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Old 11-24-2009, 03:27 PM   #1
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How long does it take to lose 50-60 lbs.??

If you exercise 5 days a week (30 min a day, cardio/weights) and eat very cleanly (no processed food). In other words if you lost it slowly, how long would it take?
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Old 11-24-2009, 05:43 PM   #2
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Well, if you went by the high end of the recommended 1-2 lbs per week and lost 2 per week, it would take you 25 to 30 weeks. Of course, in the beginning, you can lose more safely, but this is a good guideline.
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Old 11-24-2009, 07:01 PM   #3
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no right answer to that question, it's too tough to measure!
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Old 11-30-2009, 06:35 PM   #4
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Well.... on the Biggest Loser (on tv) some people do that in 4-5 weeks! But of course, that is unrealistic for the real world. And of course, it would depend on things like your starting weight and whether you were male or female.

Males, of course, lose weight faster... and generally the more you have to lose, the faster it comes off initially. So a 300 lb male could probably lose 50 pounds in 8-10 week (with real effort, of course), but it would probably take a 200 lb. female about double that time (at least). Just speaking from my experiences, of course.

I lost 40 pounds in 2003... and it took me pretty much all year.. but I got very little exercise and cheated frequently.

Then, in 2008 I lost another 35+ in about 14 weeks.... but I was trying HARD and exercising regularly and had virtually NO CHEATS for that entire 14 weeks. That said, I started at 219 lb. in 2003 and I am female..............P
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If you exercise 5 days a week (30 min a day, cardio/weights) and eat very cleanly (no processed food). In other words if you lost it slowly, how long would it take?
Don't forget.... eating cleanly doesn't mean that you won't OVEREAT. It is still about portion control, no matter WHAT you are eating.........P
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Old 12-10-2009, 04:25 PM   #6
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Old 12-10-2009, 11:08 PM   #7
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If you exercise 5 days a week (30 min a day, cardio/weights) and eat very cleanly (no processed food). In other words if you lost it slowly, how long would it take?

As a trainer I would tell you about 1-2 pounds a week is healthy. I would also tell you regardlees of what the Fed says, 30 minutes is not real cardio workout. It is better than nothing but one really needs 45-60 minutes for a work out that will change a life.

Fianlly, Not being cold but you really need to ask yourself
-How long did it take to to add those 50 pounds?
- what driver in my life caused the me to turn to food as a crutch and a couch as a life style?

It can take a person just as long to successfully take off 50# and keep it off as it did to put it on. We hope that through trainig and nutrition skills we learn and can speed this up. But what I see a lot of are folks that do not make the 'life change' and get tripped up once we make goal - only to start back up again 6 month later.

I guess my thoughts here are do not ask how long; rather ask what life style decisions can I change?
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Old 12-11-2009, 04:46 PM   #8
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110% agree with coach. you can lose it as fast or as slow as you want. What I have found is the challange of keeping it off.

Maintaining can be fun if you let it be. It took me about 9 months total. Some months went better than others. Been at 190 for a couple months and just about ready to make another push to get rid of another 10 or so.

Find what you enjoy. if you are part of a gym, find that class that works for you. I have figured out that I love Turbo Kick Boxing and a core class called 24 Set at my gym. I HATE working weights. The classes are great because they are set up to get you to the different levels of energy usage (bad phrase, sorry) during your workout.

I learned to live differently in my food choices and that made all the difference. Heatlhy is great, but not if you eat too much of it. no matter how healthy it is.

Good Luck and enjoy the journey. it can be amazing if you let it!
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Old 12-13-2009, 09:50 PM   #9
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It all depends on what you put into it. In my opinion it is better to loose slow and steady, because your odds of keeping it off are greater. I lost 70 pounds and it took me 18 months. I kept it off for a while, but then gained back 25 pounds. I since lost that 25 and have kept the weight off for over 2-1/2 years.
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Old 01-03-2013, 04:25 PM   #10
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Losing and keeping it off

Took me about 6-7 months to lose 60 lbs. have kept all but 5lbs of it off for 6 years now. You need to educate yourself about how many calories are in the food you eat, or better yet, hoe many calories in the food you can do without. Skip the cheese, mayo, ditch the bun(at least the top)

Also try and reframe how you think about portions, you don't need to be "full" also note how hard it is to burn calories, I always over estimated the impact of exercise before I started running on treadmill and elliptical and got a better idea. Much easier not to eat a 300 calorie candy bar than to burn it off at the gym
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Old 01-03-2013, 04:53 PM   #11
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Unfortunately, our bodies aren't actual machines, and it is hard to tell it exactly how to lose.

I've been doing WW since mid-Feb, and I'm nearly at 60lbs lost. I eat all of my WW "points", including the Weekly ones and the Activity points, too. This means I actually eat quite a bit, considering it's a "diet".

My husband, however, is a MUCH slower loser than I am (so men do NOT always lose faster), and he's at a fabulous and wonderful 35 lbs lost in the same amount of time minus 4 days (I joined first).


If I were a machine, I would think that the less I ate the more I would lose. I have found over this time that it's not true. If I don't eat my activity points, not only do my workouts suffer, but I lose less over a few weeks time. If I don't eat my Weekly points, I lose a tiny bit slower, or the same, but I am ravenous and MISERABLE. I need that extra food emotionally and mentally, and eating that extra food isn't hurting my losses one little bit (and, in fact, helps IMO, if only to keep me from eating the entire contents of the pantry out of desperation). If I were a machine, that would make no sense.


So there's no real way to know how you, as an individual, will lose. Gotta try it to see!
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. It is better than nothing but one really needs 45-60 minutes for a work out that will change a life.
I strongly echo this - try to work out 60 minutes a day and expect to lose 1-2 lbs per week. Your muscles will get use to the same workout and burn less calories so you want to vary your workouts and make them progressively harder. If you have a full hour try 35 mins cardio and 25 mins strengthening - alternating between abs and arms/legs each day.

There are plenty of aps out there to help you along the way but I would recommend MyFitnessPal. You can track weight, waist size, arm size and theigh size. You can also track your daily workout (calories burned) against your food intake.

Not eating processed foods is great but also try focusing on fat and sugar content as well. Eating goods high in protein will keep you feeling fuller longer (nuts, lean meats & greek yogurt are all great) and if eating any bread products try to only eat multi-grain.


Good Luck & make sure to celebrate the milestones!
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It took me a year to lose 55 pounds. I didn't eat "clean". I ate healthier, still ate out on weekends (I'd check the nutritional values of meals before we went), controlled my snacking, measured my food and exercised moderately. I was determined but not CRAZED. I feel it took a long time. However. . . four years later I'm still maintaining it - usually within 5 to 8 pounds.

I know people that think they can eat anything because they work out. So NOT TRUE. Losing weight, I found, is more about what you eat, then how much you exercise. For me, it took a bit of both.

Good luck! You can do it.
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