How Much Weight Can You Lose in 6 Weeks?

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Healthy weight loss can be achieved when you focus on developing a lifestyle of healthy eating and regular exercise. (Image: Photodisc/Photodisc/Getty Images)

You probably cannot lose enough weight in six weeks to warrant a complete overhaul of your wardrobe, but it's possible to shed a number of pounds in this period of time. Healthy weight loss and fast weight loss are not synonymous, however. Instead of trying to lose weight as quickly as possible, focus on developing a sustainable lifestyle by eating healthy and getting regular exercise. Doing so allows these healthy habits to continue even after you reach your weight-loss goal.

Slow and Steady

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention considers losing one to two pounds a week to be a healthy rate of weight loss. In six weeks, it's possible to lose between six and 12 pounds. Success is typically dependent on diet and exercise; data from the National Weight Control Registry suggests that it's a challenge to get results through only diet or only exercise. Your fitness routine should include a combination of aerobic exercise and resistance training, while your diet should be low in calories.

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