For the average person (most of us), losing fat takes time. In general, more fat equals a quick drop in weight loss. Most “overweight” people (30 or more pounds) can expect to lose around 2 to 3 pounds per week. They can lose more, but that’s the average. The less you have to drop the slower it will come off, with leaner people possibly losing about 1 to 2 pounds per week. And those that are already lean, the process is even slower.
- All it takes is 4, 6, or 8 weeks
4, 6 or 8 weeks are too extreme. Most sustainable results come with about 6 months of planning and hard work
- You have to have realistic expectations. Remember the 2-3 or 1-2 pounds per week.
- Start with an honest assessment of where you are and map out a plan
- Make adjustments as necessary.
- One meal will wreck your results
Fat loss is not the same exact science for everyone. That means you don’t have to stress every small decision. Fat loss doesn’t react to the whims of one particular day, exercise, or meal. Fat loss is a process. Just like any other process fat loss occurs when many steps are taken and executed together. Most times you just need to let the process run it’s course. Learn the steps for your body, understand how it works for you, and then continue to pace yourself until your fat starts to fall off.
- Drop 2 dress sizes in one week
The biggest problem for most we want results immediately. It didn’t take you one week to go up 2 dress sizes. These extreme fad diets tell you to drop all carbs, run 5 miles a day, only eat cabbage soup, or maybe wear a hot sauna suit for the next 7 days. None of these will give you overnight success because they are not sustainable over a long period of time. As soon as you stop doing the extreme the weight plus some comes right back. It will take planning, patience, hard work and adjustments along the way.
According to survey results, 60% of people that start a diet plan never make it past 4 weeks.
What makes this stat so important? For visible results, most people need to be on a consistent diet and fitness plan for a minimum of 8 to 12 weeks. So, it’s no wonder why so many people start with the right intent and are even doing what needs to be done, but quit prematurely.
Be patient. Work hard. Focus on the process and not the outcome, and if the program is right, then your results will only be a matter of time.