How Many Pounds Do I Need To Lose To Lose An Inch Off My Waist?
Many of us who want to lose weight really want to be smaller in size and feel healthier. However, it is possible to lose weight and not lose inches. Fad diets that tend to help people shed water weight rather than fat are usually a reason that dieters do not lose inches, especially around their waists. Also, the types of “crash diets” that encourage temporary water weight loss might also cause you to shed muscle. This is not only dangerous because your heart is the biggest muscle of your body, but also another way not to lose inches from your body.
If you are engaged in a reasonable diet and exercise program, which includes lifting weights, you could lose an inch from your waist for every 4 pounds of fat you lose from your body. However, this figure is not definite. There are so many factors that determine where and how you will lose weight. Unfortunately, women will have a much harder time losing weight than men. The older you are, the harder it will be to shed inches especially around the waist. Also, some medications can make it tougher for you to lose weight.
Lifting weights regularly is one of the best ways to promote healthy weight loss of fat and inches from your waist and other body parts. This does not mean you need to join a bodybuilder’s gym. In fact, you can lift dumbbells or hand weights at home. Push-ups and other calisthenics can also help you shed inches. Cardiovascular exercises such as running, walking, jogging, swimming, dancing, and bicycling may also help you lose at least an inch from your waist.
Depending on your diet and starting weight, you could safely lose 4 pounds and an inch of your waist in the first week of your program. However, once you get past the first week or two of a diet you should only lose about 1 to 2 pounds a week. Sometimes your weight will plateau on the scale, but you could still be losing inches especially if you are engaged in regular exercise. Use the measuring tape as well as your scale when charting your progress.
If you have been dieting and exercising faithfully and still are not losing inches from your waist, consider whether you are drinking enough water every day. You need at least 64 ounces; very overweight people need as much as 100 ounces of water every day.