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Stardust1901 Mon 06-Mar-17 13:58:48

NC as this is fairly embarrassing!

I'm getting married next summer (yay) and I really want to lose weight before hand. I'm 5"2, size 16 and 12stone 2! I'm changing my diet slowly so I can stick to it and I'm starting to exercise.

AIBU to ask how much weight do you think I can realistically lose in 16 months?

MaidOfStars Mon 06-Mar-17 14:07:21

1lb a week conservatively, 2lb a week doable. So 128lb max (assuming four weeks in a month).

Not sure you want to go that far though grin

Where do you want to be? Targets?

Stardust1901 Mon 06-Mar-17 14:09:07

Id be happy with 10 stone but ideally 9-9.5 stone.

I am incredibly lazy when it comes to exercise though! I need a kick up the bum!

PoptartPoptart Mon 06-Mar-17 14:09:11

If you lost 1lb per week for the next 16 months that would be roughly 64lbs - so over 4 stone!

NavyandWhite Mon 06-Mar-17 14:11:52

I reckon you could get down to 9/9.5 stone in that time.

My best weight loss was 19lb in 18 weeks once ( 15 years ago mind ) I did that by low fat food and walking one hour a day. Good luck!

fueledbybacon Mon 06-Mar-17 14:13:44

If you get your diet right you don't have to think about exercise except for toning and muscle definition.

I've lost 90lbs and not done a tap of exercise grin

Fortyisthenewthirty Mon 06-Mar-17 14:13:54

Your goal is very realistic. It's a good timeframe to lose 2.5 stone.

RyanStartedTheFire Mon 06-Mar-17 14:18:48

That's a good timeframe to do it healthily. I'm aiming to lose the best part of a stone by my wedding in August.

Stardust1901 Mon 06-Mar-17 14:48:19

Ah thank you! I hope I stick at it!

Astoria7974 Mon 06-Mar-17 14:57:46

Losing weight healthily doesn't necessarily mean slow weight loss. I went from a size 18 to a size 14 before my wedding seven years ago by taking up bouldering/rock-climbing & rowing (hate cardio). Coupled with a sensible 1800 cal a week diet I was losing up to 10 pounds a week!

I'm now a size 12 - have maintained my figure due to keeping up with the high calorie burn exercise.

Astoria7974 Mon 06-Mar-17 14:58:43

You're about six inches shorter than me tho - so you prob need way less than 1800 cals. Weightwatchers etc can give you an idea

Fadingmemory Mon 06-Mar-17 15:08:00

I am 5' 2" and weighed 12 stone. I took 6 months to lose 3 stone and have kept it off. Am very active, though. You could lose at the rate of 1lb a week and have plenty of time to shed, say, 3/3.5 stone.

SheSaidHeSaid Mon 06-Mar-17 15:12:32

I'm 5ft 4 and lost 2 stones on slimming world in 3 months so you'd easily be able to reach your target if you commit to it.

Stardust1901 Mon 06-Mar-17 15:13:00

Fadingmemory Well done! Can I ask what you do? What do you eat?

Drquin Mon 06-Mar-17 15:30:25

I've been doing slimming world too, for just over a year and lost 4 1/2 stone, so your target seems more than reasonable.

Reow Mon 06-Mar-17 15:45:25

You can definitely do that!

Though I echo the others when they say it's eating that counts, as opposed to exercise. Exercise definitely helps, but it's food choices that will have the big impact.

I personally hate all of the faddy diets that are going round at the moment. You can really eat well and in good portions and still lose weight. I would recommend meal planning and cooking in bulk.

Order some meal prep trays and plan out your meals 3-4 days at a time. Bulk up your meals with loads of lovely veggies so you're feeling full up and not deprived, but avoid artificial/"weight loss products". Seriously, there are a lot of low carb fat free "products" about these days to make money from people trying to lose weight, and it's bollocks. Prep a huge salad for lunch and a big veggie chicken stew or a stir fry for dinner, and stick to what you've prepped.

Plan to have a proper pizza or curry once a week so you know you have a treat coming up and have something to look forward to, but I honestly believe that when you get into the habit of eating healthy and clean your body will crave crap a lot less.

Good luck!

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