Introduction: How to Lose 250 Lbs.

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One of the things I love about Instructables, is people are always showing of their projects
and creating new things with things they already have. And so one of my past projects was to lose
weight, And I thought I would show and tell how I did  that!

Step 1: "Before"

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First thing I want to say is that this is NOT a DIY project, you do need help from outside sources, the success of the project is 100% on you, But you get 100% of the benefits!

I was not a unhappy fat person, I had lots of friends and a very active social life,
I was living hard and dying fast. I got away with that lifestyle until i was into my mid 40's
then things started to break down.

Step 2: Get Busy Livin, or Get Busy Dying.

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After doing a dramatic amount of research I decided on the Lap Band.
it was a minimally invasive procedure (Though all procedures are risky) and did not modify
your internal workings (Pimp my car, pimp my segway, YES!, pimp me.. uh not so fast)

Step 3: Parts Needed

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All you need is a Lap Band, and a mechanic (they like to be called surgeons) to install it!

Step 4: Results in 18 Months!

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I sound like Billy Mays;
                   "But wait there's MORE"

The band will control how much food you eat, but you will also need to learn to work with the band
you will need to learn to chew your food, and eat the right types of food. As you lose weight your
energy level increases, and you will find moving easier you can (if you choose) join a gym.

You will lose weight no matter what you do (it's up to you to determine how much)

Step 5: The Final Results

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After your 18 month adventure you may need plastic surgery to remove the excess skin,
you also may develop gall bladder problems (From your body processing out all the toxins in your fat)
but you will be thinner with all the joy and sorrow that carries with it!

This instructable is NOT Medical advice, it is just a quick how I did it.
if you are serious about losing weight using weight loss surgery consult your doctor
and check out

Step 6: Interview With Myself

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I wrote this July 2005:

Well, folks today celebrates my second anniversary of being crippled with sciatica and the beginning on what would become my lapband journey. And what a journey it has been. I am writing this waiting for Oxford to approve my appeal for plastic surgery, after losing (from 2 years ago weight)
of 425, now I am at 206 (maybe less, My scale broke!)


A: Well, thats a good question Jonathan.

A: Well to be honest, I feel exactly the same, I mean I feel sleeker, and springier. But I am still me.

A: really all that has been changed is my outside, my size, my shape. my mind is still the same, my thoughts are the same

A: my 'good' friends still are my good friends, I Have noticed that to my 'couple' friends, I am more of a 'threat' now

A:  I think when i was fat, If I flirted with a woman, it was "oh the fat guy is flirting with you how cute" now I am no longer 'fat'

A: No, I would never do that, but its amusing to see how other people see me now, and how I see myself

A: Oh yes, most definitely! I don't think I will ever see myself thin, though I have to admit my butt is gone AWOL

A: lol, yes I agree

A: Yes, That people should know losing weight is not the Answer, all it is, is a first step in the right direction, and that life is still hard, and struggles are still hard and burdens are still hard. Thinner you seem to have a bit more strength to carry them.

A: and thank you for indulging me in my multiple personality interview



damienqui (author)2011-01-18

Congratulations on your loss! Wow, that sounds weird... anyway, I mean that. Obesity sucks and it's an incredible thing to overcome.

That being said, this isn't really a how-to or an instructable at all. A winning endorsement of gastric bypass surgery perhaps, but unless you're showing us how to install the lap band ourselves, I don't see how this fits the site. Worse, the portions that are diy should be expanded on more than just "you will need to learn..."

I think a much better instructable that you are in a rare position to write would be "How to Live, Eat, and Lose Weight After Gastric Bypass Surgery". You and several other commentators make excellent points about the pros and cons in the comments section, but I feel like the "how-to" part should be the instructable and the "why-to" should be more for the comments and footnotes.

macgeek (author)damienqui2011-01-19

You make a good point damenqui,
I really was using instructables on this subject to show more then tell.
I did write a blog about the pre-surgical things @
and have been toying with writing a book on it.
[working title of it, is "Chronic Masticator"]

We will see what happens


Limadito (author)2013-12-29

I had a similar problem. Got a vertical sleeve gastrectomy in October 2013, and was the best decision I could ever take. Lost almost 100 pounds so far.

Daniil6 (author)2013-05-17

has he ried adipex supplements? And where is "after" photos?

sushinoms (author)2011-01-11

What an excellent how-to; it's well written and very informative. I would love to use this as an inspirational source to my own weight-loss plan. So reading something like this was really helpful. Thank you for sharing this. .

lemminggenocide (author)2009-12-13

last time I checked obesity was an illness. getting a lapband is like chemotherapy, it's not cheating, because losing weight is not a game. cancer patients receive chemotherapy, so whats wrong with obese people getting a lap band?

It kinda is, like steroids is cheating for body builders.

macgeek (author)thematthatter2009-12-22

How is a aid to losing weight "Cheating" -

A steroid is not a aid to building muscles
its a way to add bulk without doing any work.

If you have a lapband installed and
you still eat like a pig you won't lose weight.

BtheBike (author)macgeek2010-12-23

is it possible to eat large meals with a lap band?
..Have you ever used anabolic steroids before ?

macgeek (author)BtheBike2010-12-24

No, your meal is limited to about 4oz of food, which take about a hour for you to eat. But those 4oz fill you like you ate a 2 lb steak.

I don't really use drugs, or steroids to lose weight, I feel they do more damage then good.


BtheBike (author)macgeek2010-12-24

Part of my question was a reply to: " If you have a lapband installed and you still eat like a pig you won't lose weight." Is it possible to break the band or somehow eat more than the 4 oz? Maybe I'm confusing this with the stories of stomach stapling and how some bust the staples somehow.  

I would add that steroids like any other tool can do damage, and when used wisely ,can produce the desired result . I haven't used them,but I've known folks who have . Proper use and training resulted in gains in bulk ,but also strength and muscle .    

i understand what your saying, but that's not the same as being obese. losing weight isn't a competition, it's a cure for an ilness - obesity.

 I'm not saying that I am right on this 'but' cancer patients have no choice. You do have a choice to not eat. I don't mean that to sound bad, I have problems with weight also. But if you eat like you have a lap band then why get one? Is it a self control thing?

macgeek (author)tom3115712009-12-14

My father often said (but he never actually practiced it)
"if you can't control yourself, somebody else will have to control you"

And the lapband does just that, It offers you the ability to control yourself
it's really a wonderful feeling.

For someone who has lived with a lifetime addict and to pass by your addiction
and having the ability not be be drawn in, its very empowering.

tom311571 (author)macgeek2009-12-14

 Yah I can understand that. Like I said I have weight problems to and I did not mean to sound bad or rude just wanted your take on it. Thanks!

macgeek (author)tom3115712009-12-15

No problem,
That's why we post these things, so people can get more information!


kmodek (author)2010-12-16

I had gastric bypass surgery 14 months ago and lost 152 lbs. It is NOT 'easy' by any means. This is something to live with forever. You still have to make all of the right food choices, portions, and there are a LOT of foods I can't eat at all anymore, or else I get nauseous all day.
Having been on both sides of it now, I can tell you there's NO WAY anyone could realistically eat like I have to with a full size stomach that still loves all food.
I HAVE to stop eating, it's not a choice. I can't eat bread, crackers, or most pasta because it makes me sick. Desserts make me sick. Breaded and/or fried food makes me sick. I can't eat pizza, sandwiches, fries, burgers, pretty much anything with bread or high fat.
Mainly I eat a lot of chicken, bell peppers & onions, rice & bean dishes, and some beef. I crave vegetables. Might sound weird, but that's how it is.
There's nothing easy to it when everywhere you go, most of the food is inedible to me and I'm really hungry.
YOU try it, then come tell me how easy it was.

BtheBike (author)kmodek2010-12-24

Wow ! Very informative and interesting kmodek .
If you had the band removed do you think you'd be able to stay with the same diet ?
I wonder why processed carbs make lap band people fell sick .

It does sound really tough. I would seriously regret the surgery . As a bike
commuter , carbs are my main fuel . Can you eat sweet fruits?
How is your energy level for things like long hikes or working out?

Holden_vy_s (author)2009-12-13

What happened to the whole eating well and exercising technique?
This just feels like cheating.

macgeek (author)Holden_vy_s2010-12-24

If losing weight and improving your life is cheating, then YES it's cheating.


Caym (author)Holden_vy_s2010-01-23

Most of the things that society views as "eating well" was made up in order to sell products ...and the whole lipid hypothesis was only used in U.S. law because the person who passed it was a vegetarian....nature made humans a certain way best to use it rather than fight it...

macgeek (author)Holden_vy_s2009-12-14

The lapband is a easy way to LOSE the weight, keeping it off is the Bitch!



(BTW; I have KEPT OFF the weight now for 5 years)

rainbowlory (author)2010-06-30

well thank you for you still have your band??? i have been trying to have weight loss surgery for several years i'm diabetic and now a double amputee...... every time i got close something would happen to delay the surgery,,,,, i wish you all the best in your world. and your right the surgery in your tummy does nothing for your head its just a tool... you still and everything else

Pentacle (author)2010-02-17

LOL. "and thank you for indulging me in my multiple personality interview"
Epic. I'm happy for you.

macgeek (author)2009-12-17

To the previous poster with the potty mouth (hey that rhymes)
The reason this post is here in a DIY site, is that AFTER the band
is put in, YOU the person WITH the band, lose the weight.

No one is doing it, but yourself.


macgeek (author)2009-12-15

I don't know what to say here, I guess it is my love letter to the Lap band.
It worked for me. - very well.


macgeek (author)2009-12-15

"I urge everyone to be skeptic with these kind of advice..."

Is good advice, do not decide ANYTHING one one persons say so
or as they say in the car ads... "Your Mileage may vary"


asdäöl (author)2009-12-13

macgeek800 i hope you do not get paid from allergan, inc. for this rather positive post about their lap-band. Otherwise congratz for your great achievement...

I urge everyone to be skeptic with these kind of advices...

macgeek (author)asdäöl2009-12-15

Actually I have the inamed Lapband. and i DO NOT work for them, or am i getting being paid from them.  all opinions are my own.

my website for my weight loss is:

tom311571 (author)2009-12-13

Seems that this forces you to not eat. Do you think you could do that now without that lap band? Or now that you know how could you have done it without it? If not why not?

rimar2000 (author)2009-12-13


Doctor What (author)2009-12-13

That is an impressive feat! Congratulations!

AngryRedhead (author)2009-12-13
Hella impressive, man!
darth2o (author)2009-12-13

Congrats man, but I need the opposite of this.

Kiteman (author)2009-12-13

Wow, 113kgs!

Well done that man!

(You know, you ought to use that string of images in step five to make an animated gif of you shinking away...)

Kiteman (author)Kiteman2009-12-13

I just had to run to the scales and check - you lost just over 1.8 metric Kitemen!

Bartboy (author)Kiteman2009-12-13

Over 2 Bartboys,,,,

macgeek (author)Kiteman2009-12-13

17.8 Stone


Chromatica (author)Kiteman2009-12-13

Ha and that gif idea isn't too bad.

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