Weight-loss results vary from patient to patient, and the amount of weight you lose depends on several things. For a patient with a good understanding of the function of the band and a willingness to “work with the band” an average weight loss of 1-2 pounds a week is to be expected. There are no time tables and patients can lose weight indefinitely until they reach their desired weight. Remember that a gradual weight loss is most desirable. Losing weight too quickly creates a health risk and can lead to a number of problems. The main goal is to have weight loss that prevents, improves, or resolves health problems associated with severe obesity.