How hard is it to lose 20 lbs in six weeks?
The answer to that question: it is extremely hard to lose 20 lbs in six weeks. Even if you are extremely overweight. First of all, in my opinion, having an exact number such as “20” is a clear indication of having the wrong mindset. Weight loss isn’t just about weight. There’s a little more to it.
First, ask yourself:
- Why does it have to be 20lbs?
- Why must it happen in 6 weeks?
- What will I have to sacrifice to get there?
- Will I be able to keep the weight off?
The best plan of action is to slowly change your diet and start a fitness routine that includes 3-4 days of resistance training. That is reasonable and easy to manage.
You may want to focus on:
- getting to a pant/dress size
- tracking your measurements
- tracking your body fat
- a performance goal (ex. increasing the amount of push-ups you can do)
The way I Run My Program
My program, BUF Boot Camp, operates solely on the success and retention of my clients. If clients aren’t happy with the service or results they don’t continue to come Check out this article about a client who lost just 10 pounds in 4 months, but still saw great results. So, it’s in my best interest to make sure I:
- Help my clients set reasonable goals: They must understand that results can come in different forms. Improved resting heart rate, reduction in body fat percentage, increased strength and overall weight loss are a few of areas one can expect to see results.
- Clients are encouraged, and not pressured to attend as many sessions as possible. The more I get to see my clients the more opportunities I have to influence them to alter their behaviors and create better habits. It’s not uncommon, though, for me to ask a client to take a day off here and there to recover from exercises. I don’t want them to “overtrain”.
- Help them create better habits. I don’t recommend fad diets or give strict meal plans to my clients because I want them to be in total control of their eating as they form better habits. These habits, not those diets and meal plans, will be something they will take with them for the rest of their lives.
- Create a fun experience. I know I’m dealing with individuals who don’t like to exercise and struggle with staying motivated. My goal, each and everyday, is to create an experience that they won’t get anywhere else. I like to call myself an “entertrainer”.
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