How to Lose Weight Fast
There’s no such thing as fast weight loss. The human body is far too concerned about survival to allow us to lose weight too quickly. So, as soon as we reduce our calorie intake, it begins to slow down in order to conserve energy.
To put it another way: fast weight loss is nearly always followed by fast weight gain
Loose Skin & Fast Weight Loss
Too rapid weight loss can leave you with loose skin, which may require surgery to remove it. So don’t be tempted to lose weight too fast.
There is no Standard Speed of Weight Loss
Weight loss is affected by a range of factors, including:
- Our present weight.
- Our state of health.
- Our degree of activity.
- Our calorie-intake.
- Our age.
- Our gender.
- Our general lifestyle.
- Our stress levels.
- Change of routine
Optimum Speed of Weight Loss
As a general guide, the following are the ideal average weight loss rates:
- If you are about 220 pounds or more, you can lose up to 4 pounds a week.
- If you weigh 180 pounds or more, you can lose up to 3 pounds per week.
- If you weigh 150 pounds or more, you can lose up to 212 pounds per week.
- If you weigh less than 150 pounds, you can lose up to 112 pounds per week.
The Weight Loss Plateau effect
After a few weeks of dieting, you may experience a plateau effect. You are eating no more than usual but you stop losing weight. Why? Because your metabolism has slowed and calories are being used more efficiently.
Either wait until your body gradually adjusts, or reduce your calorie intake further, or (best) take exercise. Exercise helps to boost your body’s calorie requirement and minimize the plateau effect.