How long it will take to lose weight is subjective.  How many pounds are you trying to lose?  What method will you use to achieve your goal?  How will your body react?  Just as each person is different the amount of time it will take you to achieve your weight loss goals is equally unique.  Typically, a weight loss program can be from 2-52 weeks long and are then followed up with a maintenance program.

New-york-_Medical-weight-loss-doctorWeight loss is no easy feat.  You cannot simply wave a magic want and be the weight you desire.  Regardless of the method of weight loss you choose it take determination, effort and time to achieve your goals.  However, there are some standard guidelines to give you an idea of the time involved.  On average people who reduce the amount of calories they consume and increase their daily exercise routine will lose between .5 and 2.5 pounds per week.  This is considered a healthy rate of weight loss.

People do tend to lose larger amounts of weight at the beginning of a weight loss program.  This is because you lose water weight when you begin a new diet regimen.  Reducing carbohydrates and sodium intake will reduce the amount of fluid retained by the body.  Water weight loss usually occurs during the first two weeks of a new program and can be up to ten pounds of weight loss.

Rapid weight loss is usually the result of unhealthy measures.  Fad diets, or drastically reduction calories can increase the amount of pounds you lose initially.  However, these are unhealthy ways of losing weight and can have negative impacts down the line.  They can slow your metabolism and often lead to the loss of lean muscle tissue.  They are also a major reason of people regaining the weight they lost after they have achieved their weight loss goals.

A gradual approach is a healthier way to lose weight and will be more sustainable in the long run.   Making healthy lifestyle changes now will make it easier to lose the weight.  It will also make it easier to maintain a healthy weight after you have achieved your goals.

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