your why! It was probably not to look cute in a bikini but rather to be healthy and happy.
Also, the faster you lose, the more loose skin you will have. Then, you will need plastics. That’s for another time, though.
Disclaimer: I am not a medical professional or nutritionist. The opinions expressed in this post are mine and come from my experience as a two-time bariatric survivor and my work with a nutritional counselor. Do your own research and do what’s right for you.