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About how long does it take to loose an inch of your waist/chest?


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Ok so prom is at the end of march and I have this dress that I wore for a party a couple of years ago which would be perfect for only problem is i can't zip it completely up! I can zip it up better now than i could a couple of months ago but i'm still not sure whether it will fit before prom! I'm 5'7.5 so obviously it will take longer for me to loose an inch than if i was shorter, I recon i only need to loose and inch to be able to zip it up propperly and maby 1.5 inches for it to actually look good on me! I recon i will be loosing around 1-2 lbs a week as that is the rate at which I am loosing at the moment (currently weigh 168lbs down from 175lbs) 

so what does everyone think? About how long will it take to loose an inch round my waist/chest?

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It entirely depends on how much you eat, how hard you work out (and what sort of workouts you do), the way your body stores fat, whether you are significantly overweight and probably a few other things I have forgotten.

I think an inch in 2 months is a little ambitious unless you are very overweight and holding onto a lot of water. It's definitely worth a try either way though.

You really think its too ambitious? I mean last time i wore the dress i was about 13lbs lighter and an inch shorter :/

Eat lots of whole foods, limit your fat sources to healthy fats (avocado, olives, olive oil), plenty of protein. Make sure you're eating enough calories to sustain any activity you do. Good luck. :)

Original Post by mellenoire:

It entirely depends on how much you eat, how hard you work out (and what sort of workouts you do), the way your body stores fat, whether you are significantly overweight and probably a few other things I have forgotten.

I think an inch in 2 months is a little ambitious unless you are very overweight and holding onto a lot of water. It's definitely worth a try either way though.

Mostly this (highlighted) My advice attack the problem from all directions. Be dedicated, no cheating, and give every workout 100%.

Diet is more than half the battle, so stick to your calorie target like glue, measure and count everything.

I suggest a program of HIIT (check the fitness forum for advice on this) and weight training that incorporates heavy weights and lots of squats, dumbbell rows, bench press, push ups, planks and lunges. Remain as generally active as possible during this time.

No one can tell you really, if you will lose the inches you want to in that time frame and from the areas you are thinking of. The above program helped me to lose inches but all over and your body (and current fat distribution) will decide where on your body the inches will come from.

Just remember that you cannot spot reduce, ie. doing crunches wont make the fat on your belly go.. that is achieved by calories in vs. calories out.

Bottom line it's worth a try! Take all your measurements now and again at the beginning of March.. you can make your final decision on the dress then (when you will still have time to shop for another if you need to).

BTW I don't think anyone loses inches faster or slower depending upon their height it's got more to do with how much weight you have to lose.

Well, to put things in perspective, I lost 30 lbs and 6 inches off my waist over several months. But this is without any exercise whatsoever.

If you exercise you will lose inches more rapidly.

i think one inch is perfectly reachable just dedicate yourself to your goal and you will reach it, if not lose more than you expected to.

Look up the ring of fire...its basicallly a stomach exercise in which you stand flat on the floor and crunch your stomach muscles..my dad lost 6 inches in his stomach in 2 months doing this..its worth a shot..:) as for your question..it depends entirely on how much you eat, exersice ...etc.:)

Ok, so I have been dieting now only for a month (whoooo hooo for New Year's resolutions!). I was about 145 when I started dieting technically (was as high as 150 though before Christmas though). Now I am 134 and the ONLY place it seems I have lost weight from is my chest. I have gone down almost a whole bra size. Believe me, it is VERY possible to lost weight in that area in that time frame. I don't think you will have a problem if you just stick to it! I am just having problems losing it from my thighs!!!!!!!!! And by the way, that is my EXACT height I swear.

Ok, so I have been dieting now only for a month (whoooo hooo for New Year's resolutions!). I was about 145 when I started dieting technically (was as high as 150 though before Christmas). Now I am 134 and the ONLY place it seems I have lost weight from is my chest. I have gone down almost a whole bra size. Believe me, it is VERY possible to lost weight in that area in that time frame. I don't think you will have a problem if you just stick to it! I am just having problems losing it from my thighs!!!!!!!!! And by the way, that is my EXACT height I swear.

My Grandma always used to say

"every inch you can pinch is 5 lbs"

It's obviously going to be a little bit different for everyone but this is a general rule of thumb.

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