If you’ve heard it once you’ve heard it a dozen times – fad diets don’t result in permanent weight loss. But what about when you want to lose a few pounds fast. It’s hard not to try the Cabbage Soup Diet or Lose 21 Pounds in 21 Days Diet. While these diets might work is this really safe weight loss and will it last? According to NBC’s Biggest Loser medical doctor Dr. Michael Dansinger, there’s nothing wrong with rapid weight loss.
Losing 20 pounds in a week because of an aggressive exercise and easting program that involves hours a day of exercise combined with healthy eating choices and restricted calorie intake can result in exactly this kind of weight loss. However, such a program should never be undertaken without first getting your physicians approval.
Even without taking it to the extreme losing 3 to 5 pounds a week can easily be accomplished. Losing weight fast is really as simple as a math formula. You must burn more calories than you take in. A deficit of 500 calories seems to be the recommended and can be accomplished by reducing your calorie intake and increasing your physical activity.
If you want to lose those pounds faster than exercise more and eat less. Around 1100 calories combined with one hour of exercise a day will lead to a loss of 3 to 5 pounds in the first week. If you weigh more than 250 pounds then the amount will be more. Great news – According to Dr. Michael Dansinger, the more fat you have to lose the faster it will come off.
Did you know you can lose up to 5 pounds in fluid just by reducing starch and sodium intake. While cutting back calories has the greatest effect on weight loss it’s important to not do any drastic reduction or you’ll put your body into starvation mode and you’ll lose nothing. Dieticians recommend not going below 1,200 calories a day.
5 Tips to Quick and Effective Weight Loss:
- Drink plenty of water. You can reduce hunger by drinking more water.
- Eat plenty of low calorie fruits and vegetables. They’ll make you feel full.
- Eat six small meals a day rather than three large ones.
- Get rid of all those foods that are bad for your waist (and your health) by removing them from the house.
- Weigh yourself daily and track the food you take in – it will keep you focused on your weight loss.