Lose Weight Fast
Cutting down the pounds without putting your health in harm's way.
crash diets rarely give you permanent
weight loss. But even if you know your chances of achieving lasting
weight loss are slim, you may still want to work towards a short-term
goal. Maybe you need to lose a few pounds for an upcoming wedding, class
reunion, or beach vacation. There is nothing wrong with
losing weight fast, as long as you do it in a safe manner.
Having a goal to work toward can be a great motivator. What about after the
big event? If you're going to
weight fast and keep it off, you'll need to be ready to stick with what
Make a Plan
It's not a smart idea to give yourself a week to
lose 10 pounds. Plan ahead and give enough time to make the changes you
desire. The contestants on
rapid weight-loss TV shows devote themselves to at least seven hours a
week of vigorous exercise, a very strict
diet, and are under a doctor's supervision. In these circumstances, losing
10 pounds in a week is possible. However, most normal people with normal lives
can expect to lose around one to two pounds a week with proper
exercise and a
Starving yourself is never a good idea. If you are already healthy, a short
time of strict calorie reduction probably won't hurt you, but keep your doctor
informed of your plans, take a multivitamin, and eat protein and
A Safe Plan
weight-loss plan must take into account the number of calories consumed
and the number of calories burned. To
lose weight, you'll have to burn more calories than you consume. It is
estimated that to lose one or two pounds in a week, you'll need to burn at
least 500 more calories than you eat each day. That translates to eating 3,500
fewer calories in a week than you burn. To lose even more, you'll need to
exercise more and eat less. Remember that it's unhealthy to consume less
than 1,200 calories a day. Limiting starches and salt will help prevent fluid
retention, thereby helping you
lose weight faster. The more pounds you have to shed, the faster the
weight comes off.
healthy diet for
rapid weight loss should consist mainly of fruits, veggies, skinless
poultry breasts, egg whites, nonfat dairy products, fish, and 95-percent lean
meat. Drink plenty of water, don't skip meals, and steer clear of fast foods
and high-fat snacks.
To keep yourself accountable, check your weight each day and keep a food
Plan for Possible Ill Effects
Fad diets often sound too good to be true. And they usually are. Anything
that promises you'll lose more than two to three pounds a week or that uses
laxatives, fasting, detoxification pills, diet pills, or potions are not safe.
A pill or type of food will not burn fat. Combining a
low-calorie diet with
exercise is what sheds those pounds. Keep in mind that
losing weight too quickly will cause you to not only lose fat, but also
muscle. This causes your metabolism to slow and makes
The physical demands caused by rapid
weight loss are associated with serious health risks. These include
dehydration, gallstones, malnutrition, electrolyte imbalances, headaches,
fatigue, constipation, irritability, menstrual irregularities, muscle loss,
and hair loss. Also remember that following a
crash diet, most people find that their weight comes right back. So
lose weight, but do it safely!
Make a Long-Term Plan.
fad diets may come with ill effects, so does obesity. If you are obese, a
weight-loss plan may be the motivation you need for long-term good health.
Struggling to come up with a good plan you can stick with? Consult a physician
or dietitian and stop waiting. Get started on your
weight-loss goals today!
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