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has anyone lost 10 pounds in a month?, it is possible?


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ok im 17 and 5'3. i weigh 190 and i really need to lose 10 pounds every month for the next 3 months, i have a very big thing to go to and i am in need of losing this weight. does any one any good low calorie recipes that taste good, or great fast fat burning at home exercises. plz help.

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Yes, it's possible but I think that's very dangerous.

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I did in the first month of my diet, but then slowed down to 8 a month, which is safer.  I did slimfast bars for breakfast and lunch, and a sensible dinner (abt 600 calories) with 2 snacks 100 cals each.  That adds up to 1200 calories a day.  If you're very active or exercising, you should eat more.

I have been in your shoes before, very young and desperate to lose weight quickly. But now that I'm a little older, let me be the voice of reason: Don't even THINK about trying to lose 30 pounds in 3 months. If you manage to do it, it will be by severely restricting your calories, and as soon as you're done with it, you'll put all the weight back on and then some, because you're messing with your metabolism. But more likely, you won't be able to do it...you'll lose a lot the first few weeks and then your body will go into starvation mode and start holding on to every calorie you consume like it's the last calorie it'll see that day. There is no way to do what you want to do in a healthy way. So JUST DON'T DO IT. Aim for a goal that is realistic, like 10 pounds, and be happy with what you are able to accomplish in 3 months. People will only notice that you look good, not that you didn't reach your goal.

It is very do able and you can lose up to 2lbs a week safely. anything more than that is pushing it.  Just be safe. Eat healty and excersise.

It really depends on your size.

When I started out dieting I lost 10 pounds the first month, second month, third month, but then it starts to taper off to 8 in a month, 5 in a month. It's not something we can push our bodies to do. Your body will react as it does... So just be safe, eat your alloted calories and subtract 500 for a safe weight loss. There are tons of tools on here to help you find out YOUR number.

This is not a race, this is changing your life for long term. Only 'diet' how you can imagine living always.

Original Post by rainjoules:

I did in the first month of my diet, but then slowed down to 8 a month, which is safer.  I did slimfast bars for breakfast and lunch, and a sensible dinner (abt 600 calories) with 2 snacks 100 cals each.  That adds up to 1200 calories a day.  If you're very active or exercising, you should eat more.

 She's a teenager, so she needs a lot more than 1200 minimum.

10 pounds in a month isn't dangerous.. it's like .3 of a pound/day.

I lost about 8 pounds so far this month and I don't feel like i'm starving or doing anything unhealthy, it feels pretty gradual actually.

IV LOST 16 POUNDS THIS MONTH.  BUT IM NOT HUNGRY BECAUSE I BEEN EATING ALL DAY SALADS. I DONT EAT ANY CHOCOLATE.  NO CHIPS. NOT PIZZA OR ANY MC DONALDS WHICH I LOVE.  BUT WHEN I DO GO TO FAST FOOD PLACES I ORDER SALADS MY FAVORITE IS CESARS SALAD BE CAREFUL ON THE SALAD DRESSING AND I EAT MORE FRUITS.  WHAT WAY I DONT CRAVE ANY SUGAR.  BUT ITS NOT THE BEST THING IN THE WORLD.  FOR ME ITS VERY HARD BECAUSE IM A EMOTIONAL EATER AND I WANT TO EAT ALL THE TIME.

it can be done.  just be really careful & make sure you are eating enough & eating good foods.  get lots of exercise & slow down if you start feeling sluggish.

don't wear yourself out!  it's healthier to lose slower especially because of your age.

In a perfect diet world, 10 lbs a month would be ideal.  Mathematically speaking it is.  I started with CC mid-May, needing to lose 50 lbs.  If I had lost 10 lbs a month, I would have reached my goal by mid-October.  Hmm.  It's now December 22, and I still have 21 lbs left to lose.  What's up with that?  (I'm not asking a question looking for answers from people).  I've asked all the questions before; why, why, why? when I eat about 95% clean (yes, I have slip ups-but damn few).  I made changes.  Upped my calories, zig-zagged them, added fish oil supplements, eat fish Undecided besides tuna and I always log my food.  Even analy adding 100 grams of something instead of 1/2 of a large whatever.  I am still stalled.  My intentions were, and still are good.  I tried, and still am trying so hard.  Boy, wouldn't that have been perfect if that by now I would be eating maintenance calories as scheduled in the beginning, according to the Math?  My body isn't behaving like I want it to.  It rarely does Surprised!  Yes, it is possible to eat healthy and lose 10 lbs a month.  Don't expect miracles.  You will be so disappointed when you fall short one month of your weight loss goal.  Right now I'd be tickled if I lost 3 more lbs by the end of the year.   I hope to recieve that miracle but do not expect it.  I will go on, never giving up.  I remember where I started, I know where I'm at today, and I look forward to crossing that finish  line with just a few stumbles along the way.  But then, that's not really the end of the story, is it?

Original Post by mommakitty:

In a perfect diet world, 10 lbs a month would be ideal.  Mathematically speaking it is.  I started with CC mid-May, needing to lose 50 lbs.  If I had lost 10 lbs a month, I would have reached my goal by mid-October.  Hmm.  It's now December 22, and I still have 21 lbs left to lose.  What's up with that?  (I'm not asking a question looking for answers from people).  I've asked all the questions before; why, why, why? when I eat about 95% clean (yes, I have slip ups-but damn few).  I made changes.  Upped my calories, zig-zagged them, added fish oil supplements, eat fish Undecided besides tuna and I always log my food.  Even analy adding 100 grams of something instead of 1/2 of a large whatever.  I am still stalled.  My intentions were, and still are good.  I tried, and still am trying so hard.  Boy, wouldn't that have been perfect if that by now I would be eating maintenance calories as scheduled in the beginning, according to the Math?  My body isn't behaving like I want it to.  It rarely does Surprised!  Yes, it is possible to eat healthy and lose 10 lbs a month.  Don't expect miracles.  You will be so disappointed when you fall short one month of your weight loss goal.  Right now I'd be tickled if I lost 3 more lbs by the end of the year.   I hope to recieve that miracle but do not expect it.  I will go on, never giving up.  I remember where I started, I know where I'm at today, and I look forward to crossing that finish  line with just a few stumbles along the way.  But then, that's not really the end of the story, is it?

 I could have written your post! I started about a month later with the same goals. I continue to plug away. My wish for Christmas is to lose "A" pound!!

Sure it can be done.  However, the minute you stop restricting calories even for a day, you'll gain it all back in an alarmingly short amount of time.  I am speaking from long experience, not just off the top of my head. 

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You risk damaging your internal organs and your bone structure for life when you try to lose to quickly.  You also are at risk of constant yo yo dieting, losing and regaining more and more weight, which will also damage your body.  I urge you to rethink this path.

You should also know that the CC tools are designed for full grown adults.  If you are under 19 or 20 you need to use a different calculator to determine your caloric needs.  Here are some links that might help.

  • calculator and calorie information for Teens 
  • Nutrition, Exercise & Weight Management for Teens
  • More Nutrition & Health for Teens
  • Dieting & Metabolism (explains starvation mode and why undereating is counter-productive)
  • You cannot reasonably expect to lose ten pounds a month every month. But you can make a huge difference in your appearance very quickly if you eat RIGHT and start working out and exercising regularly. It doesn't take long for your muscles to tone up and that makes you look a lot slimmer and healthier.

    Yes it's possible.

    Sure it's possible.

    It's also not that healthy.

    Instead of trying to lose 30 pounds in 3 months, aim for 15.

    And instead of just 'dieting', eat healthy, exercise, and look forward to losing 15, but LOOKING like you lost 30.

    I weight 167 pounds, but most people think I look 150. Why? Because I exercise which keeps my body in better shape than if I just ate less.

    If you work out while you eat a healthy amount, your body will lose the weight, and shape into something you can admire. You will be healthy and beautiful, not just 'thin'.

    Look forward to healthy goals, not vain ones that are brought about only because you don't like what is in the mirror.

    The slower you lose the weight, the more likely it is to stay off! (I was 250 in 2005, I am now 167 and still losing towards my goal of 145...I haven't gained it all back either!).

    Original Post by mommakitty:

      Right now I'd be tickled if I lost 3 more lbs by the end of the year.   I hope to recieve that miracle but do not expect it.  I will go on, never giving up.  I remember where I started, I know where I'm at today, and I look forward to crossing that finish  line with just a few stumbles along the way.  But then, that's not really the end of the story, is it?

    id be tickled if I lost like 4 lbs before my doctors appt. and that is this saturday. lol im just hopeful.

    It's very possible. People on The Biggest Loser lose like 6 pounds a week because they work hard and are very serious. It's not unhealthy if you do it the right way. Make sure to exercise a lot (try taking up running, it's great for your body, even if you can't run a lot) and eat the right things, also drink a lot of water.

    I know how you feel about losing a lot of weight for a special occasion, I'm trying to do the same! Good luck!

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    Calorie Count Plus's mission is to promote healthy and sustainable weight management.

    A safe rate of weight loss is generally considered to be roughly 1% of your body weight per week.  For most people ~1-2 lbs per week is about right, assuming that you are not underweight to begin with. 

    Under a doctor's supervision many people do lose at a faster rate, particularly when they have a lot of weight to lose and the health risks of losing at a very fast rate are evaluated by the doctor against the risks of being overweight.

    You can look like you've lost weight when you actually haven't by working on developing muscle and eating healthier.  Muscle takes up less volume for the same weight and most people think it looks sexier.  Eating healthier tends to give your skin a nice glow which makes people think that you've changed something in a positive direction.

    Just be patient ;)

    You can do it, but its not easy. I highly recommend consulting with a dietitian and maybe a personal trainer to work out a program best for you. It all comes down to eating right and putting in "real" effort when exercising. Gotta put in the time to plan what you eat, and put in the time to exercise, but first you need the knowledge (which is why the advice of a real professional will go a long ways).

    Also be realistic in everything. No one exercises 4 hours a day for the rest of their life, and no one eats cabbage 24/7 for the rest of their life. You should also be realistic about your goals and timeline. Some people can definitely lose 10 pounds a month (in a healthy way I might add, despite those that doubt this) and some people cannot. Again, consulting with professionals can help you figure out a realistic goal.

    I promise you this though, if you get the proper advice from professionals, develop a strong plan in both nutrition/food and exercise, and actually put in the effort, you will see results. If your plan is realistic and reasonable (not a fad diet for example), the weight will stay off as it becomes a lifestyle change. But if you're one of those that like to talk about this subject, but often make excuses about being busy, oh its christmas, someone's birthday, overtime at work, i'm tired, i'll start tomorrow, my kids needed me, etc, then this will not work.

    Best of luck to you though. Posing the question here was a good start. I wish you a speedy success. Take care.

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