Did you know that 69% of Americans are you overweight or obese?
That’s a shocking statistic, considering how many people make a conscious effort to lose weight each year. Clearly, there is something in the diet culture that is not working.
Perhaps a big reason people don’t lose weight is the fact that products are being sold to them with unrealistic promises. We are constantly bombarded with ’30 day’ plans and ‘instant’ weight loss products.
Most people understand that it will take a little longer, but how long does it actually take to lose weight? Well, you came to the right place; we’re here to explain exactly what to expect on your weight loss journey.
Keep reading to know more.
What is a calorie deficit?
Having a calorie deficit is the fundamental principle for successful weight loss. This means that you burn more calories than you eat, that is, calories going in versus calories going out.
However, it is more complex than counting the calories you eat. Your gender, age, metabolism, weight, endocrine system, genetics, physical activity, and gut health all influence how many calories you burn.
Therefore, a simple online “calorie deficit calculator” will be largely ineffective if you want a personalized result. In fact, there is no way to know precisely how many calories you are burning without highly specialized equipment.
Instead of meticulously counting calories, your weight loss journey should start with a lifestyle change and mindful eating. Weight loss will follow.
The first month of weight loss
You may notice that the scale drops dramatically in the first month of losing weight. However, most of the pounds you lose are water weight, not fat. This is why you see so many weight loss tips and supplements online that claim to help you shed pounds in days.
It is realistic to lose 1 to 3 pounds per week of fat; more than this is water. Don’t let this put you off and don’t be put off if the scale says you’ve put on five pounds after eating a hamburger – it hasn’t! It is water, not fat.
One year of weight loss
Between a month and a year, you will notice your weight loss plateau; this is natural and normal. Be prepared to hit plateaus that seem impossible to overcome, this is just your metabolic rate adjustment and you may need to reduce your calorie intake slightly.
During prolonged periods of weight loss, you should consider the benefits of exercise, not only for weight loss, but also for physical and mental health. Create a gentle exercise plan that will help your weight loss progress.
Finally, consider taking a Express vitamin if you maintain a long-term calorie deficit because it is easy to undernourish.
Explained: How Long Does It Take To Lose Weight?
No more questions, ‘How long does it take to lose weight?’; Now you know. Therefore, discard any expectations of overnight change. Weight loss is about a lifestyle change rather than a restrictive diet.
If you want to lose weight and keep it off successfully in 2022, you need to think long-term rather than setting an end date for your diet.
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George is Digismak’s reported cum editor with 13 years of experience in Journalism