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10 lbs in 3 wks???


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Is it possible for me to lose 10 pounds in 3 weeks!! I have a wedding in mid November and need to lose ten pounds. Is it healthy for me who is 19 yrs old and 230 lbs? If so HOW?????
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Depending on your weight loss history, it's possible because half of it would be water weight.  Plus starting out a little higher, you can safely lose more than than someone who is closer to goal.  1% would be 2.3 lbs per week X 3 weeks = approx 7 lbs of fat.  Not trying to be mean and it would be great for you to lose 10 lbs before the wedding but I'm not sure it would make a noticible difference to your appearance at your current weight.  I started at 227 lbs and had to lose 45 and buy new clothes before anyone really commented on my weight loss.  Just saying you shouldn't stress over it! :)  Just make sure you do it in a healthy way, no starvation diets or quick wt loss gimmicks.  They will backfire on you in the long run.

Edit to add:  First thing, cut out all junk/processed foods and stuff with a lot of sodium.  Replace grains with greens and eat mostly protein, veggies and healthy fats like coconut oil, avocado, olive oil and some nuts/nutbutters.  Decreasing carbs can help you lose some extra water as well and cutting way back on grains can make a difference in stomach bloating in some people.  Find a physical activity you enjoy and do it several times a week.  Don't put yourself on a deadline and make this the beginning of a new, healthier lifestyle.

Original Post by tina0367:

Just saying you shouldn't stress over it! :)  Just make sure you do it in a healthy way, no starvation diets or quick wt loss gimmicks.  They will backfire on you in the long run.

I want to emphasize this part because Vanity Dieting is not effective, realistic, or permanent.

I'm not trying to be hurtful here, but trying to add a dose of reality so that the OP can focus her energies in more productive ways than desperation that really does nothing meaningful in the long run.

However, given the unrealistic expectations and misconceptions that the general public tends to have about weight loss, I'm willing to concede that there may be the caveat of a dress that's already been made and it's too small.  In this case, I cannot help without sounding mean or rude (although it's never my intent unless I'm at the end of my rope with folks who refuse to listen).

10 lbs. from 230 is a mere 4.3% of total body composition, and that is going to come off from all over, not just in specific spots and not necessarily just fat tissue, either.  As Tina said above, there needs to be a greater percentage of weight loss before it makes a significant difference.

So freaking out over something ultimately insignificant in the big picture is just stress for no meaningful result, especially if it's only temporary.

Original Post by tina0367:

 

Edit to add:  First thing, cut out all junk/processed foods and stuff with a lot of sodium.  Replace grains with greens and eat mostly protein, veggies and healthy fats like coconut oil, avocado, olive oil and some nuts/nutbutters.  Decreasing carbs can help you lose some extra water as well and cutting way back on grains can make a difference in stomach bloating in some people.  Find a physical activity you enjoy and do it several times a week.  Don't put yourself on a deadline and make this the beginning of a new, healthier lifestyle.

I also wanted to emphasize this piece of wisdom.

It is about lifestyle, not a brief milestone.  It's not a matter of "if I lose X lbs., I'll be happy," because that's just a moving goalpost.  After X lbs., people discover that they don't look or feel as good as they hoped, so then it's X+10.  But then that's not enough either, so it becomes X+20.

And it never ends, or they give up because it was an unrealistic viewpoint to begin with.

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Thanks all, I'm still going to try to lose that 10 lbs bc I went from 260 to 230 in two months and I think that ten lbs should make a little bit of a difference!
It definitely is possible! I'm on Day 8 of my diet, and already down 6.8 lbs (my starting weight was 225) I cut out all junk food and pop, stay under 1350 calories a day, drink 64oz of water a day, and walk 1 mile. I'm 17, so younger then you, so it is possible!
Original Post by chelseawate:

It definitely is possible! I'm on Day 8 of my diet, and already down 6.8 lbs (my starting weight was 225) I cut out all junk food and pop, stay under 1350 calories a day, drink 64oz of water a day, and walk 1 mile. I'm 17, so younger then you, so it is possible!

Chelsea, I understand that you feel good because you have lost weight and it's that initial loss of water weight everyone gets in the first 10 days or so of a healthier eating plan that helps us all stay motivated to keep going...

BUT... you are 17 which means that you are still growing AND over 200 lbs so,

a) the calculators for calorie intake on this site are not appropriate for you until you are 21 you need to use THIS calculator.

b) even if you were 21 your BMR would still be higher than 1350 at your current weight. You need to make BMR your MINIMUM number and never go below that if you want to remain healthy.

thanks..didn't realize I needed to eat so much more calorie wise. Will definitely be doing that..thanks!

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