Weight Loss: How Long?

by Emily Schwartz

One question raised in relation to weight loss is how long it will take to achieve. There are some information that you will need to collect in relation to your body’s composition which can help to determine just how long it is going to take you to lose weight.

The first thing you have to do is work out how much of your body weight is body mass (muscle and bone) and how much of it is fat. There are certain calculations one can use which can help to work out what percentage of your body is made up of fat and what percentage is made up of body mass.

For men, they need to not only weigh themselves but they also need to measure the circumference of their waist. As for women, along with weighing themselves there are several other measurements that they need to take in order to calculate out how much body fat they have. They need to measure the circumference of their waist, hips, wrist and forearm.

When it comes to what calculations need to be done for working out how much fat you have, there are plenty of sites online that show you how, or you can use one of the many online calculators to do them for you instead. All you have to do is enter the measurements you have taken. Once you know what percentage of your body is fat then you can begin to determine just how long it will take to burn this fat off.

The first thing you need to do is work out how much weight you want to lose and deduct this from what you weigh currently. Therefore if you say weigh 220 lbs and want to weight 203 lbs in the future, the amount of weight you are looking to lose is 17 lbs.

If you then calculate that on average you can expect to lose just 1 lb each week whilst on your weight loss program, then it will take around 17 weeks for you to reach your weight loss goal. But remember when calculating how long it is going to take you to lose weight you need to remember that you are trying to burn off the fat but keep the muscle.

The diet and exercise regime you use should be one that will help to ensure that fat is burnt off and muscle mass gained. Keeping your weight loss goals to around 1 lb a week will ensure that you do so safely instead of resorting to starvation kinds of diets to achieve your weight loss goals.

When it comes to weight loss and how long it takes for you to reach your desired goals is also dependent on just how determined you are to remain working at it. Many people tend to give up after only a couple of weeks into their weight loss program simply because they haven’t seen any results that they feel they expected to have.

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