How much weight can I expect to lose...? I get asked this question a lot. How much weight or what type of results can expect to see happen in X amount of days.
I get it, I do. We all want to be promised that what we are about to go through will net a specific amount of results. However, weight loss is a lot like the stock market. It will go up and it will go down.
Here is why I don't like this question: Two reasons...
# 1 - We can't control what our bodies do. Putting a number on a weight loss challenge is dangerous. Everyone's body is different, everyone has different stress - responses to nutrition, recovery, etc... Some people will lose weight faster and some slower. Even if those same two people do the same thing. Putting a number on a specific date is dangerous for a trainer. Why? Well, let's say you don't get to that number by 6 weeks - the only way to lose 4 pounds in 1 day is incredibly unhealthy and done through manipulation. Water manipulation for most people.
# 2 - Mindset Issue
Now we can talk about the average weight loss or the average body fat dropped but to give specific numbers can be detrimental to success. Alright look - I get those people who hit a specific number in a specific time frame feel accomplished. However, what if you work your ass off and don't hit. Don't you feel like a failure? Which is complete BS because you just did something amazing and now you feel like you failed.
I see this ALL too often. People not hitting their numbers and then giving up because (this doesn't work, I suck, I tried and didn't make, etc...)
Now let's talk about being one of those people that hits your 20 pounds in 6 weeks but you did it through incredibly low calories (dangerously) or through cutting back on your water. Think wrestlers. Guess what happens? You didn't learn a lasting healthy way to lose weight so you'll either gain it back and be pissed because again you didn't stick with the 900 calorie diet. OR you've just learned quick fixes. NOT LONG TERM SUCCESS strategies.
So here is my point - instead of a goal for weight loss or results driven - since we can control that in a healthy way - be ACTION driven. How many days a week do I need ot workout to get to my goals? What do I need to change with my nutrition DAILY that will accomplish my goal? Set DAILY actionable goals and you'll get there LONG FREAKING TERM!