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January 9, 2012 5:51 AM
Be careful not to fall into the trap of not fueling your body for the exercise you are doing. It usually backfires on you. This is a tip I want to share with you because when I was new, I didn't listen. Don't try to create an overly huge caloric deficit.
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January 9, 2012 5:52 AM
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#1 rule of weight loss Auticus-style -> don't set goals that are near impossible to reach. You will get discouraged and give up.

50 lbs by May is not very realistic unless you are independently wealthy and are spending 3-4 hours a day in the gym with a personal trainer who is also watching what you eat 24/7.

20 lbs is easily attainable. 30 lbs would be pushing it by May but possible, IF you are strict with your diet and working out quite a bit.

Good luck.

EDIT: I also stress that you need to be exercising in conjunction with dieting.

I'd made a mistake in my first post. I want to lose 50-60lbs total. I just wonder how much of that could I lose by the end of May. I totally understand that it would be unrealistic and unhealthy to even try and attempt losing 50-60lbs in such a short space of time. Thanks for the advice though. x
  14461767
January 9, 2012 5:53 AM
i have lost 29 lb in 17 weeks, a good portion of that is attributed to large 'newbie' losses in the first few weeks.
i can't say that in the next 17 weeks i'd lose the same amount, because it is a pretty aggressive loss, the average equaling to -1.7/week.
all you can do is what your body can do, so treat it right, make good choices most of the time and put in a lot of hard work, and you will see results!
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January 9, 2012 5:55 AM
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Hi. I'm 5ft 8" and currently weight 216lbs (I know, a lot!!) I'll be turning 40 mid Feb and to celebrate I'm going on a girly holiday at the end of May. I would love to lose 50-60lbs total (possibly a bit more). How much do you think is realistic to lose by the end of May? And roughly how many dress sizes would that be? Would love support, advice, tips etc and will do the same in return. If you are genuine feel free to add me. Thanks. x
Based on a safe percentage of 1-2% of total body weight, about 25lbs.


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January 9, 2012 5:57 AM
Girl I totally understand your sentiment! We are taking the kids to Disney World the first weekend in June and I am thinking hmmmm how much will I have lost by then? LOL Though I have a lot further to go than you, I can completely understand what you're thinking :) Really, the best thing you can do is eat really well (cut out processed food, trust me it makes a huge difference. I have failed miserably in the past, but last week I *tried* cutting out everything processed and I lost 11 lbs in 1 week, so now I'm a believer LOL) Do lots of cardio within your target heart-rate (you can find that just by googling), drink lots of water, and hope for the best! I dunno if you can exactly put a number on it, but you can think about that vacation every time you don't feel like working out LOL! I know that's what I do. It's definitely motivating. Good luck!
Edited by kailysimpson On January 9, 2012 5:58 AM
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January 9, 2012 5:59 AM
I lost 32 pounds between April 10th and September 22 (my 40th birthday!). I did that by eating about 2000 calories and exercising most days.

I'm about your height (5'9") and started out about 20 lbs. lighter than you. My goal was to have a healthy BMI by my 40th birthday.

I bet you can lose 25-35 pounds in five months!
Edited by UpEarly On January 9, 2012 6:02 AM
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January 9, 2012 6:00 AM
It depends on how dedicated and in control you are. Realistically you could lose 35lbs but since you weigh a little more maybe 40. That is roughly 2lbs a week. Me personally i do not like anything that cost money to lose weight. Maybe I am cheap lol but to each his own and whatever works for the individual. Ok back on topic. So to lose that amount of weight per week is not as difficult as you might think. You weight 210lbs so roughly you burn 2100 calories a day. Knock 500 calories and in 7 days you lost 1lb (3500cal=1lb). Do a little exercise and you are on your way. Also you mentioned in one of your replies that during the week it is a little difficult to go to class? Who says you have to go to class to lose. Do an exercise tape, walk around the block, dance at home. People have incredible routines on facebook. Just remember that this is what you have to want because if you don't want it- you aint getting it!
January 9, 2012 6:09 AM
Thanks everyone for your advice. I think the majority got it that I'm not planning on losing 50-60lbs my the end of May, but just as much as I can. I've put down that I would like to lose 2lbs a week. Last week I lost 1lb but had started mid week, so not a full week. I guess I'll see what happens on Saturday!

18 weeks till my holiday so 'possibly' 36lbs, to be honest 28lbs (2 stones) would be fab!

Feel free to add me if your in the same boat (or have been in the past). x
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January 9, 2012 6:39 AM
I wish people used context clues, clearly she meant 60pounds in total, not by May. But yes, I would say 15-20pounds is your best bet. It is not uncommon to lose a lot in the initial phases of weight loss, some people lose more, it depends on how strict your diet is, and what kinds of changes you make.
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January 9, 2012 6:46 AM
Good luck to you. If you work diligently between now and the end of May you'll be much happier on your trip knowing that you are working toward a healthier lifestyle.
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January 9, 2012 6:48 AM
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I wish people used context clues, clearly she meant 60pounds in total, not by May. But yes, I would say 15-20pounds is your best bet. It is not uncommon to lose a lot in the initial phases of weight loss, some people lose more, it depends on how strict your diet is, and what kinds of changes you make.


Thank you. I was beginning to feel that some people didn't understand me. Ha. x
  14461767
January 9, 2012 6:49 AM
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Good luck to you. If you work diligently between now and the end of May you'll be much happier on your trip knowing that you are working toward a healthier lifestyle.


Thanks. That is true. I guess as long a I am true to myself and know that I have worked hard. At the end of the day it's down to me. Appreciate the support though. x
  14461767
January 9, 2012 6:55 AM
As much as you desire:) Read the Atkins diet book. I lost 12 pounds in 2 weeks and kept it off.
January 9, 2012 6:55 AM
I did Ideal Protein. On that plan, the average is 3 to 7 lbs per week (for me it was 3 lbs per week on average). Therefore, you could pretty easily lose 48 lbs (or more) by sticking to it.

Through regular healthy eating and exercise, I would bank on about 30 lbs (that is 2 lbs per week) if you stick to it!

Good luck!
January 9, 2012 6:57 AM
Good morn u could lose whatever u put ur mind an time to. Me myself I'm working toward a goal an also have an annuel girl friends trip to jamaica in april so I tell u what lets do this u an I work out and check back in every monday with out loss. If that's ok with u just let me know what our weight lose check in time will be. If not good luck on ur goal any way and have fun and enjoy ur trip in may.
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January 9, 2012 7:03 AM
Everyone's body is different. There are ways to lose an excessive amount of weight by then, but it's not likely to be long term weight loss. You have plenty of time to do it the right way and still lose a significant amount of weight. You could make a big change in 18 weeks....go for it!
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January 9, 2012 7:03 AM
Good info!
  10677895
January 9, 2012 7:05 AM
When I started MFP, I lost 30# in about 5 months. I wasn't doing anything extreme - just sticking to my diet and eating back the calories that I burned. I was not a breafast/lunch eater - I often skipped those meals. I started eating 3 times a day with a couple of snacks, like you should, and surprisingly, the weight started coming off rather quickly.
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January 9, 2012 9:52 AM
QUOTE:

When I started MFP, I lost 30# in about 5 months. I wasn't doing anything extreme - just sticking to my diet and eating back the calories that I burned. I was not a breafast/lunch eater - I often skipped those meals. I started eating 3 times a day with a couple of snacks, like you should, and surprisingly, the weight started coming off rather quickly.


I've often been told that is my problem. I can quite easily go without food breakfast and sometimes lunch too. Since starting this I have made an effort to have 3 meals a day, not very good with the snacks, except for a coffee! I must try and have more fruit and therefore should have that as a snack (although I'm allergic to citrus so I can only have a small amount). Thanks. x
  14461767
January 9, 2012 10:07 AM
everyone says 2 lbs a week or one lb a week honestly calories in calories out - all o fthe fad diets dont work becasue its not a life style change - a life style change is eating healthy being accountable by portion sizing and changing the way you view things. you can live to eat or you can eat to live. I do 1200 calories a day and Im flexable some are less rarely ever more ( now ) I lost 60 lbs in 4 months and kept it off for two years until i cahnged jobs worked for my self and relinquished my schedule for just eat what i can when i can - that doesnt work even with the best intentions. You have to have structure if you want that Oreo eat it but be accountable and log it in - if you deny your self then you quit quickly just like all the fad diets - moderation and portions is your key. Make decisions do I want that bowl of icecream or am i getting more bang for my buck ( content full sensation ) by strretching those callories over more low calorie foods - and sometimes I want the ice cream - great ... but measure - 1/2 a cup will satisfy the flavor you want and if you dont eat it all in one bite and have something to dring along with it seems to go farther. lots of people say oh if you want the weight to stay off then you have to loose it slow - well that makes sense because the longer you are in the habbit of eating this way the more of a GOOD habit you for m of eating this way if you can take it of fast and are of the concious mind that this is now the way you eat it wont magically come back - its a decision to be healthy - I have lost 15 lbs since December 26th i have not been to the gym I teach music and run a recording studio so the activity level is not way up there at this point however once the numbers come down then I will back on the gym schedule to tone and maintain - if you want to loose weight change the diet... nuf said feel free to friend me because we are all here for the same reason we want to get healthy. I love the social and motivation of having other like minded people here is great so Yea us for being here in the first place.... see ya on the scale :0) Greg
January 9, 2012 10:28 AM
for your weight you should be losing between 1-2lb week,(possibly will lose more in your first week) so i would expect to lose between 20-40lbs by end of may (20weeks). I know its tempting to do some crazy crash diet 'lose 10lbs in 10 days' etc and lose as much as possible before your holiday, but that will more than likely mess with your metabolism so its harder to lose weight long term.
if you stick to the cal allowances set by MFP and exercise min 4x per week, including weight training if possible, the weight will come off more slowly but healthily, and you will feel a lot better for it! the exercise will help tone your muscles so you might not lose as many lbs but will lose inches which will get you into those smaller holiday clothes!
i started 12 weeks ago @ 244lb, have lost 21lbs so far and havent felt like I am on a 'diet' at all, everything is logged good or bad, then if i have a week with no loss i can look back through my diary see what went wrong that week. Ive gone from a very tight UK18 to just about fitting in a 16, so i would say around 20-25lbs is 1uk size, depending where you carry your weight.
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