We live in a society that seeks instant gratification. The faster the better – especially when it comes weight loss.
And it’s no surprise because being on a diet is definitely not fun. As such, it’s natural to wonder how fast you can lose weight. Unfortunately, there’s no clear-cut answer. It really depends on a bunch of different factors.
For example, how much weight you have to lose – in total – will largely dictate how fast you go on to lose it. Obviously, someone who needs to lose 100 pounds can lose the first 20 much faster than someone who needs to lose only 30. The former might shed it in a few short weeks while the latter could take 6-8.
Another thing to consider is the method of losing weight. Generally speaking, some will produce much better results than others. For instance, if you decide to take up running in order to shed the pounds (while doing nothing else) you might be in for a surprise… and not in a good way. That’s because, contrary to popular belief, exercise plays a very small role in the battle of the bulge.
On the other hand, by cleaning up your diet (the major determinant of weight loss) you can achieve outstanding results in a relative short period of time. In fact, with the right program you can lose 7, 10 or even more pounds during the first week (the record for someone on the Cruise Control Diet is 14 pounds in 7 days; of course, this was a very heavy person to begin with).
So, as you can see, how fast you lose weight will largely depend on your diet. Nevertheless, here are a few good benchmarks you can go by:
- You should be losing at least 3-5 pounds in your first couple of weeks of starting a diet. Of course, most of this will be water weight, but it’s a good way to kick things off nonetheless.
- You should be losing 2-3 pounds per week after that.
- You should expect plateaus somewhere along the way (and you should know how to break through them).
One final word regarding these benchmarks: they are rough. Remember, heavier people will put those to shame while lighter people will struggle to come close them. That’s just the way it is. Nevertheless, as long as the scale is trending downwards, you should be nothing short of ecstatic. Because when done right, once each pound comes off, it’s gone for good.