If you have been looking for a way to lose weight fast, then there’s a good chance you have seen claims like this: “Lose 20 pounds while you sleep!” Sure, that sounds appealing and it would be great if it were true, but we live in the real world, so only real-world solutions will do the trick.
Wanting to lose weight quickly is an excellent goal to have, but you also need to be realistic about how much you can lose within a certain timeframe. The general rule of thumb for losing weight safely is to lose no more than 2 pounds per week. However, some people can lose considerably more; especially in the first week or two. A word of caution: You must talk to your personal doctor before you start any diet, and listen to them if they say anything that contradicts this article.
So why would anybody want to lose more than 2 pounds per week, and is it a good idea? Assuming you get the clearance from your doctor, the more you can lose right away, the better. The reason is that you will start feeling better right away, and you will also see more dramatic results. Actually being able to see that you’re starting to lose weight fast can serve as excellent motivation to stick to your diet and exercise plan.
One of the tricky parts of losing a lot of weight quickly is that a large portion of the initial weight loss will be water weight. The body is comprised mostly of water, so if you can dehydrate yourself (which you should never do), then you can give yourself the illusion that you have lost a lot of weight. The problem is that you will gain all of it back once you start rehydrating your body. Not that you couldn’t technically get away with it, but it’s not a real solution.
Okay, with all of that said, there are some things you can do to help yourself lose weight fast. The first thing you should do is stop drinking beverages that contain calories. These are almost always empty calories, and you need to make sure all of your calories count.
The rule of thumb is that you will lose one pound of body weight for every 3,500 calories you get rid of. You can either get rid of calories by taking fewer in when you eat, or by burning more when you exercise. Another way to look at it is losing 500 calories per day is 3,500 calories per week, or one pound. So, if you want to lose five pounds in a week, then you will have to get rid of 2,500 calories per day for a full week!
You obviously need to eat enough calories to live, so you can’t get rid of all 2,500 per day through dietary changes. It would also be incredibly difficult to burn off that amount through exercise, and even more difficult if you’re out of shape. Once you know the reality of it, it’s easy to see that the best way to lose weight fast is through a combination of diet and exercise. It may not be easy, but it can be done, and it will definitely be worth it once you start taking off those extra pounds.