So, you want to lose 15 pounds and you’re wondering how long it will take to accomplish this feat. Well, if you want to lose this weight in a healthy manner and ensure you’ll keep it off, it will take at least 8 weeks (and perhaps a bit more) to lose 15 pounds.
Healthy Weight Loss
In order to lose weight in a way that’s healthy and permanent, it is recommended that you only lose 1 to 2 pounds a week. The only exception to this rule is if you are extremely obese and have a great deal of weight to lose. In this situation, it’s acceptable to lose more weight in the beginning weeks of your weight loss regimen. While the thought of losing weight this slowly might make you impatient or frustrated, think about how much more annoying it would be to quickly lose weight, receive instant gratification, and then have that weight come right back.
Now that you know how much weight you should lose per week, you can see that it will realistically take around 2 to 4 months to lose 15 pounds. This estimate is assuming that you stick to your weight loss plan and don’t fall victim to temptation. Think of it this way: a pound is equal to 3500 calories. Therefore, if you wish to lose a pound a week, you must burn 500 more calories than you ingest each day. If your goal is to lose 2 pounds a week, you must burn 1000 extra calories a day.
Dangers of Losing Weight too Quickly
Sure, it's possible to lose 15 pounds in a few weeks. However, to do so, you must either engage in a fad diet or dangerously restrict your calories. The pounds will quickly come off, but the weight you’re losing is simply water weight. This puts you at a risk for dehydration, and since the weight you’re losing isn’t from fat, the pounds will come right back as soon as you resume your normal eating habits.
If you follow a fad diet for a long amount of time and continue to lose weight quickly, your body can suffer the following consequences:
- Irritability and mood swings
- Hair loss
- Loss of menstrual cycle
- Hormonal imbalances and depression
And don’t think you can look for a quick fix every time you want to drop a few pounds. Your body hates it when you yo-yo diet, and it will make you suffer the consequences.
Losing Weight the Right Way
You’ve heard it before and you’ll keep hearing it; the only way to effectively lose weight and keep it off is to eat healthy and consistently exercise…and to continue to do so for the rest of your life. Quick fixes and starvation diets do not work! Your body likes food and needs at least 1200 calories daily to function properly. When you supplement your healthy diet with exercise, you’ll hit the jackpot!