How Long Does It Take to Lose 50 Pounds?

Hey, I was wondering something – I’m 13 years old, and weigh 180 pounds. It is inherited in my family, and I want to lose 50-60 pounds. How long is the maximum months to lose that weight? Like, is it 5 months? Is it 6 months? What is it? Miley. [via Ask Questions]

First of all, if you need to know how to lose weight, read How to Lose 50 Pounds. So how long does it take to lose 50 pounds? All things being equal, it takes about 25 weeks or a little over 6 months to lose 50 pounds. This estimate is based on an assumption that an individual can lose 2 pounds a week for 25 consecutive weeks. Why 2 pounds and not, say, 5 pounds? Because it is a widely accepted rate at which most people can lose weight safely. For more info, read the How Much Weight Can I Lose? post.

How long does it take to lose 50 pounds if you are lucky? Okay, it has nothing to do with luck. Let me explain. When it comes to things like dieting and weight loss there are many individual variable that are hard to predict, studies show that most people can lose 2 pounds a week, but there are other studies that show some people can lose weight faster.

How much faster? That is where things get dicey. Some people can lose 4 pounds a week, some can lose 7, and some people can even lose as much 8 or even 10 pounds a week. Of course, the higher the weight loss, the less percentage of people that can achieve these high numbers, so keep that in mind.

I think it is better to have a conservative weight-loss estimate in mind. If it turns out that you can lose weight at a faster than average rate, you will be pleasantly surprised, but if you cannot, you are not going to be disappointed and discouraged from trying to reach your weight-loss goal.

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