Around this time of year a lot of women ask us: How long does it take to lose 10lbs?
The answer is nobody actually knows how long it will take *you* to lose 10lbs (or 20, or 30, or whatever number you’re thinking of) from where you are right now.
Also, it’s the wrong question because it produces the attention span of a toddler. Toddlers expect whatever they want to be handed to them right now or they will give up, throw a fit and find somebody to blame for their anger.
However, adults (hopefully) understand that getting what you want isn’t that easy because nobody is going to do it for you, negotiating wholesale changes in your lifestyle is hard, and that you can only microwave popcorn.
The adult questions to ask are:
1. What do I need to do to lose 10lbs?
2. What are the obstacles to doing those things?
3. What are ways to work around those obstacles?
Here’s the basics condensed to just 2 points:
1. Do strength training consistently. There’s a limit, but the amount of food you can eat and maintain or eat and lose weight is determined by how much lean body mass you have. Also, when losing weight, if you are not strength training *most* of what you’re losing will *not* be fat.
2. Respect for calories. Despite what your cousin, the quantum wellness consultant, posts on Facebook, weight loss is just calories in vs calories out. The simplicity of it doesn’t mean it’s easy. It’s not! My wife has lost and kept off 70-ish pounds, and I’ve lost 70 (kept off 60), and it’s hard. We don’t want to see you make it even harder by chasing BS.
All humans are wired to be attracted to cheap, easy and/or fast. When it comes to things like toilet paper you can realistically have that. However, your body is not toilet paper.
Your coach in health and fitness,
PS- If you’re feeling bloated over the holiday season check out this article on How to Beat the Bloat.