I get e-mails all the time from people who are looking for a faster way to lose weight. Whether you want to slim down for your wedding or fit into that skinny black dress for your upcoming high school reunion, there is a certain urgency to losing weight.
I mean, you want to be thinner and lighter now – yesterday. Not in six weeks, and definitely not in six months!
I know how frustrating it is to only lose 1-2 pounds per week. Stepping up your workout regimen, or severely cutting calories to dangerously low levels, or starving yourself is not the answer.
Neither are short-term crash diets that rely on starvation and severe calorie restriction to force rapid weight loss. None of these things will lead to long term weight loss.
The faster you lose weight, the more likely it’s going to come piling right back on once you’ve finished the diet.
Focus On Long Term Weight Loss Rather Than Temporary Crash Diets
The only way that you can successfully lose weight and keep it off for good is to develop a new relationship with food. A rapid fat loss diet might help you lose a dress size or two, but you’ll likely put the weight back on and then some once you go off the diet.
While those who market weight loss products (and diets) make claims about losing 15 pounds in 10 days, or 30 pounds in a month, this sort of weight loss is rarely permanent.
In fact, rapid weight loss can negatively impact your metabolism. A recent article in the New York Times exposed how rapid weight loss on TV shows like The Biggest Loser can cause your metabolism to slow down. In short, most participants – including the winners – end up gaining much of their weight back after the show.
What happens is that your body adjusts to your diet. If you drop calorie intake too low, your metabolism will slow down to adapt to the insufficient diet.
The problem is, your metabolism doesn’t rev back up after the diet. It tends to remain depressed, making weight gain a lot easier. It also becomes impossible to maintain weight loss.
So while you will feel on top of the world after losing 30 pounds in 30 days, the reality is that when the diet ends, it will be very hard to maintain that weight loss. This is the reason why people tend to gain all of the weight, plus a few extra pounds, weeks or months after going on a diet.
A slow, steady lifestyle change that incorporates green smoothies, whole foods, and daily fitness is the only answer to long term weight loss, but it doesn’t always blast fat off as fast as you’d like.
How Fast Should You Lose Weight?
There is some confusion about how fast you should lose weight. If you watch shows like NBC’s The Biggest Loser, you might think that it is normal to lose anywhere from 6-15 pounds per week, every single week.
Unfortunately, that’s not realistic weight loss. The contestants on this show are playing a game and their lives revolve around exercise (six hours or more per day).
They are on a medically-supervised diet. They have a professional team of experts monitoring their health by the hour. And a former contestant has claimed the weigh-ins on the show are taped several weeks apart, not weekly.
Your life is not a TV show so your results will reflect “real world” weight loss numbers. According to most professionals, 1-2 pounds per week is the healthiest rate at which to shed pounds.
While this rate of weight loss is frustratingly slow, keep in mind that you are not wrecking your metabolism in order to lose weight quickly. The 1-2 pounds per week that you lose are more likely to be permanently gone from your life.
You might lose a lot of weight in the beginning – especially if you have a lot of weight to lose. Somebody who is more than 150 pounds overweight is going to lose weight faster (initially) than someone who is only 30 pounds overweight. As you get closer to your ideal weight, weight loss may slow down or plateau.
On the first week of your new weight loss plan, you typically reduce sodium and cut starches. You’ll lose a lot of water weight. You might lose more weight the first week than you do the second, third or fourth. That is completely normal (and healthy), it doesn’t mean that your diet needs to be tweaked to speed things up.
Many weight loss experts recommend creating a deficit of 500 calories per day through a combination of eating fewer calories and increasing physical activity. Over the course of an average week, this should yield a loss of about 1-2 pounds of fat.
Losing weight should be a long term goal. You didn’t gain all of your excess weight in only 30 days so you shouldn’t expect to lose it as fast.
If you want to keep it off for good, you need to learn actual weight loss strategies for the long term. Crash diets are only going to cause you to put the weight back on later.
Can You Lose Weight Quickly With A Green Smoothie Diet or “Fast”?
Green smoothies work phenomenally for weight loss. Replacing a meal with a green smoothie boosts nutrition and fiber, while reducing calories. Eating clean, healthy, whole foods resets your taste buds, making it easier to choose healthier foods over highly sweetened, over-processed junk food.
You might be tempted to do a green smoothie only diet in order to speed up weight loss. On the surface, it sounds good and healthy. You would think that drinking nothing but green smoothies for breakfast, lunch and dinner would surely blast the fat away in no time while supplying ample nutrients, right?
Not quite. I actually do not recommend doing a green smoothie diet for longer than 10 days. For example my 10-day green smoothie cleanse (BLEND) is a great solution to kick start weight loss, or bust through a weight loss plateau. However, a green smoothie cleanse should not be done for longer than 10 days.
You need a plan that you can stick to long term, and that’s why I recommend using a cleanse as a jump-off point for a follow-up program with a meal plan that gets you started with making life-long changes to the way you eat. For example, my Reset 28 program offers up to 8 weeks of meal plans, and lifetime access to a private Facebook support group.
I know that losing weight can be frustrating. And I totally get that you are anxious and more than ready to get that fat off! I’ve been there.
Trust me, as long as the scale is moving in the right direction, keep doing what you are doing. Don’t worry about trying to speed things up. When it comes to weight loss, slow is much, much better than fast.
Especially if you never want to see that weight come back.
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