Quick Weight Loss: the Unhealthy Way to Lose Weight
Losing weight should be a gradual process. There are a ton of fad diets and gimmicks out there that promise extreme results in little time. These are problematic because they’re misleading. They give off the impression that quick weight loss is possible and healthy.
A weight loss of 1 to 2 pounds a week is recommended. Although that may seem like a slow pace, it’s actually more beneficial in the long run. It will help your weight-loss efforts stick.
One pound of fat contains 3,500 calories. So to lose one pound a week, you need to burn 500 more calories than you eat each day (500 calories x 7 days = 3,500 calories).
What about those people who’ve dramatically lost a lot of weight in the past? Those people were probably losing water weight or even lean tissue since it’s hard to burn that much fat in such a short period of time.
The only time quick weight loss may be prescribed is if obesity is causing a serious health problem, but even then, an extreme diet like this would require medical supervision.
Different types of quick weight loss
There are a few different types of quick weight loss diets. We’re going to break them down for you.
- Starvation Diets
Celebrities popularized the so-called "master cleanse" diet: water, lemon juice, maple syrup and cayenne pepper. Variations of these diets have been around since at the 1950’s.
- Diet Pills and Supplements
Dozens of diet supplements promise quick weight loss. Generally, they either claim to block absorption of nutrients, increase metabolism or burn fat. They also have a lot of health risks as well.
- Very Low-Calorie Diets (VLCDs)
One proven method of quick weight loss is the medically supervised very low-calorie diet (VLCD). Most of what is known about rapid quick loss comes from studies of people on these diets.
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