One thing that most people want is to lose weight fast, and there is nothing wrong with that if you can do so in a safe manner. Theoretically, it is possible to lose as much as 20 pounds in a week with the right diet and exercise. Most people can’t devote themselves entirely to their weight loss program and workouts of 7 hours each day, which is necessary for that kind of plan.
A big change in diet and exercise can be very taxing on the system, and any program designed to lose weight fast should be closely monitored by a physician. A more realistic weight loss goal of 3 to 5 pounds per week will still require a large amount of weight training and a sensible diet, but it is much more manageable for the person who has a career and full personal life.
As I always stress, motivation is the support system you need to lose weight fast, and if there is some special event in your life that warrants trimming down, it can be a temporary motivator. A wedding or class reunion might be the trigger that starts your weight loss attempt, but there are two important factors to consider when you begin your weight loss journey.
Time to Accomplish the Task
If the event you want to look good for is months away, that gives you time to trim off some fat and weight in a healthy manner. If your timeframe is only a week or two before an event, you can’t expect to have a drastic reduction. To attempt to do so will only result in loss of confidence and depression.
Adopt Other Forms of Motivation
If you want to lose weight fast for a one time event, you are going to fall right back into your old habits after the event is over. You should want to look good for certain occasions in your life, but that is not going to keep you motivated to stay at the perfect size and weight you want to reach and maintain.
If the only reason you want to look good is to impress a few people for one single event, that’s not the best motivational view of weight control. A much broader goal would be one where you want to look good every day, not just for one event. Your weight loss goal should be realistic and attainable, but significant enough to be rewarding when you accomplish it.
The choice is yours. Either you develop a lifestyle so you will be healthier, feel better, and look trim and fit on a regular basis, or you can go the fad diet route and drop a few pounds or inches, just to gain them right back again.
Keep in mind, also, that living a healthy lifestyle with a regular program of exercise and proper diet offers many rewards; you’ll feel better, live longer, and look your best; isn’t that worth it?