Post # 1
My wedding is November of this year. I’ve been putting in my meals into MyFitnessPal which has me consuming under 1480 I think to count my calories and I have been motivating myself as best I can to get to the gym. Right now I weigh 140 and am 5″6, but I have always been active from playing soccer and staying fit. I am mixing up HIIT cardio on the treadmill and stairmaster with weight training and I’m going to start P90X on the days I don’t go to the gym. I guess I’m wondering if anyone knows how hard it would be to lose 10lbs by the time my wedding comes around?
Post # 2
10 pounds in 7 months is a very healthy rate.
One thing I’d keep in mind with P90X is that you may build a lot of muscle, which is more dense than fat. It will keep you trimmer, so your size will shrink, but you may actually put on some weight in the beginning.
I’d go into it looking at both body measurements and weight so that you can keep yourself from freaking out if the scale goes up and the waistline goes down.
Post # 3
that’s a totally achievable goal. 1lb per week is considered healthy weight loss for someone who isn’t seriously overweight. If you have 7months you have about 28 weeks.
Track your calories and exercise and be honset about what you’re doing – faking it only hurts you 🙂
Post # 4
Oh yes… 7 months is a good amount of time to lose 10lbs. Jsut keep focusing on your workouts and eating healthy. However, I say that myself and am still trying to lose 5lbs. for the last year and some!
Like PP said, if your building muscle and see the scale go up – that’s OK. Although I sometimes hate seeing the number on the scale, I go more with how clothes fit. Like right now, after taking the month for February off due to vacations and illnesses… most of my pants are really tight. Time to get my butt moving again!
Post # 5
Totally doable! When using MFP I recommend paying attention to the nutrtitional value of the foods you’re eating and not just the calories. On a calorie deficit you’ll feel much better with a balanced intake of poly/monounsaturated fats and protein with complex carbs. Good luck 🙂
Post # 6
- Wedding: Disneyland - January 2016
I would be wary. Because you are already at a healthy weight, active and eating a healthy amount of calories, it could potentially be very difficult for you to lose it. Unless you are eating very unhealthy and drastically change it, it might be more of a challenge than you expect.
I’m not trying to sound discouraging, but I’m just speaking from my own experience. I myself am 5’4″ and roughly 135 lbs. I eat fairly healthy (no sodas/sugary drinks, no chips, rarely fast food, keeping portions in check) and try to keep active (tae kwon do and swimming), and I have also been trying to lose 10 lbs. In the past two months, my weight has fluctuated maybe about 1 lb. It’s infuriating and extremely discouraging, especially if you want to try to keep up an exercise and eating routine that you can keep up long term for the rest of your life rather than doing anything drastic for looking good for one day.
Post # 7
As long as you stay at your calorie deficit you will lose weight and I think you’ve chosen a very healthy length of time. It’s refreshing from the “can I lose 10 lbs in 10 days?” questions lol.
Go ahead and do P90X! You’ll be toned and strong. You won’t gain weight from muscle if you are eating more calories than you are consuming. You’ll only be maintaining the muscle you do have, whilst losing fat, making your existing muscle more visible and defined.
Weight gain from water retention while lifting weights in the begining is normal, but you will not be “gaining muscle” unless you are overeating.
Post # 8
1-2 lbs/wk is totally doable. I guess just be mindful of how much is too much. I’m 5’6″ and lost about 10 lbs for my wedding, which put me at 137. I wanted to lose more, but hit a plateau. I think if I had lost 7 more lbs, I would have looked unhealthy…and I would have put it back on REALLY easily because even 137 would be hard for me to maintain. Obviously every body is different, but once you get on a weight loss spree especially with a wedding date approaching, it consumes you! Once my weight plateaued, I just focused on toning abs, back and arms. Good luck! Get to a point where you feel good, but don’t push yourself too far!
Post # 9
This is very achievable. Instead i recommend doing the following and only input your foods into MFP to keep track of macros and calories. Would be happy to assist more if you need it.
Post # 10
Here is some perspective for you –
When I started P90X i was 5’9″ and a healthy 150lbs. I wanted to be around 140 amd toned and fit. I followed the exercise program and meal plan to a T. I lost 25 pounds in 6 months (2 rounds) and could not believe how fit and healthy I was. Truth be told if you cut your calories enough you could lose 10 pounds in 7 weeks.
Post # 11
Lower weight ≠ smaller size.
You should focus on building lean muscle, not on losing weight. You could even focus on your size, rather than a number on the scale that doesn’t necessarily represent how healthy you are.
Post # 12
Totally possible depending on how dedicated you are! I’m 5’2″ weighing 132.2 lbs on Feb 23 2015 and today I’m 121.4 lbs. I’ve lost 10.8lbs in 25 days doing the following:
– Started eating clean on the Whole30 program.. This is the hardest part. It’s so strict and you need to be pretty organised. And it’s pretty boring and takes a toll on the social life too lol.
– Tracking using MFP like some PPs here, calorie deficit with higher % of proteins and healthy fats and less than 20% carbs.
– 2 x strength training + 2 x mobility (like stretching/yoga) and 1 high intensity PT session a week (Yes, I am exhausted all the time)
– 60 min walk every day
My body shape has completely changed. My dress which fit perfectly a month ago now falls off me (starting the fitting process on Saturday, fingers crossed!). Having said that I injured my back so my training is low intensity with no weights now but by clean eating I am still seeing progress on the scales. Other bonuses, clearer skin! It’s been really tough though I will admit, I probably left the getting fit process a bit late but the noticeable changes in my physique are totally worth the sacrifices. Good luck! Bee strong!
Post # 13
As other pps said this is doable! Even if you aim for 1/2 a pound a week you will get there
i started ww in October and down to 140. I’m also 5’6″ like you and work out a lot! that was about 9-10 pounds. But scale won’t budge now. Your body does plateau at a certain point so don’t be discouraged if you are not loosing the # you want but you might be seeing inches come off!
Dont worry as much about the number on the scale, and think more about how your body looks, ie more toned, muscular. Eat well, drink tons of water and keep up with your workouts and you wi get there 🙂
Post # 14
- Wedding: November 2015 - Riviera Maya, Mexico
Can I ask you how you keep your carb intake around or below 20%? I have been trying to lower mine, but finding it very very difficult, especially because vegetables and fruits are all mostly carbs! Good carbs, yes, but still carbs. What are somethings you eat that are not carbs? Thanks!
Post # 15
Your right, fruit and veg have carbs too. I try and stick to a lot of leafy greens, avoiding high carb veg like sweet potato, tomatoes and also limit my fruit intake to reduce carbs. I tend to go for nuts, seeds and fat alternatives like an avocado as a snack. Although, if my sweet tooth beckons I’ll sit down and have a whole punnet of strawberries or frozen blueberries. I’m no saint! I don’t always meet my limit carb target either, sometimes I just feel like my body need carbs to fuel myself for workouts, so I only try to have it as a pre or post workout snack.