You wouldn’t think this would be a commonly asked question but it is. You may have heard a horror story about a “person who had weight loss surgery and lost so much weight that they look pale, weak and all of their skin sags”. This is by far the exception and not the norm.
Weight loss after weight loss surgery is consistent and rapid (primarily with the gastric bypass and sleeve gastrectomy procedures and not as rapid with the laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding procedure). Eventually, the body recognizes this rapid weight loss and as a protective mechanism, will slow down your metabolism and you will experience a plateau. By following your prescribed eating plan (we make it as simple as possible) and incorporating fitness, you can work through these plateaus. Once you get closer to your goal weight, the body naturally stabilizes at an appropriate weight even if you continue with a lower food intake (if it is the right combination of macronutrients and overall calories). The industry commonly calls this the “set point”. If you did continue to lose weight and appear as if you were dropping below your ideal body weight (rare), we can teach you how to use your “tool” to gain weight as well.
If you looked like the person described previously, you would need to be sure you were following up with your experienced bariatric surgeon. Some things that can contribute to such a situation include poor nutrition, lack of an adequate amount of protein, not taking your daily vitamin, iron deficiency, smoking, depression or a physical malabsorption problem. Again, this is a rare situation. If you follow the prescribed post-operative comprehensive program set forth by your experienced bariatric surgeon/center this would be avoided.
Rhonda’s Opinion: I actually did lose a little too much weight but worked with Dr. Clark and a trainer to gain back muscle. The great thing is that now YOU have CONTROL!!!