Government health authorities and the medical fraternity state that the ideal healthy weight loss is between 2-3 pounds a week.
That is all very good and undoubtedly sound advice...but what if you don't have the luxury of losing weight that slowly? What if you have a week to shed 10 pounds and a wedding dress to get into? Or maybe, you have found a fantastic last minute holiday deal and you leave for Hawaii in 10 days...but you just tried on your bikini and were horrified at what you saw?
Surely there must be a way to lose more than 2-3 pounds and not put your health at risk?
Thankfully there is! It is perfectly acceptable to crash diet for quick weight loss as long as you don't go overboard. Be careful about nutrition and keep the low-calorie diet short and sweet and are unlikely to put your health at risk.
Many people use a detox-based liquid only diet, but that is really only supposed to be for cleansing the body and is not suitable for weight loss needs. You will indeed lose weight but you would probably pass out way before you ever walked down the aisle or ran onto the beach.
Here is a 5 step fast weight loss 101:
1. You need to restrict your calorie intake...more than you would like.
Ideally, you need to leave those carbohydrates alone. No bread, pasta, rice or potato. I know it sucks, but it is only for a week! If you can keep your daily calorie intake to below 600 calories, that would be ideal.
2. Exercise people, exercise!
You are looking for fat-burning, not aerobic or muscle-building. Fast walking is better than lengthy jogging here. Even better would be some fast interval training - jog at 75% speed for 2 minutes then walk for 3 minutes, repeat this 4 times. Interval training convinces your body to carry on burning fat long after you have done exercising. You need to sweat off those pounds.
3. Keep Hydrated
A lot of the weight lost in fast weight loss diets is water loss. That's fine if you are only looking to lose weight for a short term occasion. However, it is vital that you DO NOT let yourself become dehydrated. Not only is this dangerous, it will leave you exhausted, unable to exercise and encouraged you to break your diet and binge. Plus if you're not convinced... it will make your skin look horrid!
4. Boost Your Energy
Reducing your calories could leave you with a nutrient deficiency. Counteract this by taking a good multivitamin, B compound and potassium. These will give you more energy, slowly released throughout the day and help keep you motivated and alert.
5. Drink green and white tea.
Both these teas are renowned for their health benefits. What is not generally known is that they are both excellent diuretics - they promote healthy urination and help flush the toxins from your body. The upside for you here is twofold. On one hand this will help to counteract any potential build up of ketonins in your kidneys from low-carbohydrate consumption (though this usually only occurs in long-term crash dieting). Secondly, you are likely to shed more water mass from your body...this is especially helpful to females looking for fast weight loss as they generally retain more water.
There we have it, 5 simple steps for promoting and managing quick weight loss. Of course, if you think you could not manage calorie restriction on your own there are many helpful guides and quick weight loss, low-calorie programs readily available.
The easiest thing in this case would be to sit down at a computer and start pestering your favourite search engine!