Immediately after bariatric surgery, for nearly all patients the pounds seem to just melt off. 

After a few months, however, the weight loss starts to slow. And for many, it stops altogether. 

Why is this?

This is what doctors refer to as Stage 1 and Stage 2 weight loss post-bariatric surgery.

Read on to learn how they differ and how to get the most out of each stage. 

Stage 1 Post-Bariatric Weight Loss

Stage 1 is usually about the first six to eight months after surgery. What happens during this time? You just had surgery, you have a very small new stomach and everything’s inflamed and you really can’t eat very much. 

As a result, the weight comes off in a way that feels almost effortless. It’s very, very hard not to lose weight in the first six to eight months after bariatric surgery. There are a few people who manage to do it, but that’s because they do extreme things to actually sabotage their surgeries. 

But unless you put cheeseburgers in the blender to sneak extra calories in, for the most part in the first six to eight months everybody’s happy, everybody’s losing weight. 

Unfortunately, if you have bariatric surgery, you’re not going to lose all the weight you want to lose in just six to eight months because there’s a lot of weight to lose. But that’s okay. We can deal with that. 

Stage 2 Post-Bariatric Weight Loss

Then Stage 2 begins. This goes from about six to eight months after surgery to the rest of your life.

Stage 2 is when you’ve reached your new ‘normal’. At this point, you’ve gotten used to the sleeve or the or the pouch. You can eat a little bit more and now you will likely still keep losing weight, but it’s not inevitable anymore. It’s up to you. 

You’ve got this great tool through bariatric surgery and you have a big advantage, but it’s up to you at this point on whether or not you succeed in Stage 2 weight loss. As you can imagine, this is a very important time.

How To Maximize The Your Stage 2 Weight Loss

So what do we need to know about stage two weight loss? Well, we need to know a couple of things. 

Number one, we have to be smart. We have to understand that obesity is a hormonal disease. Knowing this, we have to work on our hunger hormones so that our brain doesn’t fight with us.

Your hunger hormones are responsible for telling your brain what your healthy body weight should be. 

Bariatric surgery actually resets your hunger hormones a great deal, which gives you a major advantage. But unless you make changes to your lifestyle, it is highly possible that you will undo these benefits. 

Click here to learn more about how your bariatric surgery impacts your hunger hormones

Number two is we have to build strategies to help us align our intentions with our behavior. We all want to do the right thing for ourselves, right?

We all want to eat right, exercise and do everything right so we get maximum success. But sometimes life gets in the way, which makes it difficult to see our plans through. Luckily it doesn’t have to be that way.