My BMI has dropped below 40

Last updated on Wed, 14th Sep 2022

I weighed myself this morning, and I’m delighted that my BMI has dropped below 40. It means that I’m no longer morbidly obese!

Twelve weeks ago (on the day of my surgery) my BMI was 46.3. After entering my weight into my tracking spreadsheet (yes I have a spreadsheet!) it told me that my BMI is now 39.8. And that officially takes me out of the ‘morbidly obese’ category and instead makes me ‘severely obese’.

In terms of what that means in terms of my progress, I’ve managed to lose 22.9 kg in weight, which is over three and a half stone.

My weight loss goal is to eventually get my BMI below 30. That would take me out of all the obese categories, and puts me in the ‘overweight’ category. That might not seems like ambicious goal to some, but it’s a realistic goal because the research suggests than an average gastric bypass patient will lose around 70% of their excess body weight. And the 70% loss pretty much aligns with my ‘BMI below 30’ goal.

But let’s not get ahead of ourselves here. I’m only 12 weeks post-surgery, and there’s a long way to go before I might reach my goal.

So for now I will celebrate my small milestone, and look to the future with hope.

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