I’m 200lbs and 5″3′. I want to lose 70lbs in three months. What should I eat, how many calories should I burn a day, and how should I burn the calories. Shankeshia. [via Ask Questions]
First of all, let’s see if you can lose 70 pounds in 3 months. To lose 70 pounds in 3 months, you need to lose 23.3 pounds per month for three consecutive months, which translates into losing 5.8 pounds per week for twelve consecutive weeks.
Okay, to make things a little easier, let’s shave a few pounds off and assume that you only need to lose 20 pounds in 1 month – would that make your weight-loss goal more realistic? No, it would not, and here is why: to lose 70 pounds in 3 months, you need to lose almost 6 pounds per week, which is way over 2 pounds a week. All things being equal, people usually lose no more than 2 pounds per week.
As you can see, you are three times over the limit, but even the goal of losing 20 pounds in one month is two times over an accepted weight-loss rate. So, how long would it take to lose 70 pounds? Assuming you can lose 2 pounds per week, you can probably lose 70 pounds in 35 weeks, or almost 9 months.
As for what you need to do to lose weight, it sounds like you need a structured diet and exercise plan. The following posts should put you on the right track, read How Do I Lose Weight Now? as well as How to Lose Weight Quickly and How to Eat Healthy.
In short, do not worry about counting calories or how many calories you should burn per day; I do not think you need to spend your time on this kind of stuff right now. Focus on eating healthy (think vegetables, meat, poultry, seafood, fish, and fruits).