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1/25/11 11:39 A

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Hmm I would say the first half of my weight loss I lost a steady 2 lbs a week on average. After that though it was maybe 1 (or .5 a lb a week as I got closer to my goal)

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12/17/10 12:53 P

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my average loss was about 1lb a week, however there were times where I didn't lose a pound or lost 2lbs at most. it took me 5 months to lose 24lbs

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12/17/10 10:40 A

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2-5 per week.


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11/18/10 3:28 P

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I AVERAGED about 1.5 pounds per week. Some weeks it was 1 pound, some weeks 2 pounds . . . but average 1.5 pounds. There were people who would say, "seems like you lost it so fast." But you know, depending on how much you have to lose, the first 10, 20 pounds or so may not be very noticeable. Then all of a sudden, they notice the loss. I think it's important for people to know that it was about 1.5 pounds a week -- that you can't expect to lose more. A few times, I signed up for a "10 pounds this month" challenge on SP, but never quite hit it. It wasn't a bad goal -- made me work hard.

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11/18/10 1:24 P

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Lost 17kg in just under 7 months. One to two pounds a week. I had one real plateau which I (think) I broke by overeating. The idea of calories shifting and trying to keep the body guessing was good for me.

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11/12/10 2:48 P

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I lost 20 lbs over 5 months w/ Weight Watchers. And it was SLOW, usually only about half a pound per week with the rare 1 and 1 1/2 pound losses.

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11/11/10 4:04 A

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I lost between one and two pounds a week with a short period when I plateaued.

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11/10/10 1:34 P

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The key to being able to maintain at 1800 calories is the EXERCISE. Building muscle definitely increases metabolism...to my surprise and delight!

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11/10/10 10:00 A

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I spent close to two years struggling and losing almost nothing. I never gave up...my motto was "keep on keeping on". I stared using Spark People just shy of four years ago. I had come to accept that I had to restrict calories and exercise, just to keep from gaining. I never expected WW to work so well or so fast.

Reached my goal November 2009!

Weight Watchers worked for me and now I work for Weight Watchers.

It is a life style, not a life sentence.


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11/10/10 9:37 A

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I don't want to cut off anyone who will still post on this, but thank you to all who have shared so far. It sounds like the average loss was less than that 2 lbs. a week that so many people think they should be able to achieve. I wonder how many give up because they feel they are failing. I applaud all of you for persistance, and am especially happy to hear that a 72 year old woman of 5'3" can maintain on 1800 (sounds generous!) calories a day! emoticon

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11/10/10 8:29 A

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My average was 1.25 pounds per week.

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11/10/10 6:51 A

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I lost 1.5 pounds per week average for a little over 3 months on Weight Watchers and then after coming to SparkPeople I lost .5 pounds per week for over a year. I had actually signed up to maintain on Sparks, but loved the extra weight loss, so stayed near the bottom of my calorie range.

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11/9/10 9:42 P

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My averages were: 5 pounds a month loss, 1370 calories per day, and 36 minutes of cardio per day.

I'm 72 years old, 5'3.5" and have been maintaining at around 125 pounds for two years now with 1800 calories per day and the same cardio.

Jude (or Judith or Judy, whatever you like!)

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I lost 30 pounds in 6 months. I really didn't have an average weekly loss this time. I would lose 4-5 pounds in one week and then stay the same for 2 or 3 weeks, then lose another 4-5 pounds. This is the most weight I've lost over the years of dieting and I plan on not having to do it again. Maintaining has always been the most difficult part for me. I think I've learned a lot about making this a life change instead of a weight change. I can't go back to eating like I did before. If I do, it's back on the merry go round.

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11/8/10 11:17 P

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1 to 2 pounds per week and then I wold plateau ad start losing again.

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11/8/10 2:28 P

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I lost 2# the first MONTH by just tracking what I ate and staying in the nutritional guidelines.

When I added exercise to the mix, then I started dropping at 2# a week or so. Sometimes less, sometimes more, but on average, 2#.

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11/7/10 11:46 P

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For me it was 64 pounds in 18 months on weight Watchers.

Reached my goal November 2009!

Weight Watchers worked for me and now I work for Weight Watchers.

It is a life style, not a life sentence.


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11/7/10 11:32 P

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I lost 60 lbs in 8.5 months over 6 years ago. It averaged out to be 1.75 lbs/week although I really never did any math to figure it out. LOL

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11/7/10 11:25 P

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I lost 66 pounds in about 18 months. There was no rhyme or reason to the amount I lost in any given week. I was just happy that SOME weight came off each week. The best combination of watching what I ate and exercising. I'm just pissed that it took me almost my whole life to figure that one out!

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11/7/10 8:49 P

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I lost 33 pounds in 5 months, faster at first, slower as I got closer to goal. That was 40 years ago, and back then no one talked about exercise. It was all calorie restriction. But I was a new mother so certainly active.

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11/7/10 7:48 P

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I lost 40 lbs in 12 months, but I hit several long plateaus, so I'm not really sure of the average per week.

The first 2 months, I lost 10 lbs each month, then 5lbs the 3rd month. I hit a plateau when my boys were in a wreck, and stayed the same for a few months, lost another 8, hit another plateau for a couple months, then lost the rest.

I am up about 5 pounds right now because I started my first year of teaching in September and I am having trouble keeping up with exercise with full-time teaching and my 5 kids. Working on fitting exercise into an already busy and exhausting schedule.
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Aug 2009: 175
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11/7/10 6:40 P

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20 lbs. in 4 mos.!But it was NOT 5 lbs. a month!!! The first month was 5 then the next month was 10 ,but that was due to wt.lifting burning cals. LONGER and I had to readjust my cals.[increase cals to meet my BMR!] Then the hardest months hit and my lb.loss was 1/2 lb/ per week,but as long as I was LOSING it was ok! Hit a small plateau for 3-4 days. And finished with 20 and a tummy paunch but it's life & it's ok!:)

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11/7/10 6:07 P

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I lost approximately 40 pounds in 18 months. That is about a half pound per week but was more like one to two pounds per week at a fewdifferent times interrupted by periods of no loss at all for several weeks at a time. I usually got through these plateaus by changing my workouts up in some way. Sometimes I added mileage, sometimes adding a day, etc. Also joining spark team challenges helped me break through plateaus. Keep experimenting. You'll find something that works for you.

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11/7/10 4:03 P

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I lost my initial weight (to my first goal) in 10 months, averaging about 1.5 pounds a week. I have lost faster in the past, but this seems to have been a good rate for me, and I've been "maintaining", slowly drifting further downward since March.

I later adjusted my goal downward to what I attained in August, and have pretty much stayed put in a five pound range for the past three months.

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11/7/10 3:23 P

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I am no expert excepting in what not to eat and how to enjoy it!

I lost 90 lbs in 16 months so although I thought I averaged 2 lbs weekly, I believe it really worked out to 1.5 lbs per week. Then this year I decided to go for an extra 5 lbs because of struggling with maintenance last year. That's another story.

You don't have to lurk - there are many who joined this team at the beginning of their journeys. All are welcome.

And you CAN make it to your goal. One day at a time.

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11/7/10 2:17 P

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I also put this question up on the 50+ Maintainers team board; sorry if it's a repeat.

I lurk here as support for thinking I can make it to my goal, but I'm not there yet. I often read newbies on other teams posts who start out with goals that require them to lose 2 lbs. a week. Though that is known as a moderate goal, I think it's actually still pretty fast. However, you are all the experts. So please share, if you will, how long it took you to get to goal and what that meant your average weight loss was per week. Did you get there in one stint? Did you get there in spurts over a period of years? Thanks for sharing! emoticon

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