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The Weight Loss Journey: Know What to Expect

Weight loss is a process – it happens in phases. Understanding these phases can help you know what to expect, how to set goals and when to make adjustments in your weekly plan.

The Big Drop (1-5 lb loss)

The biggest drop you’ll see is in week 1. Celebrate it! But, remember it’s mostly water weight.

(Don’t forget to take a starting picture. Not to worry, no one else needs to see it. Just don’t be surprised if you’re flashing it to complete strangers, to show how far you’ve come, once you reach your goal.)

The Little Drop (1-3 lb loss)

Following the “big drop”, your body starts the real battle of the bulge and begins to burn stored fat. However, the drop will be slightly smaller and totally normal. Revel in your win!

The Slow and Steady (½ to 2 lbs per week)

It can be really motivating to have a couple of good weeks to get you started, but you don’t want to lose too fast. Aim for steady weight loss. If you lose more rapidly, you may lose more muscle, which decreases your metabolism and increases your chance of re-gaining weight. Just like the story of the tortoise and the hare, slow and steady wins the weight loss race. Losing ½ to 2 pounds per week is healthy and still a totally brag-worthy accomplishment!

Measurements and Milestones

During the slow and steady stage, you will see more than just the scale changing! Take your measurements monthly, so you can see proof of your body changing too. Inches... pounds… as long as they are going in the right direction, you’re winning the weight loss race!

Now it’s time to show off a little. Celebrate your progress and enjoy your success. When those compliments on how great you’re looking start coming, accept them. You deserve them!


Not every week will have a loss, but don’t let that discourage you. Everyone experiences a plateau from time to time – it’s a normal part of the weight loss process. Your consultant will give you support and guidance to help you break through. You can also explore the Learn library to find additional strategies and tips. Be patient and keep going.

The Last 10 Pounds (or less…)

Have you ever heard someone say, “The last 10 pounds are the hardest!”? When you start getting close to your weight loss goal, it might get harder to lose at the same rate. You weigh less, so you need fewer calories than you did when you started. This is where moving more becomes extra important. You’ve made it this far, stick to your plan and stay focused. This is the time to really rely on your support network.

Goal – Woohoo!!

This phase needs no introduction. You’ve hit your goal and feel like a million bucks! Take your measurements and a photo, and compare it to your before photo. Now it’s time to take everything you’ve learned and maintain it. Stay focused – keeping it off takes effort too.