We all want the magic bullet, the quick fix, the instant gratification. This is especially true for those who want to lose weight fast. You may be sick of the way you look and feel, and just desperately want to lose those extra pounds. After trying many diets and other programs and failing, you may want to just cut right to the chase. So, what’s the quickest way to lose weight?
Note: This advice is for entertainment purposes only. Consult with a doctor before embarking on any diet, exercise, or weight loss program.
- The cheap answer, aside from chopping off a limb or two, is to lose water weight. In fact, losing excess water may actually reduce bloating in your system, making you feel and look instantly better! Ironically, the best way to do this is to drink water, as your body will release the stored water it contains as soon as it is rehydrated. You can also engage in vigorous exercise and sweat away the pounds, though you will quickly be dehydrated and could end up in a medically precarious position. Drinking water is a great habit to build anyway, and a simple lifestyle change that can go a long way to improving overall quality of life. However…
- Warning: Any “lose weight quickly” diet is usually going to lead you nowhere. Usually, the quickest ways to lose weight are the most unsafe. Starvation diets, dehydration, and the like can all lead to serious medical consequences down the road. Not only is it dangerous, but it won’t last. Certainly, the quickest way to lose weight in a week may yield a loss of 5 to 10 pounds, but it is not sustainable, nor is any ‘real’ weight being lost. As soon as you revert to your normal behaviors, the weight will pile on quickly. The true secret to weight loss is consistent effort – nothing short of a whole lifestyle transformation.
- When discussing ‘weight,’ differentiate between different types. If you lost 30 pounds of muscle, you’d weight “less,” but you’d certainly wouldn’t be healthier. Nor would you look better, as you’d simply be reduced to a flabby, weak mess. Muscle, fat, and water are the primary three weight-bearing substances in the body, and the proportions of these components lost will depend on the type of program (speed, duration, intensity, exercise frequency, etc.) that you engage in.
In short, there is no quick fix to anything. Any claims of ‘easy,’ ‘fast,’ or ‘effortless’ ANYTHING are usually false and potentially harmful. Slow and steady wins the race, both in life in general and in the weight loss game.