It is a boost when others notice that you've lost a bit of weight. I've lost close to 40 pounds, but I have about 70 pounds to go. Very few folks notice that I've lost any weight at all (except on SparkPeople!). I've not yet invested in smaller clothes, so maybe my baggy attire conceals my secret. It's OK. I know how much weight I've lost and how much better I feel. That's motivation enough to keep on keeping on!
People who don't see you often will notice right away. Those around you every day will take more time to notice, but they will. The most important person to take notice should be yourself and how much better you'll be feeling when you do. Don't put too much into other people's praise. Do it for you!
I think it depends on how much you have to lose. On a very thin person 5lbs is noticeable (although sometimes people can't tell what they are noticing - new haircut??). I found in the past it is 15 lbs before people are confident enough to comment.
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My sister-in-law commented after I was down one size & my husband comments often. I think, more importantly, is the fact the I was able to notice the difference after just a few pounds. Do this for yourself; the rest is a bonus.
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I sometimes think maybe people notice but don't want to say anything. Like they feel it's almost rude for them to point out you used to be overweight. But I guess when you've dropped a couple clothing sizes you could assume it's definitely noticeable.
I think people notice sooner than we think they do but often won't say anything until it's super obvious. For me it wasn't until I was down to 260 from 332 that people really started commenting on my appearance. It's funny because people sometimes seem to line up to tell your gaining weight but,when you lose it not so much. Just keep losing and moving forward for you because, ultimately it's you that has to live in your body so the most important judge of change is you.
People usually notice the loss sooner than they say something (unfortunately). What matters most is when YOU notice. When you feel lighter, clothes fit better, and lose that full feeling, that's it! The scale is not always the answer. :)
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For me it was 25 lbs. I had learned to dress around my weight really well. It takes a while to get to where you are showing where you really are. Others are not used to having to notice the change due to our hiding our weight
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it does not matter when people will notice it because you will be seeing it everyday. it is more important how you see yourself than other people around you. what you are doing each day should make you feel better about yourself.
I think a lot of people are self focused and the last thing they are thinking about is how much I weigh. If we are losing weight for the affirmation of others it would be a waste and big mistake. Our motivation should be about our health and being fit enough to enjoy our lives and not always sitting things out because we don't feel up to it. I like to look nice in my clothes but most people just don't really care what I look like. Only close friends or family really care. That said I care about the extra weight that my loved ones carry because I don't want to see them with poor health now or in the future.
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I would never personally comment on someone's weight loss unless I knew they were trying to lose weight, so it might be that they notice it but are just keeping quiet. As others have mentioned, sometimes people lose weight for not so happy reasons and it's not always appropriate to comment on. When I lost about 45 pounds a while back, I actually started to really resent all the comments about my weight loss, particularly the ones that were really effusive about how great I looked "now." That being said, those comments started coming regularly after about 25 pounds (which took me from being overweight, to just above the top of the recommended range for my height) and were more frequent when I wore something new and tighter fitting. They were also more common from people who hadn't seen me in a while - it's tougher to see a gradual weight loss I think, which may be why people you see regularly don't comment on it.
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7/25/17 11:17 A
Sometimes people notice and don't know what to say. If they say, "hey you look great!" that implies you didn't look great before.
I don't like to comment on people's weight unless I know they've been trying to lose weight. So, if I were a co-worker and you hadn't told me you were trying to lose, I don't know that I'd say anything.
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6/23/17 8:19 A
Funny that just last night someone said something after I passed on some chips that were being passed around. Someone asked why was I letting the chips go by, knowing I love them, & I figured it was a good time to brag a little about my 28 lb loss. When I said that, the spouse said she had noticed but since we are not exactly spring chickens, she didn't want to say anything since she has said something to people in the past only to find they are sick & the loss is not intentional.
I lost 20 pounds a couple of years ago, and then maintained for about six months. No joke, that's when people at work started noticing! After six months of maintenance!
Funny story, I had a friend who just constantly insisted I had lost weight when I hadn't. It was just so weird to me. I hadn't changed anything. I didn't see her for a while while I was losing weight, so when I saw her next, I thought for SURE she'd comment on my actual weight loss. Nope!
Aside from all this, I once saw a speaker in college who talked about her bulimia, and said that what kept her going with it was people telling her how thin she looked. I also heard of someone get complimented on losing a lot of weight.. because of cancer. After that, I rarely comment on people's weight loss, even when I notice (and I'm the type of person who doesn't really notice to start), UNLESS I know that they are losing weight in a healthy way, for healthy reasons. If you want people to say something, maybe bait them, just a little, with something about going to the gym or eating vegetables or whatever. Then maybe you'll get, "You know, I DID think you looked thinner!" But people are weird, and you never know!
I found we had done such a great job at hiding it with our different clothes that when it started coming off a lot more then thought had to to lost. My guess for me was about 30 lbs as I hid 20 lbs really good with baggy clothes.
Have lost 26lbs the past couple of months and can really feel the difference in more ways than one. I think it's strange that nobody seems to notice except for a very few. You would think when you lose 10% of your body weight more people would notice. It's a team effort at our house with my wife losing 16lbs in the same amount of time and she says absolutely no one at work has commented on it.
We are trying a permanent change in our diet & eating habits for ourselves, but it would still be a boost if others took note sometimes.