How long should it take to lose weight?

Jarrod Sierocki

Coffee is part of a daily routine for most people, but did you know your morning brew can help with weight loss?

0.5-1kg per week is a safe amount of weight for most people to lose.

WE’RE constantly confronted by before and after shots. People who’ve “changed their bodies in six weeks” or “got their pre-baby body back”.

But how long does it really take to lose weight? Here’s the science behind weight loss.


If you’ve asked your doctor or trainer “how long does it take to lose weight?”, you may as well have asked how long is a piece of string. There are numerous factors that affect people’s weight loss — from age, fitness, health status to lifestyle.

That said, a realistic rate of weight loss for most people is around 0.5-1kg a week. Weight loss can plateau and yo-yo, so there is no designated time period to ditch that extra layer of fat — despite the common 12-week challenges.

You need to continually mix it up, keep focused and set achievable shor…

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