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How Long Does It Take To Lose Weight?

A Simple Guide To Losing Weight Faster

The answer to this question of course is "it depends." However, there are steps one can take to really help determine how long it will take to lose weight and also how permanent the weight loss is. You will most likely lose some weight within the first week of following a new diet regimen. That diet can be anything - whether it is Weight Watchers, South Beach, Eat To Live. It often does not matter which one you choose, if you follow the directions to a T, you will lose weight in the first week. Most diets are in essence some form of strict calorie control. The exception are diets like Eat to Live and the Fat Smash Diet, where you can essentially eat as many approved foods as you want.

However, you will not lose weight unless you are ready to do so. The psychology behind weight loss is very powerful and PEERtrainer has put together a quick quiz that helps you find your "odds" of successful weight loss. This quiz puts you in one of three categories and gives you some tips to work on to develop "readiness."

Which Diet Can Reduce The Time It Takes To Lose Weight?

Eating a diet very high in fruits, vegetables, beans and greens will improve the speed of weight loss. These foods help fill you up and also help clean out the other "less natural" foods that most of us eat daily. Most of us know that vegetables are "good for us" in a generic sort of way. But few of us really take advantage of what they can do for us. If you eat a couple pounds of salad a day you can dramatically reduce the time it takes to lose weight.

How Long Does It Take To Lose Weight On Weight Watchers?

People who follow the Weight Watchers Points (now Points Plus) Program tend to lose weight. If you stick to any diet, you will probably lose weight, as you already know. If counting points and going to meetings is something you can truly commit to, you will probably lose weight in a consistent manner over the period of time you follow the diet. It is not uncommon for people to lose 20 pounds over a 6 month period. But you have to stay on track and pay very close attention to detail.

How Long Will It Take Me To Lose Weight If I Don't Want To Count Points?

If you don't want to count points, odds are you probably don't want to count calories either. If you don't want to do these, it will take you a great deal of time to lose weight, unless you make some pretty major shifts in what you eat. If you start eating a diet that is VERY high in greens, beans, salads, and vegetables. You can still "cheat" or "mess up" with this kind of diet, but you have to make vegetables the bulk of your eating focus. Contrary to what you may think, there are some easy and tasty ways to do this.

Easy Way To Make Vegetables Taste Good

Soup is the single easiest way to do this, and you can make a big amount that will last you a week. This "weight loss soup" recipe is something you can make at home for about $7 a pot, which can last you 4-6 days.

How To Lose Weight On A More Permanent Basis

By making plant based foods like these part of our permanent diet, we can lose weight more permanently. These are foods that you don't need to eat less of- diets that force us to eat less of things are bound to fail. Very few of us have unlimited willpower to starve ourselves on a sustained basis.

A problem in trying to determine how long a weight loss effort will take is, what happens the next week when you have a "surprise" office birthday party? Or when your children leave their unfinished macaroni and cheese on their plate and you devour it because you've been "good" the past few days? Those slip-ups can happen and will happen, because they're not really slip ups. They're just part of life.

Instead of asking the question "how long does it take to lose weight", the question might need to be "how can I lose the weight I want to lose in a way that keeps me motivated, week after week, to continue losing weight until I reach my goal?" Once you've changed or adjusted that question in your mind, and made it one that is manageable and can be achieved, you'll develop the right answers to get the body you want.

The Role Of Exercise And Weight Loss

Exercise is critically important to one's long term health and vitality. Dr. Mehmet Oz suggests that people get 60 minutes of vigorous exercise each week, and that people need to make sure to exercise for a long period of time for greatest cardiovascular benefit. And exercise will absolutely help you lose weight, especially as you get closer to your goal weight. But a good rule of thumb when you are starting out is to think that 80% of weight loss will come from changes to your diet and 20% will come from exercise.

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