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1/30/13 9:41 P

It has taken me a year to lose 30 pounds.

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1/30/13 6:38 P

At a hundred and ninety four pounds, you're getting below the range where you can expect to lose 2 lbs per week. As you drop weight, your weight of loss slows. ;) 2 lbs per week is average for people OVER 200 lbs, but below that, it gets hard. You can likely aim for 1.5, but 1 would be more reasonable.

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1/30/13 6:30 P

I'd focus on getting better instead of how many pounds you lose for the week or two you are out of commission. That being said, it's easy to stay in your calorie guidelines when you are sick because usually you don't have a big appetite!

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1/30/13 6:22 P

I can lose a pound/week with diet and strength training (I don't do ANY cardio) - and strength training is NOT a big calorie burner. So I would estimate that without the strength training, knowing that I wouldn't eat less, I'd probably burn almost 1 lb/week.

2 lbs... that's pushing it w/o any cardio to burn off some significant calories. It really comes down to your RMR. When I eat 1200 calories/day, there isn't enough of a deficit to burn more than 1 lb / week because my RMR is only around 1600. If yours is higher, then diet alone will lead to a greater loss.

Edited by: NAUSIKAA at: 1/30/2013 (18:23)

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1/30/13 6:16 P

I think its great when people can lose weight so easy. A lot has to do with age, etc.

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1/30/13 5:11 P

Awesome, some people are sooooo lucky. I have about the same amount to lose and I swear I was doing everything right, but it is a struggle.

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1/30/13 5:07 P

I did it by diet alone with only very occasional exercise. I lost 38lbs in about 9 months, so roughly an average of pound a week. BUT, there was a time when I didn't lose any for about a month or a few weeks, and other weeks I lost more. I lost 10 in my first month. So you can see, it fluctuated. Since hitting goal weight I upped my calorie intake to 1700-1800 plus some splurge days on weekends and have lost 8 more lbs in 4 months, so a half pound a week.

Edited by: YOJULEZ at: 1/30/2013 (17:09)

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1/30/13 5:00 P

I am not entirely sure on this. If you are making significant changes then yes, you should be losing 1-2 lbs per week. If you were to add activity this should help increase results, whether they are inches lost or weight.
Good luck!

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1/30/13 4:57 P

When you are just trying to lose weight by diet alone, is the average still 2 pounds per week? I usually exercise, but right now everyone in my family is sick (including me) and exercising is just not feasible. Should I be looking to lose less than 2 pounds per week until I get back to it?

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