How I finally stopped dieting (and lost 40 pounds for good) (2023)

I first started writing Living Well Spending Less almost 12 years ago, in July 2010.

At the time, I was a 32-year-old stay-at-home mom of two toddlers and spent most of my time trying to keep up with the housework, chasing my kids around, and caring for my 82-year-old mother-in-law, who had moved in with us a few months earlier.

My youngest daughter Annie, was only a year old and refused to eat anything but breastmilk. She wouldn’t take a bottle, which meant I could never be apart from her for more than a few hours. She also woke up every night crying inconsolably from about 2am to 5am until she was 18 months old.

My husband and I, both sleep-deprived and running on fumes, started fighting a lot, mostly about money, and especially about my almost-daily trips to Target, which literally felt like my only escape.

Needless to say, I was stressed and miserable, and exhausted.

It was sheer survival mode.

Looking back, it was pretty much the last time in my life I can remember not worrying about my weight.

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Because as I started writing this blog and first began creating better home systems for my life, then eventually turned this hobby into a full-time job and a full-fledged business, I somehow shifted out of SAHM survival mode, and into building-a-business focus mode.

And my weight started creeping up.

At first, I tried not to panic as my clothes got tighter, and that number on the scale kept getting higher. I told myself it wasn’t that bad, especially since I was so tall, and looked for creative ways to hide my body with jackets and Spanx and long tunics and bright, bold color necklaces.

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But the older I got, the harder it got to keep a handle on it.

And then I’d have those moments where I couldn’t stand it anymore.

I’d scour the internet or find yet another new diet book on Amazon, and I was always sure that this next one was going to be the thing that worked for me.

It often felt like no matter how hard I tried—and no matter how much success I was seeing in the other areas of my life—I couldn’t seem to get a handle on my weight.

And I was so frustrated.

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Because as much as I tried to pretend like those extra pounds didn’t bother me, they did.

I was embarrassed by all those size XL tops hanging in my closet. I avoided looking in the mirror or having photos taken, or letting my husband see me naked. I dreaded running into people I hadn’t seen in a while. I refused to wear a swimsuit in public.

Not only that, and especially after I turned 40, I secretly started to fear that maybe my best days were behind me. Maybe I was already too old. Maybe I’d never again feel cute and skinny. Maybe there really was nothing I could do.

It felt like I had tried everything.

Literally everything.

Green smoothies. Juice cleanses. Cabbage soup. Weight Watchers. Noom. The F-Factor. BistroMD. Sunbasket. An app that pairs you up with a personal coach who was supposed to hold you accountable by having you send photos of everything you eat (I ended up ghosting her).

I hired a personal trainer and worked out 3 days a week.

I started running.

I’m embarrassed to admit that I even paid thousands of dollars for CoolSculpting at the local medispa, hoping maybe I could freeze off the extra fat.

With every new attempt I’d lose a few pounds—sometimes even 10 or 15 pounds—but then I’d get busy or have to go on yet another work trip, or have some sort of party or event or gathering to attend, or we’d go out to eat for the umpteenth time that week, and I’d struggle to stay on track.

Or worse yet, I’d get so hungry that I couldn’t focus, and I’d just give up.

Because the truth is, like most women I know, I’ve got a lot going on.

I thought toddlers were busy, but teenagers are a whole new level of crazy.

Life never stops.

And for me, that was exactly the problem.

I just didn’t have time to be hungry all the time.

So I’d go back to pretending the extra weight didn’t bother me.

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My turning point happened when a neighbor shared a photo they had taken of me on the Fourth of July.

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It was the heaviest I had ever been.

I was officially “overweight” according to my BMI. I weighed more than I did at 9 months pregnant. Even worse, at least for my own ego, I weighed more than my husband. And he is not really a skinny guy.

I didn’t even recognize myself.

And I was so embarrassed. Mortified, really. How had I let myself get to this point?

That was the moment I realized something needed to give.

But after having tried and failed SO many times to lose weight, I also knew I’d have to figure out a solution that would actually work for MY busy life.

I was done with dieting.

I needed to be able to eat out multiple times a week. I needed to be able to socialize. I needed something flexible and easy. I needed to be able to make food that my whole family would happily eat. I needed my teenage daughters to see me eating, not starving myself.

And I could never, ever be hungry.

So I did what I do best—I started digging into the research and looking for a better solution.

Because although it never really occurred to me before this, my superpower, the thing that I am really good at, is taking topics that can be really confusing to people—taking huge amounts of research and data and case studies and experimentations—and distilling all that information down into a simple, easy to understand, easy-to-follow system that just works.

Because when I really think about it, that’s literally what my entire business has been built upon. Here at Living Well Spending Less, I started by making extreme couponing feel easy & accessible to people—breaking it down into a simple, step-by-step process. I did that too with the Living Well Planner®—taking essentially everything that’s ever been written or taught about time management and productivity, and turning it into a tool that actually makes it simple. And then at Elite Blog Academy®, I distilled the process of starting an online business down to an easy-to-follow formula that we call the Customer Superhero Path.

Making complicated stuff feel SIMPLE is kinda what I do.

But it never actually occurred to me to apply it to my own weight loss and to my own journey to getting healthy. At least until I got so frustrated from literally trying every other thing out there that I had to try to find a better way.

And although I didn’t know it at the time, that’s really when Thinlicious™ was born.


I dug into the research and developed a whole new way of eating.

Within 6 months, I lost 40 pounds and completely transformed my body.

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Not only that, I was never hungry. I ate out all the time. I continued to socialize every weekend. I got to eat delicious food. My kids never saw me dieting. And I never felt deprived.

So what exactly did I change?

1. I stopped dieting and instead developed a new way of eating that is based on metabolic science, not restricting calories. I read dozens of books and did a TON of research and learned that so much of what we’ve been taught for the past 50 years about how to lose weight is just plain wrong.

We’ve been told that weight loss is all about “calories in & calories out,” that you should avoid fat, and that if you’re overweight it’s probably because you don’t exercise enough, or you eat too much or don’t have enough willpower. But none of that is actually true. And what’s more, when you eat the right things, weight loss actually can become almost effortless.

2. I cut out sugar, refined carbohydrates, and any artificial sweeteners that spike your blood sugar, such as aspartame, saccharin, or sucralose. Insulin is what causes your body to store fat, and when your blood sugar spikes, your body releases more insulin. Cutting out sugar, carbs, and those “bad” artificial sweeteners keeps your blood sugar stable, which allows your body to burn more fat.

Most of us assume that diet sodas and other “diet” drinks are okay because they contain zero calories, but if they have the wrong types of sweeteners (which most do) they could actually be a big part of the problem. This was shocking to me!

3. I eat LOTS of protein and plenty of healthy fat. I actually started eating meat after being a vegetarian/pescatarian for 28 years because I was having a hard time getting enough protein without the use of soy products, which I wanted to avoid. Now I eat allllll the meats—beef, chicken, pork—and quite a lot of it!

I also eat lots of healthy fats, including avocado oil, olive oil, butter, MCT oil, and full-fat dairy products. Most of us (especially those of us who grew up in the ’80s & ’90s) have been conditioned to avoid fat as much as possible, but as it turns out, fat is actually what makes you feel full and satisfied, while protein provides tons of energy.

And in case you’re wondering—I also eat plenty of non-starchy vegetables, especially spinach, broccoli, green beans, bell peppers, cauliflower & salads, as well as low-sugar fruits such as strawberries, blueberries & raspberries.

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4. I don’t count calories. I eat when I’m hungry, and eat until I feel full. As a mom to two impressionable teenage girls, one of the most important things to me was to be able to just eat normally and not ever let them see me restricting or dieting. I eat A LOT, and I eat the most delicious food! I just make sure to eat the right things.

The great thing about eating this way is that my whole family will happily eat the food I cook for myself because it’s not “diet” food. It’s delicious.

5. I worked on my mindset. Believe it or not, this was by far the most important piece and definitely the key to my success. I stopped viewing the process of getting healthy & losing weight as a “temporary” thing that I had to endure.

Because I see this as a permanent lifestyle change, not a diet, I refuse to let myself feel deprived. This is just the way I eat now. And I love it SO much! I get to eat delicious food and as much of it as I want.


Seriously, what more could I want?

I’ve finally discovered a way of eating that I know I can stick with forever because it’s everything I need—super easy, super flexible, completely satiating, and absolutely delicious.

It’s FREEDOM from diet tyranny, and it’s amazing!

It’s a way of eating—and —that has completely changed my life, so much so that I knew I had to share it.

Because I KNOW I’m not alone.

I talk to women every day who are just like me, and probably a lot like you too—high achievers who feel like this is the one piece of your life you just can’t seem to get a handle on.

And yet, your life is far too busy for complicated diets that don’t actually work. You tend to live on the go, which means constantly eating out. And being hungry simply isn’t an option, because it causes you to lose focus on all the other things you need to get done.

What you really want is a new way of eating that gets real results. Not a diet, but a lifestyle—a way of eating that’s so simple and so delicious, you could easily eat that way forever.

That’s exactly what Thinlicious is all about.

It’s based on the idea that getting healthy should taste and feel good, and my goal is to help women over 40—women who are a lot like me—finally be able to take control of your health with a simple, flexible system for losing weight that actually works.

If you’re interested in finding out more, I encourage you to download our free Flip the Switch guide, which helps explain why it feels like your metabolism is no longer working (and what you can actually do to fix it).

Or, if you’re really ready to jump in, get started right away with our 28-Day Metabolism Reset!

In the meantime, if you have any questions please feel free to reach out either via email at or via Instagram at @ruthsoukup.

Thanks for letting me share my story!

xoxo, Ruth


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How long would it take to lose 40 pounds healthily? ›

Conclusion. To sum up, it could take 4-5 months on average for you to lose 40 pounds, provided that you follow a nutritious diet, regularly work out, keep your fluid intake high especially when you work out and have a balanced sleep cycle. You will surely nail it with patience and dedication.

How many calories should I eat a day to lose 40 pounds? ›

Decrease Your Daily Energy Intake

There is no easier way to lose 40 pounds without exercise than through reducing your calorie intake. Reducing your calorie intake by 500 to 1000 kcal a day will help you do this overtime, preferably longer than just 2 months.

How noticeable is losing 40 pounds? ›

The effect of losing weight on the appearance of your face can be different in accordance with a range of variables, including body composition as well as the location where the weight loss was made. It is generally accepted that losing 30-40 lbs can be noticeable in the way you look.

Will 40 pound weight loss cause loose skin? ›

However, in most cases, small amounts of weight loss, such as 20 or fewer pounds, typically don't lead to the development of loose skin. However, larger amounts of weight loss, such as 50 pounds and over, especially over a short period, can considerably increase your risk of loose skin.

How many pounds can you lose eating 1200 calories a day? ›

If 1,200 calories a day is more than 500 calories lower than your weight-maintenance calories, you can expect to lose more than 1 to 2 pounds per week.

Will my blood pressure go down if I lose 40 pounds? ›

The more weight lost, the more blood pressure can drop. As you lose weight, it may be possible to reduce your dose of blood pressure medication — or stop taking blood pressure medication completely. Never make changes to your blood pressure medication on your own, however. Talk to your health care provider first.

How much weight will I lose if I eat 1500 calories a day? ›

People may try this diet to control their food intake and lose weight. Some research suggests that the average female can limit their daily caloric intake to 1,500 calories or less to drop 1 pound per week. The average male may consume up to 2,000 calories a day to lose the same amount of weight.

How long will it take to lose 30 pounds eating 1200 calories a day? ›

For example, it would take one 3 to 6 months on average to lose 30 pounds on a 1200 calorie diet. It is based on CDC; one can lose 1 to 2 pounds per week on average.

Will eating 1200 calories a day help me lose weight? ›

Most people need significantly more than 1,200 calories a day. Therefore, individuals who cut their daily intake to 1,200 calories can expect to lose some weight. This can be beneficial for people who are overweight or obese.

What is the most attractive BMI for a woman? ›

These studies have found that a low waist to hip ratio (WHR) of approximately 0.7 [9] and a low Body Mass Index (BMI; weight scaled for height) of approximately 18–19 kg/m2 [10] are perceived as most attractive in female bodies, while a low waist to chest ratio (WCR) of approximately 0.7, and relatively high BMI ( ...

How many pounds do you have to lose to go down a size? ›

How much weight do i need to lose to drop pants size? On average, every 10 lbs of weight a person loses will equate to 1 pant size smaller. So, for example, if someone lost 25 pounds, they would likely drop 2 and a half sizes in pants.

How many pounds do you need to lose to go down a shirt size? ›

The rule of thumb, Fernstrom says, is that losing 8 to 10 pounds translates to going down one size. Still, if you lose "up to 15 pounds, you may be OK in your old size," she says. But putting off buying new clothes until you really need them doesn't work for everyone.

How do you keep skin tight while losing weight? ›

How can you avoid loose skin while losing weight?
  1. Lose weight gradually. Although it may not always be an option, losing weight slowly is the best way to prevent loose skin. ...
  2. Lose weight by building muscle. ...
  3. Eat a balanced diet. ...
  4. Quit smoking. ...
  5. Stay hydrated. ...
  6. Protect your skin.

Does flabby skin go away? ›

Loose skin after weight loss is not permanent and will disappear over time. After a month or two, you should no longer see excess skin hanging from your body. If you are still having problems with excess skin, then you should see a doctor.

What vitamin deficiency causes sagging skin? ›

How vitamin D deficiency leads to accelerated skin aging isn't fully understood. However, some experts suspect it has something to do with vitamin D's protective and antioxidant properties on the skin.

Should I lose weight on 1200 or 1500 calories? ›

The 1200-calorie diet is geared toward women. Men's bodies require a higher caloric intake. This means that a typical woman can eat between 1200 and 1500 calories a day to lose weight. A typical male body needs about 1500 to 1800 calories daily to lose weight.

How much weight can I lose in 2 weeks eating 1200 calories a day? ›

But the average weight loss that most people see on the 1200 calorie diet is about one to two pounds per week.”

How can I eat 500 calories a day and feel full? ›

Foods that are loaded with low-calorie vegetables and fruits can be included in a 500-calorie diet. You can make vegetable soup, vegetable salad, fruit salad with low-fat yogurt, or a portion of grilled chicken or fish with grilled veggies for lunch or dinner to satisfy your hunger pangs.

What are the benefits of losing 40 pounds? ›

Weight loss can improve respiratory function and sleep-quality. Removing excess weight also means your body doesn't have to work as hard to get through the day. All of these benefits together can help you feel more energized. Bonus: Maintaining a healthy weight can reduce your risk of chronic fatigue syndrome.

Can drinking water lower your blood pressure? ›

Still, you can make lifestyle changes to bring your blood pressure down. Something as simple as keeping yourself hydrated by drinking six to eight glasses of water every day improves blood pressure. Water makes up 73% of the human heart,¹ so no other liquid is better at controlling blood pressure.

Does drinking water help you lose weight? ›

Water can be really helpful for weight loss. It is 100% calorie-free, helps you burn more calories and may even suppress your appetite if consumed before meals. The benefits are even greater when you replace sugary beverages with water. It is a very easy way to cut back on sugar and calories.

How long will it take to lose 20 pounds eating 1500 calories a day? ›

This means, a 1,500-calorie diet would help her lose 20 pounds in 2 months, or at least come close, since she'd have a daily deficit of 1,200 calories with moderate exercise. Keep in mind that weight loss is typically more rapid in people who have more weight to lose.

What happens if you only eat 1500 calories a day? ›

Experts believe that 1500-calorie diet, which is 500 calories less than 2000-calorie diet, is enough to shed 0.45 kgs in a week. Reducing your overall calorie intake can help you lose weight with ease, but make sure it doesn't cause any more health problems like fatigue, headache, etc.

What happens if you eat 1,000 calories a day? ›

However, other studies show that while consuming 1,000 calories a day may result in significant weight loss, most people cannot sustain it and often experience significant weight regain . The reasons include regaining lost muscle mass and increased appetite. Also worth noting is that the human body can adapt.

What happens if you only eat 1,200 calories a day? ›

A 1,200-calorie diet is much too low for most people and can result in negative side effects like dizziness, extreme hunger, nausea, micronutrient deficiencies, fatigue, headaches, and gallstones ( 23 ). Furthermore, a 1,200-calorie diet can set you up for failure if long-term weight loss is your goal.

What is a realistic timeline to lose 30 pounds? ›

What Is Healthy Weight Loss Per Week? Health professionals recommend losing 1-2 pounds weekly (21). Therefore, the perfect answer to how long does it take to lose 30 pounds safely is a minimum of 15 weeks to about 30 weeks.

Is a 30 lb weight loss noticeable? ›

After shedding the pounds, you might notice a smaller waist or a thinner face before the fat melts away from other stubborn areas. But one thing's for sure—losing 30 pounds or more will make a noticeable difference on pretty much anyone's frame, no matter the starting point or the goal weight.

What is the least amount of calories you can eat in a day? ›

However, calorie intake should not fall below 1,200 a day in women or 1,500 a day in men, except under the supervision of a health professional. Eating too few calories can endanger your health by depriving you of needed nutrients.

How much weight will I lose if I eat 1300 calories a day? ›

1300-Calorie Diet, How Much Weight Will I Lose? People following this diet can lose between six and ten pounds within the first two weeks. After that, you can lose one to two pounds every week. If this does not happen to you, do not be discouraged, as different individuals would have different results.

What food can I eat for 1200 calories a day? ›

A USDA 1,200-calorie meal plan consists of 1 cup of fruits, 1.5 cups of vegetables, 3 ounces of protein foods such as lean meat, seafood, soy products and eggs, 4 ounces of grains, 2.5 cups of dairy foods, 4 teaspoons of oils and 121 extra calories each day.

What is the most attractive height for a woman? ›

The ideal height for a woman, according to the average man, is 5'6”. Notably, this excludes 10% of men who say there is no such thing as too short and 9% who say no height is too tall. Similarly, there is no "too short" for 4% of women and no "too tall" for 7%.

What is the most attractive BMI face? ›

(2011) found that, female participants judging other female faces, indicated that facial adiposity levels associated with a BMI of 19.76 kg/m2 are optimally attractive, while male raters indicated that adiposity levels associated with a BMI of 20.01 kg/m2 are optimally attractive for female faces.

What BMI is seen as most attractive? ›

Earlier research has found that the most desired BMIs are approximately 18-20, considerably below the average or typical values of young women in well-fed populations.

How many lbs is a size 12? ›

6-843" - 52" / 109 - 133cm50 - 65lbs / 23 - 30kg
8-1048" - 57" / 121 - 145cm60 - 75lbs / 27 - 34kg
10-1252" - 60" / 133 - 154cm70 - 85lbs / 32 - 38kg
12-1456" - 62" / 142 - 158cm80 - 100lbs / 36 - 45kg
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How many pounds lost is noticeable? ›

On average, a 15 to 20-pound loss (approximately 2 to 5 percent of your starting body weight) is enough to notice "significant changes in your body," he said. You can start seeing differences in yourself as early as two weeks with rapid weight loss.

What size does a 200 lb woman wear? ›

Size Chart
1X150 - 195 lbs40" - 50"
2X180 - 230 lbs40" - 50"
3X215 - 265 lbs44" - 55"
4X250 - 300 lbs50" - 60"
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How many pounds of clothes do I wear? ›

Clothing. Wearing clothing while weighing yourself can add up to two pounds—more if you're wearing shoes. Again, this isn't a big deal if you consistently weigh yourself wearing the same thing, but since our clothes vary with our moods and seasons, it's best to go without when you step on the scale.

How many pounds is a size 14? ›

On average, a size 14 can weigh anywhere from 140-200 pounds.

Will I need new clothes if I lose 20 pounds? ›

Every 10lbs = 1 clothing size

If you're doing a smart weight cut, 1-2lbs of body fat a week, you can estimate that you'll need to buy some new clothes every 5-10 weeks.

How do I get rid of saggy lower belly? ›

There are plenty of smart strategies that can help you slim down all over and reduce the amount of fat around your lower belly.
  1. Cut your calories. ...
  2. And maybe cut your carbs too. ...
  3. Bump up your protein. ...
  4. Stop drinking your calories. ...
  5. Try intermittent fasting. ...
  6. Go for high intensity intervals. ...
  7. Try resistance training. ...
  8. Get enough sleep.
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Does loose skin ever tighten? ›

Because skin is a living organ, it can tighten up some over time. Age, the length of time excess weight was present, and genetics all play a role in how much your skin can tighten. Eating well, staying hydrated, and looking after your skin health can help.

How do you get rid of saggy skin after weight loss? ›

How to Tighten Loose Skin After Weight Loss
  1. Using Resistance Training. Some natural remedies can tighten loose skin after weight loss. ...
  2. Using Nutrition and Hydration. ...
  3. Taking Collagen. ...
  4. Use of Firming Creams. ...
  5. Body Contouring Surgery.

Will I have saggy skin after losing 50 pounds? ›

However, in most cases, small amounts of weight loss, such as 20 or fewer pounds, typically don't lead to the development of loose skin. However, larger amounts of weight loss, such as 50 pounds and over, especially over a short period, can considerably increase your risk of loose skin.

Can sagging skin be firm again? ›

Bottom line: Laser resurfacing can tighten skin, usually better than any other skin-tightening procedure. It can also diminish fine lines, wrinkles, and dark spots on the skin, such as age spots. The tradeoff is that it requires downtime and has a greater risk of possible side effects, such as scarring.

Which product is best for skin tightening? ›

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What vitamin tightens Crepey skin? ›

To try and reduce the chances of developing crepey skin, it is essential to include the following in a balanced diet:
  • antioxidants such as carotenoids, tocophenols, and flavonoids.
  • vitamins A, C, D, and E.
  • omega-3 fatty acids.

Is there a vitamin that tightens skin? ›

Vitamin C. Vitamin C is an antioxidant that helps protect against oxidative damage and plays a role in the production of collagen, which helps keep skin firm and elastic. Particularly in topical applications, Vitamin C has been shown to decrease skin wrinkling and increase collagen production.

Can vitamin D reverse aging? ›

Vitamin D may promote healthy aging.

In addition, chromosomes, the structures that organize DNA, appeared younger in people with adequate Vitamin D levels (30-100 ng/mL). Taken together, these results suggest that Vitamin D might help prevent accelerated aging.

Is it possible to lose 40 pounds in 3 months? ›

As a weight-loss goal, 30 or 40 pounds is totally achievable — but not in three months. Instead of placing all your focus on the scale, prioritize building healthy habits. This will help you shed weight gradually and your new lifestyle will help you keep it off.

Is losing 40 pounds in 6 months realistic? ›

Yes it's perfectly healthy to lose 40 pounds in 6 month . You can lose about 2.2 pounds per week this amounts to atleast 9 pounds per month. In this way you can also lose 54 pounds in 6 months.

Can you lose 40 50 pounds in 3 months? ›

To lose 50 pounds in three months, you will need to create a weekly calorie deficit of at least 14,000 calories, in order to lose about four pounds a week. That means you will need to create a 2,000 calorie daily deficit.

How many steps a day to lose 40 pounds? ›

If you're trying to lose weight or lose body fat, aim for 10,000 to 12,500+ steps a day.

How much weight can you realistically lose in 3 months? ›

Although everyone's body is different, in general, people can expect to lose one to two pounds a week if they are doing so in a healthy manner, Jim said. So for three months, or about 12 weeks, a healthy goal is 12 to 24 pounds. Losing weight at this rate ensures that you'll keep it off for the long term.

What is the maximum weight loss in 3 months? ›

How Much Weight Can I Lose in 3 Months? A safe, healthy, and realistic goal is to lose 0.5-to-1% of your body weight per week, which is around 1-to-2 pounds of weight loss per week for most people. In other words, you can expect to lose 12-to-24 pounds in a 3-month period.

How much weight do you have to lose to go down a shirt size? ›

If that helps motivate you, that's OK. The rule of thumb, Fernstrom says, is that losing 8 to 10 pounds translates to going down one size. Still, if you lose "up to 15 pounds, you may be OK in your old size," she says. But putting off buying new clothes until you really need them doesn't work for everyone.

How long will it take to lose 30 pounds on a 1200 calorie diet? ›

For example, it would take one 3 to 6 months on average to lose 30 pounds on a 1200 calorie diet. It is based on CDC; one can lose 1 to 2 pounds per week on average.

What is an unhealthy amount of weight to lose in 6 months? ›

But many health care providers agree that a medical evaluation is called for if you lose more than 5% of your weight in 6 to 12 months, especially if you're an older adult. For example, a 5% weight loss in someone who is 160 pounds (72 kilograms) is 8 pounds (3.6 kilograms).

How many miles to walk to lose 50 pounds? ›

You burn about 100 calories per mile walked. 50 lbs of weight loss equates to 50 x 3,500 calories or -175,000 calories. In which case, to loose 50lbs in ~3 months (100 days) means a deficiet of 1750 calories a day. To achieve this -- just by walking -- equates to 17.5 miles a day (if my math is correct).

What does losing 50 pounds do to your body? ›

Dropping 50 pounds can have dramatic effects on your body. You are likely to sleep better, especially if you were suffering from sleep apnea. Your cholesterol and blood pressure are likely to drop, and surprising things like memory function and the health of your eyes may even improve.

What is the maximum weight loss in 2 months? ›

Although everyone's body is different, in general people can expect to lose one to two pounds a week if they are doing so in a sustainable manner. "Over the course of two months or eight weeks, a healthy weight-loss goal is eight to 16 pounds," White said.

How many pounds can you lose in a month walking 10000 steps a day? ›

Completing an extra 10,000 steps each day typically burns about 2000 to 3500 extra calories each week. One pound of body fat equals 3500 calories, so depending on your weight and workout intensity, you could lose about one pound per week simply by completing an extra 10,000 steps each day.

Is 40 minutes of walking a day enough to lose weight? ›

If you are using walking as a tool to help lose weight, Bryant recommends walking for at least 45 minutes per day most days of the week. "The basic recommendations in terms of general health and well being is to just to meet a minimum threshold of about 30 minutes of activity on most days of the week," he says.

How many steps is 30 minutes of walking? ›

Incorporating at least 30 minutes, or approximately 3,000-4,000 steps, of brisk walking should be emphasized with the promotion of any step-based recommendation, in line with public health guidelines' focus on time in MVPA.


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