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Mim987
05-20-2010, 09:03 PM
Is it unreasonable to lose 60 lbs in 3 months??
Im doing like an hour of pretty intense exercise everyday
and intaking less than 1000 cal. a day
what do you guys think?
i want to be slim and healthy for my last year of highschool
:)


fivestone
05-20-2010, 09:22 PM
Honestly, I think going for that goal so rapidly is asking for trouble. I can understand wanting to be slim for senior year, but why run the risk of metabolic or other problems by trying to lose so fast? Especially with such a drastically low intake. What if you doubled your time period goal to 6 months? You would still be slim during your senior year.

That said, I will say that I managed to lose about 50 pounds in 2.5 months. I did it really unhealthily, lost my hair along with the weight, all of which I gained back (because I didn't make sustainable lifestyle changes.) I landed in the hospital, screwed up my metabolism and body... It wasn't worth it. Now I'm here, years later, trying to do things again the right way.

ninepaw
05-20-2010, 09:24 PM
I would say yeah, this is probably not a reasonable goal. At most I could see 30 happening, and that could even be a stretch.
Don't quote me on this, but if I remember right, the average person only loses about 2-3 pounds a week. Sure, there are times where you might lose more, but you could also lose less. You have to take into account the fact that sometimes our bodies just plateau for a while and don't lose anything.
In a nutshell, though, yes. I believe 20 lbs a month is highly unreasonable.


Shmead
05-20-2010, 09:31 PM
Let me tell you a secret: at 155, you'd look fantastic. You'd blow people away when school gets back together. The clothes you are wearing now will hang on you like sacks--you'll be three sizes smaller. And then you have all year to get down to your second goal for prom.

Mickeypnd
05-20-2010, 09:42 PM
that is a very high goal, I would go for at least 30.
and eating wise, you need to be eating more. for all that intense working out that you're doing you're burning calories, and if you dont intake enough calories your body will think that its starving itself and you wont lose any weight and it'll hold onto the fat.
eat healthy and work out ad the weight will mot only come off it will stay off.

Serendipity
05-20-2010, 09:44 PM
Interestingly enough, something very similar was just discussed here: http://www.3fatchicks.com/forum/100-lb-club/202341-65-lbs-three-months.html

sacha
05-20-2010, 09:47 PM
Is it unreasonable to lose 60 lbs in 3 months??
Im doing like an hour of pretty intense exercise everyday
and intaking less than 1000 cal. a day
what do you guys think?
i want to be slim and healthy for my last year of highschool
:)

There is nothing healthy about someone your size losing 60lbs in 3 months on less than 1000 calories per day.

Yes, some people can lose 60lbs in 3 months but they are extremely obese and more than likely under doctor supervision. Less than 1000 calories at your height and weight will lead to major muscle loss among other horrid side effects.

I would strongly recommend researching more realistic diet plans (ie. Weight Watchers or whatever else interests you) to learn more about how diet and exercise can be done in a healthy and long-lasting manner without damaging your body. Since you mention high school, I would strongly emphasize this even more so as you do not want to set yourself up for a lifelong battle - learn early and benefit early.

There are simply no short cuts in this game.

TamiL
05-20-2010, 09:55 PM
I lost 50 in 3 months, so 60 may or may not be unreasonable. My starting weight was very close to yours and I am alot older, LOL It really depends on your diet and your metabolism. Some of us lose weight very quickly while others seem to stall out at certain points along the way. Honestly, whether you lose 30 or 60 in three months, that is 30 or 60 pounds less than you currently weigh. You will feel fantastic! Good luck to you, it is worth it in the end.

Mim987
05-20-2010, 10:12 PM
i lost maybe 5+ lbs already, i havent checked a scale
but my clothes are fitting so so much looser

i have a really slow metabolism so i dont know if eating less than 1000 calories a day will be a big problem

i mean i already feel so good though hahah
thanks to good genes my weight is propotioned so that i have a that hourglass thing or whatever going on
im really really excited
i just hope i can do it

rockstar87
05-20-2010, 10:59 PM
I dont want to say it's completely impossible, but it...pretty much is. Those are like, Biggest Loser numbers and they workout six hours a day, are morbidly obese and under doctor supervision. It's not realistic. At all. If you were significantly heavier and drastically changed your way of eating and added a lot of intense exercise...you might have a shot at 50lbs.

30lbs in three months would still be a challenging, but attainable goal. 1-2lbs a week is realistic for most people (some people do lose more naturally, but not because they're trying to starve themselves down to meet a goal). It's possible, even probable, that if you've never tried to lose weight before you'll drop a significant amount in the first month. I agree with what others have said. You need to find a program to follow. Not a crash diet, a program. Weight Watchers was really workable for me when I first tried it at 15. Counting calories is also a great option.

But 60lbs, seriously, you're setting yourself up for failure. Working out "intensely" for an hour a day is wonderful, and I don't mean to take that away from you, but it's not anything that's going to make you drop that weight really fast. I exercise consistently for an hour five or six days a week at a high intensity (which I track on my heart rate monitor). I'm lucky if I lose a pound a week.

Take it from someone who spent their entire high school experience trying to lose weight. When summer ends and you're not where you want to be you'll just feel awful about yourself. Set something realistic that you can attain and keep up throughout the school year and maybe try to meet your weight loss goal for prom and grad :). That would be a great goal. The last thing you want is to lose a bunch of weight and then not be able to keep it off for all those big events.

Please understand I'm not trying to discourage you. What you've been doing with your exercise and paying attention to what you're eating is great... but I've been there. I went on a "medically supervised" extremely low calorie diet that promised me I would lose all of my weight by start of my last year of high school. And guess what, I didn't. I didn't even lose 10lbs. I was starving all the time, I binged as soon as it was done and I gained back everything plus a ton more. I was at my highest weight for prom and didn't end up going because I couldn't bring myself to buy a dress.

Just...let your body do what it's going to do. Track your calories (and increase them gradually. 1000 just isn't enough for you), keep up all the exercise you've been doing and just see what happens with your weight.

OverOverWeight
05-20-2010, 11:25 PM
60lbs in 3 months sounds unhealthy to me, for someone that doesn't have that much to lose. It's hard for a morbidly obese person to lose that much...certainly not healthy for someone your size. Make lifestyle changes...the weight will come off...stay off...and you will have the rest of your life to enjoy your healthy habits!

roxmysox
05-20-2010, 11:28 PM
Unhealthy? Yes. Unreasonable? Yes. Do-able? Sure, why not. Almost anything is possible, but I can tell you that it likely won't stick (how do I know? Because I've been there) and that it's not great for your body, short or long term.

rockinrobin
05-20-2010, 11:28 PM
The most unreasonable portion of this equation is that you most likely will not STICK with your plan. It's not realistic, it's not sustainable. Staying under 1000 calories a day, exercising intensely for an hour a day, is just not stick-able to. You can't lose weight if you don't stick with it.

I would think that you're better off taking in more calories, this way you will feel good and energized, not be starving, and you will be much more likely to STAY with it.

Eating too few calories is more than likely going to set you up for a binge at some point - and probably some point soon.

So why not plan out some healthy breakfasts, some healthy lunches, some healthy dinner and some healthy snacks? Say perhaps a 250 calorie breakfast, a 350 - 400 calorie lunch, a 450 - 500 calorie dinner and about 300 calories worth of snacks. You will still be creating a calorie deficit, but here's the thing - you can STAY with this plan. Long term. It's reasonable, it's healthy - it's doable. You stay with it - you lose the weight - in however long it takes. It MAY take longer than 3 months, well it most likely will, but you can make a nice dent come the start of school and be looking and feeling much, much, much better and provided you continue on, you'll hit your goal loooong before graduation.

So that is what *I* would make my goal - to stick to this healthy eating plan. Make that your goal, and in turn the scale and your weight will HAVE to go down - in whatever time frame.

beerab
05-21-2010, 12:59 AM
Sounds like you have already made up your mind to do what you want despite what everyone says. I haven't been here long but I know most people will never support eating less than 1000 calories a day.

Just remember when you starve yourself your body will feed off your MUSCLE before your fat. Which is why a lot of anorexic people are "squishy" they aren't all toned and ripped because they have depleted their muscles. Your body will feed off the muscle to stop your muscles from burning calories.

Just exercising an hour a day and watching your diet IMO is enough to lose a good amount of weight in three months.

srmb60
05-21-2010, 10:34 AM
As you can see ... you're not going to get much support for your intense exercise/1000 cal diet from the posters here at 3FC. Especially since your plan is to be slim and healthy.

We're glad you're here and are excited to help you get to be slimmer and healthier. Stick with us Mim! We'll help you tweak that plan so that you are happy and healthy to start your next school year.

Tomato
05-21-2010, 10:39 AM
There is nothing healthy about someone your size losing 60lbs in 3 months on less than 1000 calories per day.

Yes, some people can lose 60lbs in 3 months but they are extremely obese and more than likely under doctor supervision. Less than 1000 calories at your height and weight will lead to major muscle loss among other horrid side effects.


Pretty much what I was going to say myself.
There is plenty of information on 3FC about how to lose weight in a more reasonable (and sustainable) fashion. I understand your desire to be thin (don't we all?) but you chose the wrong approach.

SCraver
05-21-2010, 11:31 AM
Losing 60 lbs in 3 months would not just be fat loss - it would also be muscle loss. Weight loss is a loss of fat, muscle, water, etc. The faster you do it, the higher the ration of muscle you lose. And I don't know about you, but I have no interest in losing calorie burning muscle. I want to do what I can to keep muscle loss to a minimum. I don't want to be a thin girl with muffin top. I want to be firm!

The things that you would have to do to lose 60 lbs in 3 months are not realistic changes to maintain over a life time. It would be short-term "diet" which would make it easier to do "off the diet" once you reach your goal.

I am not knocking a 60 lb weight loss in 3 months - but it is up to you what your priorities are. Fast weight loss? Sustainable habits? Muscle vs. fat ratio?

saef
05-21-2010, 11:50 AM
Way to ruin a summer, girl.

To achieve this ambitious goal of yours, you are going to have to pretty much sequester yourself away as you were in a minimum security jail for the entire summer. You'll have to live an awful lot like an inmate who works out as a way of passing the time while counting the days till his sentence is over. And eats barely any food, except what the prison warden gives him. And avoids or is closely monitored through any social events where there might be food -- like Memorial Day, Fourth of July, cookouts, parties, basically any Friday or Saturday night, or lazy Sunday, etc.

Your body will not like this. Your body will get weaker & you will get cold all the time & yeah, your hair may start shedding. Your body might start disobeying you & carry out what would be basically, a prison break, which will end in bingeing & regain. Which is eating disorder territory & not where you want to be, I believe.

Summer is really not supposed to be about putting yourself through something as painful & difficult as rapid, unhealthy weight loss.

Summer is supposed to be about taking a breather & hanging out with your friends, getting outside & enjoying yourself, maybe earning a little money on the side, without the daily pressures you experience while you're in school trying to get everything done. And yes, maybe picking up an interesting project. I agree that working on your weight would be an interesting, worthwhile project, but not if it's the entire focus of your summer & you have to put much of your life on hold & beat yourself up really hard to do it.

If you lose something more like 20 or 30 pounds, as was pointed out elsewhere, everyone's going to see it & compliment you on it anyway. And you'll have done it without, in effect, having jailed yourself.

Summer is just too sweet & short to spend it in jail.

PeanutsMom704
05-21-2010, 11:57 AM
one thing you have to consider is your starting weight. While it might be very reasonable for someone who is 300 lbs to lose 60 lbs in 3 months, that's 20% of their weight, so about 1.6% per week - not extreme at all.

But for someone starting at 186, 60 lbs is 32% or 2.6% per week. That's definitely on the high side for a healthy fat loss that will be sustainable.

(the percentages are actually a little off, they are just averages and as you weight went down each week, the percentage would go up but this is just to illustrate).

bargoo
05-21-2010, 12:08 PM
1000 calories a day will not give you the nutrients your body needs. 1400-1500 calories a day is more what you need. I'd say a loss of about 25-30 pounds would be healthier for you and you would look great.

caryesings
05-21-2010, 12:21 PM
Take it from someone who spent their entire high school experience trying to lose weight. When summer ends and you're not where you want to be you'll just feel awful about yourself. Set something realistic that you can attain and keep up throughout the school year and maybe try to meet your weight loss goal for prom and grad :). That would be a great goal. The last thing you want is to lose a bunch of weight and then not be able to keep it off for all those big events.

Every summer I would have it all marked out on a calendar how much weight I would lose, and every summer would have given up my plan by the 3rd or 4th week because I was already falling behind and knew I couldn't make the goal.

So I would strongly recommend that you follow the plan you have set up for yourself (maybe a few more calories than 1000/day) but do not weigh in at all the entire summer. That way you will end up with a loss by the time school starts and can then decide if you want to keep going based on how much you lost while following your plan.

crimsons
05-21-2010, 12:23 PM
I think that it's possible, but that you're setting yourself up for failure. You've already lost 5 pounds, so consider that a great jump-start! Also, if you have 60 lbs to go I think exercising intensively is going to be difficult.

That said, I did lose 30 pounds in one month when I was 19. And I did not gain it back until I was 45 (and there was no secret there, the way I was inhaling pizza lol.) But the diet was pretty dull. It was a small piece of chicken or fish with lots of veggies. But to stay on that for two more months? I don't think so. On the other hand, at my young age then, I had NO idea why I was overweight. Eating this way (it was a 1970s "crash diet" from Glamour magazine) did teach me the wonders of lean protein and lots of produce. I did eat that way for many years and stayed slim.

Also if you are in high school and living at home, it can be difficult to control your diet that stringently. I know my mom kind of sabotaged me ;-) but she was just concerned that I stay healthy.

I hope you just avoid any "diet" and instead learn to eat healthfully. Weight Watchers is a great resource for that. Another thing you can do is sign up for an online weight tracker. I have one on my cell phone where I enter whatever I eat and whatever exercise I do. Then it logs how many more calories I need to eat or burn off that day to meet my goal. Then you also see, as you are entering foods, exactly how much you're about to ingest and which foods may be keeping you from your goal.

If you're really gung-ho about the rapid weight loss, here's what I'd suggest. Eat healthfully for a few weeks and watch the pounds come off slowly. Then perhaps blast it for a short period with the low-calorie/high exercise plan to give yourself a mid-goal jump start. But if you're going to set about losing weight and getting healthy, don't sabotage yourself. I lost all that weight when I was your age and it completely changed my self-image.

You might think about enlisting your mom or another female relative for support. They will be relieved to know you want to lose it healthfully. Good luck and stick around here for advice -- sounds like you're getting great guidance!

rockstar87
05-21-2010, 01:01 PM
Every summer I would have it all marked out on a calendar how much weight I would lose, and every summer would have given up my plan by the 3rd or 4th week because I was already falling behind and new I couldn't make the goal.


That's exactly what I did. I knew exactly what I had to lose each week and I never would (for hormonal reasons though). I would get frustrated, realize my goal was completely unattainable and throw in the towel.

I had all these visions of myself coming back to school in size 6 jeans and knocking everyone's socks off. Going to prom, looking smoking hot in a dress, wearing whatever I wanted on civvies days. They never happened. And it sucked. Big time.

Not weighing yourself too often (or at all) is actually a great idea. The last thing you want is to become obsessed with the scale.

Beach Patrol
05-21-2010, 01:03 PM
Unreasonable goal - yes.

Impossible goal - probably no.

When I graduated hi-school (many years ago!) I weighed 121. In three months, I was down to 92 lbs. I lost 29 pounds simply by "not eating". Grabbing a banana here or there, a glass of juice in the morning, & then just running around all day with my friends. BUT I WAS VERY FAR FROM HEALTHY. Hypoglycemic, anemic, and yeah - I looked so thin & svelte! - but I was SICK, SICK, SICK.

I do not recommend it.

Onederchic
05-21-2010, 04:18 PM
Pretty much what I was going to say myself.
There is plenty of information on 3FC about how to lose weight in a more reasonable (and sustainable) fashion. I understand your desire to be thin (don't we all?) but you chose the wrong approach.


Agreed.

luciddepths
05-21-2010, 05:18 PM
All im going to say is... it took alot longer than 3 months to get that 60 lbs on your frame.

Even if you keep up the same routine, at least bring up your cals to 1200. AT LEAST. Thats a maintainable cal range for a lot of people, still allows you to eat healthy, BE healthy and lose weight.

I'm not that much older than you i'm 23. I did what you are right now and after i brought my self up to a NORMAL calorie range i BALLOONED, because i tried what you are for too long. It isnt healthy and it will just make it harder for you to lose and MAINTAIN that weight loss.

we're not trying to be :censored:'s we just dont want to see what happened to US, happen to you. IT did nothing for us other than make us overweight/obese in the end. If alot of us knew what we're telling you now.. then, we wouldnt be where we are now...



BUT your gonna do what your gonna do, just remember if you want to be a healthy/sexy weight! do it the right way from the start so you dont mess it up for yourself in the future.

crimsons
05-21-2010, 06:14 PM
Also, my friend, don't overlook simply walking. When I was in high school and struggling with weight, I started walking in to and from school (2 miles round trip = 40 minutes). And amazingly, I noticed I did not gain weight those weeks. That's all it took. If you're meeting friends at the mall or going somewhere else not to far, try walking. You'll feel less like eating bad stuff, and you'll also feel happy and upbeat!

ncuneo
05-21-2010, 06:41 PM
You've gotten a lot of good info so I don't have much to add. I wanted to add that I "recommitted" to my weight loss journey in January and I was 187. I've been working really hard, but I eat WAY more than 1000 cals, because for one thing I don't want to be miserable, 2. it's unhealthy to go too low, 3. I want to change my lifestyle and am not looking for a temporary fix and most people fail at low cal diets. It's taken me just over 5 months to lose 30 lbs. Could I have done it faster, probably, but I'm very happy I did it this way because I'm healthy and have good muscle tone. I know you want this now, but you have your whole life ahead of you and in the not so distant future high school will seem like an eternity ago and your priorities will have completely changed. It's great you're starting now though, I started gaining my senior year and ruined my 20's being heavy. Good luck to you, stay healthy!

sacha
05-21-2010, 06:45 PM
Most important of all, I don't think any of us want to seen a teen girl be miserable for her last little bit of time to enjoy being young in high school. This plan is really setting up a starvation cycle (and inevitable binging), muscle mass loss, reproductive system issues, etc. Nobody wants to see that. Please just enjoy your time in the last year of school, focus on eating healthy and active. If you make good food choices and stay active, the rest will fall into place.

wannabeahotmama
05-21-2010, 06:50 PM
I could personally sustain 1000 calories a day if I set out to, but I would be incredibly physically ill within a week, that's without exercise. I have tried it before and lost weight, but you will gain it all back likely plus some.