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In the last week or so I’ve received multiple emails asking similar questions so I thought I’d do a blog post in case you have the same questions.

Below are the top three questions I get asked:

1. What’s the healthiest maximum amount of weight I can lose per week?

A healthy target is losing 1-2% of your current weight each week. So for a 200 pound person, losing 2 – 4 pounds per week is fantastic. The healthiest max really shouldn’t be much more than 2%. But keep in mind, tracking progress using the scale is NOT the best way. See next question 🙂

2. What is better to track; weight or inches?

Inches. Hands down. Especially when you are under 200 pounds. Scale weight can fluctuate week to week even when you do everything perfectly. Hormones, stress, water retention, and sodium intake all play a part. But tracking inches is the best way to determine if you are getting smaller. Weight could stay close to the same on the scale but you can still take 3 inches off your waist! This is because muscle is more dense than fat.

3. What’s a good amount of inches to lose in 30 days?

This really depends on your starting measurements. The more there is to lose, the bigger the potential loss. If you nail the nutrition side of things and workout at least 12-16 times that month you could lose 4-5 inches off your waist. That would be an A+ effort. Losing 2 inches off your waist in 30 days is still incredible. BUT, if you already have a relatively small waist (under 33 inches) then you might only lose a 1/4 of an inch or maybe 1/2 an inch.

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