There are lots of people who are seriously overweight or even obese. Seemingly, every part of their bodies are covered with a layer of fat. Then, there are women, who have excess weight that covers certain areas of the body but have ‘skinny’ or undeveloped limbs. This is called being skinny fat, make no mistake about it, there is usually plenty of fat to lose and they’re not always in the best physical shape (in terms of endurance or strength). When a woman is skinny fat, how long will it take for her to melt those excess pounds, and become lean?
How Long to Not be Skinny Fat Anymore?
So, I think that we will first need to have some kind of range for what would be considered ‘skinny fat’.
Depending on one’s physical stature, I’d say that this range is in the 10-20 lbs, of excess fat before becoming lean.
Obviously, a skinny fat person, is going to have those arms and legs that aren’t really toned but don’t visually display the same amount of fat as the torso and hips/butt.
How long will it take to lose 10-20 lbs? It will usually take about 1-2 months. Sometimes shorter on the lower end of that range. It can be a few weeks longer on the higher end.
More accurately, 4-10 weeks of fat loss, should have one lean. Of course, you will see a lot of progress over the length of that time frame, and won’t really appear ‘skinny fat’ somewhere around the half way point.
Can You Get it Done Fast?
It’s doable for those who have around 10 lbs to lose, to get it done in about 3 weeks.
For those, with 20 lbs to lose, it could be done in 5-6 weeks. However, aiming for this target is a pretty aggressive weight loss protocol. I would say to give it a solid 8 weeks, especially if you have an already busy schedule, with work and family obligations.
Why? Because going into a caloric deficit isn’t all that fun. Doing it at an aggressive pace, can be downright miserable, at times. Giving oneself a slower pace of loss, will have pretty big effects on your daily mood, energy levels, etc.
I’ve done a faster pace of loss before, utilizing carb cycling, weight lifting, and Visual Impact Cardio. This got me an 18 lb loss in about a month. It really wasn’t fun, and also, I was working from home. So, the misery was much more manageable, with my schedule. One downside, is that I did lose some muscle mass, along with the fat. It would’ve been better to do a slower pace.
The best course of action, is to set a pace of about 2 lbs per week, and make it manageable and sustainable. Again, it’ll only be a month or two to finish, and visually much of the results will be had within 4 weeks.