Quickest Ways to Lose Weight – Do Quick Weight Loss Diets Work?
I personally looked into this recently and share with you what I found out and what program I decided to use.
I recently was doing some research on the quickest ways to lose weight because I have a family reunion coming up in 3 weeks. I’ve been struggling with weight gain for the past decade and have had good years and bad years. 2017 wasn’t a great where my weight is concerned, actually I found myself weighing more than ever!
I may not be an expert in the weight loss industry, but like you, I do have common sense. When I see diets named the Lemonade diet, Grapefruit diet, or Cabbage Soup Diet, I tend to question how healthy these quick weight loss diets actually are. I also suspect that some can be downright dangerous, so I decided to dig a little deeper into the research.
A few of the questions I wanted to answer are:
- How healthy is it to lose weight this quickly?
- Can you really lose a lot of weight in one week without losing lean muscle?
- What’s the quickest way to lose weight without wreaking havoc on your metabolism?
How Healthy Is It To Lose Weight Quickly?
Ironically I couldn’t find a definitive answer. There were several accounts of “experts” saying that it wasn’t safe to lose more than 1-2 pounds per week. Others gave a thumbs up to quick weight loss diets because of the terrible health risks associated with obesity and considered a loss of 2-5 pounds a week to be in the normal range!
I don’t know about you but if I released** 3 pounds of weight a week I would be ecstatic. After sifting through it all, these are the key pros and cons I discovered:
Pros of Quick Weight Loss Diets
- seeing fast results are motivation to stick to your diet plan
- reduces or eliminate the risk of type 2 diabetes
- increased mobility (for those with a lot of weight to lose)
- increased energy
Cons of Quick Weight Loss Diets
- lean muscle mass loss
- unsustainable in the long run
** I like using the word release, as in “I released 10 pounds of excess weight” because when I lose something, I usually search for it until I get it back. It’s a mindset thing for me because I definitely don’t want to ‘find’ those 10 pounds again!!
Can you really lose a lot of weight in one week without losing lean muscle?
I don’t know about you but while I do want to drop my excess weight, I don’t want to lose my muscle tone. In fact I rather get some back!
There are a few things you can do. For one, eat enough protein. Several studies have shown that the recommended amount of protein (10–35% of your daily calories) is far too low. Many studies that talk about muscle gain such this research conducted by McMaster University recommends 1- 2 grams per pound of body weight!
What’s the quickest way to lose weight without wreaking havoc on your metabolism?
I personally purchased a program called the 3 Week Diet and began it a few weeks ago. I’m just starting phase four and highly recommend it. I’ve been writing about my experience beginning with this review and sharing tips and recipes along the way, so be sure to check it out!
Quickest Ways to Lose Weight – My Rapid Weight Loss Tips
- Eat Only “1” Ingredient Foods ~ in my opinion this is the best way to keep chemicals and other junk out of your diet. To get your head around what I mean by 1 ingredient foods try to eat foods you could hunt, fish, gather, or pluck. Obviously I’m not being literal here, the grocery store will do -just no foods with long ingredient lists, especially those that contain sugars and items you can’t pronounce.
- Practice Intermittent Fasting ~ gives your body a chance to detox and burn fat as it’s source of energy. Relatively simple to do, for example, if you have dinner at 7:00 pm don’t have your next meal until 11:00 am
- DO Eat Healthy Fats ~ you need healthy fats in your diet to be healthy. Quality sources include a variety of nuts (keep portion size in mind!), avocado, and olive oil.
- Increase Bone Density With Resistance Training ~ compound exercises are especially beneficial.
- Avoid Excess Cardio Workouts ~ they can reduce your muscle mass because too much cardio work can be catabolic.
Here Are Some Articles You May Find Interesting:
What is a Catabolic State? ~ by Fitday.com
What Is The Best All Compound Workout? ~ by Bodybuilding.com
Full Body Compound Exercises for Women ~ Jen Weir, The Nest