Q: I’d like to lose 25 pounds, how long will it take me?
A: Well, I’m not totally on board with the question. Excuse the pun, but could we break it down into doable bites?
How about working on this incrementally by starting with the first 5 pounds. Sounds more achievable don’t you think?
Another thought I had about the question itself – our goal should not be to lose WEIGHT but to lose FAT. I know you thought I was going to say our goal should be to eat healthy. Or perfectly. Or correctly. But those hurdles, I think, are awfully high ones.
So rephrasing the question, how long will it take to lose 5 pounds of fat seems like a good one.
Mathematically, your body can manage a drop in fat of about 1/2 to 1 pound each week, assuming one is not morbidly obese. I know you’re thinking YIKES! That will take me forever to lose 5 pounds. No, that will take you 5 – 10 weeks.
Most probably it took that long to put on the fat, so it’s reasonable to think it will take that long to lose that same fat. But there’s the word “reasonable”.
We can try something more dramatic, as we’ve discussed, but those crazy diets and methods aren’t sustainable. “Unreasonable” doesn’t work, so why keep trying it. Slow and steady wins the race….to be well.
PS Funny Patty Lawson, From The Dining Car, always keeps us on the right track; she recently wrote: I read that chocolate slows down the aging process. This may not be true, but why take a chance?