There is likely a difference between how fast you think you should lose weight, and how quickly you actually should. It is common to be unrealistic when planning out weight loss objectives. Twenty pounds in two months, or forty pounds in six, some will say. These are significant numbers that are easier said than done.
There is no harm in setting big goals. After all, it is better to aim high and fall a little short than it is to aim low and succeed. Still, you ought to be careful with how you set your weight loss goals. There is a price to being overzealous.
When setting your weight loss goals, you must be reasonable above all else. The most successful plans are those that are sustainable, first and foremost. How much weight you have to lose and your end goal – that comes second.
How much weight do you have to lose, anyway? Is the amount you have in mind an educated guess or a wild estimate? You probably should ask your doctor for advice, even if you think your goal is a good one. You do not want to under or overestimate how much you should lose by a large margin.
After establishing your aim, you need to plan your approach. Here is where you may be faced with the thought of a timeline. If you have xx pounds to lose, how quickly should you go about it? How fast could you lose this weight? The short answer is…
- as a rule of thumb; most adults can safely lose one pound a week without any problems whatsoever.
- those with more weight to lose could start with up to two pounds a week, but that is it at most.
Which means losing 20 pounds in two months is not a reasonable goal. There are risks associated with losing weight too quickly, but that is another topic entirely.
If one pound a week doesn’t sound like much to you, you are not considering the big picture. One pound a week equals a rate of 24 pounds in 6 months, assuming linear progress for the sake of discussion. Losing one pound a week over six months would provide for an…
- overwhelming change in physique,
- a reduction in blood sugar, and
- a significant improvement in your overall health.
What is more, losing one pound a week for an extended period is not too hard. Regarding caloric intake, you need to eat at a deficit of 500 calories each day. Count your calories in the beginning if it helps you stay on track. But again, speak to your doctor for additional instruction.
Focus on the process of losing somewhere between one and two pounds a week. Take it week by week, and don’t set a timeline. Have the mindset it takes as long as it takes, and you will be successful.