Time Required to Lose 10 Pounds

Written by Sky Taylor, Diet Bites

Diet Tips, Losing 10 Pounds Quickly & Safely

This weight loss article focuses on the time necessary to lose ten pounds safely as well as quickly.

What Timeframe to Expect to Lose 10 Pounds

1. First we must keep in mind that those pounds represent unwanted fat.

2. The higher the excess body weight [fat] of the individual, the quicker rate of weight loss.

3. If you are 100 pounds overweight, and if you based your diet on 1500 calories as well as the healthy Food Pyramid, you may lose ten pounds as quickly as two weeks.

The more excess fat that you lose, the slower the rate of weight loss. Why?

Because the size/weight of one's body determines the amount of energy [calories] needed to support that weight. For example, if you were to eat the amount of calories required to support your recommended weight - you would automatically shrink down to that weight. The trouble with many dieters is that they suddenly decide they must drop the excess fat as quickly as possible - which creates all sorts of issues, including issues which impact bodily functions, including mental functions. Many dieters take the path of 'Starvation Road' which is a disaster in the making. This causes the body to enter 'starvation mode' which automatically puts a brake on the metabolic rate. It's the body's emergency safe mode to protect life.

If you have only 10 pounds to lose, the required time to do such might take one or more months. It would be very unsafe to attempt to lose that amount of weight over a one-to-two week period. Ten pounds would be a considerable about of weight compared to overall body weight.

Safe Rate of Weight Loss

While losing unwanted weight, you should always keep your focus on losing pounds safely - rather than as quickly as possible. Remember the tortoise and the hare; slow and steady wins the race the best where excess fat is involved.

One of the worst things you can do to your body is to quickly lose those ten excess pounds, then quickly regain them - then start the circle all over again. It's not only a frustrating process for you - but it's horrible for your body, particularly heart-related functions as well as your metabolism. Your goal should be to lose the excess fat and not to ever regain it.

A safe rate of weight loss is 1 to 3 pounds per week if you have 30 or less pounds to lose. If you have close to 40 or more pounds to drop, the rate will be a bit higher but as stated above, that amount will decrease as the body adjusts to its smaller size.

Setting Goals

No matter how many pounds that you need to lose, based on personal experience I would advise making increments of ten pounds your goal. For example, if you have 100 pounds to lose - set your goal to lose 10 of those pounds. Now you'll have 90 to lose. This makes your target much more doable and more likely to succeed. There's no need to become overwhelmed. If you stick to your plan, you will meet your goal.

In Summary

Dieting isn't fun. So many 'so-called experts' joyously fondle healthy food when making promises to their viewers - while they ramble on about how good they are going to feel after losing weight. In this new age of correctness, we call this 'Fake Dieting'. At some point, the dieter will miss their Twinkies, the brownies, cakes topped with cream cheese icing and yes, their Ding Dongs. When we approach losing unnecessary fat, it doesn't need to be that line drawn in the sand - so strict that if the dieter makes one mistake, the diet ends. We are all human. If you have read this far down, I want you to keep in mind that while greater humanity focuses on body image, it's the outside that will matter at the end of our lives; it's the inside.

Do your best to drop the excess fat, but don't wreck your life or your body in the process. If you make your goals, keep in mind that you'll want to continue to monitor your daily food intake/calories so that what was lost, never returns. Good luck!!!


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