Hi, I need to lose 60 pounds in 5 months. Can I lose 60 pounds in 5 months? My weight is 161 pounds and I want to weigh 100 pounds in 5 months, but I have no idea how to lose weight and what to eat, so it’s hard to stay on the diet. I want you to help me please. I need to lose this weight because I want my boyfriend to like me. Josie S. [via Ask Questions]
If you do not know how to lose weight, you might want to read the following posts: How to lose 50 pounds and How to lose 60 pounds. To lose 60 pounds in 5 months, you would need to lose 3 pounds for 20 consecutive weeks, which is a pretty aggressive rate of weight loss. I would not say it is impossible to sustain losing 3 pounds for 20 consecutive weeks, but it is not an easy thing to accomplish for an average person.
As for what to eat, read the what to eat on a diet to lose weight post. Generally speaking, the best diet to follow is the one you are comfortable with. Do not just follow some diet because it promises results. Short term, the results are almost always there, but what about long term? The reason why many experts claim that diets do not work is because a lot of people are unable to keep the lost weight off. The reason? They do not learn how to eat healthy.
In short, your goal should not be to lose 60 pounds in 5 months. Instead of focusing on how much weight you want to lose, it is more productive to focus on changing your eating habits. If you want to lose weight and to keep the lost weight off, it is extremely important to understand why you have gained the weight in the first place, and what it takes to lose weight.
Follow a balanced diet. You can eat everything in moderation, but I would stay away from simple carbohydrates and sugar. Protein, good fats, vegetables, and fruit are all good for you. Sweets, deserts, fast food, soda, etc are not.