## How long should it take to safely lose 30 pounds? What are some tips for doing so?

Best to provide you with some basics on weight loss first:

As I'm sure you already know, if you consume less calories (from your food and drink) than your body needs, your body will burn up fat to try and make up the difference - it requires energy for daily maintenance. Slowly, you'll lose weight.

One pound of body fat is equal to approx 3,500 calories, ok.
The recomended safe rate of weight loss is to aim to lose 1 to 2 pounds per week.
After doing some quick maths, this means you need to eat at least 500 calories less per day than you do now.

What's the catch?
If your dietary nutrition is out of the window, i.e. awful - then either you need to burn off way more than 500 calories per day to kick start your weight loss, or you need to make some serious changes to what you eat!

If you head over to any online Calorie Calculator, or use an app, these can usually tell you a couple of important things (based on your current activity levels):

1. Your BMR (Basal Metabolic Rate)
Your BMR is the number of calories required by your body to keep functioning at rest.
2. The number of calories you'll need to burn in order to safely lose 1 or 2 pounds per week.

Remember though, these are just estimates which give you a defined goal to work towards.

How long will it take?
Well, let's say you work on losing no more than 2 pound per week, it will take you approx 15 weeks (3–4 months) to lose 30 pounds of weight. This is assuming you have a healthy diet and some exercise in place!

What are some good tips for losing 30 pounds of weight?