How Long it Takes to See Results on the Scale

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When it comes to dieting, we all seem to have the same question: How long does it take to lose weight?

We would love for the answer to be something like, “It takes exactly 1-day, 2-hours and 37-minutes to lose 1-pound while on the eat-all-the-grapefruit-you-want-diet,” but of course, it isn’t that easy. 

This is because in addition to there being a zillion-and-one diets out there to choose from, we all have different metabolisms, different levels of commitment, and different body compositions to factor in.

However, this doesn’t mean that by dieting the right way (which, by the way, probably means skipping at most of the zillion-and-one fad diets) you can’t expect to lose weight–just that it may happen at different rates for different people. 

How Long does it Take to Lose 10 Pounds?

When you enter into your weight loss calculator how long you would like your weight loss to take, you are setting a goal for yourself, which is a good thing. In fact, setting weight loss goals is key in becoming mentally locked into the lifestyle changes you need to not just lose the weight, but keep it off. 

However, there is also a need to be realistic in your expectations, which means understanding the various factors of weight loss. These include the type of eating program you’re following, your metabolism and body makeup along with the nature of weight loss itself. 

The main thing is not to expect your weight to come off all at once, and to view your new eating program as a lifestyle change rather than a “diet.” Sure, we all want things to happen as quickly as possible, although part of being realistic is understanding that weight loss is a work in progress which doesn’t happen overnight. In fact, any diet or supplement which claims extremely rapid weight loss should be avoided since it is either a scam or VERY unsafe. 

That said, a diet which limits carbs will cause you to lose water weight during the first few days, which will seem rapid at first but will slow down once the fat loss stage is reached. 

However, you need to understand that this is the nature of a low-carb diet so that you don’t become discouraged, which means measuring your progress the right way. 

Measuring Your Progress

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Measuring your progress is an important part of losing weight since seeing results makes all the difference in your continued motivation. 

However, stepping on the scale daily may leave you frustrated since your weight fluctuates from one day to the next, which means you may see weight gain at times. This is in addition to it being a very small window which will likely show minimal progress at best. 

Better yet, get in the habit of stepping on the scale once per week, which will give you a view of your overall progress, which will better help you continue toward your goal. 

Measuring yourself is also recommended, since fat doesn’t weigh as much as you may think (muscle weighs much more, in fact). By using a tape measure, you can likely see even more progress than you would just stepping on the scale. 

This is very important if you are adding an exercise program along with your eating program (recommended), since even though you may be losing fat you can potentially see weight gain through muscle mass. Of course, this isn’t a bad thing, just that it may be confusing and frustrating to diet carefully and put in loads of work in the gym only to see that you now weigh more! 

So, using a tape measure is advised along with stepping on the scale once per week. 

Can I get an Idea of My Weight Loss Rate?

Of course, and even though we all have different metabolisms and may be on different eating programs, there are some basic parameters of what you can expect to lose with the right discipline, eating and exercise program. 

This can be:

  • Week 1: You will likely see about a 5-pound weight loss when you step on the scale at the end of the week. Congratulations! It’s the first step, but a big one!
  • Week 2: You will probably notice an inch-or-so gone from your middle, and your clothes may start to hang a bit looser. Whoo-hoo! Pat yourself on the back, you’re on the way to hitting your goal!
  • Week 3: During your third week, you may have lost as much as 15-pounds, which is awesome! However, don’t be discouraged if it is less than this—you’ll still get there. Exercise is likely much easier and enjoyable by this point due to your increased energy level, and your self-confidence? It’s going up in direct proportion to your decreasing waistline. 
  • Week 4: You are now strutting around showing off the new outfit you promised yourself once you were able to fit into it (or if you’re a guy, you’re just strutting around no matter what your wearing), and your eating program should now feel like the norm rather than a chore. This is what you signed up for, so don’t short yourself on back-pats, hallelujahs and ear-to-ear grins every time someone says, “You look fantastic, have you lost weight?”

Your Eating Plan: Making it Simple

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So, how long does it take to lose weight, you ask? It depends on you, your eating program, and how well you adapt to your new lifestyle. 

In fact, one of the biggest problems with dieting is that it means minding the types of foods you eat and the number of calories in them, which usually means NO CONVENIENCE FOODS. 

Until now, that is. 

Fortunately, Eat Rite Foods keeps it convenient for you in the form of great tasting, healthy, fresh meals delivered right to your door. Plus, we do all the homework for you so that you know the exact calories, protein, fat and carb content in each meal. 

This way, it is like having a habit pre-established for you, since all you have to do is order, heat and enjoy. 

So, rather than torturing yourself with the latest anchovies-and-limburger diet craze, why not let Eat Rite Foods accommodate your dietary needs conveniently, nutritiously, and above all, deliciously? 

Plus, think of the zillion-and-one useless diets you won’t have to bother with this way!


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