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A Fast Way To Lose Weight Is Not Always The Best Way

Updated on May 11, 2011

Looking For A Fast Way To Lose Weight?

It is very common for people to look for a fast way to lose weight. Maybe you have a wedding or a reunion to go to and want to take off the pounds quickly because they waited too long to start eating healthy. Now they are looking for a way to lose it fast and quck.

The question here is how do most people define a diet as a fast way to lose weight? There are no easy ways for quick weight loss and in terms of healthy weight loss and keeping it off, the best way to lose weight fast is to lose it at a rate of 1 to 2 pounds per week. Even though in the long run it could add up to a weight loss of 52 pounds in a year, that is not the definition of fast, for most dieters. The typical dieter would be much more likely to keep off the weight if they lost it at that rate but for those of you who want it faster, keep reading.

Fast Way To Lose Weight
Fast Way To Lose Weight

Formula For Fast Weight Loss

The simple formula for losing weight quickly or for that matter to lose weight slowly is to take in fewer calories and move more. A pound of weight is equal to 3,500 calories. If you eat 1,500 calories in food a day and move enough in a day to burn 5,000 calories, you will lose a pound per day.

Is it a healthy fast way to lose weight? Not that fast and not for a long period of time but the formula is the key to any successful weight loss program. Eating less plus exercising more equals weight loss whether it is fast or slow.

Exercise To Lose Weight Fast

The best way to lose weight at a fast pace is to combine cardio exercise with weight training. A cardio workout gets your heart moving at a faster pace and helps you burn calories. To be defined as an aerobic or cardio workout, the workout will elevate your heart rate into your target zone and you should maintain the workout for 20 minutes. Working out 3 to 5 times per week is ideal for weight loss but the more you work out, the more you will lose.

Some of the best exercises that get your heart moving are jumping rope, swimming, step aerobics, bicycling and running. Doing any of these exercises for 30 minutes will burn off approximately 400 calories. After a high impact cardio workout you will definitely feel like you are losing weight fast. Make sure you choose a cardio exercise that you like otherwise you won’t be motivated to keeping doing it. You have to continue with the exercise program to keep losing weight over the long term.

Metabolism and Fast Weight Loss

Metabolism is a measure of how your body uses energy or in other words how your body burns calories. Your body takes in food and water and metabolism is what converts those nutrients into energy. Your body conducts basic functions such as breathing, blood circulation, and kidney filtration all day long. All of these inner functions that you don’t even think about need calories to keep working. This measurement is called your basal metabolic rate. That rate is dependent upon your age, gender and the composition of your particular body. Between 60 and 75 percent of your total calories burned is a result of your basal metabolic rate.


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      David 5 years ago from Chesterfield, UK

      Yes, it's more sensible to lose weight at a slow and steady pace. Or you could cycle phases of more rapid weight loss with maintenance phases. Don't try to keep up a rapid pace of weight loss for long.