(Closed) Possible to lose 10lbs in a month?! AhHHH!

posted 8 years ago in Fitness
Post # 3
Hostess
18643 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

I think that 10 lbs in a month is kind of iffy.  It depends on how much you are overweight.  The best way to lose weight is to count calories.  Use this website: http://weightloss.about.com/od/eatsmart/a/blcalintake.htm to calculate how many calories your body needs in a day, and in order to lose weight, you just eat less than that.  If you eat 500 fewer calories each day, you will lose a pound a week; 1,000 fewer calories and you will lose 2 pounds a week.  You shouldn’t go below 1,200 calories in a day in order to keep your organs from starving.

Post # 4
Member
368 posts
Helper bee

Hey 2BeMrsBear,
I’ve started a “clean” diet the past 5-6 weeks and have lost 17 lbs so far. A typical day of food might be:
Egg whites/peppers and fruit for breakfast
Fruit/yogurt, cheese/almonds for snack
Whole wheat turkey sandwich/salad, fruit, tomato with olive oil, and yogurt for lunch
Wasa crackers/Laughing cow cheese for snack
Chicken/Turkey and veggies for dinner

I’m eating around 1800 calories, and as long as your calories out are more than your calories in (determined by your resting metabolic rate – you can find it here), then just remember 3500 calories = 1 lb. So if you want to lose 2 lbs/week for 5 weeks (totally do-able), then your total calorie deficit for the week needs to be 7000. Spend some time on that website to determine more information about calories burned, calories stored, etc. 🙂 It’s helped me a ton!

Good luck!!!

Post # 5
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7082 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2009

It’s great to set goals for yourself, but in order to take weight off and keep it off, you need to do it in a sustainable way… That means that dropping 10 lbs in a month may work in the short term, but you’re likely to pack it all back on and make it harder to lose afterwards.

The best thing that I can say is to pick a sensible amount of calories to eat daily and to add a substantial work out to your routine.  I used a website like http://www.fitday.com to track my intake and calories burned and to set up realistic, sustainable goals.

In your case it sounds like switching to a diet heavy on fruits and vegetables and complex carbohydrates might already be substantial help in getting you toward your goal.  You can go to any of the websites we’ve provided to find out more about what good foods to eat are.

Hope that helps!

Post # 6
Bee
12097 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2009 - Barr Mansion

It’s possible, but it’s not a good idea to lose that much weight that fast!  If you decrease your caloric intake too much, you will stunt your metabolism, so it’s not a good idea for the long run. 

It sounds like what you’re doing is pretty healthy, so keep it up and try not to “phone it in” when you’re at the gym.  If you push yourself, you will get amazing results.  Good luck!

Post # 7
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14186 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

I think 10 pounds in a month is a lot–it’s basically right on that line of what you should feasibly be able to accomplish and what actually happens, and i agree with MissAB, it depends on how much you have to lose. The heavier you are/further away from healthy wight, drastically changing your food intake and working out may cause the 10 pounds to fall off asap. But if you’re close to a healthy body weight it seems to come off more slowly.

Eat right, work out, up your cardio, and cut out some sodium. You’ll look fab in a swimsuit!

Lots of chicken, veggies, greek yogurt, nonfat salad dressings or oil/vinegar, fruit, no pointless calories (liquor, soda, etc), lots of water. Oatmeal, skim/lowfat milks and cheeses. That kidn of stuff

Post # 8
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2767 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

that’s too much to lose in a month.  I’m sure you could do it, but it wouldn’t be healthy for you to lose that much weight that fast.

Post # 9
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243 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Some quick tips:

Do not drink your calories. Eliminate Soda, Juice and smoothies, replace with diet versions no more than 45 calories per serving. No cofee full of milk and sugar. Drink a cappacino instead.

Do not eat any potatoe chips or french fries. No deep fried snack foods at all.

If you eat currently eat these items regularly and you replace them with healthier alternatives. You can probably lose 3-5 pounds alone in a month.

The week before you go to the beach, do not drink any alcohol. Save that for the vacay! No salty foods. Drink plenty of tea and water. This will help to flush any water weight that you are carrying and will help minimize cellulite a little. If you currently retain water, this could help flush out 1-2 pounds.

If you want your skin to glow, eat a lot of fruit and vegetables 1-2 weeks before your event. Must be fresh and unprocessed.

Hope this helps.

I was a size 8 for many years. These little things have helpmed me keep off the weight. Now a size 4.

Post # 10
Hostess
18643 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

Agreed on the soda!  I haven’t had regular soda in years now.  I do have smoothies sometimes but I use them as a mini meal instead of just a snack.

Post # 12
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1154 posts
Bumble bee

Please don’t try to lose the 10 pounds it won’t be healthy and you’ll gain it back just like with the 5.  If you’re going to the gym 5/6 times a week you’re probably very fit!  You’re healthy so drastic changes are not a good idea.  When you’re healthy it’s okay to want to fine tune things just for attractiveness sake but please don’t go overboard.  The tone up issue is a gym excercise issue because eating less won’t hep.  On the other hand excercise doesn’t drop your weight only cutting food does – but it sounds like you might not need to drop any weight.  Belly fat is hard, most (not all, some women have naturally flat bellies but they are a minority) women’s bodies have a natural curve at the belly and the only two ways to get rid of it is either to be an unhealthy weight or to do a gazzilion ab excercises.  I would focus on ab workouts for your swimsuit. 

Post # 13
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7082 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2009

2b- given your height and weight, I think your expectations seem unrealistic.  Your BMI is at the lowest end of the healthy spectrum for your height and weight.  You should realized that by losing 10 lbs you would be in the “Unhealthy” category.

I think toning is the way to go.  Become good friends with your ab workout and don’t focus on weight loss.

Post # 14
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4385 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I agree with Mrs. DG and arachna – at your height and weight I think a 10 lb weightloss would be unreasonable and likely unhealthy. Focus on toning. The Abs diet workout book has some great ab exercises!!

Post # 15
Hostess
18643 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

Agreed.  Now that I know your weight and height, you really shouldn’t be worrying about your diet and losing a lot of weight.  If you want to tone up, I suggest doing pilates.  I love how strong it makes my core!

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