2012 | Newsletter archives
Q: Is there any way I can safely and quickly drop the 20 extra pounds I’ve been carrying around? And do it before summer?
A: You've heard it before: fad diets don't work for permanent weight loss. Even so, it can be hard to pass up the promise of crash diets like the Lemonade Diet, Cabbage Soup Diet, or Lose 21 Pounds in 21 Days when your mission is to squeeze into a new outfit in time for a reunion or wedding, or you finally decide you just want to lose weight.
The truth is that nothing is wrong with losing weight fairly rapidly, as long you do it correctly.
In theory, one could drop as much as 20 pounds in a week by following a very ambitious eating and exercise plan, by devoting more than seven hours per week to rigorous exercise, and by being under a physician's care.
You can also safely lose three or more pounds a week at home with a healthy diet and lots of exercise.
The fact is, having a goal like looking great at a wedding or reunion can be a great motivator, as long as you follow a weight loss plan that you can keep up after the special event. You just need to plan ahead and allow enough time to make significant changes.
When it comes to weight loss, calories count the most. Here’s an idea: cut your daily intake of calories to equal approximately 7 calories per pound of your current body weight. For example, a 200-pound person would be 1,400 calories. Dietitians more typically recommend 1,200 calories as a daily minimum.
I also recommend drinking lots of water, eating plenty of protein, and keeping a food journal.
• Eat plenty of low-calorie vegetables to help you feel full.
• Drink plenty of water so you don't confuse hunger with thirst. • Clear the house of tempting foods.
• Stay busy to prevent eating out of boredom.
• Eat only from a plate, while seated at a table.
• Always eat three meals and one snack daily – no skipping meals.
• A strong exercise routine is also key to losing weight, staying healthy and getting into your summer frocks.
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