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how can i lose 35 pounds in two months?

This is my goal-- how can I do this? I am currently just under 200, and been on Jenny Craig with limited success.

Thu. Apr 19, 10:52am

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you can't seriously expect to be able to do this and not suffer some serious health consequences. try to re-establish your goal to something you can actually reach. really, it's not healthy and in fact, it is very risky behaviour.

Thursday, April 19, 2007, 10:57 AM

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I agree with the above poster. At the very least, you won't be able to sustain the weight loss long term. Everyone wants to lose weight for a reunion, vacation, etc. but please resist the temptation to crash diet.

Thursday, April 19, 2007, 10:59 AM

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Well, 2 months is about 10 weeks, if you cut out 500 calories from your diet everyday you will lose a pound a week(3500 calories is a pound). That would mean losing only 10 pounds in 2 months. If you were to keep a strict diet regime, and also add in fitness everyday(say a bunch of walking that added up to 500 cals burned, or running etc etc) you could lose 2 pounds a week which is usually the healthy limit in how much you should try to lose a week if you want to keep it off. I think 20 pounds in 2 months is a more realistic goal. But I also think if you put your mind to it, talked with a nutritionist and your doctor, and really tuned in to your body that you could do it. Maybe even have 1 session with a personal trainer to sort of assess your goals and how you can reach them, strength training a few times a week will build more muscle which will increase your calorie burn and also help:)
If you really want to keep the weight off though I think 2 pounds a week is a good plan. That mean only about 17 weeks until your goal! and that means by June you'll already look great in summer clothes and still by august you'll look amazing at the beach!

Thursday, April 19, 2007, 11:02 AM

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I agree

If you went about this in a healthful manner by reducing your calories to ~1200 a day, made sure to get at least half your calories from fruits & veggies, and exercised regularly - you could probably lose 15-20 pounds. In two months that's a significant amount of weight! Other factors may come into play like age, height, weight, fitness level, etc - but this is approximately what you could do in a healthful way.

'Healthful' means you lose fat and not muscle. It means you don't starve yourself, lose water weight, or leech nutrients from your hair, bones, skin and teeth in order to make up for your drastically reduced nutrient intake because you decided to eat nothing but cabbage soup for a month.

I think you know what you would need to do in order to lose that much weight in that amount of time and yes, you could possibly do it. They question is: "Is that what you really want?" and "If that's what you have to do to take it off, do you really think it will stay off?" and "Is that sustainable for you?", also "Are those the habits that you want to stick with you for life?"

Best wishes to you - I wish you the absolute best! Remember you didn't gain it all in two months and it may take some time to come off. You are worth the time and effort it takes to lose weight in a way that will make you a happier, healthier person for the rest of your life.

Thursday, April 19, 2007, 11:06 AM

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Also (I'm the 11:02 poster) don't trick yourself into thinking " oh everyone says I wont keep the weight off if I do a juice fast, cabbage soup diet, go t the gym 7 times a week etc etc,but once I see myself so thin I TOTALLY will" because its not really you thats in control once you've abused your body. If you've ben sustaining on grapefruits alone, after 2 months you will just crash and need twinkies! But still your goals are totally within reach if approached realistically and correctly and you can be there (AND stay there!) by the middle of summer:)

Thursday, April 19, 2007, 11:06 AM

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You can do this only on a strict vegan diet that also avoids all processed foods. Essentially follow the first stage of the Fat Smash Diet for 2 months instead of 9 days. The key is making sure you eat nutrient dense foods. There are many people who follow the supposedly safe 2 pound per week guideline who eat Weight Watchers prepared meals, and all sorts of other junk food. That approach is the truly unhealthy one. At the end of the day a healthy diet is determined by what you eat, not how much you eat.

Thursday, April 19, 2007, 11:07 AM

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if you are serious about doing this, do not seek out ways to accomplish this from some strangers on a website. people may have ideas about how to do this based on what may have worked for them, but it's very risky. you could plunge your potassium and magnesium levels down so low that your respiratory and nervous systems will become affected. consult with a professional nutritionist who you can go back to and who can help monitor your health during this time.

Thursday, April 19, 2007, 11:24 AM

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If you are serious about doing this for a one-day event, follow a strict diet and exercise regimen, working out almost every day (weights and cardio), and eating around 1200 calories a day. Then, 3 days before the event, cut out all sodium but make sure you still get enough water. This will flush all excess water out of your system, so you will feel smaller and weigh less (maybe 5lbs in 3 days.) But it will not be permanent at all; as soon as you start eating salt again, in normal amounts, you will get the water weight back; it is normal, and fine.

Also, what is your size? If you are 200lbs and 5'10", you'll have a lot harder time losing 35 lbs than, say, if you are 200lbs and 5'0", because you're a lot closer to healthy, and more of the weight is made up of bones/muscles/etc., rather than fat. If you're very short and weigh close to 200 lbs, you may easily lose the 35 lbs in 2 months, just because you have so much excess fat to lose. Especially if you are very strict with yourself.

Thursday, April 19, 2007, 12:23 PM

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Cut off a limb.
Develop an eating disorder.
Get cancer.

C'mon, get real. There's no healthy way to pull this off at your weight.

Thursday, April 19, 2007, 12:30 PM

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I'm going to take your question seriously, so here goes:
Let's say you're 199 and only slightly active. Cals needed to maintain your weight =2189.
If you cut down to 1200 cals a day, your weekly deficit would be: 1.98 lbs.
If you work out 5x/week and burn 500 cals per workout (about 1 hr. speed walking on the treadmill at your weight), you can subtract another lb. per week.
Rather safely, but intensely, you can lose 3lbs. per week, which means a total of 24 lbs. in 2 months.
This is not to mention some bloat that you will probably lose after the first 1-2 weeks of this.
Speak to your Jenny Craig person, tell them what you are doing, visit your doctor and make sure you are healthy enough, and then I don't see why you can't get real darn close to that 35lb number, especially at your current weight. Just realize that it's going to require unwaivering commitment, and as soon as you let up (exercise or cal wise) you will gain some weight back, maybe 5-7 lbs or so. Then you will have to scale down to something more sustainable for you. The good news is the regimen will get MUCH easier after you've passed the 1 week mark.
Good luck!

Thursday, April 19, 2007, 2:45 PM

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