Lose Weight Quickly
And Permanently Without Pills, Potions, or Useless Gadgets
by Todd Scott, ISSA-CPT
Training Advisor, Men's Fitness magazine
In today's "gotta-have-it-now" world, it's easy for us to fall prey to slick marketing, whiz-bang gadgets, and magical potions we see on tv that promise we'll lose weight quickly. We want instant gratification, we want it now, and we'll stop at nothing to get it...
So many people have been scammed by promises to lose weight quickly, the thing is, some of the "Claims" to lose weight quickly are actually attainable...
The means at which these con-men tell you it can be achieved will fail and has failed for millions of people.
So, what does Lose Weight Quickly really mean?
3 pounds per week?
5 pounds per week?
10 pounds in 2 days?
Really, it depends on your current state of fitness and how much fat you currently hold on your body. If you're 50+ pounds overweight, eat junk, and exercise very little, you can actually lose 10 pounds within about 7 days or so... yes, really, it's possible.
However, if you're fairly active, have a decent nutrition plan already, and are only 10-20 pounds overweight, it will be more difficult to lose 10 pounds in 7 days.
There are so many variables when it comes to how much weight you can lose quickly, that it's very hard to say. Losing weight quickly for a sedentary, 50 lb overweight man will be much easier in the short term than it will be for someone that's only slightly overweight and leads a moderately active lifestyle.
When it boils down to it, the average person can quickly and safely lose at maximum 2-4 pounds of fat per week without severely risking muscle tissue loss. If you exceed this and begin tapping into your muscle tissue for fuel, you may lose weight quickly, but it will be the wrong kind of weight, and in the end, you won't be happy when you're standing naked in front of the mirror.
Three steps to lose weight quickly (30 Day Example) that will hold true no matter what your current state of fitness is:
1) Train with weights 3-5 days per week - If you want to lose weight quickly, it's going to take a bit of extra effort, so increase the volume. Simply increasing your lean mass will increase the number of calories you burn per day - resulting in more fat loss. Don't necessarily concern yourself with the duration, but focus on duration + intensity for the best results
2) Cardio Training 4-6 days per week - The goal here is to increase your total weekly calorie output. And that's it. Cardio isn't a magic "quick weight loss" exercise, it's just an aid to speed up your weight loss for the short term to peel the weight off fast.
3) Nutrition 6 times per day, 7 days per week - You want to lose weight quickly, right? Well, there are no cheat days during this period. You've gotta eat clean, you've gotta eat often, and you've gotta keep it consistent.
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