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9/4/12 12:45 PM
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sdnice
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I've put on about 50 lbs in the last 3 years and finally decided to get off my ass and get back into the shape I used to be in. I started in earnest approximately 6 weeks ago. In that time I've lost 18 lbs, going from 258 to 240 as of yesterday. Is 3 lbs a week a safe amount to be losing? Should I be shooting for more? Thanks in advance.
9/4/12 12:54 PM
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 Whatever your body is losing is good. If you're feeling "off" then perhaps you're suffering some problems in your approach. The first few weeks/months you would lose more than later on. 

If you're eating cleaner your body will naturally be adjusting. 
9/4/12 4:43 PM
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Occasionally losing 8 a week is okay. But what I would suggest is that for your long term health you focus on 2-4lbs a week and be okay with weeks where you lose only 1lb.

The goal is lose weight without risking a heart attack at your size. Work hard, eat clean.

I would even say focus on the intensity of the workouts, not the amount of weight lost. Because you will have periods where you will lose nothing for even a month. Focusing on your strength, cardio etc put the focus on getting healthier each week. The weight will follow on its own.
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 amount of BODYFAT lost :) 
9/5/12 2:52 AM
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2-4lbs is sustainable Phone Post
9/9/12 4:35 AM
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ArthurKnoqOut -  amount of BODYFAT lost :) 
This. Scales lie.

Body fat loss, how you look and feel and getting into the clothes you couldn't 6 months ago are FAR better indicators of progress.

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