How Long Will It Take to Lose Five Pounds?


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To lose five pounds, a total of 17,500 calories must be burned in addition to your daily calorie intake. Although the rate of weight loss is likely to vary, numerous health plans suggest this may be achieved in a healthy manner in three to five weeks.

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states that healthy weight loss occurs at a rate of 1 to 2 pounds per week. This correlates to burning 3,500 to 7,000 calories in excess of the week’s caloric intake. When starting a new dietary plan after living a sedentary lifestyle, weight loss occurs more rapidly in the first few weeks, due to the shedding of excess water weight. Certain fitness programs can result in various weight loss calendars; for example, the You Can Do It weight loss program from Fitness Magazine potentially results in 5 pounds shed within two weeks. Weight Watchers targets this same weight loss amount in four weeks.

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