(Closed) Can I lose 10 pounds in one Month!?

posted 8 years ago in Fitness
Post # 32
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Glad to help. That’s one thing that gets misinterpreted a lot. People say calories in < calories out = weight loss, and you can eat 1200 calories daily of twinkies and still lose weight. Well that may be true, but a major caveat needs to be added- weight loss =/= fat loss. In fact, loss of lean muscle mass (what happens when you burn 1000+ calories on the treadmill at a time) can actually be detrimental- less muscle = higher % of body fat. So, you could lose 10 pounds and wind up with a higher body fat percentage than when you started.

Building muscle, especially for women, is incredibly difficult. You might retain a few pounds of water when you first start weight training, but that is not muscle gain. The most generous figures I have heard for women gaining muscle weight is about 10-12 pounds a year (and that’s eating at a surplus, plenty of protein, and doing consistent workouts with increased weight each time). Most figures actually only quote about half that. If you are eating at a deficit, you’d be lucky to put on a pound of muscle weight in a YEAR.

So what I am getting at is, don’t cheat your body by starving yourself. The best way to lose fat is working your muscles, and making smart food choices. 1200 calories is a lot of food if it’s all lean protein and vegetables. I think you’d have to eat like 6 eggs’ worth of whites to get to 100 calories. A 3 oz serving of chicken breast is just a little over 100 calories. Most vegetables are under 50 calories per serving.

Post # 33
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

Eating below 1200 calories/day can majorly screw up your metabolism and in the future, when you potentially put weight back on, which you most definitely will because 800 calories/day is starving yourself, it’ll become much more difficult to ever lose it.I’m amazed at people thinking this is okay or healthy.

Eat healthy, track your calories and do not go beneath 1200, and work out. If you burn 400 calories at the gym…eat an extra 400 calories. You have to eat, and eat fat, to lose weight. You can lose 2 lbs. per week with this method.

Post # 34
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

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@Tatum:  Not to mention, you’re going to be exceptionally cranky the week of your wedding because you’re not fueling yourself properly. It’s just not worth it.

Post # 35
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Eat healthy, track your calories and do not go beneath 1200, and work out. If you burn 400 calories at the gym…eat an extra 400 calories. You have to eat, and eat fat, to lose weight. You can lose 2 lbs. per week with this method.

I agree in theory you do need to properly fuel yourself, but I would be careful about eating exercise calories back. The readouts on cardio machines are notoriously unreliable. I say a good rule of thumb is eat when you’re hungry, but don’t force yourself to eat if you’re not. Just make healthy, nutritionally dense choices.

Not to mention, you’re going to be exceptionally cranky the week of your wedding because you’re not fueling yourself properly. It’s just not worth it.

I didn’t bother to mention this because I think a fair amount of posters would say, being tired and cranky is worth it if I can be skinny. I wanted to focus more on the pragmatic side that says even if you achieve the weight loss, it won’t look like you think it will. But yes, I know if I cut down to 800 calories and 2 hours of cardio every day I would be such a raging bitch I don’t think my husband would walk down the aisle with me.

Post # 36
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

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@Tatum:  I don’t rely upon exercise machines. I’m a runner and using a heart rate monitor I’m able to get a good idea of my calorie burn. I know on average you burn about 112 calories/mile you run and to show the inaccuracy of cardio machines, my dad claims he burns 900 calories from walking 4 miles because that’s what the treadmill tells him. I cycle 40 miles and don’t even burn that many calories.

Post # 37
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I can only speak for myself but I cannot vouch enough for spinning class…anyone can do it, if you want to and it truly kick-started my 25lb weight loss (i go 3x a week). It is fun and addictive!

I also just ate healthy (ex: 1% cottage cheese and fruit for breakfast, salad with grilled chicken and fat free dressing for lunch, and a low-carb meal for dinner..grilled chicken or a turkey burger with veggies). It was honestly the only thing that worked for me…i’ve been trying to lose this weight for years!

Also, not sure if you’re a drinker…but def do not drink too much alcohol. People sometimes don’t realzie how much that contributes.

Post # 38
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: December 2010 - Savannah, GA

Between June 8 and June 27, I lost 10.6 pounds without even really trying.  I know I lost that much in that amount of time, because I went to the doctor on both those days, and you know they weigh you at the doctor’s office–otherwise, I wouldn’t have even known.  I wasn’t really trying to lose weight, but I did start keeping track of what I ate on FatSecret.com.  

The weight loss gave me the incentive to keep going. Since then, the weight has been coming off a lot slower, but mostly because we’ve had a LOT of celebrations in July–family reunions, birthdays, parties, charity events, etc.  All of them seemed to have a lot of food, and I didn’t limit myself at them, so there were times when I gained a pound or two. 

Anyway, it is completely possible to take off 10 pounds in a month without any ill effects to your health.  Most people eat a lot more than they realize, and just keeping track of your food will make you more aware of what your eating.  

At first I just paid attention to how many calories were in what I normally ate. I was shocked to find out I was probably eating more than 1800 for one meal every time I went shopping with my mom!  And I had always thought I was doing well. It was really eye opening. 

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