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How much weight can you really lose? How fast?

Started by BATassbandita?, Apr 11, 2008 4:10 PM
21 replies to this topic
21 replies to this topic

Posted April 11, 2008 - 4:10 PM

I'm super excited to get banded (06/20/08). My question is how much can one expect to lose? What kind of time frame is normal to expect? I realize everyone's band experience is different... but i'm looking for a range of normalcy so i'll be able to gauge my progress. (so competitive i know)^_^



    A Whole New World

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Posted April 11, 2008 - 4:16 PM

1-2 pounds a week. My doctor told me people usually lose 60% of excess weight the first year and the last 40% within 5 years.


    Texas Girl

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Posted April 11, 2008 - 4:18 PM

Yep - doc told me 60% of excess weight. There are many of us that have surpassed that. I think the 60% is the easiest part to lose because it doesn't seem to take a great deal of effort. Now, I need to be more mindful of what I eat, and I have to exercise in order to lose weight. Before, I could eat just about anything and lose weight just due to the reduced quantity of food ^_^

Good luck to you!
Gen (wombat)


    Junior Guru

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Posted April 11, 2008 - 4:26 PM

I'm 7 months out and have lost 58% of my excess weight since surgery to total 118 pounds post-op. I didn't include the pre-op loss of 17 pounds. I'm down a total of 135 pounds in all and still have 85 to go. I have been working out a whole whole lot and really watching what I eat. I've also become a vegetarian in the last 4-5 months, still have cheese and eggs though.

Hang in there, it will come off.


    Banded October 9, 2007

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Posted April 11, 2008 - 4:26 PM

Yes, it averages 1 to 2 pounds a week. Now sometimes your scale will jump down 3-4 pounds all at once, but then you may plateau (I did for five weeks) for a while.

Don't beat yourself up if you don't lose like someone else (you said you're "competitive") because that's not a good thing with the Band. I will read and compare especially those who were banded around my time, but I make sure I don't take it to heart. Getting discouraged won't do anything for you--and you could end up cheating your way back up the scale.

Good luck in your travels in Lap Band Land... ^_^


    Aspiring Evangelist

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Posted April 11, 2008 - 4:38 PM

My experience is all I know.. 130# in 1 year and 1 week. Good luck to you.


    Bariatric Legend

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Posted April 11, 2008 - 7:04 PM

1-2 lbs per week. If you exercise like a mad dog you can lose a lot faster. I lose 1 lb per week and do not exercise. Julie


    Junior Guru

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Posted April 11, 2008 - 7:37 PM

I agree with what has already been said, but wanted to add a little more. It also depends on your starting weight. Those of us who started with really high bmi's tend to loose a little faster (we have more to loose). Another thing that also affects how much you loose is how close you stick to the lapband rules (or suggestions). Like no drinking with your meals, Protein first than carbs, and not drinking excess calories.

Good luck with the band.

Posted April 11, 2008 - 7:44 PM

Thank you all for sharing information and your personal experiences. Please keep them coming as i would like to get an idea of how much this varies person to person and how closely everyone follows the rules and how much exercise plays into it. I just think it's important to have clear expectations of how much work i'll have to put in.
...and don't worry make33 i know i'm competitive, but mostly with myself, i like to set my sights high. thanks for your concern, believe me the instant i get discouraged i'll be posting on the forum. ^_^



    Gwen in WA

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Posted April 11, 2008 - 7:55 PM

As Nip said, your starting weight makes a difference, as does how your body tends to react to weight loss. I always lost slowly when I dieted, and I've lost slowly with the band (but not as slowly, and no regain!). I started with about 75 lbs to lose and I lost about 60% in the first year, which was 1 lb/week for me. I'm working on the last 20 lbs now, and I expect that to take longer. Some people lose faster, some slower. But to me, the important thing isn't how fast you lose, it's whether you are doing it in a healthy way. You have to follow the band rules and you must exercise. Lots of people lose without exercise, but you lose a lot of muscle that way, which is a set up for regain. And you have to know what kinds of things to look out for with the band. There is a lot to learn with this tool, but if you use it properly and take the time to learn things, and ESPECIALLY don't just let problems go because you're losing weight anyway (like frequent PBs/barfs or reflux), you will do great!

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