This is fun! What have you lost? I lost 2 bloodhounds :-)

Kathy S.
on 12/5/17 11:11 am - InTheBurbs, XX
RNY on 08/29/04 with

On the message boards and in social media, WLS'ers sometimes get frustrated that they have "only lost (some number) of pounds." From years of yo-yo dieting, sometimes the numbers of pounds we've dropped have lost their meaning. That is until this list from ObesityHelp member Bette B puts the number of pounds lost into perspective. Bette's list takes the pounds out of weight lost and made them into items that are equivalent to those numbers of pounds gone from your body.

What Have You Lost?

If you've lost 50 pounds, you are no longer carrying the equivalent of a small bale of hay around with you 24/7. Or, you've lost 75 pounds? Congratulations - you've lost an Irish Setter dog and a Chihuahua from your body.

1 pound a Guinea Pig
1.5 pounds a dozen Krispy Kreme glazed donuts
2 pounds a rack of baby back ribs
3 pounds an average human brain
4 pounds an ostrich egg
5 pounds a Chihuahua
6 pounds a human's skin
7.5 pounds an average newborn
8 pounds a human head
10 pounds amount of chemical additives an American consumes each year
11 pounds an average housecat
12 pounds a Bald Eagle
15 pounds 10 dozen large eggs
16 pounds a sperm whale's brain
20 pounds an automobile tire
23 pounds amount of pizza an average American eats in a year
24 pounds a 3-gallon tub of super premium ice cream
25 pounds an average 2 year old
30 pounds amount of cheese an average American eats in a year
33 pounds a cinder block
36 pounds a mid-size microwave
40 pounds a 5-gallon bottle of water or an average human leg
44 pounds an elephant's heart
50 pounds a small bale of hay
55 pounds a 5000 BTU air conditioner
60 pounds an elephant's penis (yep, weights more than his heart!)
66 pounds amount of fats and oils an average American eats in a year
70 pounds an Irish Setter
77 pounds a gold brick
80 pounds the World's Largest Ball of Tape
90 pounds a newborn calf
100 pounds a 2 month old horse
111 pounds amount of red meat an average American eats in a year
117 pounds an average fashion model
118 pounds the complete set of Encyclopedia Britannica
120 pounds amount of trash you throw away in a month
130 pounds a newborn giraffe
138 pounds amount of potatoes an average American eats in a year
140 pounds amount of refined sugar an average American eats in a year
144 pounds an average adult woman (and she's 5'4")
150 pounds the complete Oxford English Dictionary
187 pounds an average adult man
200 pounds 2 Bloodhounds
235 pounds Arnold Schwarzenegger
300 pounds an average football lineman
400 pounds a Welsh pony

The next time you tell someone how much weight you've lost, let them know the pounds equivalent. Rather than say you've lost (for example), 90 pounds, you can say that you've lost a newborn calf! If you get frustrated with a slow weight loss or plateau, remember what you used to carry around on your body that you no longer do!

HW:330 - GW:150 - MW:118-125

RW:190 - CW:130

Shannon S.
on 12/5/17 2:47 pm
VSG on 11/07/17

Pre op and post op I've lost a bail of hay!!!

I also like to think of turkeys. I've lost three 16 pound turkeys. That's huge!

Kathy S.
on 12/5/17 3:17 pm - InTheBurbs, XX
RNY on 08/29/04 with

It really puts things in perspective when you can visualize something like that. Great job!

HW:330 - GW:150 - MW:118-125

RW:190 - CW:130

(deactivated member)
on 12/5/17 3:41 pm
VSG on 10/11/16

You want a better measure? Go to the local home center and pick up a bag of concrete mix. Carry it around. See how you like it.

Kathy S.
on 12/6/17 10:27 am - InTheBurbs, XX
RNY on 08/29/04 with

When you have a visual it's shocking what we carried around on our backs all these years isn't it?

HW:330 - GW:150 - MW:118-125

RW:190 - CW:130

(deactivated member)
on 12/6/17 12:54 pm
VSG on 10/11/16

Yeah, really. I didn't have a monkey on my back. I had an entire ape!

on 12/5/17 4:01 pm - Brighton, IL

I've lost more than an average adult woman. Neat! No wonder moving and just living is so much easier.



Kathy S.
on 12/6/17 10:28 am - InTheBurbs, XX
RNY on 08/29/04 with

As light as a beautiful butterfly

HW:330 - GW:150 - MW:118-125

RW:190 - CW:130

Kristi T.
on 12/5/17 6:39 pm - MT
VSG on 02/09/16

Between the world's largest ball of tape and a newborn calf!!!

Gina 16 Yrs and Still
Hanging In

on 12/6/17 6:39 am - Burleson , TX

I have lost....

A grown man, holding a guinea pig...


A 2 month old horse, holding the world's largest ball of tape, with a human head stuck to it

RNY 4-22-02... HAG=Honest And Genuine

LW: 6lb,10 oz SW:340lb GW:170lb CW:160

I learn something new, EVERY day, from SOME body