Why Am I So Cold After Gastric Sleeve Surgery

Why am i so cold after gastric sleeve surgery

What to Do When Your Gastric Sleeve Weight Loss Stalls

Posted by Patrick Domkowski on Thu, May 07, 2015

Before you start reading this article, you need to know something. Hitting a weight loss plateau after gastric sleeve surgery is common and completely normal. Many times patients will experience rapid weight loss immediately following the procedure, and then their weight loss will stall. When you feel your weight becoming less gradual and more stabilized, this is not a sign for you to give up. Before you get discouraged, consider this article to help you overcome your gastric sleeve weight loss stall.

Our Thoughts on Plateaus

If you’ve experienced a weight loss plateau following gastric sleeve surgery, or any bariatric surgery for that matter, it doesn’t mean you’ve failed. Losing weight takes time, and it requires persistence and patience. Setbacks and stalls are common. You have to constantly reshape your relationship with food. It won’t become second-nature to you for quite some time, but it will happen.

Never put yourself down for weight regain or plateauing. Being hard on yourself will only make you more upset and more likely to make unhealthy decisions. Take charge of your body and use the resources available to you (like this article!). Then you’ll see the progress you’ve been expecting all along.

What Causes a Weight Loss Plateau?

When you lose weight immediately after surgery, you see these positive results because of better portion control, eating habits, and a drop in water weight. Over some time, your metabolism will regulate itself, and this prevents ongoing weight loss. Your metabolism will need to adjust to meet your new habits and lower weight. It’s at this point in time that you may be experiencing a weight loss plateau after your weight loss procedure.

Are You Experiencing a Weight Loss Plateau?

Determining if you really did hit a weight loss plateau is important because there are a number of reasons your weight loss progress may have stalled. It’s possible the number on the scale hasn’t budged because you’ve put on more muscle, or because you’ve been too “number-focused.”

Measure your circumference on occasion as a way to track your progress. While the number on the scale might not be changing, your hip and waist circumference could still be shrinking. That’s a telltale sign you’re still on the right track.

How Can You Overcome a Plateau?

Ok, so you’ve measured your waistline and that’s not budging either. Now it’s time to find out how you can overcome this weight loss plateau.

Your procedure helped you lose all this weight up to this point. But now you have to step it up and try to achieve even better results. Some of these changes to your bariatric lifestyle may be the key to overcoming your weight loss plateau:

Start journaling again. Too many bariatric patients leave their journal on the backburner after they see significant results. Dust off your journal and brush up on your writing skills, so you can determine if your plateau is due to a metabolism change or if bad habits are sneaking up on you.

Mix up your diet. Reduce your carbohydrate intake and increase the amount of protein in your diet . (You still shouldn’t be falling below a 1,200 calorie diet without consulting your doctor.) Your metabolism adjusted to your new eating habits by now, so you have to switch it up to keep it going.

Switch up your exercise routine. Your body is changing and adapting to all your new habits, including exercise. Once it gets used to certain activities, they become less challenging. You need to push yourself with new forms of exercise that continuously challenge your body. Shake your hips in a zumba class, increase swimming laps every time you jump in the pool, or take up another new and active hobby. Incorporating doctor-approved high-intensity interval training (HIIT) will provide a great cardio workout without the added time.

Manage your stress. Stress and lack of sleep are two triggers of sweet cravings. Don’t succumb to old habits because of something as simple as sleeping. Make 8 to 10 hours of sleep per night a priority. Consider releasing stress through group exercises, such as yoga, or getting a massage. You should also utilize the bariatric support groups available in your area. Talking through your stresses can work wonders for your body.

Gastric weight loss stalls are common and nothing to be ashamed of. As long as you change things up and take control over your body again, your weight loss will get right back on track. Visit one of our bariatric support groups to talk through your gastric sleeve weight loss plateau and come out on top of it. If you have any questions about what else you can do to jumpstart weight loss, contact Riverside today !

5 Things You Need to Know About Excess Gas From Gastric Bypass

Many people with gastric bypass surgery claim that the gas not only builds up, but that it slips out of the body without control. This type of reaction may be embarrassing but it is a lot better than pain that distention can cause from built up gas. Gastric bypass surgery does two things. It makes the stomach smaller, frequently the size of a walnut, and it removes a portion of the intestines so that the food goes through undigested.

Many people with gastric bypass surgery claim that the gas not only builds up, but that it slips out of the body without control. This type of reaction may be embarrassing but it is a lot better than pain that distention can cause from built up gas. Gastric bypass surgery does two things. It makes the stomach smaller, frequently the size of a walnut, and it removes a portion of the intestines so that the food goes through undigested.

Hair loss after Gastric Sleeve Surgery

Are you considering gastric sleeve surgery and feel fear of hair loss? We explain you here how to prevent it or how to reduce this side effect to the fullest.

Hair loss after gastric sleeve surgery is a very common concern for any patient who will undergo any bariatric procedure such as gastric sleeve or gastric bypass; however we believe that like many other circumstances surrounding weight loss surgery, they are more myths than realities which occur mainly due to lack of adequate information.

How often does hair loss happens in patients undergoing gastric sleeve?

Hair loss after gastric sleeve surgery can happen in 30% to 40% of patients. However, this situation is something merely temporary if the patient follows the advice of the bariatric surgeon.

Speaking specifically of patients with gastric sleeve surgery, this situation arises in them less frequently because it is a pure restrictive procedure, in other words, the absorption of ingested nutrients is not affected as in malabsorptive procedures such as the gastric bypass, minigastric bypass, duodenal switch, etc.

How long does this period of hair loss lasts?

Although the post bariatric patient may show loss of hair, this situation usually occurs during the first 6 months after surgery, with an average start of 3 to 4 months after the procedure has been performed, time after which we begin to see a recovery of the amount of hair until you reach a point where the you will have the same quantity and quality of hair than before the procedure, provided when adequate nutrition is accompanied by intake of supplements and suggested vitamins.

Why does hair loss happens after gastric sleeve surgery?

The main reason for hair loss after bariatric surgery is the drastic change in the patient’s nutrition and eating habits, which is even more pronounced if the patient does not eat the right quantity of nutrients and micronutrients needed during his/her recovery phase.

Also, the drastic reduction in the amount of calories absorbed and ingested is a factor which can not be completely changed since the aim of this procedure is precisely to provide an efficient tool for the patient to reduce significantly the amount of calories he/she eats in its daily life.

These changes in diet and poor monitoring by the surgeon may cause you to suffer from some protein deficiency, iron and other minerals like zinc and vitamin B. In addition, weight loss causes hormonal changes that are beneficial for health, nevertheless they are still changes to your body and hair reflects these changes.

Hair may begin to show changes in its usual appearance, being shorter, thinner and weakened from its root. Leading to a loss that may be minimal or a little more noticeable. As we have stated previously, this is a temporary situation that after six months, when the body stabilizes hormonally speaking, it will be completely reversed if during that time the food has been consumed adequately and necessary supplements have been used.

Besides the temporary disturbance of balance in calorie intake of the patient after bariatric surgery, consider that the surgery itself represents a form of "aggression" to the body, which in simple terms also triggers a series of events (hormone release/changes) that can contribute to such hair loss. That lasts only a few days, if the patient’s recovery is right, this factor disappears soon, however the answer to this hormonal change can vary considerably from one patient to another.

Another factor that must be considered as possible cause of hair loss after gastric sleeve surgery (or any bariatric procedure) is emotional stress. So far we have focused on the hormonal and physical changes in the body because of what could be classified as own physical stress related to the procedure, but the emotional stress also plays an important role so it is advisable to seek to keep stress levels as low possible.

Finally we must not forget that the progressive baldness or hair loss with advancing age also has a genetic factor (inherited) against which you can’t do much besides of what we recommend for any postoperative patient following gastric sleeve.

You may also be interested.

How to prevent hair loss after gastric sleeve surgery?

The most important thing to prevent hair loss after gastric sleeve surgery is that you should be physically and mentally prepared for the procedure, to achieve this, you must have proper communication with your surgeon and preferably have a clear idea of what constitutes surgery and the post-operative diet following gastric sleeve procedure.

If the patient is aware of the type and quality of nutrition to be carried out after the procedure, the chances of losing a considerable amount of hair are very low, at least in the case of the gastric sleeve.

The patient must receive adequate guidance as to which high protein foods can and should eat and which supplements will help prevent hair loss.

Specific recommendations to prevent hair loss after gastric sleeve surgery

1. High protein diet (good quality protein, such as Unjury ® and most of the options sold in stores like GNC ® (Isopure®, MYOPLEX®, etc)

2. Bariatric Multivitamin (there are multiple options from several companies, for example: Unjury ®, Bariatric Advantage ®, Bariatric Fusion ®, etc)

3. Emotional stress reduction: Although this is always easier said than done, is a recommendation that is theoretically simple to comply with and is entirely up to the patient so, how to achieve this? there are several ways and depend heavily on each person, but activities such as hobbies, hiking outdoors, sharing time with loved ones, sports, etc. can contribute to stress reduction.

Many patients are concerned about the final results after surgery, we always tell them not to overwhelm with very close monitoring of their weight and not to use the scale regularly but only sporadically. If surgery was performed by expert hands and the patient follows the instructions the results will come sooner or later.

4. Do not exceed the low intake of calories and nutrients: When patients see the great results in terms of weight loss after gastric sleeve, some want to accelerate the process and further reduce their calorie intake and thus nutrients, this, although leading to a more rapid weight loss, it will be an unsafe and unhealthy way that can lead to a state of malnutrition (an overweight or obese patient does not necessarily reflect a good nutritional status). Our suggestion is to adhere to the post-operative diet guide provided by the bariatric group you are choosing, they should provide you with this information if it is a serious and professional group.

As you can see when it comes to gastric sleeve surgery, it is possible to prevent or at least minimize considerably the chances of hair loss. There will be specific cases in which the loss can’t be avoided a 100% but if you follow the simple recommendations provided here and by your group, the period of loss will be much shorter and the recovery will be much faster.

Read our article on Gastric Sleeve Surgery Side Effects if you want to know more about the possible side effects of surgery.

The gastric sleeve procedure in México is totally safe, we invite you to get a free evaluation with us and share your questions about the gastric sleeve cost in México, side effects, etc.

We invite you to read our most popular blog articles:

Written by: Gabriel Rosales

Dr. Gabriel Rosales is a highly skilled, board certified surgeon in constant pursuit of learning the latest innovations in the weight loss surgery field to give his patients the best care possible.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *