# How quickly to lose.

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I have seen posted a ratio of how much loss per week to target against how much excess weight is being carried. Could someone re-post it for me, as a colleague is interested. Thanks.

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• Posts: 10,182 Member
'Should' is a subjective term. You 'should' set your target at something you can be comfortable meeting.
• Posts: 27,165 Member
edited May 2016
I see no more than 1% of your total weight per week. So, if you are 200 pounds, your goal shouldn't be more than 2 pounds per week.

I also see this:
• 0.5 lb per week if you have less than 25 lbs to lose
• 1 lb per week if you have 25-50 lbs to lose
• 1.5 lb per week if you have 50-75 lbs to lose
• 2 lb per week if you have 75+ lbs to lose
• Posts: 367 Member
Thanks. What I am looking for is a specific and particular set of numbers which I have previously seen posted but can't currently find. 'Should' is not a term which appears in my OP. The point of the ratio for which I am looking is to provide guidance as to a weight loss rate which is likely to prove do-able.
• Posts: 11,068 Member
If I were to make a vague range of rates of weight loss to apply to large groups of people it would be .5 to 1.5% change in bodyweight per week.

But there are definitely going to be exceptions to this based on individual circumstance.
• Posts: 27,165 Member
edited May 2016
Carnhot wrote: »
Thanks. What I am looking for is a specific and particular set of numbers which I have previously seen posted but can't currently find. 'Should' is not a term which appears in my OP. The point of the ratio for which I am looking is to provide guidance as to a weight loss rate which is likely to prove do-able.

I found 1 lb per week when I had 25-50 lbs to lose easily doable, and now that I have 25 pounds to lose, a half pound per week is doable as well.
• 0.5 lb per week if you have less than 25 lbs to lose
• 1 lb per week if you have 25-50 lbs to lose
• 1.5 lb per week if you have 50-75 lbs to lose
• 2 lb per week if you have 75+ lbs to lose
• Posts: 367 Member
Thank you, all. kshama 2001, your 2nd set of figures is the specific information I had in mind. I understand that no one size fits all and that we all need to find what works for us. This seems a good starting point.