If you want to lose weight to improve your appearance and even your health, you're probably wondering when you'll start to see the effects of your weight loss. It can get discouraging to diet day after day if you don't feel like you're getting any closer to your goal. If you're pursuing a moderate weight-loss diet, trying to lose 1 to 2 pounds a week, you should start noticing some minor results within a week or two of starting your diet.
Although it's nearly impossible to search the Internet without coming across an ad for a "miracle" weight-loss product or program, in reality you won't find a miracle solution, according to Harvard Medical School. In fact, losing weight is quite simple: you need to consume fewer calories in foods and beverages and expend more in exercise. Even if you're in a hurry to see results, don't try to lose more than 1 to 2 pounds every week unless you're in a medically supervised program.
If you stick to your diet and avoid the temptation to cheat, you'll drop 2 to 4 pounds within two weeks -- and that's the point where you should start to notice that your jeans fit more loosely. If you're a woman that wants to drop a dress size, you'll need to lose 10 to 15 pounds, according to "Good Housekeeping" magazine. That will take you up to two months.
It will take you about as long as it does to drop a dress size to see your diet positively affect your health, according to the University of Cincinnati. It's possible for weight loss to reduce your blood pressure, improve your cholesterol, reduce your risk for diabetes and even reduce your joint pain. Dieters that lost about 10 pounds in a study at the university reported significant reductions in their pain levels, which motivated them to continue dieting.
You'll see better results from your weight loss program more quickly if you add exercise to your diet. In order to tone your body and lose 10 to 15 pounds in six weeks, you should perform aerobic exercises four to six times every week and add a strength training routine using hand weights most days. You'll also need to carve about 500 calories each day from your diet. If you follow this program, you should see firmer muscles along with weight loss within one and a half to two months.
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