weight loss

on 1/7/17 9:45 am
VSG on 12/07/16

I had my VSG on December 7th, what is the average weight loss. Someone told me I should be dropping about 15 pounds a month, is this true?

Cathy H.
on 1/7/17 10:29 am, edited 1/7/17 2:30 am
VSG on 10/31/16

There is no "average."  Everyone is different.  Just like losing weight without surgery.  Trying to set expectations for a given amount will just upset you if you don't meet them.  All you can do is follow your plan guidelines, track every bit you eat to be sure of the calories you are taking in, ensure you meet your protein and liquid requirements, get your exercise, and the weight will come off.  Remember, as the veterans of this site always tell you, this is a marathon not a sprint, so don't put that kind of pressure on yourself.  That way, every time you step on the scale you'll be pleasantly surprised!!  Best of luck to you!!

5'3", CW: 165 Ultimate Goal: 150 ............. Livin' La KETO Loca!!
134 lbs lost since surgery, 195 overall!! Initial goal reached 9/15/17, (10.5 months)!
SW*: 299 GW: 175 HW 3/2015: 360 PSW* 5/2016: 330 *PSW=Prog Start Wt; SW=Surgery Wt

M1 -31, M2 -10, M3 -15, M4 -16, M5 -8, M6 -6, M7 -11, M8 -8, M9 -8, M10 -4, M10.5 -7 GOAL

Liz WantsHealthForAll
on 1/7/17 10:39 am - Cape Cod, MA
VSG on 03/28/16

It depends on what your weight was at surgery, if you lost weight prior to surgery, metabolism, and how many calories you eat.

Liz 5'3" HW: 219 SW: 185 GW: 125 LW: 113 Desired maintenance range: 120-123 CW: 120 (after losing 20 lb. regain)!

Laura in Texas
on 1/7/17 10:48 am
RNY on 09/17/08 with

No. Possibly in the beginning, but not every month. For most of us, the further out you get and the less weight you have left to lose, the fewer pounds you lose each month. I had RNY, but my surgeon wanted around a 10 pound loss a month.

Plug in your numbers into the OH Post-Op Weight Loss Planner to see what they predict. The numbers in the beginning were off for me, but I did get to goal when it predicted I would.

Laura in Texas

53 years old; 5'7" tall; HW: 339 (BMI=53); GW: 140 CW: 170 (BMI=27)

RNY: 09-17-08 Dr. Garth Davis

brachioplasty: 12-18-09 Dr. Wainwright; lbl/bl: 06-28-11 Dr. LoMonaco

"May your choices reflect your hopes and not your fears."

Gwen M.
on 1/7/17 10:59 am
VSG on 03/13/14

There is no average.  We all lose how we lose.  Do the best you can, follow your plan, and you'll lose at the correct rate.  

VSG with Dr. Salameh - 3/13/2014
Diagnosed with Binge Eating Disorder and started Vyvanse - 7/22/2016
Reconstructive Surgeries with Dr. Michaels - 6/5/2017 (LBL & brachioplasty), 8/14/2017 (UBL & mastopexy), 11/6/2017 (medial leg lift)

Age 42 Height 5'4" HW 319 (1/3/2014) SW 293 (3/13/2014) CW 149 (7/16/2017)
Next Goal 145 - normal BMI | Total Weight Lost 170

TrendWeight | Food Blog (sort of functional) | Journal (down for maintenance)

on 1/7/17 1:55 pm
RNY on 06/03/15

I agree with the others - there is no average.  And 15 lb drops usually occur just in the first month or two.  I lost 16 the first month, and then about 10 lbs a month after that.  After about six months, my loss dropped even further.  You just have to be committed and stick to your plan, and the weight will come off.  

RNY 06/03/15 by Michael Garren (Madison, WI)

Plastic Surgery 08/10/18 and 03/29/19 by Lawrence Zachary (Chicago, IL)

HW: 373 SW: 316 GW: 145 LW: 138 CW: 150

on 1/7/17 2:10 pm - OR

I agree with the above posters. I lost a significant amount for the first few months. Then, it was WORK =)


on 7/30/20 12:50 am, edited 8/2/20 10:05 pm

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