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Eating and not feeling full

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Has anyone else had the feeling when they eat that they dont get that full feeling that is talked about all the time? I stop myself at 1/4 of a meal so to not overeat since I do not seem to ever get that full feeling that was talked about before surgery. I also am NEVER hungry, I have to force myself to eat.

Is this normal??? Shouldn't I be feeling full after eating? It is easy to stop but it just seems weird and not sure if it is just a fear of overeating that I dont eat enought to fill me.

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In the first several weeks, you may not feel "restriction" or fullness in your new pouch simply because the nerves that are responsible have been cut during surgery and have not yet healed and begun communicating properly yet. You should gain more normal sensation as you heal more. This is a major reason it is important to measure your food in the beginning, to avoid overfilling your new pouch when you cannot rely on normal sensation.

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I second BugdocMom. I'm 21 months postop and still have never experienced a "full" sensation, and I can tolerate anything and everything without ill effect. I have to rely solely on measuring / weighing my food to accurately journal my food intake and maintain my dietitian goals.

I do remember, though, being where you are at and wondering if I was eating too much. Something I had to get in my head quickly was "just because I can doesn't mean I should." I realized the importance of measuring and weighing very quickly.

Follow your dietitian's / surgeon's plan, and you should be fine. Believe me, your system will tell you if it can't tolerate something or if it is too much (or so I am told).

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Thank you for the information. I will continue as I am. :) I was just not sure if I was doing something wrong.

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I'm having this same problem! I can eat a lot and I'm four weeks post op. I just try to eat only a bit at a time, til I don't feel that feeling of being hungry, and then I stop myself. It's very frustrating and scary.

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I made the same post as you last year. It was because of the nerve numbness and it lasted about 4 months then I couldn't eat much anymore because it hurt after a few bites. Now I get full pretty quick but I also get hungry pretty quick so I eat several times per day.

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Hello I am only five months out but it wasnt long ago I asked myself the same thing. Early out you are eating softer foods that slide into your pouch much easier. When you move up to eating protein like chicken and steak you will feel fuller or at least I did. THe protein shakes, yogurts and puddings never made me feel full.

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Just keep measuring. The full feeling will come with time. Even when it does though, measuring is still the best way to stay in compliance with best practices for us.

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Ditto with me. I'm 2 years post op and I've never eaten to the point where I feel full. I also haven't felt hunger in the last 2 years. I measure and pretty much know my limit when I eat. I also don't crave food at all. I am used to all these changes now and I'm not sure what I'll do if and when they come back! lol. Good Luck!!

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I didn't feel full after eating until after the fourth week. I'm almost seven weeks out and I can definitely tell when I've had enough. I believe it has to do with the nerves regenerating.

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I asked the same question myself. I'm 2 weeks post op and haven't felt fullness but once (I think) and then it was only a feeling of pressure after eating liquid/pureed food. I now eat blended/finely chopped (pepper consistency) chicken and other foods and don't feel full. I have to stop myself, which scares me because this is the problem I had which gained my weight...stopping. I hope the full feeling comes fast. I sometimes notice I'm eating up to 4 oz instead of the 2 oz I should. I am trying to discipline myself to stop at 2 oz but I forget sometimes. Any positive words of encouragement or experience is appreciated. Thanks!

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I had my surgery June 25th so I'm 4 weeks post op and I'm stuck! Not losing not gaining. I never feel full. I can eat 5-7 crackers and still feel hungry. I am a little worried. And now my body is over dehydrated and not absorbing fluid. =/

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You have to do your fluids and protein minimum. A stall at week three is very common. You just need to stick to your plan and be patient. It took you a while to gain all that weight and it will take a while to lose it, even with WLS.

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I had my surgery June 25th so I'm 4 weeks post op and I'm stuck! Not losing not gaining. I never feel full. I can eat 5-7 crackers and still feel hungry. I am a little worried. And now my body is over dehydrated and not absorbing fluid. =/

I have no clue what over dehydrated means...that said, up your fluids a lot!

Also, crackers have like zero nutritional value. You need protein. I saw your other thread, and they protein does not need to come in the form of a shake.

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I had the same concerns. It took me about a month to start feeling full after eating. I literally felt deprived. Like I was starving! It will definitely get better, I promise. I'm still not one of the lucky ones that never gets hungry, but I fill up very quick when I eat. My 3 year old son eats more than me:)

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I am 7 weeks out and have only felt "full" twice - which was weird because I had eaten the same thing three days in a row, everything measured. Who knows. I wish I felt full. I never feel hungry per se, but I also never feel satisfied if that makes sense.

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I'm a year and 3 months out and very rarely do I ever get the full feeling. I sometimes am angry because I feel like I missed out on an important part of this tool. The only food that gives me the full feeling is very dry meats. However, it has forced me to really change my lifestyle. I run 5 times a week, count calories and have recently removed most processed foods. I've lost a 100 pounds but I feel it had everything to do with changes to my metabolism and very little to my pouch. Now, over a year out...it's all about lifestyle change.

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I am 7 weeks out and have only felt "full" twice - which was weird because I had eaten the same thing three days in a row, everything measured. Who knows. I wish I felt full. I never feel hungry per se, but I also never feel satisfied if that makes sense.

 

It makes perfect sense and that is what I have struggled with. I dont consistently get a feeling of full, even if I eat a good bit more than what I am supposed to be able to handle (occassionally though, a couple bites of something dense will make me ill, go figure.) But I also do not get hungry like I used to. This begs the question, why eat too much if you are not hungry? Remember this is just a tool, and for me the tool is limited to curbing my hunger. Ihave to be the one to take advantage of this by only eating when I am hungry, not when I am feeling head hunger.

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There are days when sipping water makes me to full and just miserable. I used to get the feeling of full at the beginning and the loud stomach growl but both have left me since gallbladder surgery. I am able to eat a saucer of salad with a half of a turkey burger and it scares me that I am eating to much. I have been testing in weight between 310 and 318 for over a month no matter how much exercise I increase, water I increase or decrease, protein I increase. I am just scared the feeling of full has left and may not return. I will be celebrating my one year surgerversary on the 23rd......Any suggestions on how to drop these last 18 pounds to get me in to twoterville? Any suggestions on how to find my full feeling again?

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