How to Lose 60 Pounds in 1 Year

Hispanic woman holding bag of groceries
Make sure to eat the right things. (Image: Jose Luis Pelaez Inc/Blend Images/Getty Images)

Sixty pounds is a significant weight loss goal, but it's achievable over time. A safe rate of weight loss is in the range of one to two pounds per week. Taking a year to lose this much weight will put it within this safe range and will improve your chances of keeping it off.

Step 1

Exercise at a moderate intensity for 250 minute or more per week. According to the American College of Sports medicine, getting 250 minutes of moderate exercise a week is associated with significant weight loss. Examples of moderate-intensity exercise include brisk walking, cycling a a leisurely rate or playing doubles tennis.

Step 2

Track the calories that you burn from your exercise using a heart rate monitor with a calorie counting feature.

Step 3

Create a daily calorie deficit of 575 calories. This means reducing your calorie intake along with increasing your calorie burn. For instance, if you burn an extra 300 calories from exercise then you would need to reduce your daily intake by 275 calories for a total deficit of 575. One pound of fat is equal to 3,500 calories so in one year this will add up to 60 pounds.

Step 4

Track your weight loss on a weekly basis. Make adjustments to your calorie deficit if you gain weight or if you lose weight too quickly. A daily 575-calorie deficit should add up to a little more than a pound per week, but this may vary depending on your metabolism.

Things You'll Need

  • Heart rate monitor

  • Scale

Warning

Always consult your doctor before starting a weight loss program.

Never eat fewer than 1,200 calories per day if you are a woman or 1,800 calories per day if you are a man.

REFERENCES & RESOURCES
Comments
PARTNER & LICENSEE OF THE LIVESTRONG FOUNDATION

Copyright © 2018 Leaf Group Ltd. Use of this web site constitutes acceptance of the LIVESTRONG.COM Terms of Use, Privacy Policy and Copyright Policy. The material appearing on LIVESTRONG.COM is for educational use only. It should not be used as a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. LIVESTRONG is a registered trademark of the LIVESTRONG Foundation. The LIVESTRONG Foundation and LIVESTRONG.COM do not endorse any of the products or services that are advertised on the web site. Moreover, we do not select every advertiser or advertisement that appears on the web site-many of the advertisements are served by third party advertising companies.