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TONKA14 Posts: 4,947
1/17/13 2:22 P

You know that you want to lose weight. But how do you pick a goal weight thats right for you? Do you find a celebrity, or even a friend, whose body you like and try to reach the same weight as him? Do you aim for a previous weight of your own, like what you weighed when you wore that junior prom dress 25 years ago?

Unfortunately, neither of these are good ways to set a weight loss goal. Finding your best weight isn't as simple as plugging your height, age, and gender into a formula and getting a number spit back at you. Your body is unique to you, and so is your ideal weight. Because it involves factors that are both objective (like your health risks) and subjective (like your personal satisfaction with your appearance), your ideal body weight is much more than a number on the scale: its more like a state of being.

Here is a link to first of several articles that can help you find the healthiest weight for you and help you achieve it.

Find Your Perfect Weight - Part 1
Setting a Healthy & Achievable Weight Loss Goal

Coach Tanya

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1/17/13 2:04 P

You can safely attempt to lose about 1% of your total body weight, or about 3% of your remaining weight loss goal, each week. 2 lbs a week for anyone over 200 lbs is actually pretty tough! We have been conditioned by stupid TV shows like the Biggest Loser to think that sort of weekly weight loss is normal, healthy, or achievable for people who don't work out 8+ hours a day, eat starvation diets, and have personal trainers and cooks to care for them. On those shows, they have to keep doctors on standby to keep them from killing themselves!

4 lbs is a fabulous weight loss, and likely not a rate at your weight that you'll be able to sustain. Celebrate your amazing victory, and remember that this isn't the Biggest Loser, and it's not a race.

It takes time for your body to change, and you already have some unreasonable expectations. It's best to adjust them now, and you won't be disappointed when your body does exactly what it's supposed to do. :)

Edited by: DRAGONCHILDE at: 1/17/2013 (14:05)
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1/17/13 11:09 A

1 to 2 is good. The body is not an exact machine and sometimes you can do everything right and not lose anything one week and lose more the next, so an average of 1 to 2 pounds is great. Keep up the good work.

DIDS70 Posts: 5,368
1/17/13 9:29 A

There was a lady in my WW meetings that got to goal weight by losing less than a pound a week. I would be happy with 1/2 a pound a week if that is what it took to get to goal.

LUANN_IN_PA Posts: 16,960
1/16/13 3:47 P

1 - 2 is healthy.
As you get closer to your goal, it will slow down considerably.

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1/16/13 3:20 P

Usually 1-2 lbs a week is the healthy range. 4 lbs in 2 weeks is great! When I started losing weight it came off usually by 1 lb a week. Don't get discouraged.. just think if you keep losing 2 lbs a week you could be up to 30 lbs lighter by the end of april :)

Goal1: 160 (2/14/13)(Reached! 2/1/13)
Goal2: 150 (4/19/13)
Goal3: 140 (5/30/13)
Goal4: 130 (7/4/13)
Goal5: 120 (9/21/13)
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1/16/13 2:18 P

Hey guys. I have lost 4 pounds in two weeks. I am eating very healthily and exercising a few times a week. I feel like I am putting in way too much effort for it to only be 4 pounds. I am still motivated but feeling a little disheartened. :-/

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