Do you think a 50lb weight loss goal in 8 months - August 1st target date - is reasonable?

  • Timbales

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    Jan 09, 2008 12:35 AM GMT
    That's my goal. I'm going on vacation to England and I'd like to be thinner and lighter. A 50lbs weight loss puts my within my ideal weight for my height and bone structure.

    Am I being unreasonable?
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    Jan 09, 2008 12:50 AM GMT
    I've done a little less than 20 in less than 3 with Christmas and New Years in there...I do have to say though, it's probably the easiest part if I were shooting for 50. Have another 5 for my goal..but some of that weight is actually gone and replaced by heavier muscle so I feel I've already won. I think you can do it....but definitely start now and keep the goal in mind.

    Good Luck.
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    Jan 09, 2008 12:54 AM GMT
    I've done a little less than 20 in less than 3 with Christmas and New Years in there...I do have to say though, it's probably the easiest part if I were shooting for 50. Have another 5 for my goal..but some of that weight is actually gone and replaced by heavier muscle so I feel I've already won. I think you can do it....but definitely start now and keep the goal in mind.

    Good Luck.
  • irishboxers

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    Jan 09, 2008 2:10 AM GMT
    Absolutely reasonable. That's less than 2 lbs a week, which is what doctors say is about as fast as you want to lose without potentially causing other issues.

    I'm a big fan of the Abs Diet. I've lost almost 25 lbs in 2.5 months and I'm nowhere near going on a shooting spree because of carb withdrawl. Paired with a good workout regimen, you lose the weight and keep the muscle. I'm trying to drop another 20-25 before the end of April; I'd be okay with 10, but the extra 10 or 15 will get me down to a good "gay" weight (straight weight minus 10 lbs).

    Good luck with your goals!
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    Jan 09, 2008 2:49 AM GMT
    Sure do. I lost 12 lbs in one month but I don't think a starvation diet will do that. The key is to switch your metabolsim from a fat storage mode to a fat burning mode.
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    Jan 09, 2008 3:08 AM GMT
    Sorry, Timberoo. From what I can ascertain on your profile, you're 5'9" and 200 lbs. To become 5'9" and 150 lbs, it's more than just an exercise program; you may have to have the right genetics. Please consider the possibility that it may not be reasonable to set a goal at a weight loss that is not realistically achievable. Because you may not get there due to no fault of your own and then you would have missed the opportunity to enjoy the success that you deserve to be celebrating.

    "Average" (whatever that means) would put you around 165 lbs for your height. So you may not want to consider your goal based on a number of pounds. Set it on the waist line number for a new pair of jeans; number of looks you get in a week; how you feel naked; whatever measurement keeps you motivated.

    Keep us posted so we can keep cheering you on. And we want photos of your trip added to your profile. OK? And show some skin!
  • Timbales

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    Jan 09, 2008 3:44 AM GMT
    I'm aiming for 165.

    About 2 years ago, I was 250. I lost 35lbs following a low carb/low fat diet and have been able to keep it off with decent eating and maintaining exercise. I sort of plateaued and became complacent, enjoying being this much lighter, but I'm ready to step it up now.

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    Jan 09, 2008 3:56 AM GMT
    From Jan. 15 through Aug. 15 of 2007, I lost 65 pounds through a combination of diet and exercise. I might have lost more in that time if not for an extended period when I was staying in Vegas on business and strayed from my eating regimen. As it was I just maintained during that time. But it's definitely doable.

    Set the goal where you think you'll be comfortable. If you need to adjust, you can always revisit it. My doctor had warned me that my body might resist getting to my goal, so he didn't want me to focus on a number, but I like having that number at the end of the race.
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    Jan 09, 2008 3:56 AM GMT
    You can so pull it off, I just recently lost about 10 lbs. in a little more then a week when I was down in Southern California visiting my sister. So if i can do it, so can you man.icon_cool.gif
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    Jan 09, 2008 3:57 AM GMT
    Many exercise physiologists and nutritionists believe that a loss rate in excess of 1% of bodyweight invariably results on muscle loss.

    You might check out the weight loss calculator here:
    http://www.prime-fit.com/calc-timetolose.htm

    It suggests that an aggressive weight loss program would get you there in 27 weeks (6 months and 1 week), a far more sustainable approach would take 54 weeks, or just over a year.

    You have 7 months and 3 weeks - so theoretically it is possible for you to lose the excess body fat and sustain your lean mass. But you'll have to be very cagey to do it.

    Joey
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    Jan 09, 2008 6:13 AM GMT
    Yeah. You are right at the edge. Losing over 1.5 pounds per week on average is pretty tough to do without losing some muscle.

    Looking at the pictures, I'm not sure why you'd want to lose 50 pounds. That's pretty radical from the way your pictures look.
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    Jan 09, 2008 6:25 AM GMT
    Agree with Chucky. I wouldn't think you need to lose 50lbs. You might look like Ally McBeal at that weight.
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    Jan 09, 2008 9:42 AM GMT
    No problem as long as you are strict, count the calories and work hard and efficiently.

    There is no reason at all you will lose lean muscle mass if you dont crash the diet and as long as you work the muscle hard and to failure. One fo the tricks on not losing the lean muscle mass is structure your diet so that it allows for refeeds on a calorie cycle.

    So say you are starting off on a diet of 2000 calories a day for the first week. Week 2 drop it 200 week 3 up it 100 and rinse repeat until you reach yuor minimum allowance which at your stats (depending on activity) would be roughly 1400 a day. At the end of that wek start back up at the top

    Good strength, It aint about luck in this game