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AZULVIOLETA6 SparkPoints: (0)
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11/13/14 3:36 P

Someone has resurrected an old thread--I don't think that the OP is still active here.

RHONI001 SparkPoints: (967)
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11/13/14 1:10 P

You all have great advice. Thanks.
I totally agree That is a pretty ambitious goal. I lost before (gained back) the slower you lose the more likely it will stay off.
I have started again and I am doing broth 3 or 4 times a day, I made it from fresh veggies, the boullion stuff has tons of sodium, Personally I Run from that stuff!

GUINSMITH SparkPoints: (13,566)
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3/3/14 2:12 P

Totally do able since that is 5 weeks so 2LBS per week, watch what yo eat and don't expect every week to be a 2LBS week but usually starting out you will lose fast for a few weeks

MNCYCLIST SparkPoints: (136,006)
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3/3/14 11:15 A

It's definitely possible but may not be advisable. Better to focus on building the right lifestyle and then allow your weight to decrease as it will.

3/2/14 9:14 P

I started losing weight when I was around 285 pounds. I lost 9 pounds the first week. Maybe it was mostly water, but I lost a few pounds the next week and a few pounds the next week. Then there were three weeks when I lost nada. Weight loss is unpredictable. Usually the more you need to lose, the faster it comes off. Don't starve or dehydrate yourself to lose 10 pounds in a month, it will backfire.

SIMONEKP Posts: 2,617
3/2/14 7:04 P

possible but no one can really predict that.

MAMA_CD Posts: 1,507
3/2/14 1:33 P

You could, especially the first month of weight loss. Just keep your focus on healthy lifestyle rather than focus on the scale, the scale trips up a lot of people in their weight loss journey. Maybe keep trying on a tight outfit and watch it get loser, and weigh yourself less often. I weigh once a month.

NSMANN Posts: 977
3/2/14 10:59 A

I lost 10 pounds in January and 9 pounds in February, and as you can see, I only weight in the 158-178 range. Exercise, exercise, exercise is what works for me. I am starting to plateau though.

BIBIANAB SparkPoints: (10,576)
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3/2/14 2:17 A

There are a lot of good answers here. Good luck with it!

AZULVIOLETA6 SparkPoints: (0)
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3/1/14 2:24 P

Yes, of course it is possible.

I know that you have been around for a while--I remember that we talked about your screen name. What kind of progress have you had so far?

FIREFLY0032 SparkPoints: (0)
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2/28/14 8:54 P

I am 34, and 269, 3 weeks ago I was 278 so my answer to you is yes. watch your calories, and be sure your eating enough and healthy, and exercise at the top of your ability. I walk 1-3 times a day and do a cardio/strength fusion (the FIRM) about an hour after dinner. I don't skimp on meals and I drink a TON of water. everyone, however, is different.

KNEEMAKER SparkPoints: (104,663)
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2/26/14 6:23 P

Yes and even more according to your age and rate of metabolism

DELLA81156 Posts: 201
2/26/14 6:16 P

Yes believe in yourself and you will succeed.It sounds reasonable to me.

DRAGONCHILDE SparkPoints: (60,917)
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2/26/14 5:39 P

IMDADOGGIE, it's not about doubting, it's about reality. :) The more you weigh, the faster and easier the weight will come off. When you've reached 200-225 (the poster's weight) however, 5 lbs per week is not reasonable nor possible.

GARRIE1 Posts: 635
2/26/14 4:41 P

What I've noticed and heard from many sources is that when you have a significant amount of weight to lose, the first 10-20 lbs. come off quite quickly, and then you naturally hit a plateau. Most of us who are working at weight loss will hit a plateau at some point. For me, personally, I have found that the plateau mark, while frustrating to some, is a welcome sign that my body is getting ready for me to go to the next level. That, for me, means pushing myself a little harder at the gym or cycling farther and with more intensity.

No matter what anyone says, weight loss is absolutely about lifestyle change, and at first, it isn't easy. But the rewards are SO worth the effort. Spark People is a great place for you to realize your goals. Many people are here with the same intentions and make their health status better and happier.

With regard to exercise, one of my favorite quotes is, "Will you feel better if you don't (exercise)?" My answer is always an emphatic, "NO!"


IMDADOGGIE SparkPoints: (42,022)
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2/26/14 3:25 P

Well for all you doubters and those who think it can not be done, you are wrong. I am averaging around 5 lbs a week and I am only watching what I eat and adding a little cardio and strength. Nothing crazy. I am not hungry because I am eating filling foods but I guess it is the combination that I am doing. I hope you too will succeed in your goal. Good luck.

GARRIE1 Posts: 635
2/26/14 2:19 P

Most of the comments here are really good. I really like the posts that gave good nutritional advice, but also said that ANY weight/inches lost is good! Perhaps you have a special event coming up? Don't despair and DON'T give up if you haven't lost 10 lbs. every month. You just keep right on going...eating right and getting plenty of healthy exercise. No one can effectively live on a juice diet or on a crash diet for long. In the long run, you will become unhappy and certainly unhealthy. Ask me how I know... emoticon

If you know how to accept and use good advice, you won't have to struggle for years and years with the same old weight and health problems. Do it right the first time, and you will be a much happier person.

Go, you! emoticon

MBIALK1 Posts: 14
2/26/14 10:27 A

And also.. make sure you are measuring! A lot of times I've heard people aren't exactly losing but their measurements are changing!! :)

FITWITHIN Posts: 25,247
2/26/14 10:26 A

It is possible, because I've done it before.

ALHOOVER81 Posts: 364
2/26/14 10:24 A

I have lost 11 lbs in one week before. I was working out a lot and juicing,

MBIALK1 Posts: 14
2/26/14 9:01 A

It can be possible if you work at it!! But like others have said any loss is good!! It is very good to get a good workout in a couple times a week but what more important is what you are eating!! I plan all my meals and snacks! That way it is harder for me to get off track! You can do this!! :)

JANIEVLMT Posts: 111
2/26/14 8:30 A

2.5 lbs a week is very possible, as long as you do it right. Nutrition is the key factor and then keeping your work out plan tight. You will slow down your loss the smaller you get though. I wouldn't ever advise someone to shoot for losing 3+ LBS per week. You will end up losing too much muscle and water weight.

MOTIVATED@LAST Posts: 15,427
2/24/14 7:51 P

A healthy and sustainable rate of weight loss is generally reckoned at 1-2 lbs per week.

10 lbs in a month does perhaps sounds a little ambitious.

If you reached 6-8 lbs lost in a month, would that really be failure?


FLORADITA SparkPoints: (63,594)
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2/24/14 7:30 P

You have been given really good advise from the previous posters, eat fresh whole foods, track your calories, add in regular exercise and you have a recipe for success. How much you lose and when depends on many factors, many beyond our control. Making this a journey towards health and fitness will bring you lasting results vs quick weight loss followed with gaining back even more weight. I keep my goals modest (5 lbs per month) and I am never disappointed, rather I am more often surprised instead. I also set fitness goals and delight when I am able to meet those goals too. A balanced steady approach will bring you long lasting success, I know I want a lifestyle that I am able to maintain over the long term. I have had too many quick fixes and they never last. I am determined to make this a lasting change towards a lifetime of good and healthy choices. Good luck on your journey.

ZURICHMAN SparkPoints: (1,775)
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2/24/14 6:50 P

It's not whether your are going to lose 10 lbs. in 30 days but it should be more that I'm going to do a lifestyle change and do whatever it takes to make myself healthy again. You will be more successful if you do the life style change instead of a quick fix that you might gain all back.

Think of it this way slow and steady gets you towards your goal just like you gained it.

Good luck on your journey.

DRAGONCHILDE SparkPoints: (60,917)
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2/24/14 5:07 P

Maybe, but unlikely. At your weight, you can safely lose around 2 lbs per week... but the body doesn't work like a calculator, and there will be weeks you gain, weeks you lose, and weeks you don't. I think that 10 lbs in a month is a bit too aggressive for your weight; it may happen, but aiming for that as a goal maybe setting yourself up for failure. Especially if you're adding in a new level of exercise that may cause you to retain water temporarily and throw off your readings. You might drop 5 lbs the first week, and then lose nothing the rest of the month. You might hit a steady 1 lb per week. You might clock in 2.5 pounds like clockwork, but it's going to be hard.

The fact that you posted this in fitness tells me that you likely have the same idea many people do; that exercise is most important for losing weight. If all you do is exercise, you're not going to lose much... even if you "watch what you eat" or "eat better." You can still overeat on healthy foods! Tracking your nutrition and eating whole foods, while limiting empty calories and junk will help more than exercise. With that said, exercise IS crucial, and will make the process easier (as well as allowing you to eat more and still lose weight.)

I think setting weight-based goals rather than time-based ones are more effective for long-term progress. It took time to put the weight on, it will take time to take it off. This isn't a sprint... it's a life-long marathon.

Edited by: DRAGONCHILDE at: 2/24/2014 (17:56)
FIELDWORKING SparkPoints: (29,946)
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2/24/14 5:05 P

That's about 2.5 lbs per week. It's possible to lose that much in a month. There will be some weeks that you will lose, some where you gain, and other weeks where you won't lose anything. Just be sure to incorporate some strength training into your workouts.

2/24/14 4:55 P

Im 225lbs and am 5'3ft

Right now i don't workout ...i used to workout of 1hour 4x per week when i was 192lbs

so if i start working out again and eat right
Is it possible for me to lose 10lbs in one month

like right now is Feb by end of March ...can i be able to lose 10lbs

Thanks :)

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