How Long Does Losing Weight Take?


If you’re trying to lose weight, you may have wondered how long it will take. The answer is: it depends. Losing weight isn’t a precise science, and there’s no one-size-fits-all rule for how long it takes to shed pounds. In fact, the more research that’s done on the subject, the more complicated things get. But there are some general guidelines about how much weight you’ll lose per week (and month) depending on factors like your gender, age and activity level. Those factors impact how quickly your body burns calories and stores fat—and thus how quickly those pounds come off!

You’re generally going to have to lose about a pound a week.

You can lose weight faster than this—but it’s not recommended. In fact, you could lose more than a pound per week if you follow some extreme dieting practices (like eating only one food or skipping meals) or exercise excessively. But these strategies aren’t sustainable in the long term and will leave you feeling irritable and exhausted, which may lead to bingeing on unhealthy foods as an outlet for your stress. If you want to lose weight quickly, try cutting out one unhealthy habit a week rather than dramatically changing your entire lifestyle at once.


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One pound per week is considered healthy because it corresponds with how much fat cells shrink when they’re full of water. When the body loses too much water too quickly, the cells don’t have enough time to shrink down and get rid of the excess fluid before they fill up again from drinking; this results in bloating instead of actual weight loss


It depends on how much you have to lose.

It depends on how much you have to lose. If your goal is to lose 20 pounds, you could be done in a few months. But if your goal is to lose 100 pounds, it could take years.

The time required for weight loss depends on the individual person and their body type: if they’re overweight or underweight, young or old. However, there are some general guidelines around weight loss that can help give you an idea of what might work for you!

It depends on how much you exercise.

The number of calories you burn through physical activity also impacts how quickly you will lose weight. The more active you are, the more often your body is using energy to fuel your movements and activities. The more energy it uses, the faster it burns off fat stores. This can help prevent the dreaded “plateau” where you stop losing weight even though you aren’t making any changes to your diet or lifestyle.


Remember: Exercise isn’t just about burning calories so that we can eat more food—it also helps us feel better in our bodies! When we exercise regularly, we tend to have stronger muscles and bones as well as healthier hearts and lungs. And these are all things that make us happier people overall!

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It depends on what kind of diet you’re following.

The answer depends on the kind of diet you’re following. For example, if you’re following a healthy diet that emphasizes whole foods like vegetables, fruits and lean proteins, it’s possible to lose weight quickly.

A fad diet like the ketogenic diet (which is high in fat and very low in carbohydrates) or Atkins (high protein) can help people lose weight quickly at first because they eliminate many of the calories that come from starches and sugars. But these types of diets are not sustainable long term—and they can lead to bad food choices when they fall out of favor with consumers.

The same goes for vegan/vegetarian diets: They may allow vegetarians to get all their nutritional needs met without meat but often lack certain nutrients such as vitamin B12 that are found only in animal products; vegans have bigger problems with this deficiency because they also avoid dairy products as well as eggs and honey. Vegans usually need supplements to make up for these missing nutrients; vegetarians will still benefit from them but probably won’t notice any deficiency unless they follow an extremely restrictive regimen or limit themselves severely over time

While it varies, the general rule is that 1 pound per week is reasonable.

You should be able to lose 1-2 pounds per week. This is a reasonable amount of weight to expect, and if you are losing more than that you are doing something right! If you are losing less than that, try increasing your activity level by adding in extra exercise (or getting a walking buddy) or eating slightly less food.

If your goal is to maintain a healthy lifestyle while maintaining your current weight (or gaining slightly), then this is also very manageable.


There’s a lot of variation in how long it takes to lose weight, so it’s important that you take your time. Don’t get discouraged if you don’t see immediate results—just keep at it!