Drop 2 Pounds a Week for 12 Weeks
The fitness industry is flooded every day with diets promising rapid weight loss.
I want to use this article to highlight why losing 2 pounds per week for 12 weeks will work best for you.
I’ll be explaining what you need to do to achieve this goal over a series of articles.
Why aim to drop 2 pounds a week?
I’m sure you’ll be familiar with all the diets out there promising hefty weight loss in record times?
The reason why many of these diets exist is simply because there’s such a high demand for quick and easy weight loss.
Losing a large amount of weight in record time is not always the best option. When embarking on a weight loss program, you need to consider this;
Is it realistic?
Is it sustainable?
Is it healthy?
The amount of fat you can lose will depend on several factors. Weight losses are often relative to body size.
If you are carrying a lot of fat before you start, you’ll be able to safely lose more than someone carrying much less body fat.
I want this diet to help you continue your progress after the 12 weeks.
This is not a quick fix or a fad; it’s a lifestyle!
Body Weight vs Body Composition
A weight loss programme is often meaningless unless you take into consideration body composition.
This includes the fat to muscle ratio as well as water weight. Athletes such as boxers will often drop weight quickly before a weigh-in by sweating it out.
You also hear about people attempting a ‘water fast’ and end up dropping a lot of weight.
As this weight is water and lean tissue it’s almost certain they’ll put the weight straight back on.
This should highlight what I’ve said about making your programme sustainable.
One massive advantage of aiming to drop 2 pounds a week is that it’s sustainable and do-able healthily.
Avoid the ‘Quick Fix’
As I’ve mentioned, there are methods to burn a lot of fat fast with the numerous ‘quick fix’ diets available.
I want to emphasize further why these are not your best option if you want healthy fat-loss.
As well as being unsustainable, potentially unhealthy and risk losing the wrong kind of weight, you’ll probably have to deal with hunger, small calories mixed with high-intensity exercise to get that kind of deficit.
Extreme methods are often unrealistic for non-athletes and it normally leads to weight gain afterward.
It is just not suitable or sustainable to your average person’s lifestyle.
Let’s now look at the bigger picture of what it means to lose 2 pounds a week.
Depending on how much fat you want or need to lose it could be 50-100 pounds in a year.
You would never gain that kind of weight overnight so it can’t be expected to lose it instantly either.
Here’s the honest truth; it’s hard work, it takes dedication, it takes commitment, it takes patience, it takes motivation and it also takes self-belief.
But with that said, it’s totally do-able. You can do this with some decent planning, a good diet, the correct training and the right attitude.
I’m going to give you all the tools you need to help you achieve this goal of losing 2 pounds of fat per week healthily for 12 weeks.
The next article will highlight why counting your macros will help you achieve this goal. There’s no better time to start getting realistic, sustainable and healthy results!