Client's ask me "how long will it take to lose x amount of weight?" or "how long will it take me to achieve my goal?" My answer is ... it depends on you. Depends if you are ready to make the changes necessary to make it happen. Anyone can declare that they want to lose 10kgs but it's very rare that someone will actually follow through with the action required to make it happen. Often I find clients will come to me with a goal in mind. "Sarah I've decided I'd like to lose my stomach by christmas time" I think great and I proceed to plan out with them and set goals on how they can achieve this. Usually after a couple of weeks I'll ask clients "How are you going with our plan? Have you been doing the tasks I have set you?" The answer is most of the time "I'm actually happy with how my body is now". This happens a lot and there is one reason for this. You are not ready. You are not ready to change. You are not ready to do what it takes. When it turns out to be harder then what you originally thought it would be you end up downgrading your goal or you are all of a sudden satisfied with what you have when it disgusted you just weeks earlier. You need to figure out what is it that is blocking you. What it is that you are resisting within yourself? Why are you getting in your own way?
This is why I always say a fitness journey is not only about exercise. It is so much more than that. The mental changes that you go through and the inner journey you go on are life changing. You can not achieve any goal without believing that you can first. Until you believe in your abilities and the process of change you will maintain on that same path of self sabotage that has got you here in the first place. Here meaning overweight, unfit, unhealthy, unhappy, self doubting, self conscious, lacking in confidence, resisting change, being triggered, defensive and unmotivated.
Quite often I find only when a client is presented with two things will they change 1. Pleasure 2. Pain. Lets take pleasure for example. Say you have a crush on someone and you want to try and impress them. So you start exercising and eating properly because you know the payoff will very likely be pleasure by getting the other person to like you back. You are motivated by that pleasure. Take that person away and you are unmotivated again. Now let's look at the other side of the spectrum pain. You've just been to the doctors and they have told you unless you lose 10kgs in the next 6 months you will likely die. So you decide to finally lose some weight and eat better. You are motivated by pain. You will lose your life unless you change.
Whatever can get people motivated I'm all for. But what about doing it for yourself? What about losing weight, feeling healthier, eating better and looking after yourself for YOU? The problem with the reasons above is that as soon as these motivations are gone you stop and your old habits creep back in again because your motivations are external. You can not fake this process. You need to be ready to change for yourself and until you get to that point you won't fully achieve your goal and you will not make any permanent long lasting changes.
My most successful clients have always started out being motivated by one of the two reasons above ie. Their boyfriend broke up with them or the doctor told them to lose weight and although it really wasn't about them to start off with it was about the threat of pain it ended up being fully about them in the end and they have maintained their results even to this day. They were brave enough to go through the process and trust that the work they were doing would result in them achieving what they never thought was possible. I worked with these clients until they were ready and when they were that's when the magic happened. I saw a massive change in them. They cleaned up their diet, stopped eating crap, exercised more, they even started making plans and goals for themselves, became stronger mentally, everyday resisting temptation and their own self sabotaging ways. The more you do all of these things the more they become your new way of living and all of a sudden your old ways of living and feeling are foreign to you. You no longer like to eat junk food because you are so used to feeling good from eating nutritious food. You no longer have trouble motivating yourself to exercise because you are addicted to how good it makes you feel. This is permanent change. This is the change that will make you achieve your goal.
So back to the question again. How long will it take for you to lose weight? Well as long as you keep standing in your own way is how long it will take.