By: Ava Alderman: I have to admit that much of the time when I am asked how realistic a certain short-term weight loss goal is, the goal in question is usually extremely ambitious. What I mean by this is that I’m often asked about losing 10 – 15 pounds in a week or some other similar unrealistic goal. Nutrisystem is a very effective diet. But it isn’t a dangerous one. And regardless of the diet, that sort of goal just isn’t a great idea.
That’s why it’s very refreshing when I hear from someone who asks about a goal that isn’t unrealistic. An example is the person who recently asked about twenty pounds in 3 months time. I’m paraphrasing, but the conversation went something like this: “is it realistic for me to think that I can successfully lose 20 pounds in 3 months on nutrisystem?” I know that this isn’t necessarily considered quick weight loss, but I tend to lose weight slowly no matter what I do. And the few times that the weight has come off a little more quickly, I’ve gained it back just as quickly. I have an event to attend where I want to be twenty pounds lighter. It’s four months away. That gives me an extra month to choose the right time. And I don’t want to be in a huge hurry. Is the 20 pounds in 3 months plan realistic?
I definitely think that it is and I will tell you why. With the new fast five plan, the weight loss in the first week is said to be about five pounds. Now, that might seem alarming, but you will be eating three meals plus snacks or desserts. This is real food that we are talking about, not just liquids.
The foods are hand-picked to take the pounds off pretty quickly in the first week. But after that, as you would expect, the pace tapers off a bit. Then, the range is 1 – 2 pounds per week. So you’re looking at 9 – 11 pounds in a month; 18 – 22 pounds in two months or 27 – 33 pounds in three months. Assuming that you are at the lowest end of the range (which is absolutely fine,) you would still make it in three months with seven pounds to spare, which means you might reach our goal earlier than three months.
And, you would have food left over that you could use to help maintain your weight loss. I’d strongly encourage you to ask a nutrisystem counselor to be sure, but yes, 20 pounds in 3 months is a very nice, realistic pace. Here is a link where you can hook up with a counselor (under the support tab – and save some money on fast five: Get Fast 5 Plus and lose 5 lbs in your first week!