Let’s say you want to lose weight quickly. Maybe you have an event that you need to attend, or maybe you just don’t want to have to spend a lot of time slimming down. Before you go to extremes, however, there is a limit to how much weight you can safely lose in two weeks. How much is that? Keep reading for the truth about realistic weight loss goals.
It’s Probably Less Than You Think
If you thought that you could lose a lot of weight in two weeks, you’d be mistaken. It is really only safe to lose a pound or two per week.
So, in two weeks, with consistent effort, you can expect to lose maybe two to four pounds. That’s it. Anything more, and you are potentially moving into unhealthy territory.
The goal is slow and steady weight loss, not extreme weight loss.
Calories and Fat
According to Prevention, you can start losing weight by being more aware of how many calories you are consuming, and how those calories are converted into fat in the body.
It’s actually pretty simple:
- Over the course of a week, if you consume 3,500 more calories than you are burning, you will likely gain a pound of fat.
- Over the course of a week, if you consume 3,5000 fewer calories, you might lose a pound of fat. And, if you create a deficit of 7,000 calories, you might be able to lose two pounds.
- Cutting roughly 500 to 1,000 calories daily can help you achieve your goal of losing a pound or two per week.
Ready to Put This Plan into Action?
With this understanding of how calorie intake affects the amount of fat stored in the body, you can immediately begin making changes to the way that you eat so you can start losing weight.
If you want to lose a pound in a week, which is a safe amount, you can start by making sure you are burning way more calories than you are consuming. By switching to lower calorie foods, and by exercising to burn more calories through activity, you can achieve this goal.