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BAMSY2310
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4/1/12 3:22 A

It's possible and you can do it too! Just stick with it and don't beat yourself up over anything! I have been up and down my whole life too. But started seriously trying to lose this january 2012 as a resolution. And yes I know it ridiculous to even make resolutions because no one keeps them (I normally don't even make them). But just got that fed up with being fat. And from jan 1 2012 to now (march 30th 2012) I've lost 33 pounds and counting! And that's in just three months!
I really just try to eat healthier. Learn to make my favorite dishes with substitutions. Little ones, like butter spray instead of butter, and less cheese. I don't "cut out" anything, otherwise I'd binge on it. I just eat smaller portions to get the flavor of it. And stay with in my calories. Which was the hardest thing to do at first! I also was a 4000 calorie eater or more depending on the day and foods. I love every food that is "bad" for you.BUt you learn what works and you like as go.
Also am not a huge workout person. I have a crazy schedule so i workout when it fits in. That happens to be on average about 3 to 4 times a week. And sometimes the workout gets cut short to like 30 mins. You do what you can. And mix it up. Try a bunch of stuff to see what you like! Have to like it to stick with it. Some weeks I don't get to gym at all. I just try to when I can. The hardest thing is just changing the eating habits to "healthy" instead of what you normally eat. It takes awhile but gets easier with time.
Trust me if I can do this.....you can too! Good Luck!



DRAGONCHILDE
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3/31/12 9:59 P

DrHubby, if you're doing the same thing you were when you started, that's probably why. HAve you update your fitness goals? Even just updating that page may update your calorie range.

With that said, your weight loss will slow as you get closer to your goal weight... it may not be reasonable to expect 6 lbs per month at your current weight.



DRHUBBY
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3/31/12 9:41 P

I lost 12 pounds in 2 month period. Started from 190 now I am stuck for 2 weeks on 178. Watching calories, with 3 times/week weight training and 30 min cardio 5 times /week. Any suggestions?



ASWENTZ
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2/27/12 11:27 A

Easy is a relative term. I have been watching what I eat for 2 months and have lost 20 pounds so far. 2.5 pounds a week is my average. But I WANT IT! You have to want it. You have to be in it all or nothing. It's pretty much a mental thing. Count calories and you will get the results you are looking for. I'm not going to fail this time because my head and my heart are in it. And for me, yes, it is easy. And if you want it, it'll be easy for you, too.



NEED2MOVE2
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2/27/12 10:36 A

You can do what ever you put your mind to. You can do this. I have struggled for years losing and regaining the same 20 pounds. This time is different.. this time my plan rocks.. I eat every 2-3 hours and drink 2-3 litres of water a day. I have added strength training and my body is changing. I am following " The Eat Clean " diet. Everyone is different.. you just need to find what works for you. Best of luck on your adventure! emoticon



SBNORMAL
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2/27/12 6:18 A

work at it!



LORIENABANANA
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2/27/12 12:40 A

It's completely doable, but you'll need to commit and focus. Just use the goal feature on your spark people home page to calculate your calorie range - make sure to exercise.



KENTUCKYGIRL01
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2/26/12 11:45 P

I agree with you Luckynumber23.Mind over Matter !!!



AMYYY32
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2/26/12 9:42 P

Wow,

So how did you lose all that weight? I probably haven't lost any weight in a year and i exercise all the time.



LUCKYNUMBER23
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2/8/12 1:02 P

Eating clean in your calorie range is the key. Losing weight is 85% diet and 15% exercise. The most you'll lose for an hour of cardio is 600 calories. 6 * 4 = 24 approx. weeks. At 2 pounds a week you will be down 48 pounds. Some weeks you won't lose any weight or you might gain it. Your goal can be reached. Eat clean, lower your carbs up your protein, fruits and vegatables.



MELISSAJANEY
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2/8/12 12:55 P

Is there a special event in six months or is that just arbitrary?

Of course you can absolutely lose 40 pounds in six months. MANY people have done it. But would you be happier if you lost 40 pounds in a year and you NEVER GAINED IT BACK?

Also, it isn't unusual to have Biggest Loser types of losses the first few weeks, but when you get closer, it is hard to lose even a pound a week once you are within about 10 pounds of your ideal weight.

Would you consider 20 pounds in six months a failure? I wouldn't!!!!





JETB133
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2/8/12 12:41 P

Here is some encouragement... Last year I lost 35 lbs in 6 months. From jan-June I consistently lost around 2 lbs a week by eating clean and doing 30-45 minutes of exercise 4-5 times a week. At the time I was 33 years old and have had 5 children. I slacked off for the last 6 months of last year gained about ten of that back. Well I have renewed my motivation and I have lost 8 lbs in the last 4 weeks so it seems that I am back on an average of a 2 lb loss per week. I have stepped up my workouts this time around. I have 26 lbs to go to get to my original goal. My mindset is a little different this time around, instead of just losing weight I really want to be heart healthy, athletic and toned. Last year I concentrated on mainly cardio, this time I do cardio, Pilates, and strength training. Not sure if this is the quickest way to lose the pounds but I feel stronger and healthier already! Keep sparking!!! This website and all it's members have been an amazing soure of motivation for me!



NIGHTFLOWER03
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2/8/12 12:36 P

It's easier to pack on an extra 40 lbs. than it is to lose it. But I'm sure you are very capable of doing it. How easy it will be it not such an easy question. All you can do is strive to reach your goal. I'm sure that no matter how much you end up losing in the next six months you'll still be very proud and happy with yourself. Good luck!!
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SSCKFP
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2/8/12 11:48 A

motivation is hardest thing, but if you can get past that you have made it. Keep up the good work. :)



KELLY_R
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10/4/11 10:50 P

Easy is a state of mind. Ever hear the phrase "nothing is good or bad, only thinking makes it so"? It's up to your perception on what's easy and what isn't.

You have to ask yourself about what's realistic for you and be honest about it. If you feel like you can maintain the calorie deficit and workout routine that would, on a textbook model, have you lose 40 pounds in six months, then go for it.

There will need to be some major re-structuring in your mind about your relationship with food, physical activity and overall your self-respect. I've found those components are pretty darn important in a successful weight-loss journey.

Good luck to you.



TOBYSWIFE95
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10/4/11 10:01 P

April 1st to Sept 30th.... exactly 40 pound gone...I had many many cheat days....I do 90% cardio as my main exercise...according to all the know it all's I shouldn't have lost my 40 pounds...but guess what I did. I stay in my calorie ranges that Sparkpeople gave me at least 5 days a week and no more than maintenance calories the other 2 days...I always shoot for 5 days a week exercise. So guess what...you find what works for you and have fun and be as healthy as you can!! GOOD LUCK!!



DANIELLEHORGAN
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10/1/11 2:35 P

I would definitely think so if you stay motivated, exercise and count calories religiously! There is a good jump-start diet guide here: http://daniellehorgan.hubpages.com/hub/los
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SCTK519
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10/1/11 12:59 A

If weight loss was easy, everybody would do it. 6 months may be doable, but I'd shoot for more 10 months - 1 year...about 1 lb/wk. The maintenance is just as important as the loss though too so I wouldn't do any amount of exercise that you can't do on a regular basis; if you do an hour/day 4-5 times per week that's totally doable for the rest of your life. One thing that you know now is that you can do it!; you've done it once before and you know what it takes. I have to remind myself of that sometimes when my weight starts to increase. Good Luck!!



KAPELAKIN
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9/30/11 10:36 P

I second the suggestion on doing more strength training. Don't worry, you won't end up looking big and muscle-bound. Every bit of muscle you gain will burn more calories even while you're at rest, not to mention the actual calorie burn from ST. That's the best way I know of to increase metabolism. I personally have started with kettlebells and LOVE them. Just got the SKOGG system and can't wait to see the results I get from it. You get cardio and ST at once, and you don't have to do crunches to get your core workout. When you are doing your cardio, make sure you mix it up to get maximum result. I've found that I need the ST with a mixture of shorter-duration, more intense cardio (running), moderate intensity (elliptical or jogging on the treadmill) and low-intensity, longer duration (usually walking the dog for 1+ hours, heavy yard work or long bike ride) to sustain weight loss. With just the moderate intensity hour of cardio and light weights at the gym, I ended up in a plateau at the beginning of August.

Your metabolism will be fine. Your story is a lot like mine in that I was in great shape in my teens and early 20's, and gained a lot of weight after I met and married my husband and got a desk job. Now I'm 33 and I've lost 27# in about 7 months, and it has not been easy, but becomes more and more rewarding the better shape I am in. I started slow, and have my cheat days, so 40# may have been possible with stricter discipline, but what I'm doing now is sustainable in the long-term, and I haven't driven my husband crazy or been passing out from hunger at my job. I'm sure you'll find the same. Good luck!



CELICABOY84
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9/30/11 10:29 P

Yes it is possible to easily lose lots of weight in 6 months. Herbalife dropped me 82 pounds in 6 months. Thats doing it through nutrition. My buddy took zantrax or whatever its called, same result. I just think that doing it through eating good healthy food is better than a drug.



SERGEANTMAJOR
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9/30/11 10:10 P


A suggestion if I may, if you want to lose the weight please do not depend on cardio as your exercise. The research based formula in ranked order is nutrition (diet), strength training and lastly cardio. Do not substitute duration for intensity, quality of the work is the key to mking progress.

The sessions a week of full body and compound movement exercises on alternating days and two or three interval cardio sessions on the non strength training days will give you a balanced exercise programme which will get results.



UNHAPPYCHUBS
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9/30/11 7:39 P

Just thought I'd update really quick - I started my workouts & nutrition stuff on Wednesday.. I'm going to be working out 5x a week - at LEAST 60 min. of moderate to SLIGHTLY heavy cardio, as well as several crunches (5x a week too) and some toning in my arms.

I've done a little over 60 min. a day since Wednesday, and I guess based on the info. I input on Spark, I should be trying to maintain between 1,200-1,550 calories a day.. that's been the hardest part, because I honestly was probably taking in I'd guess at least 4,000 a day.. I went over both days, but only by about 50 calories (went over a little in fat, too but still it's a major change from what I've been doing.. sure it'll take time).

Anyway, thank you all again for the advice/support, and I look forward to hearing your stories & sharing mine as well! I really love how friendly everyone is on these message boards. :)



GRACILU
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9/28/11 10:11 P

It sure is. I agree that the more you have to lose early on the better. I lost 32 pounds in 4 months. I didn't change anything in my exercise or meals. I only added quiet time with God, handed over my body for His desires (1 Corinthians 6:19-20) and He gave me the desires of my heart (to lose weight). I do this every morning. The more challenging it gets, the more often I go to Him.

God bless and keep us posted!



REVSERENA
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9/28/11 4:06 P

Go for it! The more weight you need to lose the "easier" the early pounds will come off. As you get closer to your goal, it generally takes more effort. But the really great things in life are usually not easy, just worth it!

Best wishes on your weight loss journey!



ANGIEDENISE1
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9/28/11 3:47 P

This goal can be done. I started working out 3 months ago along with a complete lifestyle change as far as my nutrient and i am currently down 33 lbs. But it hasnt been easy. I work out at least 5 days a week and my calories stay between 1200-1400. But i also watch my carbs, fat, and sodium(i've had problems with blood pressure). I am always doing something. Just go for it i mean what will happen if u only lose 30 lbs or 35 lbs... in 6 months, nothing. Just keep on going and working hard and u will get to ur goal. Good luck!



LILBEANSMOM
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9/28/11 2:36 P

You sound like you are ready for the hard work and commitment, I think you can! That is exactly how much I want to loose and I want to loose it by May to. I will be turning 40 in May and my mantra is "40 by 40!"

I think this is a great place to be to help that happen too.

Good luck!



CARRES1973
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9/28/11 12:41 P

I don't think losing weight is ever "easy." Losing 40 pounds in 6 months is within the "safe range" of .5-2 pounds per week but you would really need to keep up that pace to be able to make the goal...no plateus for you!!

Carrie

Edited by: CARRES1973 at: 9/28/2011 (12:42)


OCEANSANDSEAS
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9/28/11 11:39 A

i think is doable but i don't think it would be very easy or healthy



BLONDIEGRRL
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9/28/11 11:29 A

It's feasible. I lost 48 pounds in 6 months, fairly easily. That was when I was just starting out and needed to lose a lot of weight. Nowadays, I'm only 10 pounds or so away from my goal and I'm losing only a pound or two a month. But yeah, your goal is very realistic, assuming you monitor your daily calories and get regular exercise.


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JAOTTO
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9/28/11 10:24 A

yes



FITCHALLENGER
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9/28/11 10:02 A

That's 1.5 lbs per week, which is very realistic. I'd say it is very achievable.

Is it going to be "easy"? That's a very relative adjective, what might be easy for someone might not be as easy for someone else. It's not going to be effort free, that's for sure.

You'll only know when you start with the first step... it will lead you to the next one and so on until rating the effort as being hard or easy becomes really irrelevant.

Best of success.



FARAWAY01
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9/28/11 12:42 A

I'm 43 and have lost over 25 lbs since mid June so I'd say for you at 27 it should be considerably 'easier', however that's a relative term. Weight loss is not 'easy'. It takes hard work and dedication. It's about consistently doing the right things day after day after day after day. If a time goal will help you then set one, but if you think it will drag you down (if you miss it) look for another approach. Good luck!



SERGEANTMAJOR
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9/28/11 12:34 A


Concentrate on strength training to boost you metabolism, cardio will not. Nutrition(diet) is the key to weight loss and control , strength training is the key to increased resting metabolism and a better body appearance.




UNHAPPYCHUBS
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9/28/11 12:17 A

Thank you all for the wonderful answers!

I think 10 years ago it would've been possible.. I'm kind of afraid, yet curious to see how my body will react to my working out now.. I wonder how much worse my metabolism has gotten. Aren't there ways to boost that too?

Anyhow, I'm going to keep my hopes up. More than anything, I need to stay motivated, and I'm going to need help. I don't think I'll be disappointed if I don't hit my goal in 6 months. As long as I see I'm making steady progress, I think I'll be happy and that'll definitely encourage me to keep it up until I finally do get there. It's just SO hard in the beginning.. I always want to see immediate results. I know it doesn't work that way, but that's why I kept giving up these last few attempts.. I feel like it's going nowhere, even though I know better than to feel that way and I know that I need to NOT give up if I want to see progress. My body is getting out of control now though, and I absolutely would not be able to stand the sight of myself if I weighed any more than I do now. I have to do this.



SERGEANTMAJOR
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9/26/11 2:12 P


Doable? Yes Easily? no way.

The numbers between your toes only reflect the force of gravity on you at that given moment, it provides no additional information you can use. All of the previous posters have given you the proper guidance as to how to do it so I will defer there. Top properly assess your progress begin by taking two full body photos in minimal clothing then take the following measurements. You want to measure your neck, your up-per arm, your forearm, your chest, your waist at the navel, your hips at their widest point, your thighs and your calves. Monitor you measurements on a weekly basis and repeat the photos monthly for comparison. Point to remember muscle is denser than fat, you can shrink visibly without a significant change in the force of gravity number.



RAECYNJA
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9/26/11 2:02 P

Yes it is possible however you could be setting yourself up for a down turn. Remember slow and sure wins the race. If you lost 1 pound a week for 26 weeks(26 pounds)1.5=39,2=52, It sounds like a reasonable goal. The up side of losing in a controlled manner is it also lets your skin catch up as much as your age and weight will allow it to rebound. I call it the less sag and bag result. :) Good luck on your endeavor.
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DOWNEASTB
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9/26/11 2:02 P

I lost just over 40lb in six months without a whole lot of effort. It was 80% diet, 20% exercise. The first month I did NO workouts at all and still lost 9lb. Starting in month two, I added in Turbofire and Bodyrock workouts every other day for no more than 25 minutes at a time. From day one I cut out ALL grains and 95% of my sugar intake. It took willpower and planning ahead, but I did it and am still keeping the weight off while getting stronger. You don't need to work out full steam for an hour each day. In fact, I consider that to be overtraining and counterproductive. Work out smarter, not harder. Check out HIIT workouts like the ones I mentioned.



RHOPDX
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9/26/11 1:56 P

I think most women can lose 1 1/2 lbs per week IF they really stick to a plan. Budgeting for more than that per week may cause frustration, and mean extra muscle loss, not just fat loss, and that's no good. We, or at least I, have that one week per month that not only shows NO loss, but can add a lb or 2. Just hang in there, do your program, and accept what loss that brings you. I'm hoping for 5 lbs per month.



FOREVERFITCHICK
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9/26/11 1:49 P

It is certainly doable! That being said, it won't be easy though. Consider it a lifestyle change and aim for the sky! I've been well on my to losing 100 lbs. and I've been diligent and consistent. What's happened though is that my body is changing drastically and I am significantly smaller but the scale does not always reflect the changes. I lift a lot of weights and I've added muscle while losing fat. While the scale is a helpful weight loss gauge it is not always the best gauge of a better you! Look at the way your clothes fit........



SLYSAM
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9/26/11 1:12 P

I agree in theory you can. A healthy rate or loss is 1-2 pounds a week. To sustain a two pound loss you would need a daily deficit of about 1000 calories (burn 1000 ore than you eat, but this includes calories burned from existing you don't need to exercise for the entire amount). I would find it hard to sustain that strict a diet for 6 months, so that is partially down to your personality. Keep in mind, this is in theory as in reality even if you are doing everything right you may see occasional stalls and pauses in your weight loss and you may occasionally get off track so keeping a weekly 2 pound loss going for so long can be a challenge if it is even possible.

I agree that time based plans can be a little counter-productive. To keep the weight off you will need to change your lifestyle to that of someone who weighs your healthy weight. Changing your lifestyle takes time, six months maybe enough but you may need more time depending on your habits. Also, dieting to aggressively tends to slow down or stop your progress as to your body--well it wants to be comfortable and survive. If it perceives a radical drop in nutrition/food intake coupled with an overly intense fitness routine (intense for your level of fitness it is individual) it might get stressed and react similar to as if you were sent to a work camp or living through a famine and cling to your fat stores. Slow and steady often wins at the lifelong fat loss game.

But if you want to see how close you can get to your goal in six months... Set your Spark weight loss goal to achieve this (the most the nutrition tracker lets you lose is 2 pounds per week but I think you are probably in that limit), enter the estimated calories burned through cardio each week into your "fitness goals" (a conservative estimate is good as it is hard to be accurate as it is all an estimate even with a heart rate monitor), start a good workout program of regular full body strength training and cardio, track everything you eat or drink, eat within your range and try to eat healthy (review your daily nutrition report for tips). Seek support on this forum when you want it. Good luck!



CHEETARA79
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9/26/11 12:23 P

I'm not a fan of time-based weight loss goals. I think if you set a goal to lose 40 pounds in 6 months, you are going to be pretty frustrated and it certainly won't be easy.

If you are motivated by goals like that, why not set a fitness-based goal instead? How about after 6 months you run a 10k? Or train for 6 months until you can do 30 real pushups?



JENMC14
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9/26/11 10:31 A

That's a little over one and a half pounds a week. It can be done, but it will take dedication. I started my journey here on April 6, 2011, and so far have lost 37 pounds. So, I would say 40 is doable. I had a rough patch over a week long vacation of crappy eating, and some holiday weekend "binges" at cook-outs along the way, but have had mostly steady success.

I workout 5 days a week. I do cardio only 2 days a week and strength training 3 days a week. I try to also get in at least 10 minutes of cardio on the ST days. I am now adding in a Hip Hop class at least one, if not two night a week (on two of my ST days) because I thought it was fun when I tried it, and it will help me get in more cardio. (Right now my cardio is using the stationary bike for 30-40 mionutes or doing Coach Nicole's kickboxing 10 minutes videos.)

I stay in my SP generated nutrition ranges. Of course, there are days I go over (see above about vacation and cookouts), but for the most part I tend to stay in the middle of the range, aiming for the low end at least 2 days a week.

I have actually found this plan to not be nearly as hard as I thought it would be, but I know that's not the case for everyone. It does require work and dedication, and again, I have slip-ups, but it can be done. One of the biggest things for me to overcome was to allow myself my slip ups and move one. In the past, I'd let that derail me and figure I'd effed up, I might as well eat some more crap. Or let missing one workout spiral into a week of missed workouts. I have gotten over that thinking with the help of the message boards here, and I am well on my way to my goal weight. Good luck!

Edited by: JENMC14 at: 9/26/2011 (12:48)


ARCHIMEDESII
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9/26/11 9:59 A

KOOFERS,

Could a person lose 40 pounds in six months ? Assuming a 1-2 pound loss per week, in theory, it could be done. Could you do it ? It depends on how YOUR body responds to your lifestyle change and how much work you put in to the effort. This is not the Biggest Loser. the weight doesn't magically drop off the minute we decide we need to lose. Most people don't have 4-6 hours a day to dedicate to exercise or have dietitians and chefs preparing their meals. A safe weekly weight loss would be 1-2 pounds, but there may be weeks you don't lose. there may even be weeks that you gain and that doesn't mean you're doing something wrong.

Weight loss is not linear.

Now, if you want to change your body, then you must make sure that strength training is part of that healthy lifestyle. Cardio is great, but it's not enough. If you want to see change, you're going to have to increase your lean muscle. Muscle burns fat and the more lean muscle you carry, the more efficient your body will be at burning fat. Don't be afraid to lift a heavy weight or use a resistance band. You will not look like a body builder if you do.

So, if you were to eat right, watch your portions and get some regular exercise that includes some strength training, yes, you can change your body in six months. Can you lose 40 pounds ? Possible, but it really depends on how your body adapts to the change as well as how much work you're ready to do to achieve that goal.

There really are no easy ways to lose weight. wish there were.




REDSHOES2011
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9/26/11 9:18 A

It is a lifestyle change- to ensure your skin gently eases back into place without sagging- loss weight slowly.. Hey plenty of people will tell you sure thing it can be done, but if you have to book yourself for painful plastic surgery and it is because you listened to them you will also be cursing them half way to hell while recovering..

There is no fire to loss weight fast, use the time to make stuff habit, improve repeat and change stuff that annoys you.. Give yourself time to form new habits- the truth is when the weight is off if you don't want it back- you have to remember all the rules and there are rules to keep the weight off permenantly..

Good nutrition is important max 1-2lbs a week weight loss, strength training for health purposes max 3 times a week with the 48 rest rule and cardio- well more people should look at their vocations and opt for more movement in daily life.. It sucks living in the gym or out on the street getting those 10,000 steps in especally.. I prefer to get paid doing mine and use my free hours on more important stuff like planning and making meals a head of time..



Edited by: REDSHOES2011 at: 9/26/2011 (09:19)


DMJAKES
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9/26/11 8:43 A

Put good nutrition and meeting your ranges (as set here on Spark) WAY up at the top of your list; put strength training at #2, and then cardio at #3. Cardio workouts are great for our overall health, but diet is what's going to get you to your goal weight, and strength training is what is going to make you strong and keep muscle loss to a minimum. Don't forget to have at least one rest day per week as well....your body will need the recovery time.



BAYSIDE07
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9/26/11 7:25 A

Yes, but you have to stick with it 24/7. No cheat days. Stay focused and you CAN do this.



CHELE519
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9/26/11 7:13 A

If you eat right and work hard, I don't see why not. I'm down 36 lbs as of yesterday from doing P90X. I did it a few times off and on since 2008. In late 2009 I found out I was going to lose my job in early 2010 so I was so stressed I gained all the weight back and more. I was the heaviest I had ever been in my life. Then I got a new job within 5 weeks of being laid off. In January I started doing P90X again. I ate a lot better but I didn't follow the nutrition plan and I lost 30 lbs by the end of spring. 6 weeks ago I started it up again but this time following the nutrition plan to a T. I have since lost 10 lbs and 9" in the past 6 weeks and have seen a big improvement. It's not "easy" but it is an hour a day and eating right. That's all it takes.



ZORBS13
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9/26/11 5:55 A

No one knows how "easily" you'll lose weight.

But focusing more on nutrition and strength training over cardio will help.



UNHAPPYCHUBS
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9/26/11 5:37 A

I gained a LOT of weight. I'm 185 now (5'5 or 5'6) and haven't been this weight since about the age of 16-17. I just got very lazy since I got married a few months ago.

So anyway, during my teenage years after I gained all that weight, I worked out every day, started eating right, did cardio, and lost 40 lbs. I think it took me about a year? I can't remember because it was so long ago. It might have been less, like 8 months, but I'm not sure. My lowest weight (and my plateau) was 137.

Anyway, I'm 27 now, pushing 28 and want to know if I start a routine again, working out every day (an hour cardio, half hour sit-ups & whatever else I decide) for 6 months, will I lose 40 lbs. easily? I know since I'm not a teenager anymore it's going to be harder/take longer, but is it possible to lose 40 in 6 months or is it something that I'd have to really really push for.. I don't want to kill myself, but I would like this weight off no later than next May. Is 40 lbs. easily feasible in 6 months without working out like a maniac?

I know it won't be EASY, easy, but I mean eating right and doing an hour cardio per day, easy.. I don't want to have to work out 3 hours a day, 7 days a week in order to obtain this.


Edited by: UNHAPPYCHUBS at: 9/26/2011 (05:43)


 
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