I have been reading about every one's "word" or goals for the new year..
and like many of you, I am glad that I do not have to disappoint myself with failure by saying "this will be the year I LOSE WEIGHT"
Ha! I have a jump on that one..
But being the control freak that I am (most times), I still need goals..
I am just hard wired that way..
I started to look at some of the recent data for gastric band
I was curious because as I enter my second year being banded..
I wanted to be sure my goal was realistic with data (realizing that not all results are typical..)
you know that CYA they always have in diet commercials.
So here are some stats from recent research for gastric band patients:
Empirically, patients typically lose 50-60% of their excess weight (meaning delta from current to goal weight) over 5 years.
In the first year after your weight loss surgery, losing 2-3 pounds per week is possible, but 1 pound per week is more likely (Note: I barely hit the 1 pound per week target).
At the three year mark, patients typically lose 62% + - 20.9% of their excess weight.
So to achieve my goal of being overweight, I will need to lose 24 pounds this year.
I know that that does not sound like very much (actually 2 lbs a month), but believe me my history does not have my WL falling within any statistical predictions.. I am a slow loser.
I am hoping that the staying power of my latest fill will support that 2 lb a month loss.
We will see.. if I achieve this in 2011, I can then set a goal of a normal BMI in 2012..
MY BMI Interpretation:
< 18.5 = Underweight
18.5 - 24.9 = Normal
25.0 - 29.9 = Overweight
30.0 - 34.9 = Obesity (Class I)
35.0 - 39.9 = Obesity (Class II)
40.0+ = Extreme Obesity (Class III)