Having a lot of fat to lose, can seem like a daunting challenge. In some ways, it is, but it really isn’t as complex as most people seem to think. Most of the problems people face, are due to psychological habits (poor eating and lack of planning), than actually having diet or exercise be difficult. Even when women overcome, those issues, there is still the matter of time. How long will it take to lose those extra 30 pounds? How long should you plan for being in caloric deficit?
How Long Does it Take for Women to Lose 30 Lbs?
For most people, it will take around 3-4 months, to drop 30 lbs. Yes, it can be done faster (probably 2 months is the fastest, you’d want to go, healthily).
Also, you can slow down the pace, if you want to. Why would you? Well, rapid weight loss isn’t always fun, with the feelings of hunger and cravings. As such, some folks like to go with the 1 lb per week pace, to make it a breeze.
Generally, what happens is once you have your diet/exercise program primed for fat loss, there is a big initial loss in the first few weeks. Then, it gets slower over time. This is especially true with the last 10 lbs, before being lean.
I’ve also had it happen, where I basically lose 1 pound for the first 7-10 days, and then it accelerates for most of the rest of the way. Before finally, going slow for that last 10 lbs. Weird, but it can happen. Either way, you end up in the same place.
Now, if you have more than 30 lbs to lose. The slow down won’t really be as noticeable. In fact, some obese people, can lose 30 lbs a little faster than 2 months. But, that is outside of reality for most folks.
So, you may have like 25 lbs lost in the first 12 weeks. Then, the last 5 lbs, ends up taking 3 weeks to complete.
Expect this to happen, so, if it does it won’t be a shock and you can move right along. Don’t get to wedded to the numbers, in the short-term, as water weight and the like can mess with your expectations.
What Pace Should You Set?
2 lbs per week is a really good clip to lose fat at. In fact, when you go above 2 lbs per week, you are mostly losing water and even some muscle mass.
After about 6-7 weeks, at the 2 lb loss per week pace, the visual difference will really be huge. 12-14 lbs is a lot of weight, particularly if you have a smaller frame, naturally.
Personally, I wouldn’t try to go for more than 3 lbs per week, on average for the entire process. So, I’d set aside at least 10 weeks to get rid of an extra 30 lbs of fat.
That’s if, I had an absolute deadline. However, most of us never really do, beyond some self-imposed date of completion. As such, just aim for the 12-15 week range.