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Old 01-20-2012, 09:56 AM   #1
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40 lbs in 2 months?

I started Atkins induction today, and I figured I should try to set myself a weight loss goal. I picked March 20th because it's 2 months from now. And I'm trying to figure out how much is a reasonable weight loss to achieve for. I've never done this kind of thing, so could use some advice. Is 40 lbs in 2 months too much to aspire to? I'll be starting at around 290, and my goal would be 250.
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Old 01-20-2012, 10:02 AM   #2
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Short answer: 20lbs a month is a lot to lose.

Long answer: Generally the bigger you are it seems the easier weight comes off initially. But I'd say 10lbs a month is a pretty decent rate of loss (2-3lbs a week).

I've been LCing for 4.5 months and I've lost a total of 45 lbs. I've been doing it pretty strictly, while there was a bit of room for me to lose more weight in that time. There is no way I could have hit 20lbs in a month.

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Old 01-20-2012, 10:08 AM   #3
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I started Atkins induction today, and I figured I should try to set myself a weight loss goal. I picked March 20th because it's 2 months from now. And I'm trying to figure out how much is a reasonable weight loss to achieve for. I've never done this kind of thing, so could use some advice. Is 40 lbs in 2 months too much to aspire to? I'll be starting at around 290, and my goal would be 250.
I don't think anyone can predict how much someone else (or even themselves) will lose in a specified length of time, I would LOVE to lose the remainer of my weight in 2 months (25 lbs to go). However, I'm on week 3 and have totally stopped losing (I have started exercising so that may have something to do with it), if I had set a goal of 5 lbs per week I might indeed be discouraged and be thinking that "this doesn't work!". You could be setting yourself up for falure.

I personally feel that this way of eating is a lifetime thing for my health and weight loss is just a nice perk. I wish you luck weither you get to your 40 pound goal or not.
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Old 01-20-2012, 10:08 AM   #4
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The first time I did Atkins I lost 20 pounds in the first 2 weeks (LOTS of water). I was around your weight and I was very strict with myself, no cheating and lots of water in so lots came out! If memory serves, I lost around 35 pounds in 2 months which I think is a lot. I added exercise in after that because I was feeling really flabby. In total I lost almost 100 pounds in 11 months.

Now this time around I have smaller weight goals. I have a pair of jeans I absolutely want to be in around Valentine’s Day (DH says my butt looks good in them!!) so that is my goal. I have a shirt that will fit once I have lost some weight after the pants. So I am going with that sort of goal over what the scale says. Part of the reason I am going with clothing goals is that I am losing a lot slower because I am hypothyroid now and older. I don’t want to get frustrated by seeing the scale go down slowly (think I got spoiled the first time) so I am focusing on how my clothes fit and the scale, verses just what the scale says.
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Old 01-20-2012, 10:08 AM   #5
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Ok! Thanks John! I'll lower my expectation to 20 lbs in 2 months.
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Old 01-20-2012, 10:13 AM   #6
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20 lbs in 2 months sounds reasonable to me and if you lose more the better!!
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Old 01-20-2012, 10:15 AM   #7
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Ok! Thanks John! I'll lower my expectation to 20 lbs in 2 months.
Now that should be doable, consider any more than 20 a bonus!
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Old 01-20-2012, 11:36 AM   #8
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It appears to me that you and I had similar goals. I started out around 290 with a goal of 175. See chart below for my weightloss through the first 20 or so weeks...



ETA: I will have to look but I have the spreadsheet with the rest of the weeks around somewhere. The line levels off for the most part through the last year or so that it took me to reach my goal. So to make my point, I would say that 40 pounds, while possible, is not likely and you may be setting yourself up for disappointment.
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Old 01-20-2012, 11:43 AM   #9
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Short answer: 20lbs a month is a lot to lose.

Long answer: Generally the bigger you are it seems the easier weight comes off initially. But I'd say 10lbs a month is a pretty decent rate of loss (2-3lbs a week).

I've been LCing for 4.5 months and I've lost a total of 45 lbs. I've been doing it pretty strictly, while there was a bit of room for me to lose more weight in that time. There is no way I could have hit 20lbs in a month.

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Anything over 10 lbs. a month would probably involve losing more muscle than you would want to lose. That's not counting the big water loss at the beginning of course.
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Old 01-20-2012, 12:23 PM   #10
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It might happen!! But don't get too frustrated if you don't get there. Be happy for losing, whatever your losses may be!

I can say that when I started, I lost about 30 pounds in the first couple of months. But my weight loss slowed significantly after that!

Anyhow, I wish you lots of luck!!
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Old 01-20-2012, 12:59 PM   #11
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Thanks for the feedback. I wanted to set a realistic goal, and I have no idea what is realistic for the first 2 months. Now to aim for the sky!
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Old 01-20-2012, 01:07 PM   #12
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I lost 35 lbs in 2 months. I had about 80 lbs to lose. Ive now lost 44 lbs and the weight is coming off much slower. Good luck!
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Old 01-20-2012, 01:13 PM   #13
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My weight loss was pretty quick, but I started much higher than you. The first month I lost 20 lbs, then 22 lbs the month after that. Then I had a two-month stretch where I dropped 84 lbs... it was insane. My situation wasn't normal, though, as I was coming off of a prolonged illness. My metabolism was improving greatly anyway, and the Atkins plan pretty much set it on fire, I think.

So yeah, the results can be unpredictable and uneven, and there are a lot of factors that go into determining your rate of loss. For me, I find it's better to keep the long range idea of a healthier life as my general goal.

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Old 01-20-2012, 01:55 PM   #14
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84 lbs in 2 months?! yikes! My mom did that while on Chemotherapy... which isn't the best diet plan.

10 lbs a month is a great goal to go for, and fairly easy to accomplish at least in the first few months when you start out big. As you get skinnier you probably have to work out more to keep at that pace. You may lose quite a bit more the first month, get happy when it does! The next month it'll probably be less, but that's ok. Any month you're not gaining is a win!
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Old 01-20-2012, 02:03 PM   #15
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My personal opinion is that you should set a goal of things you have control over. Your weight fluctuates...if you lose 37 lbs or 42 lbs is arbitrary. To be successful in this WOE long term you should set yourself up with good behaviors. Focusing on good behaviors will lead you to weight loss. And you have total control over your behaviors. Your 60 day mark could hit you at a time when your body is retaining water and you might be short of your goal weight...
but if you set a goal for yourself like:
1. Keeping daily carb intake under XX carbs.
2. Exercising
3. Keeping fat/protein/carb ratios of ...
4. Keeping track of your food for 60 days
5. Starting each day with a good breakfast
6. Cut down on eating meals out...

These are things that just come to my mind. Yours will be individual to you. Achieving these goals will help you achieve weight loss. But since you have total control over them, YOU have the power to succeed. You don't have control over your weight 60 days out...you just have control over what you do to treat it right and gives it what it needs to get the weight off.

I work with a couple of guys who train for the Olympics. They taught me this because when they train, they can not train themselves to make a certain time. They can only do all the right things and have faith that doing those things will help them make it to the team.
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Old 01-20-2012, 02:19 PM   #16
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It might happen!! But don't get too frustrated if you don't get there. Be happy for losing, whatever your losses may be!

I can say that when I started, I lost about 30 pounds in the first couple of months. But my weight loss slowed significantly after that!

Anyhow, I wish you lots of luck!!
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Old 01-20-2012, 02:27 PM   #17
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You will lose fast in the beginning, so don't let the first couple days on the scale fool you into thinking the pace continues. I am on Day #6 of Induction, and I am 6 pounds down! It has already started to slow considerably.
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Old 01-20-2012, 04:29 PM   #18
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Everyone is different. Just lost 40 pounds in 2.5 months and that is with a couple off plan days. It depends on how your body reacts and how clean you eat. It is easier to loose more at a heavier weight but it does tend to slow down. Starting out I would set a lower goal that way if you dont make your goal you wont be beating yourself up over it. Its better to choose a shorter goal and then be excited when you go above and beyond it.

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Old 01-20-2012, 08:17 PM   #19
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I didn't track my weight in the beginning, but I lost 60 pounds my first 6 months. Then it took me another 12 months to lose another 40 pounds. This is just me, but I tend to set my goals low, so that way if I fall short I'm not disappointed. Then if I exceed the goal I am really really happy.
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Old 01-20-2012, 08:51 PM   #20
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I had 100 lbs to lose to normal bmi (I am 5'3"). I lost 18 lbs in my first two months and was thrilled with that .. there were others at my size who lost more and I do not believe they did anything better or much more differently than I did - it is individual based on your metabolism!

I like that you are now shooting for 20 lbs in two months .. a doctor would tell you that is the max of actual fat you can lose .. and hey, if you surpass that, well, nice! lol!

Keep up the great work!!!



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