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5/13/12 1:57 P

It is possible to lose 30 lbs. in 4 months, but the big questions are how you do it, and will it last. That is all possible, but it should be done with healthy nutrition and exercise.

When I talk about healthy nutrition, I'm not talking about just calories. I am talking about watching all the nutritional data as you eat. Meeting with a nutritionist is important to see what your individual requirements are. If you keep an eye on that as you eat and then exercise, the goal can be done in a healthy way.

The normal recommended weight loss per week is around 2 pounds. The reason for that is that fast weight loss can affect your gallbladder, and depending on how you do it, it can affect other organs in your body.

5/13/12 12:08 P

I have a coworker who took off 60 pounds in 6 months AND has kept it off for FOUR years. She did it by doing lots and lots of exercise and changing her eating habits. It is definitely possible, but lots of hard work, both while you are losing and while you maintain that weight loss.

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5/13/12 9:17 A

@MINKY1111 : I certainly hope you say 1000 cal a day, but even so it's low!
And 600 cal a day is insane, not will power. Your friend needs to see a therapist !

KYRSTINRO Posts: 945
5/13/12 9:12 A

that's not possible or healthy
as mentioned losing weight is not a race, is a change you make for life
in 2006, I lost from 165 lbs to 138 lbs in 8 months (Apr to Nov).

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5/12/12 8:49 P

Thank you everyone for the feedback! Let me start by saying i'm not an idiot, so I will know firsthand which advice to take and which I should ignore. Whether it was the right answer or not I appreciate all of the support regardless. Currently, I my cal intake is 1200 per day. I workout everyday not because of the urge to get ready for these weddings, but because it serves as a stress reliever and simply makes me feel good!! I'm currently 152lbs, so I understand that losing 30 lbs in 4 mos may be near impossible, since i'm near the last stretch. I just wanted to get all of the juicy advice that I could!! Thanks again!

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5/12/12 3:20 P


MINKY told you a very UNHEALTHY way to lose weight. Yes, there are lots of unhealthy ways you can take the weight off fast. You know what happens ? Not only are you going to pack the weight back on, but you're going to damage your health too.

Look at Oprah Winfrey. She's certainly had her fair share of weight loss ups and downs. Remember when she took off 67 pounds fast using a medically supervised liquid diet ? What happened ? She packed all the weight plus extra back on !

That's why it's important that your goals be realistic as well as sustainable. If you want to take the weight off and keep it off, this has to be a lifestyle change, not a diet. That's why everyone is tell you the importance of making this a lifestyle change.

There really are no safe fast ways to take off the weight. Weight loss is a slow steady process that takes time.

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5/12/12 2:55 P

Oh god, MINKY1111...why would you post that. Everything you said is both horrible and dangerous. Eating 600 calories a day has nothing to do with will power: it has everything to do with insanity. That is simply not enough food to function properly on. Your friend was starving herself. Not only did she risk her health (both in the short term and in the long term) but she set herself up for instant weight gain.

Your post is mostly incoherent but I am sure you are not eating 1000 calories a week (you would be dead). You are likely trying to eat 1000 calories a day (which is too low) and that is likely why you are not losing any weight.

Please, original poster, discount anyone who suggests you do unhealthy things to yourself. This is about being healthy in the long term, not silly starvation for short term and non permanent results. Hopefully a moderator will remove this person's comments. Urghhhh

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5/12/12 1:02 P

heyyyyyy.. it is possible .. i saw my friend lose 80 lbs in 5 months..... she ate 600 cals a day almost allllllll protein yogurt, fish, egg white, tuna chicken and turkey... drank eight glasses of water a day....... what will power!!!... she lost 50 in three months... she went to the gyme maybe 3 hours a week.... if i didnt SEE it my self ......i wud never BELIEVE it... she did use diet mayo and diet salad dressing sometimes ......... but not often... im trying to stick to about a thousand cals a week and cannot budge the scale.... lol karma suxxxxx

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5/12/12 7:26 A

ArchimedesII is (of course :) ) correct: "the faster a person takes off the weight, the faster it packs back on."

The other things I have noticed (with others and myself) is the faster that a person EXPECTS to take off the weight, the faster they quit the diet when those expectations are not met.

I started my diet on December 14th, 2011. I wanted to lose 32 pounds and get to 130 by my birthday on July 7th. As you can see, I have lost over 20 pounds in the past 5 months, but with July 7th a month and a half away, it is not reasonable to think that I will lose the 9 remaining pounds by then. You know what? I'm cool with that...I wear a size 6 comfortably (that is down from a size 14, no lie!) and I look awesome and I am going to get to my goal eventually.

If you have 3 months, commit to those three months. Even if you aren't seeing results right away, swear to yourself that you will log everything you eat religiously. Do what the others suggest and learn about yourself, your eating habits, your mistake...and make changes. If you lose 15, 10, even 5 pounds in the three months, you have not only lost that weight but you know how to go forward in the future.

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5/12/12 6:46 A


As others have already noted, how much weight you lose initial depends on your current weight. a person who is morbidly obese or obese could lose 30 pounds in four months. It's ambitious, but not out of the realm of possibility. However, the closer a person is to a healthy weight for their height, the longer it takes to lose any excess.

Here's what I've learned from my own years of yo yo dieting. the faster a person takes off the weight, the faster it packs back on. It took me roughly a year to go from 200 pounds to 150 pounds. I took the weight off slowly and it has stayed off. It took me that long because I spent the time to learning how to reform my eating habits.

Let me ask you this. Let's say you're able to lose that 30 pounds. What happens once you've lost the weight and have gone to those weddings ? Do you return to your old eating habits ? If so, that's when the weight will start packing back on. If you want to take the weight off and keep it off, you can't think "diet". You must think life style change or you are doomed to gaining and losing that weight all over again.

Instead of trying to force your body to lose 30 pounds in four months, start learning healthier habits. Let your body decide how much weight it wants to lose in four months via healthy eating and exercise habits. Which do you think is better ? Losing 20 pounds slowly and going to the weddings with the glow of good health ? OR losing 30 pounds quickly and looking unhealthy ?

There are plenty of unhealthy ways to lose weight fast. I certainly don't recommend them. It really is best to take the weight off slowly via healthy habits. Because if you learn and adopt good habits for LIFE, you will never have to worry about your weight again. If you go on a diet, expect to regain the weight.

Why not do this the Spark People way ? Setup your nutrition profile and then do your best to start logging your food choices. Try to stay within SP recommendations. don't go too far above or too far below. starving doesn't work. never did. you have to eat in order to lose weight.

Now, if you really want to see a difference in your body in four months, you need to make sure you're doing some strength training as part of your workouts. Add lean muscle. the more lean muscle you carry, the more efficient your body will be at burning fat. A good strength training program can help you lose 1-2 clothing sizes without changing the scale. It won't happen overnight. it will take time. but four months should show some decent results if you are consistent with your workouts.

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5/11/12 10:42 P

I would like to echo everything DRAGONCHILDE posted with great gusto!!

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5/11/12 9:46 P

That depends on how much you weigh now. If you're over 200 lbs... it's hard, but possible. If you're not... it's very unlikely, not without unhealthy weight loss.

Weight loss is not a race. Setting yourself unreasonable time limits is a recipe for disaster; why are you concerned about losing so much for weddings? The best bet is to buy an outfit that makes you look good and feel good... clothes should fit you... you shouldn't force yourself to fit the clothes!

Set a reasonable, healthy weight loss goal of about 1% of your body weight per week... around 1-2 lbs max for most of us except those who are very large (with more than 100 lbs to lose) aim for that, and don't worry about the weddings. Otherwise, what happens when the weddings are past? Too often, people who set event-based goals find that their motivation is gone once those events are past!

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5/11/12 9:35 P

Hey guys, i'm new to Spark!! I'm super excited that i'm changing my lifestyle, but also concerned that it's crunch time...we have three weddings to go to in about 4 months. Any advise on certain Challenges?? Thank you all!!

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