ᐅ How Long Does it Take to Lose Weight?
- Possible Pat
- December 18, 2017
One thing everyone wants to know when they start to lose the weight is how long it will take them to reach their goals. But, the truth is, weight loss is a long road, especially if you have a lot to lose like I did.
I am currently 4 years into my journey, and while my goals may no longer be strictly weight loss, it took me a long time to lose all the extra weight that I was carrying around.
I get it, we want to see results immediately, and we want others to see the results too, especially if we are putting so much work into losing weight. When I first started to lose weight, there were changes that I saw before I ever noticed anything in the mirror, and even longer before other people began to recognize the progress I was making. In fact, I don’t think anyone noticed until I lost my first 100lbs.
I don’t say this to discourage you. Instead, I want to show you a realistic view of what you should expect so you can set realistic goals for yourself.
The transformation I had didn’t happen overnight and it wasn’t easy, but the way I saw it, I could either put the work in and lose the weight and take the long journey, or I could do nothing, change nothing, and years from now if I was still alive, be in the same exact place, if not worse.
So I made the commitment to myself and started to change. I changed my eating habits and I changed my mindset, and I stopped making excuses for myself. You can follow these exact changes and steps I took in my How to Lose Weight: 101 Guide where I help you develop healthier habits week by week.
Other Signs of Weight Loss to Look Out For
When you start to lose weight, there are more signs of success than what you see in the mirror, especially if you have a lot to lose. Switching to a healthy lifestyle and losing weight is more than just dropping pounds, it has an effect on your entire life. Here are some other signs of success you should be aware of:
- > How do you feel? If you are eating healthy, you should notice your mood increase and you may have more energy.
- > How do your clothes fit? You may notice your clothes are starting to become more lose, even before you notice a change in the mirror.
- > What does the scale say? If you have a lot of weight to lose and you aren’t seeing results in the mirror, keeping track of the results on the scale is a great way to visually see the changes that are taking place within you.
I would recommend keeping a journal, writing down every day how you feel and small changes and accomplishments you make. This will help reinforce that you are making progress and will allow you to look back and see the changes that you may not otherwise notice.
Knowing how to keep track of your weight loss progress can help keep you motivated and help you to set new goals. Once you know the progress you are making, on the inside and out, you can make more educated goals based on knowing what you are capable of. This way you set goals that are achievable, rather than aiming too high.
How to Set Weight Loss Goals
Losing weight is a long journey and knowing how to set realistic goals is key to achieving long-term success. Since I began my journey 4 years ago I have lost over 300 pounds, put on a lot of muscle and even competed in and won my first bodybuilding competition.
When I started to lose the weight, my goal was not to become a bodybuilder. That was the furthest thing from my mind. My goal wasn’t even to lose 300 lbs. If these had been my goals I wouldn’t have gotten discouraged a long time ago because I would have set myself up for failure by creating goals that were too large. It may seem ridiculous, but we need accomplishments to celebrate along the way to stay motivated.
When setting goals, you need to set realistic goals that are achievable. Your goal shouldn’t be to lose 300lbs, it should be to lose 10lbs. Then, once you reach that, set a goal for 10 more pounds, and so on.
You should also make workout goals. When I started, my goal was to walk to the nearest grocery store, which happened to be Walmart, for every meal. This was my workout goal at the time because I couldn’t bring myself to go to the gym and my movement was limited. Once I lost my first 100 lbs, my exercise goal changed and I began to go to the gym and base my goals on my workouts.
So How Long Does it Take to Lose Weight?
The time it will take for you to lose weight entirely depends on you, the amount you need to lose, and your habits.
If you really want to know how long it will take to lose weight, look at it this way: It takes 3,500 calories to lose one pound. This means you either have to be in a deficit of 3,500 calories or burn 3,500 calories to lose one pound. If you are putting yourself in a deficit, you can break this up over a week, putting yourself at a 500 calorie deficit a day to lose 1 pound in a week.
So it comes down to how many calories you are putting and how much of a calorie deficit you are in.
But this may not be the right question you should be asking because if you turn your focus on how long it takes you to lose all the weight you want, you run the risk of becoming discouraged and overwhelmed. To lose weight, you need patience because it does take time to get there. Don’t focus on how long it will take because it is not an overnight process, it is a journey with every changing goals.
Instead, what you should be asking is what can you do to get there and you start by throwing away the junk food, creating healthy habits, and learning what foods you should be eating, like the ones I have established in my How to Lose Weight: 101 Guide and my free Approved Foods List.
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About Possible Pat
Hi, I'm Pasquale Brocco and I've lost A LOT of weight. When I started my journey to lose weight, I weighed 605 pounds. After visiting the doctor, I realized I had to make a change. I started with a simple plan and within 60 days, I lost 100 lbs. So far, I've lost over 307 pounds. Now, I'm sharing a simple message with you, "Anything is possible." If you can put on the weight, you can lose the weight.