We’ve all been there – there’s a large event such as a wedding in your immediate future, and you’ve still got a few of those extra pounds around your middle. You’re most likely feeling more than a bit of desperation if you’re in that particular situation, but there are several things you can do – and need to know – if you want to successfully and safely lose those just a little bit more before your big day.
Don’t expect long-term weight loss
Going into any short-term weight loss plan, you should know that the lion’s share of these plans are completely unsustainable if you’re looking to keep weight off in the long term. Losing weight quickly can put a strain on your body, and if you continue a diet that promotes quick weight loss for too long, you could actually end up doing damage to yourself.
That isn’t to say that quick weight loss plans don’t have merit, because they do. They’re particularly adept when used to start a more long-term weight loss plan, but the importance of switching to a more healthy weight loss regime after losing those few quick pounds simply cannot be overstated.
Learn your limitations
Once you’ve committed to a quick weight loss programme, and you’ve made a commitment to not place your health in danger by abusing your body by staying on the regime for longer than you should, your next step is to learn about the limitations of the human body when it comes to burning fat.
You may feel pressure to drop 50 pounds of fat in six weeks, but you’re going to be in for a rude awakening, because the human body can only metabolise around two pounds of fat per week. This means that the most fat you could actually lose in those six weeks is around 12 pounds – a far cry from your goal, but the only quicker way to lose weight would be surgery.
If you think you’re going to trick your body into burning even more fat by cutting down your diet to a minuscule amount of food, you’re going to be in for an even nastier shock: such a plan just isn’t going to work because your body will sense the intense drop in caloric intake and interpret it as starvation – triggering your metabolism to slow down. Not only that, but your body will cease burning fat and instead switch to storing in as a survival response, which means you’ll be actually gaining fat instead of losing it.
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