You should be losing about 1/2% to 1% of your body weight per week at first, so 3 pounds would be a little slow IF you weighed 600 pounds.
You actually lost about twice the normal amount for a week. It's not at all unusual to lose a large amount the first week or even two, but be prepared for it to slow down. Your normal pace is going to be somewhere between one and two pounds a week, until you get below 200. Then you'll drop down to anywhere from half to one and a half pounds a week.
As others have said, losing faster isn't better. Any faster and you'll be losing water, muscle, bone, and organ tissue rather than fat. Fast weight loss equals even faster re-gain in most cases, and harms your health instead of improving it.
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2,241 5/9/13 10:38 A
3 lbs in one week!?!? That's WICKED FAST! I never lost more than 0.5 to 1 lb per week--and it took be about 18 months to lose 70 lbs. However, when you CHANGE YOUR LIFESTYLE--you keep the weight off.
This isn't a diet--it's tools to help you change the way you live. So you'll learn to exercise regularly, and eat healthy foods--every single day....not just when you're "dieting."
Slow and steady wins the race. Congratulations on losing 3 pounds in a week! No matter how strict you follow your plan, you will have slow weeks and weeks where you see more progress. Don't only go by just the scale either. Take body measurements, take progress pictures. I lost 10 pounds my first month of following the program and then my weight loss slowed down after that, but here I am still maintaining my 50 pound weight loss over a year after hitting my goal. It took about 7 months to lose most the weight, so I would consider that pretty fast. What we all need to focus on in this journey is not how fast we can lose weight, but to see all the progress and improvement we make in our lives as we take small steps to improve our health. I'm happy I lost weight, but I think I'm more happy just living a healthier lifestyle and knowing that I'm taking care of myself so I can better take care of others.
Is it wrong to fight time, to turn it back or push it forward? Time was never mine.
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3,983 5/9/13 10:06 A
3 is good for a week! That would be 12 pounds a month! Keep up the great work!
Barb Grand Rapids, MI EST
5/9/13 9:55 A
"only" three pounds? three pounds is slow?!
1-2 pounds/week is considered "normal"... 3 is a bit of a bonus!
When you hear about programs that make you "lose ten pounds in 14 days!" or other such exaggerated claims... a) don't believe it and b) if you really did "lose" that much, you can be guaranteed it was through dehydration, and the moment you drink anything, the "weight" reappears. These kind of "diets" work on tactics to manipulate scale readings by playing around with fluid retention, nobody is losing ten pounds of FAT in a week or two.
So please don't try to compare your progress to those unrealistic, impossible goals! 3 pounds in a week is great!
Goal 1 - break 200 (46 pounds lost)**DONE** Goal 2 - leave obesity behind (BMI 29.9, at 185#) **DONE** Goal 3 - BMI = Normal (154# or less)
WEEK 1 over , only lost 3 pounds - is this the norm ? slow but steady losses ? thought I would loose more , stayed on low to mid end of my calories and got in 405 minutes of fitness. hmmmm Raining out here , but it feels like I will be energetic today.
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