One of the toughest parts of losing weight and getting fit is the amount of time it takes you to achieve your goal. If you’re 70 pounds overweight, you’re looking at anywhere from 35 to 42 weeks before you shed all the excess fat.
That’s almost 9 to 10 months!
This is assuming you lose 2 pounds a week, which is a healthy way to go about it. Initially, you may lose 5 or even 7 pounds a week, because the first few pounds are the easiest to lose.
However, as time goes by, you’ll notice that you average anywhere from 1 to 3 pounds a week. This is normal for most people.
We use the word ‘guesstimating’ because there is no precise way to be absolutely certain how much weight you’ll lose. By tracking your calories and food, you can come close, but ultimately, your body will decide how much weight it wants to lose.
It’s important to always remember that to go from where you are to where you want to be will require an investment of time and effort. There’s no rush.
Too often, people quit because it’s taking longer than they expected. They don’t realize that once they quit, they’ll NEVER achieve the body of their dreams. You cannot buy a fit and toned body. Only sweat equity and time will give you one.
So, it’s imperative that you understand that your body is under construction. Just like it takes a while to build a skyscraper, it will take you a while to carve out the body you desire.
Results happen over time, not overnight.
Give yourself that time to achieve your goal. The time is going to pass anyway. So you might as well put it to good use and come out of the process with a toned body to show for it.
If you’re hoping to build muscle or get a set of six pack abs, you’ll first need to know where you’re starting from. If you’re overweight, you’ll need to calculate roughly how long it will take you to shed the pounds until you’re around 9% to 10% bodyfat.
Only at this percentage will you be able to see your abs (men). Women will need to be in the range of 15% to 19% to see sculpted abs. Once again, this is just rough estimation because individuals are different.
If you’re overweight, you’ll need to go through the required time until you’re lean. Forget about trying to build muscle at this stage. The goals are diametrically opposed.
It’s very difficult to lose fat and gain muscle at the same time. So, lose the fat FIRST. If it takes you 90 days, so be it. You’ll notice that you look much more muscular once your excess fat is gone.
Many fitness programs such as Insanity and P90X are 60 to 90 days long. This is enough time to burn some serious fat.
Once you get to your ideal weight, then you’ll need to switch to lifting heavier weights if you wish to bulk up. Generally, if your diet and training are on point, you can expect to put on about 1 or 2 pounds of muscle a month.
Beginners may be able to pack on more, but their progress will taper off to 1 or 2 pounds a month. That may not seem like much, but visually, you will look very different.
Gaining muscle is a tough process. Muscle is ‘calorically expensive’ and your body does not like holding on to too much of it because of the high maintenance. So your diet and nutrition is very important.
In conclusion, the time required to achieve your goals should not really be an issue here. Fitness is a lifestyle choice. No matter what, you have to exercise 5 to 6 times a week and be on a sensible diet.
Seek to improve gradually and you’ll achieve your dream body in time to come. Always remember that though it’s a slow process, quitting won’t speed it up. Stay on track.