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SHORTY004
Posts: 554
11/20/10 10:01 A

20 pounds is A LOT of weight to lose in 6 weeks, especially considering you weigh under 150 lbs. I would think you would have to starve yourself and may not look very good at the end of the 6 weeks. I would aim for maybe half of that and if you could do that you would be doing really good!



NEWME70
Posts: 833
11/20/10 9:51 A

Losing half that and toning will make you look like you've lost 20. It's not the scale you are trying to impress. A co-worker guessed that I lost 25 lbs last week when I had only lost 14... why? Because I have been exercising and toning so I've lost inches. Eat healthfully and exercise and you will feel and look great when you go home and see your family and hometown friends for the holidays!

Edited by: NEWME70 at: 11/20/2010 (09:51)


THOMPO09
Posts: 100
11/20/10 9:38 A

Thank you so much for your reply. You really helped me see the clearer picture. Getting leaner I think is more what I want anyways, and if I drop weight in the process than theres nothing wrong with that



ILOVEMY2BIRDS
Posts: 2,646
11/19/10 11:10 P

Considering that you would have to lose about 2 pounds a day for that goal, I would say that there is NO healthy way to do that.



BUFFEDSTUFF--
Posts: 2,520
11/19/10 9:02 P

excellent reply all, and don't forget the saggy skin that is associated with rapid weight loss. Safeguard your health,you will never regret it. emoticon



PUNZIE73
Posts: 2,456
11/19/10 6:32 P

I once dropped 175 pounds in 5 minutes! Oh wait! That was my ex-boyfriend. I'm in agreement with most of the bloggers, you can...but why would you want to? 1-2 pounds per week is the safest bet. Best of luck to you.



MOTIVATED@LAST
Posts: 14,033
11/19/10 6:11 P

I agree with the other posters - losing 1-2 lbs per week is generally regarded as a safe and healthy rate of weight loss.

Yes, BL contestants can and do lose faster, but that's mainly because they are much bigger to start with, and are in a fully controlled environment where they are doing nothing but focussing on losing weight.

But if you were to only lose 10 lbs between now and the holiday break, is that really failure?

M@L



TWOOFTHREE
Posts: 1,138
11/19/10 5:33 P

You can. By why would you want to?

2/3



GARYM1A2
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11/19/10 4:44 P

No, when you are under 150 lbs you can't really loose more than 1 lb per week and not loose lots of muscle.




UNIDENT
Posts: 33,498
11/19/10 3:17 P

I'd agree with using strength training, but add that a common consequence of starting ST (if you're not doing it now) is to gain water weight initially. So don't freak out if the scale goes up - that's not fat! :)

It's generally recommended to max out at 1% of your bodyweight per week. If you wanted to lose 20lbs in 6 weeks that's over 3lbs a week, so you'd have to weigh over 300lbs to do that. At 145, figure a pound a week absolute max, which is 5-6 pounds by then. (The 1% doesn't apply as easily at lower weights).



ARCHIMEDESII
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11/19/10 10:34 A

If you were morbidly obese, I'd say that there could be a chance that you could lose 20 pounds in six weeks. However, you are NOT in the least bit overweight !! Because you're at a fairly healthy weight for your height, taking off 20 pounds will not be easy. If you eat absolutely cleanly (no junk what so ever), you might lose 5.

The fact is, a woman is supposed to carry some fat. It's called essential fat and without it, we'd be a mess physically. In short, I've found that young women all think they are fat when they aren't.

If you want to change your body, forget about the scale. A better option for you would be strength training. Increase your lean muscle. Muscle burns fat. the more lean muscle you carry, the more efficient your body will be at burning fat.

Strength training can help you to "tighten" up your body. Now, do keep in mind that six weeks isn't a whole lotta time to work with. It will take months of hard work to make a change, but it's worth it.

Now, that's not saying you can't make a change in six weeks. You can make changes, but they won't be dramatic ones like you see on the Biggest Loser. Contrary to the late night informercials, people DO NOT change their bodies in 30 days.

So, if you want a lean and mean body, you need to strength train instead of worrying about what the scale says.

You'll also have to be patient because once again, change does take time.



Edited by: ARCHIMEDESII at: 11/19/2010 (10:36)


OHBEEBLESSED
Posts: 491
11/19/10 10:06 A

Honey, that is too much too soon. But the goodnews is that even a 5-10 weight loss you are going to notice, a big diffrence, and you will look great. Then you can work on the rest.



718GEMINI
Posts: 471
11/19/10 9:45 A

You've already received the explanation, so I'll cut right to the chase: No, at your weight there's no safe way to lose 20 lbs in 6 weeks. And even if you did lose it (and the only way to do so would be in an unhealthy manner), chances are you'd just gain it right back as soon as you went back to your old habits.

If you want to lose weight and keep it off you need to take the time to establish healthy habits that will last a lifetime.



DIDIDIHU
Posts: 333
11/18/10 11:53 P

I've heard no more than 2 pounds per week lest you lose muscle and bone mass.



CITYSWEETHEARTX
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11/18/10 11:41 P

A few things to consider -
It is recommended that you keep your weight loss between 1 to 2 lbs a week and that dropping a pretty considerable amount in a short span of time usually leads to gaining most of it back.

That being said -
Like Coach Nancy said the closer you are to a healthy weight the slower progress is. If you're really going to try to make this happen you need to make sure you are working out at least four times a week doing strength training and cardio (at least 30 minutes of cardio). Cut out all junk - no soda, no fast food, etc. Try to steer away from processed foods. Remember to drink at least 8 cups of water a day and make sure you are getting the right amount of calories for the amount you work out - usually between 1200 - 1500. Too little and your body will go into starvation mode and you won't see any results. Also, get yourself a tape measure, you may not see results on the scale but yet still lose inches on the tape.

Hope this helps and good luck!! :)



SP_COACH_NANCY
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11/18/10 10:26 P

THOMPO09,

Do you want to lose 20 pounds or 20 pounds of fat? The two are not the same. The quicker you lose, the greater percentage of lean body mass (bone, organ and muscle tissue) you will lose. The most one should aim to lose is 1-2 pounds per week. But the closer you are to a healthy weight the slower your progress may be. Your goal should be to integrate healthy habits into your life.

I wish you well!
Nancy



THOMPO09
Posts: 100
11/18/10 9:57 P

I am 20 years old, in college and weigh about 145. My goal is 120, and I am hoping to lose 20 lbs when I am home for the holiday break (which is 6 weeks).

Does any one know how to do this, or tips for someone my age to lose fast?

all comments are welcome :)



 
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