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ANARIE Posts: 13,192
7/17/11 12:52 A

The thing is that most people need about two months just for the last 10 pounds. Your weight loss slows dramatically as you get closer to your goal weight. So that would give you 4 months to lose 90, and that's pretty much impossible.

But that doesn't mean you shouldn't give it your best go. Doing what you're doing, you will probably lose 40-50 pounds in those six months. That's enough to make a HUGE difference in your health, your looks, and your ability to move around and do things. Depending on your size and shape, it might be enough to let you shop in regular department stores instead of specialty shops. It'll be enough that you won't have to worry about how you fit in an airplane seat or anything like that. All of those things (and you'll find many more) are more than worth keeping on with the exercise and healthier eating. Once you see the pounds dropping off, you'll probably feel more motivated to keep on going for the long haul.

7/16/11 11:45 P

I am having trouble losing 2 pounds a week. I have to read over and over that this is an alright progress.

MOTIVATED@LAST Posts: 15,451
7/16/11 11:20 P

A healthy and sustainable rate of weight loss is around 1% of body weight a week. So while someone who is super morbidly obese may be able to lose that kind of weight that quickly, for someone in the 100-200 lb range, it's just not going to happen.

I don't mean to rain on your parade, I just want to frame some realistic expectations.

And if you lose 30-40 lbs in 6 months, is that really failure?


VRS8440 Posts: 4,016
7/16/11 7:21 P


HARDROCKER1 SparkPoints: (0)
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7/16/11 7:07 P

I've heard if you lose at the recommended levels, 1-2 lbs a week that you are more likely to keep it off than trying to lose so rapidly. I have lost 33 lbs in 6 months and have hit a plateau of sorts.

I do think it is possible to lose 100 lbs in 6 mos...with something like weight loss surgery or going on the Biggest Loser show, but I don't think it is healthy or desireable. However, it is your body, and it should be your temple, think on that.

Blessings, Michelle

LUANN_IN_PA Posts: 26,423
7/16/11 6:31 P

All things are possible...
but, really, do you want to do that?

You will be risking your health.
You will be miserable because you will be hungry.
You will be unhappy with all the sagging skin that happens with rapid weight loss.
You will not develop life-long healthy habits.
You will probably gain it all back.
You will feel like a failure when you don't lose all 100 pounds.

Not worth it!

I am sure it took longer than 6 months to put 100 pounds on.... you should be sensible and patient in taking it off.

Edited by: LUANN_IN_PA at: 7/16/2011 (18:32)
ANGIEUKFAN07 Posts: 446
7/16/11 3:27 P

It's taken me 6 months to lose 31 lbs. and I can't imagine the pressure to lose more than that in the same amount of time. Slow is'll drive yourself crazy with that goal.

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7/16/11 3:17 P

Not to mention that one of the dangerous side effects of rapid weight loss can be heart problems and arrhythmias!! Stick to 1-2 lbs/week like SP recommends. That is pretty much the industry standard, unless you are being closely observed by a physician.

SPARK_COACH_JEN Posts: 65,774
7/16/11 9:47 A

There are a few reasons that slow weight loss is a better idea. One is that you're more likely to keep the weight off (b/c you're not having to go to extreme measures to lose so quickly), and the other is that the faster you lose, the higher the percentage of that weight loss is going to come from muscle instead of fat.

Slow and steady is the way to go :)

Coach Jen

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7/16/11 8:41 A

Possible but not recommended. You most likely did not gain those 100 lbs in 6 months so take some time and lose it safely. 2 -3 lbs per week. Shoot for 50 lbs in 6 months. A more reasonably goal. Good Luck!

Edited by: PAPPY2627 at: 7/16/2011 (08:43)
7/16/11 8:39 A

That's about 4 pounds a week. You might lose that the first week or two, but your body won't let you sustain that type of calorie deficit for long. 2 pounds a week is the maximum SparkPeople's goals are set up to accommodate, but as you get closer to your goal weight you will likely find even that rate of loss a challenge. One thing to keep in mind is that your body is very smart about finding the easiest or most efficient way to maintain your current size. If you shock it with a big calorie drop and a ton of exercise, it will find a way to adjust to minimize your weight loss and you will also be at a higher risk for injury. It's generally better to make small changes and adjust your intensity as you go so your body is always guessing and you don't do too much too fast and burn out.

Edited by: EPSIGSIREN at: 7/16/2011 (08:41)
LILLI1990 SparkPoints: (0)
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7/16/11 6:02 A

sorry typo ment 1700 cals

ZORBS13 SparkPoints: (196,920)
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7/16/11 5:57 A

Your metabolism will be shot if you eat no more than 700 cals a day. And that's just for starters. That is STARVATION.

Yes, it is possible to lose that much, but why put so much pressure on yourself? It takes as long as it's not about fast weight loss, it's about developing healthy habits that last a lifetime, which your plan is anything but.

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7/16/11 5:49 A

hi im new at this but i have a weeking plan i dnt eat more than 1700 cals and im doing the gmy 1.30 4 times a week and doing a woek out vid 30 mins a day im 225 pound and want to be 126 in 6 months can it be done ty for reading

Edited by: LILLI1990 at: 7/16/2011 (06:01)
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