Depends once you reach a healthy BMI weight loss slows down, I went from 10lbs lost a month (or roughly) for 3 months to about 5lbs lost a month for 2 months, so I have lost about 40lbs in 5 months but I did have 1-2 months in between when I fell of the wagon (just plateau discouragement, so I maintained for a bit then holidays happened) so it really has been 7 months. I want to lose another 10-15lbs by summer making about 50/55lbs lost in about 10 months.
If you are truly 50 lbs overweight it should be easy enough considering that's roughly 4 lbs a week to Aug. When I started Jan. 2 2012 I aimed to lose 46 pounds by summer. I passed that weeks ago. People that are legit plus 30 BMI don't need to make massive adjustments to see big losses. Just making healthy food choices and minimal exercising is a big difference for most. I was actually eating more bulk per meal and more often than when I was sedentary and I dropped close to 30 lbs the first month.
My daily deficits were and still are really big but it's not due to starving myself. I simply was so far gone and my BMR so high that in the beginning I couldn't eat to a smaller deficit without eating unhealthy or overeating without supplementing with a weight gainer. I wasn't prepared to take bad habits into my new life so I made the choice to live with the massive deficits because I wasn't lacking energy and I was eating a lot. My losses are considerably less 3 months in but I've gone from a BMI of 37 to 28. The body adjusted and I'm edging closer to maintanence calories in preparation of getting there.
TBH I don't think it's healthy or realistic and I'll tell you why:
I am attempting to lose a total of 50 pounds myself, from start to finish. I've lost 20 and have kept the weight off so far but my weight has not budged from a year ago because life happened. You are going to encounter stress, people in your life attempting to sabotage your efforts, injuries, and plateau periods.
I'm really not trying to burst your bubble and trust me, I completely understand how important it is to lose weight-- I mean, come on...my weight hasn't budged for a year! It's pathetic really because at this point I would have expected myself to weight around 140, not be at 160 this entire time. However, I have encountered all the things that can get in the way of healthy weight loss and it's frustrating beyond belief. I've learned to listen to my body and eat the way I should and sometimes that meant eating more than I wanted to. Sometimes you also have to eat less than healthy foods in moderation because it's a reality of life. I mean, you can't really go to a graduation party without having a small piece of cake, right?
If I were you, I'd make it a goal of 25-30 pounds which is realistic. It's about 2 pounds per week but you need to be very disciplined. I think making your goal smaller allows some wiggle room for mistakes and life. Trust me-- I KNOW how much you probably want to be thinner to your healthy size but rushing it won't help.
I think it's a good goal to have! I think it's around 2lbs a week? 5 months, which is approx 21 weeks... 50lbs/21weeks = 2.38lbs per week.
I set myself the goal of losing 49lbs in January in time for June - I'm currently 3 months in and I've lost 27lbs, a steady loss of approx 2lbs per week.
You'll need to be really strict with yourself and see your new way of eating as a lifestyle change rather than a diet, and keep that end goal in mind. It doesn't just matter the number of calories you count, but the type - don't eat 1,200cals of burgers and milkshakes, but load up on fruit, vegetables, lean meat and low calorie crackers!
Also find an excercise that you enjoy and that you can do regularly - I cycle to work almost every day and have a ballet DVD that I do at home.
You'll need to be committed, but you can TOTALLY do it! Let's get healthy everyone!!
That's ten pounds per month so about 1100-1200 calorie DEFICIENT you need every day. If it's possible for you to have that big of a deficient without the calories beingl ow than go for it.
I think it's pretty realistic. I mean, like one person mentioned on here; life will probably get in the way at certain times but if you use weight loss as a distraction and when you're having a tough time, throw your energy into the weight loss instead of completely losing it and falling off the wagon, you can probably get pretty close to this goal. You just need to remember your goal at all times and never forget for a moment that every little choice you make everyday will contribute to the success of that goal.
I think it's a good goal and I wish you luck!
But I'd say work on getting healthy and don't be obsessed by the number 50. Start by making small changes, working out a little bit and cutting 200 - 300 calories per day. More vegetables and protein. Very little sugar and refined flour. No eating things without thinking about them.
It won't do you any good to change your diet drastically if you can't stick with it. It would also be pointless to lose 50 pounds and then gain it back right away once you get to college.
Remember that all the healthy changes that you make and any weight that you lose are going to make you feel fantastic and confident and sexy. That's going to make all the difference when you go to meet new people. It has nothing to do with the number 50!
Hey Sami! How's this going? are you on your way to 50lbs?!
Original Post by sadedennis:
It can be done . If you consume 1200 calories a day, and I don't mean starving yourself ( you can eat as much veggies, fruit as you want) and do 1 hour of cardio every day 5x a week, you'll drop significantly! My goal is 50lbs by August also. Its easy to get in one hour of cardio. I do mine on lunch at the gym , or at home in front of the tv. Watching 1 hour of hoarders has flown by and I just burned about 600 or more calories on the elliptical. Good luck to you!!
1,200 calories a day IS starving oneself
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Original Post by sadedennis:
1200 calories is completely adequate for not only someone wanting to shed weight fast (after goal weight is achieved you can up the number) and also for diabetics. A diabetic diet is also one I the most healthy diets for an average person who does not have diabetes to be on. I have no problem with 1200 calories a day. Not to mention 1200 calories is also the number of calories each contestant on the biggest loser is allowed to have. The question was is it possible to lose 50lbs in 5 months. My answer is YES it can be done, in 5 months not as a lifestyle.
You are so sadly misinformed.
But, chances are, you'll gain it all back (plus some)!
Besides, why lose weight for the boys, what's wrong with losing weight for YOU?