How long will it take for me to lose weight? If you are one of the millions of people who are asking this question, then this article is for you!
Most often, the answer to this question ends with a specific deadline that is expected to motivate you (at least in the short term) and to give you hope that things will happen quickly. Unfortunately, however, the truth is different. The faster you lose weight, the more unhealthy the weight loss and the risk of „yo-yo“ effect is increased.
With short self-made deadlines and many pounds to lose, it’s almost certain that you will choose a strict diet with minimal amounts of food. Yes, you will probably lose some weight, but with the expense of your health. The worst part is that the excess pounds will return as soon as you start eating normally again.
Common mistakes when trying to lose weight
You have found a diet that promises you to lose 20 pounds in a single week – is it possible? Yes, it is possible, but that won’t be the excess fats that you are trying to get rid of. During such an extreme diet, you will lose a high percentage of water and muscle mass and a very small amount of fat.
As soon as you switch to your normal way of eating, your body will begin to retain water (which is needed for the absorption of carbohydrates). In addition, your storage mechanisms will be triggered and any calories taken will be stored in the form of fat.
However, let’s answer the question – How long does it take to lose 30 pounds?
According to the experts, a weight loss of up to 2 pounds a week is considered healthy. Losing weight faster than that damages the body and is considered unhealthy. This means 8 pounds per month or 30 pounds in 15 weeks (3 months and 3 weeks).
Probably not the answer you wanted to hear, right?
It is important for you to realize that there is no magic pill (at least not healthy one) to make you get into shape overnight! A long-term change in your weight will come only when there is a permanent change in your lifestyle. You are looking the way you look because you are living the way you live!
How to lose 30 pounds without damaging your health?
Two things are needed: regular workouts and proper nutrition!
When you hear about working out, you are probably imagining sweaty and sulky people in the gym. The Gym is not the only option, though!
Find the sport that you like and practice it 3-5 times a week. Examples of such sports will be swimming, dancing, cycling, running, yoga, etc.
The important thing here is burning more calories, so try to practice your chosen sport for at least an hour every session.
As for food, the most frequent and very big mistake that people trying to lose weight is to stop eating.
„Hey Tim, let’s go grab a lunch!“
“…Nah, I can’t! I am on a diet.”
When trying to lose weight, it is important not to skip meals.
As strange as it may sounds, it is even good to eat something small in between meals.
The important thing is to eat healthy and low calorie foods (especially for dinner). Stop or significantly reduce the sugar and pasta products and start eating a lot of vegetables and proteins!
For the snacks between meals, eat fruits (apple, orange etc.).
The more you eat, the more you speed up your metabolism.
Metabolism is the intensity with which our body converts the nutrients contained in the food into energy. The speed of metabolism is the main reason that some people eat huge amounts of food and don’t get fat, while others consume less calories and still gain weight.
To sum it all up, losing weight is not something you do, and then you go back to your old lifestyle! Rather, it is a permanent change in your lifestyle!