Weight Loss Support - question for all - others noticing weight loss

03-03-2007, 08:20 PM
I thought it would be interesting to ask everyone - how much weight had you lost when people around you first began to notice? Did this vary between people in your life who knew you were working to lose weight and those who had no idea? I also wonder if height makes a difference? like do people notice faster if you're shorter versus taller or the other way around?

For myself, two people said they could tell I lost weight at 20lbs - these people knew I was working to lose it. Someone who didn't know said something at 40 lbs.

03-03-2007, 08:47 PM
One of my high school friends noticed when he visited me and I had lost about 50 lbs. Before that, only one of my roommates mentioned it but she could have also been influenced by seeing me eating healthily.

There are one or two people I know who haven't noticed yet. :lol: And I don't mean they're just too polite to say anything either. On the other hand, a guy I was in class with all last year stood right next to me on the bus today and didn't notice me.

03-03-2007, 08:54 PM
When my starting weight was 5 pounds lighter than I am now, it was around the 15 pound mark that people noticed. I think I lost MOST of my weight from my face that time, though.

This go round, NO one except the Other Human has noticed. :shrug: I think it's partly because my weight is coming off my butt this time and partly because I'm not advertising my diet.

03-03-2007, 09:30 PM
I had people notice when I lost 15 lbs before. I'm only 5'4 though so it may depend on your height.

03-03-2007, 09:56 PM
People noticed after 20 pounds for me.

03-03-2007, 10:09 PM
I haven't had the luck of anyone noticing my weight change since I only lost about 5 pounds. Feeling a little sad :(

03-03-2007, 10:29 PM
Don't be sad! I'm new and I noticed! Plus you have me beat I've only lost 4 lbs so far. Looking for the appropaite song in my collection for you to dance to....
" Celebrate good times ..come on!!! <let's celebrate>" (Kool and the Gang)

03-03-2007, 10:33 PM
Awww, NWgal, don't be sad. I've only been eating healthy and forcing myself to get more exercise for a WEEK, now....haven't even dared weigh myself! My waistbands are just a *tad* looser. Not even all that MUCH looser. But you know something? I'm SO glad I found 3FC...I jump online two or three times a day, read some of the posts, and it just feels good knowing that I'm not by myself trying to do this, and that others struggle the same way I do. It REALLY makes me determined to do as well as some of the others here have done and ARE doing! Just hang in there, and check back in as often as you can. You'll be so glad you did when those danged pounds start dropping off and you can see the difference yourself.

Take good care,


03-03-2007, 11:05 PM
Same as some of the others--at 15 lbs. off I got my first comment. I'm 5'4". It may depend on how large one is to start.


03-03-2007, 11:07 PM
Since I started out sooo heavy, I would say it took about 25 lbs till I got a comment.

03-03-2007, 11:54 PM
if I lose more than 5 lbs people tend to notice. I lose weight in my face first though, and thats what people see, yanno? I'm also pretty tall, so it always looks like I weigh less than I do. Most ppl guess I weigh about 185.<lately> when I was heavier, they guessed 225 or soish. YAY!! I think the taller you are, most people notice faster, because 5-10 lbs is more noticable when it's spread out, in height instead of in width if that makes sense?

03-04-2007, 12:02 AM
There's no magic number, there are too many factors to make this something even worth worrying about. When people spontaneously say they noticed depends on:

- how overweight you were to start with PLUS how much you lost
- your clothes -- if you're wearing exactly the same clothes, you can still appear to be the same size you were
- how you carry your weight and where you lose first
- whether that person sees you every day, once per week, once per month, once per year
- how much they noticed what you USED to look like
- how observant they are NOW

Also ... just because they haven't said they noticed doesn't mean they haven't. Some people are afraid of jinxing you, some may be afraid of seeming nosy or superficial. If they have their own weight/body issues, they may have lots of reasons for not saying anything, positive and negative.

Honestly, as sensitive as I am to weight, someone has to lose a good chunk for me to notice. I just don't go around thinking about how other people look day to day.

And, to answer the question ... I lost about 40 pounds before anyone said anything.

03-04-2007, 12:15 AM
10-15 pounds for me. I lost a lot in my face early on, so it was easy for people to notice.

03-04-2007, 12:32 AM
for me, it was 25-30 lbs before anyone noticed. i didn't tell ANYONE i was attempting to lose weight. also, i wore the same clothes until i lost about 50lbs. so...not sure what this tells you but there it is.

03-04-2007, 08:59 AM
The last time I tried to lose weight my starting point was a little higher than it is this time around, and paople started noticing after about 10-12 lbs. (Or right before my weight loss stalled and started creeping back up!:mad: ) I never got into a smaller size, my "skinny" clothes just fit properly.

03-04-2007, 09:07 AM
I lost 30 lbs a couple of years ago (and have since regained some of it--see ticker below lol), but my bf noticed at 5 lbs and everybody else noticed at 20 lbs.

03-04-2007, 01:41 PM
I tend to lose from my face, first, apparently, and people always comment after 4 or 5 pounds (this was true when losing from 180 and from 155). I'm tall and top heavy though (my boobs are the absolute last thing I lose), which probably makes a difference. I notice it first in my waistline.

03-04-2007, 09:11 PM
Other than my family , no-one really noticed until I'd lost about 35 lbs. I was able to notice it much quicker because my face lost the double chin quickly and my sizes had went down.

03-04-2007, 10:59 PM
MissMushy, ellabella, you girls are so sweet and kind, thank you very much for cheering me up. :)

I am working on my next 5 pounds, wish all of us "losers" best of luck !:D

03-05-2007, 12:44 AM
My husband and my mom, they see it. As for others, well quite frankly, they have not seen me! I agree with a lot of what funnie girl said. I beleive thoug, there comes a point, where its sort of like a new edge.....am i makin g sense? In other words, Iknow that at the 15 lb. loss mark, I take on a whole new look, etc. It is so nice to have others notice our loss and make positive comments, indeed! Yet, I suppose...for those times or until that can happen we need to feel it ourselves! whether in our clothes, or that lighter feeling, or whatever! keep on rocking girl :) knock them all off their socks! you know what? they might notnotice at first depending on some factors, you keep on truckinnnnnnnn and they will be hit by machine gun fashion!!!!! :)