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#1 andykat

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Posted 07 July 2012 - 11:25 PM

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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Posted 08 July 2012 - 12:17 AM

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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Posted 08 July 2012 - 07:02 PM

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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Posted 09 July 2012 - 12:38 PM

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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Posted 09 July 2012 - 02:37 PM

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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Posted 09 July 2012 - 03:47 PM

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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Posted 10 July 2012 - 06:54 AM

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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Posted 10 July 2012 - 07:39 AM

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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Posted 10 July 2012 - 11:41 PM

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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Posted 11 July 2012 - 06:10 PM

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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Posted 14 July 2012 - 03:14 PM

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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Posted 23 July 2014 - 01:52 PM

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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Posted 23 July 2014 - 02:08 PM

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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Posted 23 July 2014 - 03:27 PM

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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Posted 23 July 2014 - 05:35 PM

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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Posted Yesterday, 02:29 PM

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.