I am a 32 years-old female 5’5″ and 170 lbs approx 28 percent body fat. I need to lose 15 pounds, preferably in 6 weeks. I am active, working cardio and muscle strength and endurance between 1.5 hours and 2 hours seven days a week. I eat a very healthy, well rounded diet approx 1700 to 1800 calories a day. I have not been able to lose weight in 8 months. Please help me, I do not know what else to do. Holly. [via Ask Questions]
Let’s see if it is possible to lose 15 pounds in 6 weeks. To lose 15 pounds in 6 weeks, you need to be able to lose 2.5 pounds per week for six consecutive weeks. Can you lose 15 pounds in 6 weeks by losing 2.5 pounds every week nonstop for six weeks? Let me put it this way, compared to trying to lose 15 pounds in 2 weeks, it is certainly possible to lose 15 pounds in 6 weeks, but it is impossible to predict whether or not a particular individual can sustain losing a certain amount of weight for over a month.
So what is going on with you, why can’t you lose 15 pounds? I think you need to shake things up by changing your workout and diet. Does your diet contain the best foods for weight loss? If it does not, modify your diet to include these foods. You have mentioned that you consume around 1,800 daily calories, but I want you to double check that. For two weeks, write down everything you eat every day and calculate your average daily calorie consumption.
One of the reasons why some people stop losing weight before reaching their target weight is because a human body is very good at adapting to various eating patterns. There are many tricks out there that deal with this problem, but I like the calorie shifting diet. This diet is designed to keep your body from expecting to receive a certain amount of calories each day.
As for exercise (here is the best workout to lose weight, by the way), you are clearly overdoing it. You need to exercise less, not more. Your body needs time to rebuild itself and rest. Exercising for seven days is way too much. Reduce your workout to three times a week, and do not exercise for more than 1 hour a day.