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How Difficult is it for a 150-Lbs. Woman to Lose Weight?

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Kimberly Fleming has been a professional writer since 2003 and has been published in a number of blogs and magazines. A personal trainer in Atlanta, she earned a Bachelor of Science in political science from Georgia State University. Although she starting writing in the legal field, her love of fitness led her to earn her certification from the American Council on Exercise.
How Difficult is it for a 150-Lbs. Woman to Lose Weight?
The difficulty of losing weight varies depending on the individual woman. Photo Credit Jupiterimages/Polka Dot/Getty Images

How difficult a woman of 150 pounds finds weight loss depends on the individual and how much time and effort she spends working toward her goals. Women have different body types, so what works easily for one might be extremely difficult for another. The key to reaching any weight-loss goal is to stay consistent with your exercise regimen, eat a healthy diet and remain optimistic throughout the journey. Consult your doctor before beginning any new diet or exercise regimen.

Aerobic Exercise

Aerobic exercise is important when trying to drop pounds, no matter your gender or what you weigh to begin with. The amount of aerobic exercise a women of 150 lbs. does or doesn't do can have huge impact on whether she reaches her weight-loss goal. Without aerobic exercise, you will lack adequate stamina to push your muscles beyond what they're capable of doing --- something you must do to make them stronger and get yourself in shape faster, celebrity trainer Gunnar Peterson notes in his book "The Workout." Avoiding aerobic exercise while trying to lose weight means you will have to rigorously watch calories, which can make it harder to lose weight. Aerobic exercise also improves your quality of sleep --- and you want to be fresh and rested for the next day's work toward your weight-loss goals.

Strength Training

Many women avoid resistance, or strength, training because they are afraid they'll gain bulky muscles. This can make it much more difficult for a women of 150 lbs. to lose weight. Strength training is not just about building muscle --- it is also good for preventing injury, which can help you stay active for the duration of your weight-loss journey. Although aerobic training can burn more calories, strength training raises your metabolism, which allows your body to burn more calories throughout the day even when you are at rest. Burning calories while doing nothing makes weight loss even easier.

Nutrition

For a woman of 150 lbs. to lose weight, she must consistently practice healthy eating. If she doesn't, losing weight might be extremely hard or near impossible. Starving yourself will almost absolutely guarantee failure in your weight-loss journey, Peterson warns. Eating a low-fat, high-fiber diet --- along with doing aerobic exercise to burn calories and resistance training to maintain lean mass and to naturally boost your metabolism --- is the most effective way to lose fat, and won't hold you back from building muscle tissue. Sticking to a diet like this can be difficult, particularly if you're not used to it, but incorporating lots of fruits and vegetables and keeping a food journal --- to hold yourself accountable for what you're eating --- can make it easier.

Rest and Recovery

Women who are trying to lose to weight tend to have periods where they are so determined to meet their goal that they forget to let their bodies rest, explains the "ACE Personal Trainer Manual." The body interprets all the time you have spend pulling, pushing, and sweating in the gym as stress. Because of this, it is vital that you give your muscles time to rest and recover between each workout. Rest and recovery can make a huge difference in the end result. Not giving your body enough down time can leave it in a constant state of exhaustion, which not only prevents you from getting stronger and in better shape but also leaves you weaker than usual. If a woman of 150 lbs. skips this vital step, losing weight can be very hard.

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