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How Much Weight Can You Lose in Four Months if You Weigh 230?

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author image Michael Scott
Michael Scott began writing professionally in 2011. He is a certified personal trainer and group exercise instructor and wrote about the effects of music on exercise for the National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association and TexFit. Scott holds a Master of Science in education from Stephen F. Austin State University where he also studied kinesiology and exercise science.
How Much Weight Can You Lose in Four Months if You Weigh 230?
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With a healthy diet and exercise, you can lose the weight you want to lose. In order to lose weight, you must burn off more calories than you consume. While many people feel weight loss should be instant, it takes time to get the physique you are looking for. At 230 pounds, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends losing weight at a rate of 1 to 2 lbs. per week. Dropping pounds fast is unhealthy.

Calories

In order to lose weight, you must burn off more calories than you consume. This is done through exercise, healthy eating or a combination of the two. One pound equals 3,500 calories. The most healthy way to lose weight is to take off 1 to 2 lbs. a week. To do this, you must lower your caloric intake or increase the amount of calories you burn through exercise, or simply combine the two. The reason for losing 1 to 2 lbs. a week is because this will allow you to develop a habit of eating healthy and exercising on daily basis.

Losing Weight

In order to lose the weight you want to lose, you must develop what is called a caloric deficit. This can be done through a healthy diet, exercise or a combination of both. If your caloric deficit is 3,500 to 7,000 calories for the entire week, it is possible to lose between 16 and 32 pounds in four months. This is calculated based on an average of four weeks in a month. Sources say that it is possible to lose more weight by increasing your caloric deficit, however, it is not as healthy.

Decreasing Calories

The CDC says that in order to lose weight, cutting 500 to 1,000 calories per day will help you reach the recommended mark of 1 to 2 lbs. per week. By pairing this information with the recommendation of 60 to 90 minutes of moderate physical activity most days of the week, you will reach your goal of 16 to 32 lbs. of weight loss in four months.

Healthy Lifestyle

By the time you lose 16 to 32 lbs. in four months, it is very likely that you will continue the new lifestyle that you have started. Both the USDA Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion and CDC say that by losing weight gradually, you will develop a habit of exercising and eating healthy on a daily basis.

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