Lose weight fast by starving yourself is the name of the game!
Take a look at this kid who wanted to lose weight fast. It’s very surprising he didn’t die for starters, but the fact that he has the energy to speak during this video is also amazing!
The concern with fast weight loss, and losing wight fast, is that it usually takes extraordinary efforts in diet and exercise — efforts that could be unhealthy and that you probably can’t maintain as permanent lifestyle changes. And you definitely won’t have a six pack stomach like Kali Muscle.
A weight loss of one to two pounds a week is the typical recommendation. Although that may seem like a slow pace for weight loss, it’s more likely to help you maintain your weight loss for the long term. That is really what you should consider when you want to lose weight fast. You should also definitely read our eating late at night article.
Also, if you lose a lot of weight very quickly, you may not lose as much fat as you would with a more modest rate of weight loss. Instead, you might lose water weight or even lean tissue, since it’s hard to burn that many fat calories in a short period.
In some situations, however, faster weight loss can be safe if it’s done the right way. For example, doctors might prescribe very low calorie diets for rapid weight loss if obesity is causing serious health problems. But an extreme diet such as this requires medical supervision. In addition, it can be difficult to keep this weight off.
Some diets include an initiation phase to help you jump-start your weight loss. For example, the Mayo Clinic Diet has a quick-start phase in which you might lose six to 10 pounds in the first two weeks. You can lose weight quickly with an approach like this because it combines many healthy and safe strategies at once — no gimmicks or extreme dieting.
After the initial two-week period, you transition into the recommended weight loss of one or two pounds a week, which gives you time to adopt the necessary lifestyle changes, such as eating a healthy diet and increasing your physical activity, necessary for maintaining weight loss over the long term.
But, if you want to take the other road… ask yourself…would you fast almost every other day to lose weight, there are benefits!
One weight loss method, called alternate-day fasting, involves consuming significantly fewer calories one day, then subsequently having a “feast” day and consuming more calories than usual. While small studies on rats and human subjects have suggested that restricting calorie intake in such a way could actually be good for you, a recent randomized clinical trial found that not only is it not more effective than simply cutting calories, but it’s harder to stick to as well.
In one of the longest and largest trials of alternate-day fasting, researchers studied 100 obese adults for over three years.
The participants were randomly split into different groups and given three different diets: no restrictions on food intake, reducing calorie intake every day by 25 percent, and alternate-day fasting, which involved consuming 25 percent of calorie needs on fast days, then 125 percent on the “feast” days.
After a year, those participating in alternate-day fasting lost six percent of their body weight on average, while the daily calorie restriction group lost about 5.3 percent. Blood pressure and heart rate changes were not significantly different in the two groups either.
They also found that the dropout rate for the alternate-day fasting group was 38 percent, while it was a much lower 29 percent for the daily calorie restriction group. The authors said that many participants in the former group also changed their diets due to dissatisfaction by eating more on fast days and slightly less on feast days.
I think the bottom line is that it’s great if this diet works for you, but it may not be as effective for someone else. It really just depends on the person. Be sure to share this study with others who are trying to lose weight so they can be fully informed.
Lose weight fast the healthy way!
Summer is filled with weddings, graduations, vacations, and lots of other reasons to feel fierce in a swimsuit. But if you’ve got an event coming up, and kind of wish you had already lost 5 pounds, it’s never too late. “Everyone wants to lose weight fast,” sighs Tracy Morris, nutrition curriculum designer at Fitbit. “Of course, I want to help you see quick results! But if weight loss is too drastic, your body will fight back—and there’s no point starving yourself, if you’re just going to end up binging and feeling discouraged.” She definitely coaches a more moderate approach. “But that said, if you lose weight quickly at the outset, you are more likely to continue losing weight. It can be incredibly motivating, to see that initial drop.”
So don’t call it a crash diet. Let’s say it’s a strong start. Here’s a healthy eating plan that’s nutritionist approved, so you can slim down and feel awesome for that upcoming event—and then keep the momentum going.
Set a Goal to Lose 2 Pounds per Week
Clinically trained dietitians and accredited nutrition experts agree, you don’t want to lose more than 2 pounds in a week. “Any more aggressive than that, and you start compromising your metabolism,” Morris confirms. So take a look at the calendar, and set a realistic goal for the time you have. If you have 2 to 3 weeks before the big day, awesome! Aim to lose 5 pounds and feel better in your clothes. Just a week before the date? Don’t despair. You can still de-bloat a bit and drop a couple of pounds.
Cut Your Calories by 500 to 750 per Day
Next, crunch the numbers. Figure out how many calories you really need, and reduce that number by 500 to 750 calories per day, in order to lose 1 to 2 pounds per week. The food logging feature in the Fitbit app makes it extra easy. Just don’t dip below the bare minimum your body needs—1200 calories per day for women, or 1500 for men.
Eat Fresh and Clean to Lose Weight Fast
But of course, where those calories come from makes a big difference. Morris recommends a natural detox—no pills, no shakes, just fresh, whole foods. Here’s how to do it the healthy way:
- Cut alcohol. Alcohol is a toxin, and it undermines weight loss in several ways. Give your liver a break, save the calories, and sip on sparkling water.
- Cut added sugar. Sugar isn’t just high in calories, it causes inflammation. Nearly half of added sugars come from drinks, so put down the soda, as well as the cookies and candy.
- Cut salt. Sodium helps your body hang onto water, which is why it makes you bloat. Ditch processed foods, which contribute 75 percent of the sodium in an average diet.
- Eat lots of colorful fruits and veggies. Morris recommends making a big veggie soup, loaded with fiber, antioxidants, and water—to fill you up.
- Drink lots and lots of water! Aim for 2 to 3 liters per day. Once you stop eating those processed foods and salt, water will flush out your system naturally.
Here are some people who lost a lot of weight and are success stories…
As December comes to a close, many of us are engaging in some end-of-year reflection, not only upon what has been gained over the last 12 months, but, in the case of the individuals profiled as part of our ongoing I Lost Weight series, what’s been lost.
Each week, we introduce you to someone who has discovered an unknown love of fitness, revamped dietary habits, proven unsupportive family members wrong or simply conquered the negative thoughts in their heads. These people share the path to their weight-loss goal, and simultaneously inspire us to make changes in our own journeys.
Below, we’ve highlighted some of the most inspirational insights from the weight loss success stories featured in 2014. Together, they’ve lost more than 3,200 pounds — and gained tremendous perspective on what it takes to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
Here are some quotes for motivation!
1. You can’t start the next chapter of your life if you keep re-reading the last one. -Unknown
2. Take pride in how far you have come and have faith in how far you can go. -Christian Larson
3. I’m not losing weight, I’m getting rid of it. I have no intention of ever finding it again. -Unknown
4. The moment you’re ready to quit is usually the moment right before the miracle happens. Don’t give up. -Unknown
5. You are never too old to set another goal or dream a new dream -C.S. Lewis
6. No matter how slow you go you are still lapping everyone on the couch. -Unknown
7. If it doesn’t challenge you, it won’t change you. -Unknown
8. Every accomplishment starts with a decision to try. -Unknown
9. Never give up on a dream because of the time it will take to accomplish it, the time will pass anyway. -Earl Nightingale
10. Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending. -Maria Robinson