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Is it Safe to Lose 15 pounds a Month?

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author image William McCoy
Toronto-based journalist William McCoy has been writing since 1997, specializing in topics such as sports, nutrition and health. He serves as the Studio's sports and recreation section expert. McCoy is a journalism graduate of Ryerson University.
Is it Safe to Lose 15 pounds a Month?
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It's possible to lose 15 pounds in a single month, but doing so can be a combination of difficult and unsafe. Regardless of your reasons for wishing to lose weight, adopting a more realistic goal can help you not only meet the goal, but also keep your body healthy along the weight-loss journey. Even if you lose far fewer than 15 pounds in a month, it's possible that the weight loss greatly improves your health.

15 Pounds is Too Much

Health organizations such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advise losing weight at a safe rate of 1 to 2 pounds a week. If you lose weight at this rate for a month, you could safely lose between 4 and 8 pounds. The loss of 15 pounds is nearly twice the recommended safe amount for a month. Losing weight steadily through exercise and diet keeps your body healthy and allows you to develop habits that you can maintain even once you've reached your ideal weight.

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