How Much Weight Do You Need to Lose?

August 2008: Rock Bottom

August 2008: Rock Bottom

Unscientific Testing

Most people I ask think they are about 10-20 pounds overweight. I have to admit, I thought the same thing when I started my transformation.

But I wound up losing closer to 40 pounds to finally get the look I’d never quite managed.

Al says I shouldn’t tell you this because it’s too daunting. So if you just want to go on thinking that 10 pounds is going to get you where you want to be, go with that.

How’s that working out for you?

What’s that now? You lost 10 pounds (good for you, by the way) and you don’t look any different at all?

Frustrating, isn’t it?

How To Calculate How Many Pounds You Need to Lose

It turns out that it is very easy to tell from the start how many pounds you will need to lose. So if you want to really know the size of the project you’re undertaking, read on. Otherwise, keep on and know that if you don’t like what you see, you have more to go, but it is possible to get there, I promise.

Okay, still reading?

Here’s all you have to do. Convert your height into inches and if you are female, multiple by 0.40 (and use 0.45 if you are male) to get yourself to a pretty smoking target waist. Now brace yourself. I am going to ask you to do something hard. Measure your waist. Accurately. I’ll wait.

Okay, how close are you to where you ought to be?

For each inch your actual waist is from your target, you are 5 pounds away from your target.

So say you are a 5’3″ woman with a 32″ waist. Your target waist is around 25″ so you have 32-25=7 inches to lose on your waist and 7×5=35 pounds. And I’ll bet you thought it was 20, tops.

Don’t get daunted! This is totally doable!

Women, check out the Venus Factor, which is what I used to transform.

Men, you’d use Adonis Golden Ratio, which is what Al used for his transformation.

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