If I tried really hard to get healthy, how successful will I be?
July 19, 2012 8:00 AM Subscribe
Let's say I'm a 5'5", 230lb female. Let's say tomorrow, I start eating very healthy and working out 4-5 times a week. How much can I expect to lose and what physical changes can I expect to see by the end of the year?
I've always been overweight but I come from a family full of plump people and I've never been too concerned about my weight or tried losing weight.
Now, I'm having some hormonal issues and my doctor has told me to lose weight to see if that will address the problem before trying anything else.
I already eat very healthy most of the time (lots of fruits and veggies, whole foods, lean meats, healthy fats, only water to drink, probably too many sweets still) but since I started eating so healthy about 2 years ago, I haven't lost any weight, so I'm assuming it's more portion control. I am going to aim for 3 400-calorie meals/day (with an additional snack on days I've worked out?) and alternating strength training and cardio 4-5 times/week.
If I stick with that schedule, what can I expect by the end of the year, in terms of weight loss and physical changes? I know everyone is different, but having a general realistic expectation will help me stay motivated. Right now, I have no expectations at all because I've never tried this hard and honestly, I don't even know anyone else who has. Will I be starving and exhausting myself for six months only to drop 10lbs and fit in the same clothes? Or will I suddenly be a size 8 and full of energy and have sad, deflated boobs?
I feel like this is a stupid question, but I've always been fat and I don't know what being less fat is like.