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A 39-year-old member asked:

How much weight can you lose safely each week?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 34 years experience
A couple pounds/wk: Successful (intentional) weight loss requires that a person stick to a plan for months or years. The person must be happy with the foods he gets to eat, so severe calorie restriction is usually unsuccessful. A person can cut back on calories enough to lose 2 pounds a week, and will be more likely to stay with that modest type of plan. Two pounds a week is about 100 pounds a year!
Dr. Chuck Shaffer
Bariatrics 34 years experience
See below: For my patients. I recommend 2 to 5 pounds weekly. The heavier you are the more weight you lose during the first few months. As you get close to lean body mass, the weight will slow down. Please check with your doctor to see if there's any reason that you're having trouble losing weight. There's information. Also located on our webpage. W ww.Weigh station.Net. Please read the newsletters.

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A 45-year-old member asked:

How much weight can a person safely lose a week?

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Dr. Stephen Gordon
44 years experience
2 - 5 lbs PER WEEK!: So long as they are reasonably healthy and have no major health issues. Doctor designed and recommended: take shape for life is a system that uses the small meal every 3 hour approach to weight loss. Fewer calories taken in and more calories used in daily activity equals safe and rapid weight loss. I can help. www.thin.tsfl.com.
A 41-year-old member asked:

How much weight can you lose a week by starving yourself?

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Dr. Yash Khanna
Family Medicine 58 years experience
3500CALS/1 LB: Depends on your present weight and bmr..Say for example if you need 2000 cals to maintain your weight(your bmr+clories burnt by daily activity)if you starve you will be minus 2000x7=14000 cals divide by 3500 equals 4 so you will loose 4 lbs of real body weight you can calculate similarly for other daily calories requirements for others.
Dr. Melissa Gowans
Pediatrics 22 years experience
Just remember that by "starving" you are going to lose muscle first and not fat and when you resume eating that the body is going to store extra as fat for the next period of starvation. Fasting in this way is dangerous and very unhealthy.
Mar 15, 2015
A 45-year-old member asked:

How much weight can I lose from not eating for 3 weeks?

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Dr. Yash Khanna
Family Medicine 58 years experience
3500CALS/1 LB: Depends on your present weight and bmr..Say for example if you need 2000 cals to maintain your weight(your bmr+clories burnt by daily activity)if you starve you will be minus 2000x7=14000 cals divide by 3500 equals 4.So 3weeks is 12lbs so you will loose 12 lbs of real body weight you can calculate similarly for other daily calories requirements for others.
A 44-year-old member asked:

How much weight can you lose in a week and still be healthy?

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Dr. Edward Kuhnley
Child Psychiatry 46 years experience
Based on Individual: Rapidity of weight loss is an individual matter based on factors including your current weight, metabolism, psychological factors, & environment. Focus on healthy lifestyle adjustments (habits & attitudes) rather than weight loss and you are more likely to produce slow, steady and sustained weight loss and a healthier you.
A 37-year-old member asked:

If i starve for a week, how much weight will i lose?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 26 years experience
Well, if weight loss: Is your goal - this is likely to backfire on you. Your body's defenses kick you into starvation mode. This means that your metabolic rate drops and when you start eating again - you can gain weight more quickly.

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