How To Lose Weight Fast (And Safely!)
When it comes to shedding pounds, a lot of people tend to focus on the best way to lose weight quickly. I.e., what is the best way we can get rid of unwanted pounds in the shortest amount of time? This almost always leads to fad diets, crash dieting and unrealistic expectations.
When it comes to losing body weight, fast actually isn’t the best method. And it’s not in the best interest for your body. The recommended speed of weight loss is between half a pound and two pounds per week for best results and lasting change.
Why Crash Diets Don’t Work For Long Term Weight Loss
Crash diets are usually defined by a rigid meal plan. These consist of only eating certain foods at specific times. You’ll almost always lose weight by sticking with a disciplined structure like this for a period of time. Because you’ll likely be cutting out a significant number of extra calories. But you won’t lose body fat this way. Instead, you will lose a lot more water weight, bone density and muscle mass than actual fat pounds.
Fad diet trends usually focus on cutting out specific food groups, such as carbs or fat, leading to initial weight loss. This also leads to cutting out necessary nutrients. Because of these things, as soon as you go back to your normal way of eating, you’ll likely gain all the weight right back. And sometimes the weight gain is more than the amount of weight you lost!
You want to burn fat for sustainable weight loss. And also keep your muscles strong and make sure your bones and joints are healthy. The focus should be on making good food choices consistent with healthy eating. Then you’ll be more likely to maintain eating changes as a long-term lifestyle rather than a quick fix.