Trying to lose weight can be a frustrating experience. Sure, it’s definitely worth it in the end, but getting to that end goal can sometimes feel so far away.
I don’t know about you, but I can notice gaining a pound within the instance that I do it, but noticing the weight that you’ve lost can be a whole different story.
When you are exercising and cutting back on your favorite foods, you just want to see the rewards of your sacrifices straight away. But alas, this is just not the case.
Sticking with your diet and persevering through fairly difficult times can be a real struggle, and just having someone tell you that they’re noticing a difference can be the real boost you need to encourage you to keep noticing.
So when you lose ten pounds, will anyone be able to tell? Well, the good news is yes. They will.
Although, just how noticeable the loss is will depend on your starting weight. So for example, if you were to weigh upwards of 300 lbs, that 10lbs night is not as noticeable to others.
With that being said though, personally, you will have started to notice some changes.
Your energy should be much higher, your blood pressure, cholesterol, and blood sugars lower, and your sleep should be improving too.
In this article, we’ll look at just how much weight you’ll need to lose before the compliments start flowing, and where you’ll initially start to lose the weight.
Does Losing 10 Pounds Make A Difference In Your Appearance?
If you’ve been upping your exercise and following a more healthy diet plan, you will start to lose both some fat and muscle.
Your gross body weight loss is calculatable by dividing the amount that you’ve lost by your initial weight times by 100.
So let’s use Jane as an example. Jane weighs 200lbs. Through her weight loss journey, she has currently lost 10 lbs.
By using the calculations above we can work out that Jane has currently lost 5% of her body weight.
Meanwhile, Jack, who weighs 160 lbs has also lost 10 lbs.
Though they have both lost the same amount of weight Jack has lost 6.25% of his body weight and so you may notice Jack’s weight loss before you notice Janes.
How Much Weight Do You Need To Lose Before You’ll Notice?
For women around the average height of 5’4 and males at 5’9, for people to start noticing that they’ve lost weight, they’ll need to lose approximately 8 or 9 lbs of their body weight.
However, for those who fall into the overweight category when considering their BMI (body mass index,) the number is a little higher.
Overweight men will need to lose upwards of 18 lbs before the weight loss is noticeable, and that figure is around 14 lbs for women.
Where Do You First Notice Weight Loss?
Typically, you’ll first notice weight loss in the areas of your body that you initially noticed the weight gain.
Although there are several factors such as genetics, hormones, and metabolism that can affect this.
Childbearing factors and the type of fat that you’ve gained will also play an important role in where you notice weight loss.
As a general rule, men tend to first notice weight loss from their stomachs while women usually start to lose weight first from their hips.
Your face and breasts are also areas that tend to shred weight the quickest.
How Long Does It Take To Lose 10 Pounds?
So, now that we’ve established that a ten-pound weight loss is noticeable in most cases, you may be wondering how long it will take to lose those 10 lbs.
Losing around 1-2 lbs per week is what is usually considered the norm. While many fad diets may claim that higher weight loss per week is achievable, it usually tends not to be sustainable in the long run.
It is much more effective to lose it slowly but surely and ensure you will stick to your regime than trying to push your body in a way that is too overwhelming. Most of these fad diets are easily broken.
If you are losing between 1-2 lbs a week, it will take an average of around 2 months to lose ten pounds.
Don’t stress too much if it takes you a little longer to do this as each body is different, and regardless of how well your health journey is going, genetics to do with your insulin sensitivity, hormones, and glucose use will impact how long it takes you to lose the weight.
Though it can be difficult, it’s really important to remember that losing weight takes time.
Do not give up if you don’t see immediate results. It’s great that you’ve started taking the necessary steps to become healthier, but try not to rush the process.
Be kind to yourself and your body. Pushing to lose too much too quickly, is only going to result in a delay in progress rather than pushing it forwards.
And while losing weight is beneficial, always focus more on your body’s health as opposed to your weight.
While you may not instantly see those pounds shredding off, you will notice a ton of health benefits.
I would also always suggest that before you fully commit yourself to any new weight-loss regime you discuss it with a doctor, or any health expert.
And this is especially the case if you have any preexisting or underlying health conditions as this will decrease the likelihood of developing any other health complications along the way.
And as we’ve previously mentioned, though losing weight for appearance’s sake can be important, your body’s health is so much more important.
So keep persevering, keep going, and slowly but surely you will start to reap all the benefits of living a much healthier lifestyle.