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SUNSET09 SparkPoints: (525,180)
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10/13/13 5:34 A

Anything is possible, if you put your mind to it, however it's a lifestyle change and if you want to prove something to yourself and/or others, do it and see. We can talk all day about it and at the end of the day, it is your choice to make! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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10/12/13 11:15 P


ROBBIEY SparkPoints: (395,674)
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10/12/13 6:33 P

The average is one to two pounds per week. If it can be done, it might not necessarily be healthy or sustainable.

10/12/13 6:31 P


lol because I'm sick of my weight hence Enfermita :D

Edited by: ENFERMITA at: 10/12/2013 (18:31)
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10/12/13 5:19 P

I know it is possible, because I lost more than that the first month that I was on the South Beach diet - I was about that height and I weighed a little less than that (not much) back in 2004.

At that weight and height, the odds are that you are retaining water and I'm sure that is part of the pounds lost. I also don't think South Beach is unhealthy, you are encouraged to eat a lot of vegetables, beans, lean meats. It was designed by a doctor and take my word for it, your blood work starts coming back fantastic after being on it for awhile.

The catch is, after the first month, you slow down to what the normal weight loss rate is, so if you have visions of loosing at that rate month after month - it isn't possible.

Edited by: NSPIXIE at: 10/12/2013 (17:20)
HEALER1 Posts: 1,145
10/12/13 5:01 P

lose 18 pounds in 1 month? probably not in a safe manner or the ability to keep it off long term.

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10/12/13 3:29 P

Probably not, but even if you could, that is faster than is considered healthy.

?Porque te nombraste "Enfermita?"

10/12/13 2:32 P

Well, you might the first month...but look at it this way...why is that what you are thinking?
First you have set your self up to fail...and are taking on major changesat once! You need to be very realistic! If you do not exercise now an hour of a day is crazy! Try 10 min three times a day...make some, no sugar, eating more fruits and veggies! Weigh and measure your food and keep a journal or record on SparkPeople! It took time to get to 210 and it will take time to ge to your goal! It is a LIFESTYLE will stay off it is a slow of luck!!!

ANARIE Posts: 13,179
10/12/13 2:29 P


Eighteen pounds in a month is more than 4 pounds per week. It's more than half a pound per day. In order to lose a pound, you have to use up roughly 3500 calories more than you eat. To lose 18 pounds, you need to use about 63,000 calories more than you eat; to do that in a month, you would have to use up an extra 2100 calories a day.

At your size, your body uses about 2000 calories a day just living. Breathing, sitting up, walking to the car, taking a shower, washing dishes-- all those thing burn some calories. But you need to eat at least 1200-1500 calories to get enough protein, calcium, fiber, etc to keep you healthy. So even on a very strict, careful, expertly-planned diet, you can only cut 500-800 of the 2100 calories you would have to save every day. If you ran 5 miles, that would burn an additional 600-700 calories.

So you would have to eat 1200 calories and run about 12 miles every day in order to lose 18 pounds in a month. But not even Olympic athletes can do intense exercise for over 2 1/2 hours a day without getting hurt. And at 240 pounds, you're probably not fit enough to run 12 miles (or do any other exercise that hard.) If you had to burn those calories walking, it would take you at least 4 hours a day, every day.

So, no, you can't lose 18 pounds in a month. It's just not mathematically possible. But you definitely could lose 6 to 8 pounds. Do that for 3 months, and your 18 pounds will be gone. It won't even be terribly hard. It's like just about any other job, easier to do if you give yourself enough time.

KNUCKLES145 Posts: 16,053
10/12/13 2:19 P

I think the more important question is if you do manage to lost that much in month, will you be able to keep it off and/or keep up the momentum to lose more??

and what is going to happen to you emotionally if you don't do it? Set yourself up to succeed!!

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10/12/13 2:11 P


It's not impossible, but not recommended. Obviously, the contestants on the Biggest Loser routinely lose that much and more on a monthly basis. the difference ? These people spend their whole day trying to lose weight. That type of loss is just not typical. While a safe weekly weight loss would be 1-2 pounds per week, there will be weeks you don't lose. there will even be weeks you gain ! And that doesn't mean you're doing anything wrong.

In general, if you eat right and get a little regular exercise, you might lose 4-8 pounds in a month SAFELY. are there unsafe ways to lose ? Yes, if you're willing to regain every single of those 18 pounds plus extra. There are no fast ways to lose weight. Here's what I've learned from my own years of yo yo dieting. the faster you take off the weight, the faster it packs back on. take the weight off slowly and it will stay off.

The fact is, you didn't gain the weight overnight, it's not coming off overnight.

My advice, take your time losing the weight. Don't go on a "diet". If you want to take the weight off and keep it off, you have to make this a lifestyle change and change really does take time.

What's the rush ?

VIOTTI99 Posts: 241
10/12/13 2:08 P

Have you been dieting? If you are just starting and really do shift your eating to a more healthy way then the first week you will lose water weight which will increase the amount you will lose in short term. If you are just starting then it would be possible to lose that by Thanksgiving (6 weeks) with healthy eating and moderate workouts. If you are just starting to work out, it might be difficult to do an hour 3-4 times a week. You could still lose that weight (and maybe a little more) by doing 30 minutes 5-6 days a week which is a little easier for your body to ease into and helps you to build that habit. Before I got sick, I started with similar stats as you and lost 43lbs in 3 months by doing that.

10/12/13 1:32 P

Im 210 lbs who is 5'4

and eat junk all the time.

Is it possible to lose 18lbs in 1 month ??
(with 3-4x per week 1 hour workouts?? and eating healthy)

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