The most important thing to remember when you start losing weight, and especially when you’re first eating less and getting fit and feeling good about yourself – you need to be looking at yourself in the mirror and say “Yes!” and go for it. But you can do it!
As a rule of thumb you lose about 10% of your weight per week by eating better. This has not been proven but it is an interesting thought that if we lose half our body weight through exercise and eating less, our weight starts to drop by half, not by a large amount. So you can be pretty sure that you’ll lose enough weight while you’re exercising.
The other side to the coin, of course, is that you’ll need to eat less. So you’ll have to give up a certain amount of your food – that can be a few more calories than you normally eat each day.
The other thing to consider is that a certain percentage of people have trouble losing weight, so don’t assume that everyone will go from a 5% to 10% drop in weight, which might not happen for all people. Don’t assume that you’ll lose weight on the next rung of the ladder!
In the above chart, it shows what it would mean if a person went from being a 5’8″ and weighing 130 pounds down to a weight of 170 pounds. How much would you really have to lose? A little over 100 calories a day.
So do this: Pick a weight that is about a 50% decrease when you eat less, and a 50% decrease when you eat more. Do you really have to go down to 50% less or up to 100% more? If so, you’re on a good track.
Is it easier to lose weight when you start exercising?
Yes there is a correlation between being physically active and losing weight. The reason you might think is that when you’re less active you’re less active and so you lose weight faster. That’s a pretty simple idea but people tend to think that if you don’t exercise you could never lose weight.
This is not true. In recent decades, we’ve had a lot of weight-loss research into exercising, the main thing with exercise is it just seems to work. It is difficult, however, to find a study where people start with a set exercise regimen and then just exercise once a week. Most people seem to be eating more in the first 4 weeks of an exercise program even if