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What Have You Lost?

May 18, 2016

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 pounda Guinea Pig
1.5 poundsa dozen Krispy Kreme glazed donuts
2 poundsa rack of baby back ribs
3 poundsan average human brain
4 poundsan ostrich egg
5 poundsa Chihuahua
6 poundsa human’s skin
7.5 poundsan average newborn
8 poundsa human head
10 poundsamount of chemical additives an American consumes each year
11 poundsan average housecat
12 poundsa Bald Eagle
15 pounds10 dozen large eggs
16 poundsa sperm whale’s brain
20 poundsan automobile tire
23 poundsamount of pizza an average American eats in a year
24 poundsa 3-gallon tub of super premium ice cream
25 poundsan average 2 year old
30 poundsamount of cheese an average American eats in a year
33 poundsa cinder block
36 poundsa mid-size microwave
40 poundsa 5-gallon bottle of water or an average human leg
44 poundsan elephant’s heart
50 poundsa small bale of hay
55 poundsa 5000 BTU air conditioner
60 poundsan elephant’s penis (yep, weights more than his heart!)
66 poundsamount of fats and oils an average American eats in a year
70 poundsan Irish Setter
77 poundsa gold brick
80 poundsthe World’s Largest Ball of Tape
90 poundsa newborn calf
100 poundsa 2 month old horse
111 poundsamount of red meat an average American eats in a year
117 poundsan average fashion model
118 poundsthe complete set of Encyclopedia Britannica
120 poundsamount of trash you throw away in a month
130 poundsa newborn giraffe
138 poundsamount of potatoes an average American eats in a year
140 poundsamount of refined sugar an average American eats in a year
144 poundsan average adult woman (and she’s 5’4”)
150 poundsthe complete Oxford English Dictionary
187 poundsan average adult man
200 pounds2 Bloodhounds
235 poundsArnold Schwarzenegger
300 poundsan average football lineman
400 poundsa 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!

Copyright 2005, Bette B. May not be reproduced with permission from the author. Please do not repost without proper acknowledgment.