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June 6, 2011 12:57 PM
Well, ive been on a diet for a while now, and by watching what i eat and excersising every once in a while, i've lost in total 14pounds. I have 40 more to go to reach my goal weight, I'd like to lose it by the end of august. Is it safe/possible to do so?

June 6, 2011 1:01 PM
I think so. That's what i'm aiming for! 37 more lbs to go until my 8/31 bday :)
June 6, 2011 1:02 PM
I think so. That's what i'm aiming for! 37 more lbs to go until my 8/31 bday :)
June 6, 2011 1:02 PM
One pound per week is recommended, but I'm sure 40 lbs is possible.
June 6, 2011 1:03 PM
It depends what is your current weight. I lost 80 pounds in 3 months by counting calories and excersising 4-5 times a week. Still have 135 pounds to go to my goal. But I know I can do it by ths Christmas.

Anyway, good luck in achieving your goal. I know you can do it and it is possible.
June 6, 2011 1:03 PM
The usual recommendations say to lose no more than 2 lbs a week after the first couple of weeks of a new plan. That means that it's POSSIBLE to lose 40 in 3 months but not highly recommended. The good news is that you can lose approximately 24 lbs in that time, which is nothing to sneeze at!
June 6, 2011 1:04 PM
In order to lose 40 lbs in 3 months, that would mean you'd need to lose 13.3 lbs per month. That would be 3.325 lbs per week. It's generally recommended that people lose no more than 2 lbs per week. I'd shoot toward the end of October to make your goal a little more realistic. Especially since you're only exercising "once in awhile" and you don't have a strenuous work out regime. Best of luck to you!
June 6, 2011 1:04 PM
They say not to lose more then 1 to 2 pounds per week or 8 to 10 pounds per month. To be safe and let your body adjust to the weightloss I wouldnt try to lose more then that.
June 6, 2011 1:16 PM
It's possible...if you have a strict diet, never stop exercising, always are motivated, and always have willpower. I don't want to be a debbie downer but I just want you to hear the realistic answer. Have realistic expectations. 40 lbs in 3 months is possible, yes, but everyone has lives. Everyone has kids or a job or school and temptations. Everybody falls off the wagon and ends up with a week or more here and there where they didn't lose...whether it's a lot of sodium, changing your workout routine, your body going through changes, whatever. Trust me. I lost my first 20 lbs easy and thought I could loes my 40 lbs starting from January and lose it by end of summer but it didn't happen. I got to the point where I had to start eating more but it took me 2 months to figure that out. Then I changed my workout and had to wait a few weeks for my body to get used to it to see results again. Then I fell off the wagon. Then I got back to the weight I was when I started and got to cycle through the same problems again.
June 6, 2011 1:45 PM
If losing 40 pounds will put you at your goal weight meaning that you will have even lost your last 10 "vanity pounds" as people call them. Then I would say no...

I have been working out diligently eating a respective 80% clean diet to lose my last ten pounds and I have only lost five of those pounds since January. It has taken me nearly six months to lose 5 of my vanity pounds and I expect it to be another 5 months to lose the last 5 pounds.

2 pounds a week is the VERY most that is recommended... Don't set too unrealistic of goals, or you are setting yourself up for failure. Instead set yourself up for a challenge, and then treat it as so. In My opinion, 40 pounds is a little unrealistic. But that is my opinion and that is what is awesome about MFP... you get lots of opinions.
June 6, 2011 1:57 PM
That is more than 3lb a week. If you are extremely overweight, and if you take lots of hard exercise, and if you monitor your calories very well, you MIGHT achieve 3lb a week for a while, but if your goal weight you're talking about is your final goal weight ie one at which you don't have an unhealthy amount of fat, your weight loss is going to slow right down as you reach that goal.

Eventually you may only be losing half a pound a week - so no I don't think that you are going to lose 40lb by August.

How you could have done it is by starting to count every calorie, and get lots of exercise, three months ago. Hopefully by thinking about that you'll realise that the time to start is now. Even if you don't lose anything like 40lb, you can still lose a LOT in three months. Certainly enough to make a big difference. smile
June 6, 2011 2:07 PM
I was on WW following the Points Plus daughter started on MFP at the same time (we both started 3 months before my son's wedding). She lost 40 lbs. following the 1200 calories recommended. Sometimes she would finish the day with less calories, but had a free day on the weekend.

I joined MFP when I saw her success!!
June 6, 2011 3:52 PM
It's possible but I've heard that losing any more than 1 lb of week does not give your skin a chance to adjust to your weight loss and you end up with more flabby skin that way. I can't speak from experience but it seems to make sense.
February 8, 2013 6:35 PM
I way about 170 and I wanna lose weight I want to fit back in my size 7 shorts .
I wear a 13. I started exercising about 2 weeks ago doing p90x 6-7 days a week and sometes
I do my dance central game and I'm on a 1200 calorie diet
Can I lose about 40lbs in 3 to 4months?
February 8, 2013 11:21 PM
I think so... That's my goal!


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