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Old January 25th, 2005, 06:46 PM
Mike Turco
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I've been "dieting" for four months and have come down from 290 to 265. That
comes out to about 1.3 lb/week. Considering that there were a couple of
small setbacks maybe that's not so bad.

I'm wondering other people experience in terms of average weight loss.
Specifically, pounds lost divided by weeks of dieting. Its one thing to lose
two pounds a week some weeks but not others, vs. sustaining that rate with
no fluctuation or setbacks.

My original goal was x pounds by such-and-such date based on losing
2lb/week. That just doesn't seem like a realistic way of looking at the
situation. Maybe my real goal should be to stick with a healthy way of
eating, and gradual weight loss is just one indicator of success.

Thanks,

Mike
fat/still fat/not fat



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Old January 25th, 2005, 07:20 PM
GaryG
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"Mike Turco" wrote in message
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I've been "dieting" for four months and have come down from 290 to 265.

That
comes out to about 1.3 lb/week. Considering that there were a couple of
small setbacks maybe that's not so bad.

I'm wondering other people experience in terms of average weight loss.
Specifically, pounds lost divided by weeks of dieting. Its one thing to

lose
two pounds a week some weeks but not others, vs. sustaining that rate with
no fluctuation or setbacks.

My original goal was x pounds by such-and-such date based on losing
2lb/week. That just doesn't seem like a realistic way of looking at the
situation. Maybe my real goal should be to stick with a healthy way of
eating, and gradual weight loss is just one indicator of success.

Thanks,

Mike
fat/still fat/not fat


You have achieved a very respectable rate of weight loss. Most authorities
recommend losing around 1 lb per week (2 lbs / week is feasible, but
difficult for most folks to maintain over the long term).

1.3 lbs/week of weight loss translates into an average deficit of 650
calories per day. At this rate, you can expect to lose around 68 lbs in one
year, but don't be in a hurry to lose the weight. You didn't gain it
overnight, and slow and steady weight loss is generally healthier (and more
likely to be successful).

You don't mention exercise...if you're not doing so, try to incorporate some
form of physical activity into your program. It will help with weight loss,
and has many other health benefits.

Finally, congratulations on your success to date, and keep up the good work!

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GG
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Old January 25th, 2005, 08:03 PM
Kasey
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Maybe my real goal should be to stick with a healthy way of
eating, and gradual weight loss is just one indicator of success.
Bingo!

As always, YMMV.

Kasey
365/215/???

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Old January 25th, 2005, 08:05 PM
Carol Frilegh
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In article , GaryG
wrote:

"Mike Turco" wrote in message
news:[email protected]

I've been "dieting" for four months and have come down from 290 to 265.

That
comes out to about 1.3 lb/week. Considering that there were a couple of
small setbacks maybe that's not so bad.

I'm wondering other people experience in terms of average weight loss.
Specifically, pounds lost divided by weeks of dieting. Its one thing to

lose
two pounds a week some weeks but not others, vs. sustaining that rate with
no fluctuation or setbacks.

My original goal was x pounds by such-and-such date based on losing
2lb/week. That just doesn't seem like a realistic way of looking at the
situation. Maybe my real goal should be to stick with a healthy way of
eating, and gradual weight loss is just one indicator of success.

Thanks,

Mike
fat/still fat/not fat


You have achieved a very respectable rate of weight loss. Most authorities
recommend losing around 1 lb per week (2 lbs / week is feasible, but
difficult for most folks to maintain over the long term).

1.3 lbs/week of weight loss translates into an average deficit of 650
calories per day. At this rate, you can expect to lose around 68 lbs in one
year, but don't be in a hurry to lose the weight. You didn't gain it
overnight, and slow and steady weight loss is generally healthier (and more
likely to be successful).

You don't mention exercise...if you're not doing so, try to incorporate some
form of physical activity into your program. It will help with weight loss,
and has many other health benefits.

Finally, congratulations on your success to date, and keep up the good work!


Gary and Mike, it's been my experience since 1967 that men metabolize a
little differently than women and two pounds a week is indeed a safe
and respectable rate. I believe men should have a higher daily protein
intake than women at least that is a very old WW protocol. Exercis is
great and important but don't be suprised if you build some muscle
which is a different kind of weight. Also fat retains water weight more
than muscle which is more compressed. if you start to exercise but
don't lose at the same rate, don't be discouraged and do continue to
exercise as fitness is as important as weight losss IMO.

--
Diva
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Old January 25th, 2005, 08:08 PM
Chris
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I think your real goal is the right one, and it has always been mine.

Judging from what I've seen on this list over time, weight loss rates
differ. I think it's a function of individual metabolism as well as of
calorie deficit. My weight loss rate -- losing 128 pounds in 23 months
-- was about 5.5 pounds per month -- similar to yours. It was fine
with me; I wasn't really in a hurry, and didn't have a target date to
reach goal. (For that matter, I didn't have a goal weight -- just
figured I'd know when I was done. And I did :-).
Chris
262/134/ (130-140) -- maintaining since June 2004

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Old January 25th, 2005, 09:01 PM
GaryG
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"Carol Frilegh" wrote in message
...
In article , GaryG
wrote:

"Mike Turco" wrote in message
news:[email protected]

I've been "dieting" for four months and have come down from 290 to

265.
That
comes out to about 1.3 lb/week. Considering that there were a couple

of
small setbacks maybe that's not so bad.

I'm wondering other people experience in terms of average weight loss.
Specifically, pounds lost divided by weeks of dieting. Its one thing

to
lose
two pounds a week some weeks but not others, vs. sustaining that rate

with
no fluctuation or setbacks.

My original goal was x pounds by such-and-such date based on losing
2lb/week. That just doesn't seem like a realistic way of looking at

the
situation. Maybe my real goal should be to stick with a healthy way of
eating, and gradual weight loss is just one indicator of success.

Thanks,

Mike
fat/still fat/not fat


You have achieved a very respectable rate of weight loss. Most

authorities
recommend losing around 1 lb per week (2 lbs / week is feasible, but
difficult for most folks to maintain over the long term).

1.3 lbs/week of weight loss translates into an average deficit of 650
calories per day. At this rate, you can expect to lose around 68 lbs in

one
year, but don't be in a hurry to lose the weight. You didn't gain it
overnight, and slow and steady weight loss is generally healthier (and

more
likely to be successful).

You don't mention exercise...if you're not doing so, try to incorporate

some
form of physical activity into your program. It will help with weight

loss,
and has many other health benefits.

Finally, congratulations on your success to date, and keep up the good

work!

Gary and Mike, it's been my experience since 1967 that men metabolize a
little differently than women and two pounds a week is indeed a safe
and respectable rate. I believe men should have a higher daily protein
intake than women at least that is a very old WW protocol. Exercis is
great and important but don't be suprised if you build some muscle
which is a different kind of weight. Also fat retains water weight more
than muscle which is more compressed. if you start to exercise but
don't lose at the same rate, don't be discouraged and do continue to
exercise as fitness is as important as weight losss IMO.


I agree that, for men, 2 lbs per week is a safe rate of loss. However, I'm
not so sure that it is feasible to plan on achieving that rate, especially
over a longer time frame. 2 lbs per week (1000 cal/day) requires a level of
dedication to diet that many would find difficult to maintain. With an
agressive diet and exercise program, it can certainly be done, but I suspect
that rate of loss is exceptional for most folks.

I also think the "exercise builds muscle which can cause weight gain because
it weighs more than fat" argument has been overstated. Most obese folks
already have excess musculature in addition to excess fat (the excess
muscles are required to move their fat around). As fat weight is lost, the
body no longer needs some of the muscles that were involved, so muscle mass
is reduced proportionaly. This is natural, and as long as an exercise
program is incorporated, it's not a bad thing. FWIW, I would love to see
some studies done on this...there's so much talk about "preserving muscle
mass", but I've not seen any research on how much muscle mass is normally
lost when an obese person loses large amounts of weight. I suspect it's a
fairly substantial amount, but haven't seen research to confirm my
suspicions.

GG



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Old January 26th, 2005, 12:20 AM
JMA
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"Mike Turco" wrote in message
news:[email protected]

My original goal was x pounds by such-and-such date based on losing
2lb/week. That just doesn't seem like a realistic way of looking at the
situation. Maybe my real goal should be to stick with a healthy way of
eating, and gradual weight loss is just one indicator of success.


I like to refer to it as a healthy WOE that just happens to have weight loss
as a side effect. Sounds like you're doing well. Keep up the great work and
the great attitude!

Mike
fat/still fat/not fat


Cute sig


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Old January 26th, 2005, 03:25 AM
Beverly
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"Mike Turco" wrote in message
news:[email protected]

I've been "dieting" for four months and have come down from 290 to 265.

That
comes out to about 1.3 lb/week. Considering that there were a couple of
small setbacks maybe that's not so bad.

I'm wondering other people experience in terms of average weight loss.
Specifically, pounds lost divided by weeks of dieting. Its one thing to

lose
two pounds a week some weeks but not others, vs. sustaining that rate with
no fluctuation or setbacks.

My original goal was x pounds by such-and-such date based on losing
2lb/week. That just doesn't seem like a realistic way of looking at the
situation. Maybe my real goal should be to stick with a healthy way of
eating, and gradual weight loss is just one indicator of success.

Thanks,

Mike
fat/still fat/not fat

That's one of the most sensible approaches to weight loss I've seen in a
long time. Developing healthy eating and exercise habits should result in
losing the weight. You probably stand a better chance of maintaining the
weight loss.

I can't give you an average weight loss per week as I lost my original
weight in 1984. I did have one blip on the screen when I quit smoking in
1996 and packed on several pounds. I rejoined WW to lose the weight and
have stayed within 15lbs of my goal since. I do remember that there would
be weeks where my weight loss seemed to stall but sticking with the eating
plan and exercise eventually resulted in a loss.

Welcome to the group.

Beverly
177/142/!140





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Old January 26th, 2005, 04:24 AM
Mike Turco
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"Ignoramus26155"

I remember you, you posted here before.


I wasn't ready back then, maybe. I didn't stick with it.


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Old January 26th, 2005, 06:18 AM
Barbara Hirsch
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For me more weight came off in the beginning and less weight later.

In the first year I lost 78 pounds, or 1.5 pounds a week on average.
The numbers we

Month 1 - 19 pounds
Month 2 - 9 pounds
Month 3 - 7 pounds
Month 4 - 7 pounds
Month 5 - 8 pounds
Month 6- 6 pounds
Month 7 - 3 pounds
Month 8 - 4 pounds
Month 9 - 4 pounds
Month 10 - 4 pounds
Month 11 - 3 pounds
Month 12 - 4 pounds
Month 13 - 2 pounds
Month 14 - 1 pound
Month 15 - 3 pounds
Month 16 - 2 pounds

A graph of the statistics is on my site at:

http://www.obesity-news.com/stats.htm

Been a long time since I looked at them

Barbara
210/124 since November 1997


Barbara Hirsch, Publisher
OBESITY MEDS AND RESEARCH NEWS
The latest in obesity research and weight loss drug development
http://www.obesity-news.com/
 




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