# Tip For The Day - The 2% Solution to Weight Loss

## Promises, promises, promises!

It doesn't take a pill to lose the weight you want to lose. | Source

## First steps

Setting a desired weight loss and a reasonable date by which to achieve it is only a second step.

The first step is to schedule a thorough physical and discussion of your desired weight and target date with a competent, trained, medical professional.

Realize that no two people are alike. Realize that you don't see "the average person" when you look in the mirror. You are seeing "the before person" and looking forward to seeing "the after person."

### Steady, effective weight loss is not a matter of pounds. It is a matter of percentages.

Anything more than a 2% weight loss per month is, in my opinion, likely to result in some harm to your body.

### Things to keep on hand:

~~~Healthy snacks and the next small, nutritious meal

~~~Ice water in places you frequent during the day and evening

~~~Your list of what you are dieting for

~~~A pair of walking shoes.

### What can a 2% monthly weight loss achieve?

Starting Weight of 200 lbs.
Starting Weight of 250 lbs.
Avg. Monthly Weight Loss*
6 Months = 173.6
6 months = 221.5
200 = 4.4 250 = 4..75
12 Months = 153.8
12 Months = 196.2
200 = 3.3 250 = 4.19
18 Months = 136.2
18 Months = 173.8
200 = 2.93 250 = 3.73
For "Shapely & Buff for sure>>>>
Present Wait X 0.98 = Target Wt.
* Avg. for the 6 mos. period

## How many times have you seriously tried to reach and maintain your ideal weight?

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## if you have unsuccessfully tried other ways, try putting these proven tips to work for you.

The author at 205 pounds. Happy, but not as healthy as he could have been. Today he weighs 160 and maintains that weight. | Source

## What does a lifetime of maintaining a healthy weight look like?

The author's wife (on the right in this photo) has maintained the same weight (except during two pregnancies) throughout her life, in part because she took her medical training seriously.

## Big oaks from little acorns grow. Significant weight loss can come from small, steady steps.

This is one in a series of "Tip For The Day" weight loss articles which have led individuals and a group of individuals to achieve their weight loss goals by applying the suggestions, taken as a whole, to their own weight loss regimens. The other articles in the series can be found here on www.HubPages.com.

Also make sure to check out information from your federal government, which you have already paid for with your tax dollars, at http://www.nutrition.gov/weight-management/strategies-success/interested-losing-weight

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## More by this Author

Perspycacious 2 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

Thanks for stopping by and considering effective weight loss. Any comments you would consider leaving here are warmly welcomed.

vocalcoach 2 years ago from Nashville Tn.

Thank you for your 'Tip for the day.' I am on a journey to control diabetes and have lost weight recently. I didn't have much to lose - 18 pounds.

Walking helped a lot and I love to walk.

Perspycacious 2 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

vocalcoach - Nice to have one of your comments again. In addition to walking you have perhaps changed your cooking, so it's likely that wok-ing has helped, too? ;o )

Ericdierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

Excellent tips I will add to my program.

Perspycacious 2 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

Ericdierker - I appreciate being able to add something of value to you.

Paradise7 2 years ago from Upstate New York

I like the 2 percent concept, though the math would indicate diminishing returns. As your weight diminishes, you lose weight more slowly.

aviannovice 2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

Slow and steady is the best way to achieve this goal, as one develops the proper eating habits. If done too quickly, the weight will come back, and then some. Nice work!

Perspycacious 2 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

Paradise7 - You are correct (as the table showed.) Realize that as you get closer to your target weight your body is lmade up of ess fat and a higher percentage of muscle. We want to preserve muscle, even increase it, at the same time we continue to shed the excess fat and set good habits for the future. Thus the 2% solution is still sound.

Perspycacious 2 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

aviannovice - Thanks for the affirmation and for coming again to this corner of my Hubs. You are the expert, do birds of a feather flock together? You still haven't answered my "still water" question though.

aviannovice 2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

I did, I gave a lengthy response, three versions.

Perspycacious 2 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

aviannovice - Looking for it/them.