(Closed) Can I lose 15 lbs in 15 weeks without it taking over my life?

posted 5 years ago in Fitness
Post # 31
789 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2015

I think 15 lbs in this amount of time is stretching it (considering you don’t have a lot to lose, as PP mentioned), but I think you can get pretty close. 

I’m 5’1 and 135 lbs, and I’ve been struggling to lose 15 lbs for like 4 months now and I’ve only lost a couple of lbs. However, I haven’t been super strict with my diet. 

I think if you cut back on your salt intake, bad carbs and sugars, and exercise regularly, you can lose at least 10 and it sounds like that already will be a major difference on your frame. 

Good luck!

Post # 32
1070 posts
Bumble bee

I’ve done the21 Day Fix Extreme which is all about portion control and clean eating combined with 30 minute workout videos per day.  Each one is different.  It’s a great program and has been very effective for me.  I’ve lost 8 lbs since Feb/March and I haven’t been that consistent with the workouts (shame on me!).  I’m right about where you are height and weight wise and PPs are correct.  The less you weigh, the harder it is to get those last pounds off.  But it can be done.  Good luck!

Post # 33
220 posts
Helper bee

So true about the last few pounds being absolutely hell to shift!  You have all the information to do it, you will just need serious discipline so it depends on how motivated you are.

1. My Fitness Pal – track your calories and be 100% honest about portion size and don’t forget sneaky little treats and snacks.  To lose the weight you want in the timeframe and looking at your size, I would say you’ll have to be pretty strict about calorie counting – probably no more than 1250-1300 cals per day and add in extra on the days you exercise (MFP will do that for you).

2. Do efficient workouts – if you realistically don’t have time for a 10k run 3 times a week then find a home workout that you can stick to religiously.  And use heavy weights, 10lb weights won’t get you anywhere.  Squats, planks, burpees, pistols, pushups, skipping, pullups or ring rows, sprints and box/bench jumps will get you leaner in a short time.

3. Give up all refined carbs and sugars – this is really difficult but it will give results!  I promise!  No bread, pasta, white potatoes, minimise rice, no baked goods of any kind.  If you love cheese, stick to feta or goats cheese.  Ditch dairy if possible.  Absolutely no breakfast cereals and if you like porridge make sure you eat only steel cut oats, no rolled oats or any of those Nature’s Path type things which promise they are organic and healthy, they’re not!

4. Cut out sugar – if you have a sweet tooth then have a berry smoothie with greek yoghurt or a couple of pieces of dark chocolate.

5. Cut out alcohol – if you can’t cut it out completely then have a clear coloured alcohol (e.g. gin, vodka) with sparkling water/soda water and lime or a small glass of red wine.  Absolutely no beer or sugary cocktails.

6. Try to limit eating out – this is my downfall – I can manage easily when I am eating at home and preparing my own meals but it goes out the window when I eat out.  Restaurants add SALT to everything and it causes serious bloating.  When you eat out be careful about choices – I loved a particular chicken salad from a restaurant here and discovered it had 920 calories :O  In the same restaurant a 7oz sirloin steak with asparagas and mashed potatoes was only 660 calories!  You are better with a piece of meat, vegetables and sweet potatoes or even white potatoes without sauce than you are with a fancy salad that has a ridiculously fatty dressing included!


Post # 34
587 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

Do Barre 3 daily and drink 2-3 liters of water a day. No sugar. No bread. No pasta. Anyone who is serious about losing weight doesn’t eat bread! Stop eating anything that comes from a box or freezer food type things. Watch for hidden sodium. Eat whole natural foods. My fav is grilled chicken with grilled asparagus. I’ve lived this way for the last 4 weeks and have dropped 10lbs So far.  If I’m feeling a stab of hunger I’ll drink a protein shake. You can do this!!!!!!!!


Post # 35
52 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

Nope. That’s a super reasonable and medically attainable goal unless you’re low normal weight to begin with. Try weight watchers or my fitness pal. 

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