Can I Lose Ten Pounds in Just Three Days?
The hard truth is that the safest way to lose weight this quickly is to undergo surgery. Eating less than 1,200 calories a day to lose weight rapidly is simply not healthy. If you want to lose a lot of weight, keep it off, and stay healthy through the whole process, this is not the diet for you.
However, if you have a reunion coming up or some other event that makes you determined to drop some weight fast, give this diet a try. It works. Read the comments below for success stories.
Note to All Dieters
• As with any diet plan, talk to your doctor before beginning.
• See sustainable, healthy eating tips lower in article.
The Grapefruit Diet
This diet works on the premise that grapefruit contains a fat-burning enzyme which, when combined with a low-carb/high-fat diet, lowers overall calorie intake. There is some evidence that simply eating half a grapefruit before meals accelerates weight-loss, but this diet works faster.
Research has shown a connection between consuming grapefruit and reducing weight and improving insulin resistance in obese people.
• Note to those on cholesterol or high blood pressure medication: You can substitute the grapefruit for 1/2 teaspoon baking soda in a glass of water can be substituted for grapefruit. Allow the mixture to sit for at least 30 minutes before drinking. Eat another piece of fruit in place of the grapefruit with your meal.
No other substitutions are allowed. This diet works by combining certain foods to trigger a chemical breakdown. For best results, it’s important to strictly follow these guidelines.
Warning for Those on Medication
If you take the high blood pressure medication felodipine (Plendil) or the cholesterol medication atorvastatin (Lipitor), avoid this diet until consulting with your physician. Grapefruit juice interferes with the effectiveness of these medications.
You Can Have:
• Salt and Pepper (no other seasoning).
• Protein or diet shake between meals as a light snack (15-20 fl oz).
• Diet soda or tea sweetened with an artificial sweetener.
• Lemon as a flavoring for water, vegetables, or meat.
Don’t Eat These on the Grapefruit Diet
• Oil and butter.
• Buns with the hot dogs.
Exercise and the Three-Day Diet
When on this diet you are not taking in your usual amount of calories. It’s still fine to exercise, in fact it will help you burn even more calories than you consume, but watch out for:
• Heart palpitations.
About 30 minutes a day of exercise is recommended, but do not exceed that amount.
After the Three-Day Diet
After three days, take a break and eat a normal, healthy diet for at least four days in a row. This is very important. Give your body a rest and then, if you want, do the three-day diet again.
Tips for Healthy Eating to Manage Weight
Studies show that for most people, a diet that is rich in plants (vegetables, whole grains, and fruits) limited red meat, fish, poultry, olive oil, and even a little red wine helps maintain a healthy weight while also preventing heart disease. Often called the Mediterranean diet, this plan is among the easiest to sustain over time and includes a recommendation for routine physical exercise.
• Primarily plant-based, this eating plan encourages fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes, and nuts.
• Limits red meat to a couple times a month, but allows fish and poultry at least twice a week.
• Eggs, yogurt, and other dairy allowed in moderation.
• Replaces butter with olive oil and canola oil.
• Uses herbs and spices to flavor foods instead of salt.
• No sugar-sweetened beverages, added sugars, processed meats, refined grains, refined oils or other highly processed foods.
Combined with eight glasses of water and exercise, this daily routine is considered one of the best food plans for maintaining a healthy weight. For best success with this and any diet:
• Consult your doctor.
• Keep a food journal to help build good eating habits.
• Find others who want to eat and live the way you do. Support is key!
• Drink plenty of water.
It’s never too late to make a positive change and get the body you’ve always wanted. Losing 50 pounds in two months can be extremely dangerous, but that doesn’t mean you can’t accomplish this weight loss goal in a period of just a few months. This article will teach you how to safely lose weight fast by changing your lifestyle, and most importantly, your attitude, toward your body and toward food. Read on to learn how.
Doing it Yourself
Vow to make a change. Forget diet and exercise—the hardest part of losing weight is actually making the decision to do it. You’ve probably told yourself you’re going to lose weight in the past but never followed through; that’s because you didn’t really mean it. Vowing to make a change means being willing to give up what you want now (unhealthy foods) for something even better (the body you’ve always wanted). Once you have made an honest promise to yourself to make a change, the weight will take care of itself.
Weigh yourself. If you don’t already know how much you weigh, then step on the scale and find out. It’s important to know how much you weighed at the start of your journey so that you can better track your progress.
• Use a digital scale for the most accurate results.
• It’s best to weigh yourself in the morning before you have eaten anything, and with little or no clothing on.
• You may also find it helpful to take measurements so that you can track inches lost, especially if you plan on gaining muscle (remember that muscle weighs more than fat). Use a tape measure to measure the circumference of your arms, legs, chest, waist, and/or hips. Where you measure is up to you, and will depend on your specific weight loss goals and problem areas.
Reduce your caloric intake. When it comes to losing weight, diet is the most important factor. The less food you eat, the more weight you will lose; it’s as simple as that. It’s important that you’re eating enough to sustain yourself, though. Starving yourself will only lead you to have more cravings, binge eat, and eventually fall back into old habits.
• Many medical experts believe that most adults, regardless of their current weight, will lose weight if they eat about 1,200 calories per day. It may take some trial and error to find your magic number, so be sure to pay attention to how much you’re eating in relation to the number on the scale so that you can make the necessary adjustments.
• Start keeping track of the calories in everything you eat, including the things you would normally overlook like salad dressings, cooking sauces, cooking oils, and beverages. Read the nutrition labels on everything you buy and measure out your portion sizes. You can also use online nutritional references like Calorie King and My Fitness Pal to find the calorie content of vegetables, fruit, meat, and other foods that aren’t labelled.
Exercise 4-5 days per week. Cardiovascular exercises that increase your heart rate can help burn calories and temporarily speed up your metabolism in the several hours following exercise so that you lose weight more quickly. Keep in mind, though, that exercise alone will not make you lose weight. You absolutely must change your eating habits in order to lose weight.
• Aerobic exercises like jogging, biking, walking, swimming, dancing, and kickboxing are all great for burning calories while improving your overall health. If you are new to exercising, then start off slow and ease yourself into a regular workout routine. It’s important to find an exercise that you genuinely enjoy so that you will actually do it every day.
• Aim to get at least 20 minutes of aerobic exercise 5 days a week. If you don’t have time to exercise every day, then find ways to incorporate more movement into your daily routine by making simple changes like taking the stairs rather than the elevator.
• Building muscle through resistance training can also help you lose weight. The more muscle mass you have, the more calories your body burns, even at rest.Keep in mind that muscle weighs more than fat, though, so you may want to hold off on resistance training until you have already lost some weight.
Drink eight glasses of water each day. Staying properly hydrated is crucial to maintaining your overall health, but it has also been proven to aid in weight loss.This is perhaps due to the fact that water helps keep your stomach full in between meals and prevent mindless snacking.
• Drinking water before a meal has been shown to aid in weight loss by reducing the amount of calories consumed during the meal. Try drinking one or two glasses of water 20 minutes before each meal to feel fuller faster.
• If you don’t like the “taste” of plain water (even though there’s no taste) then infuse your water with lemon juice, lime juice, fruit, or mint leaves to add some flavor.
Keep a diet journal. Studies have found that people who keep track of what they eat by writing it down lose more weight, and keep it off, than those who don’t. That’s because writing down what you eat holds you more accountable to the decisions you make and helps you notice patterns in your diet so that you can determine what works and what doesn’t.
• Be sure to include the calories in everything you consume. That includes the calories in beverages, oils, dressings, sauces, spices, and garnishes.
Cook your meals at home. Even with the best intentions, eating out can ruin your diet quickly. Cooking meals at home makes it easier to choose healthy options and control your serving sizes. Plus, you’ll be saving lots of money by eating at home!
• When you do eat out, you can cut down on calories by asking for sauces and dressings on the side.
• Use cooking sprays rather than olive oil or butter when cooking at home. If you do use olive oil to cook, be sure to measure out how much you are using as one tablespoon contains more than 100 calories.
• Pack a healthy lunch and bring it with you to work or school, and be sure to include healthy snacks like carrots, celery, and apples to keep you satisfied in between meals.
Allow yourself a cheat day. No matter how committed you are to dieting, it’s inevitable to have a slip-up every now and then. For many people, social events like birthday parties or picnics make it difficult to eat healthy–remind yourself that it’s okay to indulge every once in a while. Giving up your social life for a diet will make you feel miserable and you’ll be tempted to quit before reaching your goals.
Consider weight loss surgery. If you are clinically obese and have serious medical conditions related to being overweight, you might consider bariatric surgery. There are a few different kinds of bariatric surgery, but most methods involve either decreasing the size of the stomach or the length of the small intestine so that patients are forced to eat less.
• Candidates for weight loss surgery have a BMI of 40 or higher, have been overweight for several years, and have never been able to permanently lose weight through diet and exercise.
• Talk to your doctor if you think that you might be a good candidate for weight loss surgery. Remember that like any other surgery, there are risks involved. Weigh the pros and cons of the procedure before agreeing to go through with it.
Join a weight loss program. If you have the will power to lose weight the natural way but need some guidance, then joining a weight loss program may be the best choice for you. Some programs, like Jenny Craig, do most of the work for you by preparing low-calorie meals that you eat throughout the week. Others, like Weight Watchers, teach you how to make your own healthy meal choices using a “points system” that is based on caloric intake.
• Weight loss programs help keep you accountable for the choices you make and allow you to connect with nutritionists and other dieters.
Years ago, I felt helpless. My battle with my weight had become too much. It was 1990 and I had just graduated from college and moved to New York City to work as a financial analyst for a Wall Street investment bank. Although I had gained the Freshman 15 during college, I was still in decent shape when I moved to the Big Apple. But, it wasn’t long before I stopped exercising completely and gained 40 pounds.
The long hours of my job, the late night pizza runs, the company cafeteria, and the constant barrage of baked goods in the office (not to mention solo midnight trips to the corner market for my favorite indulgences) had me quickly outgrowing my clothes and feeling increasingly moody and tired. For the first time in my life, I was truly overweight.
Like so many, I spent the next few years trying every diet in the book: no carb, no fat, juice fasting (I didn’t make it past the first day), Jenny Craig and more—only to find myself disappointed, irritable, depressed, and often weighing more than when I started.
Then one day, it dawned on me: the reason I couldn’t lose weight—or keep off the weight I did lose—stemmed from using programs that weren’t right for me. I didn’t want to be weighed publicly in front of other people, and I didn’t enjoy eating tiny, prepackaged meals. But I also didn’t have time to fix the elaborate meals touted by some diet books and weight loss articles. I needed a simple, practical program that provided variety in the foods I ate. Like most people, I truly enjoy eating, and I relish good food.
I finally had an epiphany: in order to find a weight loss program that offers everything I want—the option to easily dine out, follow simple recipes, enjoy a variety of meals, occasionally indulge in my favorite foods and, most importantly, sustain the weight loss, I’d need to develop my own.
I began by eliminating refined sugar from my diet.
I had slowly been consuming more and more sugar as a way to cope with always feeling tired. The more sugar I consumed, the more I seemed to need. When I finally decided to take my weight matters into my own hands, I knew that my excessive consumption of sugar (both in the foods I was eating as well as the drinks I was choosing) would have to stop.
Although I felt horrible at first, once the unhealthy refined sugar was out of my system I started to feel better—so much better that I decided to eliminate other foods that I knew were sabotaging my weight loss goals.
Next I eliminated wheat.
It wasn’t that I thought wheat was “bad,” but, like most people, the majority of wheat products I was consuming were highly processed and non-nutritious.
Next I ditched dairy.
Although dairy can be healthy, the dairy-rich foods I was consuming— ice cream, frozen yogurt, chocolate, cookies, cakes, pies, etc.—were sabotaging my weight loss. Surprisingly, I found another benefit to giving up dairy: by replacing my cow’s milk with healthy dairy alternatives like almond, soy or rice milk, my stomach issues disappeared.
After sugar, wheat and dairy, I decided to give up all highly processed foods.
If it came in a box or bag, it wasn’t for me.
Then I stopped consuming artificial sweeteners (no more diet soda), red meat and alcohol.
I gave up one of these foods every day for seven days. By the end of the week, I was left with a 100% clean and wholesome diet. I was eating better than ever and the weight starting coming off.
After the initial week of giving up sugar, wheat, dairy, processed foods, artificial sweeteners, meat and alcohol; I spent another week free of those seven foods. Never in a million years did I think this was the solution—but it was! I was losing weight rapidly!
The weight loss was wonderful, but one of the most unexpected benefits of cutting back on foods that were sabotaging my weight loss was that my sense of taste reemerged. I started to realize how great food tastes, and I noticed that I once again appreciated the process of eating.
I no longer mindlessly inhaled my food; instead, I savored every bite, detecting subtle flavors and new aromas. It was as if my entire eating experience had been reborn!
I began to allow indulgences.
I quickly realized that in order to eat a more wholesome diet for the long-term and to continue to lose weight, I’d need to allow myself to eat my favorite “not-so-healthy” foods in moderation. I continued to eat a clean diet but began (after the initial 14 days) to incorporate weekly indulgences. I found that I could eat my favorite foods like pizza, cookies, ice cream and cheese in moderation and still continue to lose weight as long as I was eating clean most of the time.
I finally discovered a formula that worked!
The weight was falling off and, more importantly, staying off. The results were quick and easy, and people in my life began to take notice.
I started sharing my program with co-workers, friends and family. I was willing to help anyone who asked. Once these initial participants began to lose weight, they introduced me to others who also sought my help. I finally put my 14-day program on paper so I could share it with even more people. This is how my new book, Healthy You!: 14 Days to Quick and Permanent Weight Loss and a Healthier, Happier You came to be.
In just 14 days, I was able to finally lose weight but more importantly, I became more conscious of what I was eating and how those foods made me feel. Those initial 14 days, which became the Healthy You! program started me on a path to my goal weight. I lost all 40 pounds and have been at or near my goal weight for 20 years.
Just 14 days really did change my life!