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how long does it take you all to lose a good chunk of weight

just curious im hoping if i stay real serious all summer i could lose about 30 +pounds by the end of august with diet and excercise.

Wed. Jun 6, 2:25pm

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oh and what did you do anything drastic?

Wednesday, June 06, 2007, 2:26 PM

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yeah that won't work. perhaps if you starve yourself for the next 3 months you probably will but you wont be able to sustain it. it's better gradually. perhaps if you work hard this summer you could knock of 12-15 pounds and thats still pretty good.

Wednesday, June 06, 2007, 2:44 PM

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If you're really strict, you should be losing up to 1-2 pounds a week. so 12 weeks, you should be looking for 12-24 pounds.

30 pounds is probably pushing it to go that quickly.

Wednesday, June 06, 2007, 2:44 PM

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That completely depends on the person and amount of weight they have to lose. I usually lose 20-25 pouns a month at 800-1000 calories a day and excersize. But I have a lot of weight to lose.
However I never have lost less than 5 pounds a week when dieting that strong. Not to say that it is a really healthy way to go if you are that strick.

Wednesday, June 06, 2007, 3:36 PM

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i lost 30 in three months on 1200 healthy calories and lots of cardio.

Wednesday, June 06, 2007, 3:41 PM

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be careful in losing that much weight that fast. You may dehydrate yourself or put your system into starvation mode where your body holds on to every calorie it can.

Wednesday, June 06, 2007, 4:32 PM

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If you're really strict food-wise (you MUST eat at least 1200 calories per day...lots of fruit, veggies and protein), drink plenty of water and exercise (cardio, no weights), 30 pounds by August 31st is a resonable goal. It's less than 4 lbs per week. August 31st is 12 weeks away.

Wednesday, June 06, 2007, 4:42 PM

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If you're serious about eating healthy and exercising I certainly think you could "look" like you've lost 30 lbs. Don't get caught up with the number on the scale - document your tranformation in other ways like inches and bi-weekly pics.

If you look at my profile I think 12 weeks made a tremendous difference in my figure - I believe I lost 3 dress sizes but only 6 lbs. or so on the scale because fat was turning into leaner muscle during that time period that I tracked. 30 lbs. of fat lost does not come out to 30 lbs. lost on the scale. Also during my 12 weeks of tracking I was not "perfect". I was pretty consistent in the exercise department, though.

Good luck and I think you could look GREAT by the end of summer if you don't let yourself get flustered with the "numbers"


Wednesday, June 06, 2007, 5:42 PM

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to 5:42

I see your point but there is nothing wrong with losing fat and then working on toning.

Wednesday, June 06, 2007, 6:35 PM

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6:35 - actually, it is FAR better in the long run to build muscle while you are dieting than to wait until you are at or close to your goal weight.

Muscle tissue burns calories ALL THE TIME, even when you are sleeping. 10 pounds of muscle will burn approximately 350 to 500 calories a day, or an extra pound of fat every 7 to 10 days, and regular weight training boosts basal metabolic rate by about 15%.

In contrast, dieting and intense cardio alone will both cause you to lose lean muscle. Your body needs fuel, so it will begin breaking down your own muscle tissues for energy. If you lose 10 pounds of muscle, that's and extra pound of fat GAINED in 7 to 10 days, unless you continue to lower your calorie level by 500 a day.

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Wednesday, June 06, 2007, 7:28 PM

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I agree 7:28! Resistance training will yield great results (along with proper eating habits.) You definitely get more bang for your buck as far as exercise goes.

How much you can lose largely depends upon how much total you have to lose. If your'e 100 pounds overweight you can probably lose a lot more than someone who has a lot less to lose. Agree with pps that sensible and slow will be better in the long run. Drastic measures really only set you up for failure. Stay committed through the summer and you'll look and feel great by the time September 1st rolls around.

Wednesday, June 06, 2007, 7:42 PM

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So.. I just joined today.. I am really hoping this helps..I am desperate.. I want to lose 20lbs by sept. 7th any pointers?

Wednesday, June 06, 2007, 8:47 PM

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thats all good advice i am currently workign out and walkign on the days i dont im going to join ww tomorrow just to keep track of how much im losing and be even more accountable! im pretty excited to do this

Wednesday, June 06, 2007, 10:31 PM

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I feel that if you don't have a lot to lose and you're already too muscular to begin with, you can drop weight without lifting and then lift if you feel like you need it for shape. You don't really need to lift in all situations. that's up to you and your doctor to decide.

Our bodies are like machines.... predictable and easy to manipulate if you really want to.

Wednesday, June 06, 2007, 11:29 PM

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any more people out there im jsut curious to know how much weight people lost in months?

Friday, June 08, 2007, 12:09 AM

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several years ago i initiated a 60 day fitness challenge with my friends. the goal was to exercise 30 minutes every day in your target heart rate. this meant usually doing cardio for 40 min a day or something similar.

at the end of the 60 days, i lost at least 15 lbs by sticking to this group pact. exercising every day forced me to think about what i ate -- what made me feel bad and what made me feel good. ultimately i naturally ate foods that made my body feel good and not heavy and awful.... of course now i am on PT because i lost my groove and started eating horribly again with no exercise :( but i always remember that time to give me hope that it is possible!

Friday, June 08, 2007, 1:51 AM

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Definately I dont recommend using the scale. Just use the mirror to judge whether or not you've been losing weight. Also if your really dedicated then Im sure it won't even take a year to take the weight off - 6 months max maybe. Consistency is key is just keep up with the program. Also its always a good idea to incorporate a workout regimine like cardio and weight training. Cardio to burn the fat, and weight training to rev up your metabolism and tighten and tone u up.Weight is a combination of muscle, fat, etc. I think everyone's goal should be losing fat not weight. Also women should not be afraid to weight train because it absolutely will not make you "manly" it'll do the exact opposite. Consistency and dedication thats all you need. : )

Friday, June 08, 2007, 5:34 AM

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Did you see that woman on Dr. Phil? She lost 150 lbs in 7 months of course she has about another200 to go . That was overv 20lbs a month !

Friday, June 08, 2007, 6:35 AM

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i agree with 5:34.... i'm the 1:51 poster, and during that whole 60 days i didn't weigh myself once. i didn't even know my start weight! my focus was only on fitness, and i was surprised towards the end of the 60 days that many of my tight clothes were baggy (they're not baggy anymore though)! i had friends asking me if i was eating at all. the truth was that i was eating quite well, but i was so active that i lost weight anyway.....

Friday, June 08, 2007, 11:04 AM

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OK, I have 125 to lose. I have started walking two miles a day in the AM and want to add another two in the evening. Is walking enough? I also watch my caloric intake and try to cut it down to between 1000 and 1100 a day.

Friday, June 08, 2007, 7:21 PM

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in response to 7:21 poster:

walking is a great way to begin exercising! be careful to get enough calories. it seems that 1000-1100 is not enough. you might want to consult other webpages to see what calorie range you should be in, otherwise you may not lose much weight if your body goes into starvation mode....good luck!

Saturday, June 09, 2007, 7:35 AM

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I have recently started going to the gym and all these comments sound so familiar. I've been going for 3 weeks, not long I know but having been a total workaholic I had not been eating breakfast or lunch for about, oh, two years! Wrongly, I now realise, I thought I would see results immeidately but didn't. I'm pleased I found this site as I know now that it will take time and I just have to preservere. Wish me luck and I hope you get there by August!

Thursday, November 29, 2007, 4:29 AM

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How Long Does It Take To Lose Weight?

in my experience it depends on:

-focus, how long you can really pay attention to what you are doing
-willingness to change your habits- if you just eat less of not so great foods, you'll gain it back no matter what, so time does not matter unless you change what you are putting inside you
-persistence- the longer you persist the more you move the odds in your favor

In my experience I lost a chunk (10lbs) quickly, then plateaued for a LONG time, and then made some more great progress (15lbs plus) once I got a bunch of things in line- daily logging, eating better, CONSISTENT exercise.

Thursday, March 13, 2008, 10:32 AM

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10:32 - you make a great point about eating real food. A friend of mine lost an incredible amount of weight - 70 pounds. When she came to visit me I couldn't stop looking at her - she was a different person and she looked awesome! She was working out and we hit the gym while she was here - a first for us. But I found her new way of eating to be very peculiar - she bought a box of frosted mini wheats and aside from eating what I cooked for dinner, that was pretty much the bulk of her intake for the day. The next time I visited her she was back to eating deep pan pizza and chicken wings, and the next time I saw her after that - back to her original weight :(

Thursday, March 13, 2008, 10:50 AM

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A year and a half ago I started a desk job (uh oh!) with a gym in the basement (cool!) so I started walking, then jogging before work and at lunch every day as a habit. I haven't missed more than a few times and have lost 50 lbs - 220 to 170. Also I ate the same thing for breakfast - just a little oatmeal with dried fruit and then extened it to where I eat the same thing (healthy stuff that I really enjoy) every day 6am - 6pm and then a varied healthy dinner. So to me it is strict but doable habit with food and exercise - Worked for me.
Boring to some, but daily habits are so very powerful !

You can lose that weight!

Thursday, March 13, 2008, 11:27 AM

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Great article Blozzom!

Thursday, March 13, 2008, 7:17 PM

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