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I had gastric bypass on 09/09/2021 and I have lost 39 lbs. so far after 10 1/2 weeks. Is this a normal amount of weight loss for that amount of time? People will ask me how much weight I've lost and when I tell them they ask if I've been cheating. I have been following the plan but it bothers me that I'm not losing faster.

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that averages out to 4 lbs a week - so yes, that's normal. You normally see the biggest drop the first month (maybe two), after that, 2 or 3 lbs a week is pretty average. I'd also lost 39 lbs when I was where you're at, and I started out much heavier than you.

I think a lot of people's expectations are shaped by shows like "My 600 lb Life", but you have to keep in mind that people on that show start out A LOT heavier than your average bariatric patient - so you can't compare yourself to them. If you're sticking to your plan, staying active, and your overall weight trend is done, you're good.

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P.S. Just wanted to add that some people don't even see a big drop during month 1. Most of that big initial drop is Water weight - so for people that lost a lot of weight prior to surgery, that "water weight" is long gone.

I lost 16 lbs the first month, 12 lbs the second, and then I averaged around 10 for a few months after that (give or take). I ended up losing over 200 lbs, so in the long run, it's how committed you are to your program rather than your rate of weight loss that matters.

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There is no right or wrong rate of loss. There is just what is right for you because we lose at our own rate. Many factors influence your rate of loss: age, gender, starting weight, genetics, etc. You’ll find in all your weight loss experiences there are averages but with all averages some do better & others not as well & that’s ok. There’ll also be things you’ll have in common with some people & things you won’t. Remember, how fast or slow you lose doesn’t affect whether you reach your goal or not.

There are some things you can depend upon. The more you have to lose the faster you lose to begin. The closer you are to your goal the slower your loss will be. And you likely will experience at least one stall (usually lasting 1-3 weeks).

Good luck.

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I'm in the same boat. My surgery was 9/28/21 and I lost 30 lbs very quickly, in the first 2 weeks or so. Then I stalled for almost 3 weeks. I've just recently started losing again, at a much slower pace, about 3-5 lbs. per week. Now at 9 weeks I am right about 45 lbs. down. Just keep at it... every little bit of progress is still progress and it will only get better.

Best of luck to you!

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Lost 12 lbs in 5 days pre op and post op lost 9 lbs. now stalling at same weight for one week. I feel very discouraged but like others I hope I start losing the weight soon.

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