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May 14, 2011 1:55 AM
My 30th birthday is in 14 weeks and I would really like to be below 200 by then. In order to achieve this milestone I need to lose 3 lbs per week. Is this reasonable or considered extreme? Thanks in advance for your advice!
May 14, 2011 1:56 AM
Seems a bit extreme to me. Unless you're REALLY overweight still.. i think you should go for 2 at most.
May 14, 2011 2:01 AM
It all depends on your current weight!
But I think you can do anything you set your mind to.
As long as you're not starving yourself, and you maintain a healthy diet.
May 14, 2011 2:03 AM
Anything more than 2 per week is considered extreme and can be unhealthy unless closely monitored by your doctor.
Is being 40 pounds lighter by your birthday worth the long term risks to your health?

Perhaps aim for 1.5-2 per week, and see what happens. Set a goal to have the rest gone a month or 2 after your birthday.
May 14, 2011 2:15 AM
I keep leaning that was as well. I'm 5' 7" and currently weigh 244. I started out at 260 a few months ago. However, since I started using MFP I've been losing between 1-2 pounds per week. I just keep thinking that it's so close to breaking a milistone that maybe if I pushed myself more physically I could achieve it.
May 14, 2011 2:16 AM
If you're exercising every day & not starving yourself AND losing 3lbs/week then I'm sure that would be fine but a lot of people find (me, too, speaking from experience) that if you do it the WRONG way by eating too few calories and over-exercising, when you go back to a "normal" routine, you will put it all back on :(
May 14, 2011 2:17 AM
I had a lot more than you to loose, it looks as if you want to lose 70 pounds all up - you will have to work hard at it - but can be done

I have been losing around 5 kgs (11 pounds) every month for the past 8 months - so yes - it can be done, but you will have to work hard at it - be very dedicated both in your eating - and exercise..... and expect a few set backs along the way - and then just work harder (exercise) to get going again....

Don't cut your calories too low - then you wont lose the weight - it has to be a combination eating right and exercise otherwise you are just going to pick it right back up when you stop....
Edited by Elleinnz On May 14, 2011 2:18 AM
May 14, 2011 2:20 AM
It's possible but depends on how many calories a day you eat. 1-2 lbs per week is fantastic. Personally I am finding that eating under 1300 a day moves my scale about .5 lbs a day. You might want to try to set the MFP weight loss thing to 2 lbs a week or 1.5 and see what happens.
May 14, 2011 2:23 AM
Thanks everyone for the advice! Since I am currently losing between 1-2 pounds per week I think I'll just keep doing what I've been doing and be happy that I am seeing results! happy I'll get there one day!
May 14, 2011 2:33 AM
My total weight loss goal is 100 lbs. I'd like to see 160 again...I hate to say it but I gained 100lbs in 6 years. WOW... the crazy thing about it all is that the BMI calculator shows my "healthy' range at 130-140. I haven't seen that since I was a freshman in high school.
May 14, 2011 2:44 AM
Losing no more than 2 lbs a week is considered best and healthiest. Bear in mind that if you are also exercising that this builds muscle which weighs heavier than fat so if you wanted to set a goal for your 30th birthday I'd be more inclined to set a clothes size goal and concentrate on toning your body along with losing weight at a healthy rate. The quicker you lose it the easier it is to put back on.


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