“How long will it take me to lose 10 pounds …?”
This is probably one of the most common, if not THE most common, question I get asked by new clients.
The answer? There is no clear answer. There are many factors that go into losing 10 pounds. The person beside you may be able to lose it in the recommended 1-2lbs per week scenario, while it might take you four months.
- Commitment to change
- Readiness to learn and be outside of your comfort zone
- Beginning phase – Many factors affect this: Are you well overweight? Have you yo-yo dieted for years? Or maybe you just recently put it on?
- What is your current nutrition like and how open are you to change?
- Trusting the process
Nothing changes if nothing changes!
Typically, I recommend that new clients start with a plan to train and learn about eating habits for a minimum of three months. Sure, you can start to lose right away, but my experience has taught me that most people aren’t fully prepared to commit to change prior to that initial three months. Small changes, yes, but bigger ones that make the difference takes some time.
Here’s how to self start:
Weeks 1-4: Cardio/HITT training 4 to 6 times a week for a minimum of 45 minutes.
Weeks 4-8: Start to incorporate some plyometric strength training (small weights, lots of reps and movement-based exercise).
Weeks 8-12: Two days of weight-based exercise followed by 30 minutes of cardio, and 2 to 3 days of HITT training for a minimum of 45 minutes.
Nutrition is a large part of your success. ‘Weekday warriors’ nutrition just doesn’t work. This is no different than yo-yo dieting. A common sentiment is ‘I’ve eaten great all week. It’s just the weekend. I’m not prepared to get rid of everything.’ That’s a fair concern. People want to live life and enjoy it. And you can still do that while eating amazing food, exercising, and feeling energized AND achieving your goals. It’s all about the willingness to make those changes and commit to your own successes.
As a trainer, I can help you to put all of those pieces into perspective. Phase training for both exercise and nutrition work hand in hand. Before you know it, you’ve changed your outlook on how to eat, what to eat, and how much to eat (believe me, it’s a lot!). My success is when you succeed.