Good question. The answer is different for everyone. If you are only 20 pounds or so over your goal weight, then a 200-pound man can expect to lose about 2 pounds a week depending on your diet, age , and activity level. Personally, I lost almost 20 pounds of fat after I retired at 66. If you’re a woman who weighs about 140 and wants to lose 20 pounds than 2 pounds every week might be too much to expect. Middle age women will find it more difficult but not impossible. The same three variables will still be credical. For instance, a young woman who has had a baby recently will lose her 20 pounds faster than a woman in her late 40’s who has carried the extra weight for a few years. If you have been over weight for some time, it will take longer to lose it.
So several things being considered, 20 pounds may take 2 months for a new mom to lose, or it might take a woman 200 pounds age 65, one year to drop the weight. This is what you need to consider; your weight and your age, what kind of physical shape am I in? The better the condition the more exercise you’ll be able to do. How motivated am I? You have to stay with it. And don’t forget the diet, you can’t cheat, if you’re going to reach your goal. So changing your diet doesn’t mean cutting back, it means change to eating fresh foods, forget about all those foods you were eating and start eating better quality foods, eat your big meals early in the day, stop snacking and don’t eat after dinner.
If you’re on a 2 pound a week weight loss program, it doesn’t take much to stop losing and start gaining. Yes, it will take time but if you’re going to be thin for the rest of your life, go slow and keep it up. Once you reach 10 pounds of lost weight, you’ll start feeling better, but don’t stop and don’t start cheating. Even after you reach your goal, don’t stop. That’s how everyone else gains the weight back.
Whatever your eating stay with the program. And I did have to stop drinking alcohol until I reached my goal and then I could go back to a drink occasionally without gaining. You see, alcohol will mess with your metabolism and that stops the fat burning process. Now after you reach your goal your metabolism is back to normal and an occasional drink doesn’t hurt.
I stopped smoking cold turkey back in the seventies and it’s just as tough. But when you make up your mind that you must do it, then and only then will you lose weight. Remember it’s a change of lifestyle and not about dieting for a few weeks.
How long it takes to lose weight is a question that’s impossible to answer. Most people don’t want to make a long-term commitment to a new way of living, even though that’s what it’s going to take.
If you follow this blog, in the archives, there is over 200 posts, all the posts are related to diet, exercise and losing weight. Most people fail at weight loss because they’re not really serious, their clothes are starting to get tight and they don’t want to buy a new wardrobe. O.K., that’s a reason, but not a good reason. They will probably fail. Another popular reason for losing weight is someone is nagging you, maybe it’s your spouse or your doctor. Those reasons will carry a little more weight and you’re going to try harder but most people just end up on diet pills. They take the easy way out. And most of them won’t keep the weight off.
I always tell people that they have to change their life. Make time to exercise and start eating the right food and quit eating the junk. Stop over-eating and only eat good snacks.
And I go through a list of do’s and don’t’s and they have to stick to it and don’t give up. That’s why most people fail to lose weight, they give up.
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