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Want to lose 3-5 pounds


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I only want to lose about 3-5 pounds. I think I have gained a few pounds and my jeans are just a tad tight. Obviously losing it quickly will not be much of an issue, since it's lot alot to lose, so what would be the quickest way?  and how should I do it? Right now I consume about 2000-2100 cals/day.  When should I expect for these few pounds to be off?

thanks
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What are your stats?  Age, weight, gender, activity level, etc.

What kind of foods are you eating?  Do you exercise?  Fill us in and we can help you more!  :)
Your stats are the only way we can serious help.

If you need though ... say... 2200 to maintain your current weight and you were eating 2000-2100 then it would take 18 to 35 weeks to lose 1 pound.

A pound of fat is 3500 calories... and it's burned when you eat less than you need to maintain your current weight.

At minimum you should eat 1200 calories + what you burn exercising + a couple hundred more if you are on your feet all day.

That's about all I can tell you without your stats.   With them it would be easy to get a handle on how fast you could drop the weight.
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Sorry--haha.  FEMALE  ---age 18---- I move around most of the time--maybe moderate activity--I am pretty muscular
need ur height and weight too...
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omg sorry--- haha-not awake.  Umm.   5'6"---124.  I think I might weight like 127 now, tho lol
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You say you want to lose 3-5 lbs.  Eat 500 calories a day less than you burn and in a couple of weeks it should be gone.  There are lots of long winded explanations but according to all I have read in here it all boils down to math. 
you're already at the very lowest end of the range for a healthy weight according to this site! If I was you i'd just exercise and tone
since you are already in your healthy weight range, I would just concentrate on eating healthily and exercising. Don't worry so much about dieting, especially since you just want to lose a small amount of weight. I think that if you eat well and just maintain a healthy lifestyle, you should be good to go.

Good luck!
I think you should do a combination of:  increase the amount of water you drink, increase your activity level, decrease calories by 250- 350 calories per day, stay away from packaged foods and sweets and make sure you log everything, try not to weigh yourself everyday - weigh in once per week if you must and the best indicator is NOT the scale for somebody like you - its how your clothes fit. You'll know in one month if you're good to go or if you need to modify anything.
It could be just water weight.   Your body acts like a city water system.  When there's a drought (you aren't drinking enough water) then it goes into conservation mode and tries to store the water because it doens't know when the drought will be over.    When you drink plenty, then it lets go of the storages as it expects this regular water.

So drinking more water would help.

Upping the exercise is a good way to go as well.  Going for some long walks will burn some calories but also will help tone those legs up some.

Your weight though is fine.   It's probably water retention and just a need for some toning.  Or you are just growing up a bit more... and this may require you to go up a size in the pants department.
My 2 cents: Do some cardio for 30 minutes several times a week, the days you don't do that lift some weights.  Try pilates or yoga for flexibility (and a complete workout plan). 

Then, eat a balanced, moderate amount of healthy food throughout the day to keep you fueled.  You'll see, it should come off.  If you want specifics, use the "Tools" section of this site.  Dig around some.  You can even search specific topics in the forums if you have a question.  Because most likely, it's already been asked and answered.

I have about 3-5 to go too, and it's hard but it's doable.  My main focus is not the actual lbs, though, it's getting into better shape, getting healthy, getting a little leaner and certainly stronger.  I suggest a similar goal for you.

Most of all, good luck!
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