I asked my husband how many pounds it was safe to lose each week. He answered, “A pound a day.”
“A pound a day? Seriously.”
“Yes, a pound a day. ”
Well, I knew that couldn’t be healthy so I went to my computer to see what the “experts” had to say and made a note to myself to not take any dieting advice from my beloved!
According to Mayo Clinic:
When you’re considering what to expect from your new eating and exercise plan, be realistic. Over the long term, it’s best to aim for losing 1 to 2 pounds (0.5 to 1 kilogram) a week, although initially you might lose weight more quickly if you make significant changes — just be sure the changes are health supporting. To lose 1 to 2 pounds a week, you need to burn 500 to 1,000 calories more than you consume each day, through a low-calorie diet and regular exercise.
Diet Gurus who recommend weight loss of one to two pounds of FAT loss per week:
Oprah’s own Bob Greene
Tom Venuto (NSCA-certified personal trainer, lifetime natural bodybuilder, certified strength & conditioning specialist (CSCS), and author of the #1 best selling diet e-book, “Burn The Fat, Feed The Muscle.”)
From literally hundreds of client case studies, I can confirm that it’s VERY rare to lose more than 1.5 – 2.0 lbs of weight per week without losing some muscle along with it. If you lose muscle, you are damaging your metabolism and this will ultimately lead to a plateau and weight re-gain. Lack of patience is one of the biggest mistakes people make when it comes to losing weight. If you want your weight loss to be permanent, you have to take off the pounds slowly.
David Grisaffi (Exercise specialist, strength coach and personal trainer)
A diet that
recommends or promotes more than 1-2 lbs/week weight loss. Do not expect to lose more than 1-2 pounds of fat a week – it is physically impossible unless chronically obese, at which point 3 pounds may be possible. If more than two pounds is lost per week, the body change is due to a loss of water and/or muscle tissue. Gimmicks that promise 10 pounds in 2 weeks are either simply not true or else something other than fat is being lost. Also keep in mind that the more fat a person wishes to lose, and the less a person has, the more difficult and slower it will be to lose additional fat.