How long will it take to lose weight?

The amount of time it takes to lose weight depends on the effort you put into it. 1 to 2 pounds lost per week is considered safe. 1 pound equals 3,500 calories. So, in order to lose 1 pound per week, you must burn 3500 calories more than you consume. Although 3,500 calories may look like a lot to burn in a week, let's break it down into smaller steps. Burning only 500 calories per day will yield the 1 pound loss per week. 

While setting goals, it may help to consider the number of pounds you would like to lose in calories and then break it into smaller numbers. For example, let's say you would like to lose 15 pounds. This equals 52,500 calories. If you burn 500 calories more than you consume per day you will reach your goal SAFELY in about 3 months. If this time frame does not suit you, then burn 1,000 calories more per day and get to your goal in half the time. It is important to remember that the weight did not just appear overnight, nor will it disappear overnight. Enlist the help of personal trainer or HFPN Coach for guidance. Take the time to do it right, and avoid the frustrations of no results and yo-yo dieting. 
That depends. Many factors should be taken into account when considering the rate at which an individual will lose weight. Metabolism and genetics can play a very small role in the rate of weight loss; however, the most important aspect is the number of calories someone takes in versus the number of calories one expends through movement. Yes, it is a numbers game. One pound is equal to 3,500 calories. Mayo Clinic preventive medicine specialist, Donald Hensrud, M.D. says a weight loss of 1 to 2 pounds per week is considered safe. This means that an individual would need to burn approximately 500 calories more than they take in per day over a 7 day period to lose 1 pound per week. And, a 1000 calorie difference per day would be necessary to lose 2 pounds per week. With this calculation it is helpful to learn how many calories an individual is burning per day. Losing only 1 to 2 pounds per week may make weight loss seem like a slow process, but it’s a rate at which individuals are more likely to keep the weight off. Although it is possible to achieve a weight loss goal more quickly, this is generally associated with radical forms of dieting which are not possible, and even harmful, to continue over extended periods of time.

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