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Quick Weight Loss: The Best Way To Lose Weight Fast

Updated on September 22, 2012

Don't Get Scammed by Nonsense

There's so many advertisements out there about losing weight. How could you ever find the right supplement, program or machine to help you shed those unwanted pounds when there's so much to choose from? Well I'm here to help, and I'm gonna hit you with a big rule right off the bat: Don't get too caught up in the hype of anything with a price tag. And in the next paragraph I'll tell you why.

Here we are. Remember, even trainers that know what they're talking about, if they're on your tv screen or in an advertisement on the side of this webpage, they're not just trying to help you lose weight; they're selling something. And they will usually tell you just about anything to get your money. Even if they're legitimate. Let's talk about some things you've seen a million times if you've ever watched tv for 5 minutes.

Quick Weightloss Supplements (pills, shakes, powders, tablets, etc)

We've all seen the advertisements for these products, sporting ridiculously slim ladies smiling broadly and holding hulkish sized trousers up like some kind of exotic trophy. I think we're supposed to believe that these people once fit into the display of rotund-wear. I'm sure some of these success stories are true and hats off to the non-paid actors and actresses appearing on screen who've experienced significant weight loss. But, realize that as a personal trainer (who's writing this for free and not trying to take your money) with education in weight loss and the science behind it, I cast a very skeptical eye at anything promising significant weight loss in a short period of time. Sample: "Cecilia lost 12 pounds in 3 days using the cellu-blaster 6000 weight loss tablet regimen." Wait one second. That's some serious poundage to drop in 3 days, right? Exactly. And that's why 8 million people purchase the cellu-blaster 6000 regimen. What they don't realize is that your body can't just lose 12 pounds of fat in 3 days. It's metabolically impossible. This is where the type of weight loss is important. You're body can lose 12 pounds in 3 days, sure enough. Hey, you can drop 12 pounds in 3 hours if you want to, but it's not fat you're dropping. It's water. You see, your body is approximately two-thirds water. And that's the only 3rd grade-science fact I have for you today. Seriously, who hasn't heard that. But it's true. And if you're body is primarily composed of water, then what's the quickest and easiest way to alter your body weight? That's right, altering your body composition by lowering the amount of water in your system. It's easy to expel water from the body. There are multiple routes for this, urine, feces (eww gross), and even sweat. Most of these pills and tablets will give you somthing to look at on the scale for the first few days, and then leave you wondering why you don't look any leaner after 4 weeks. It's simple: you aren't any leaner. You dropped some water weight in a couple days and then had very little left to lose after that. Of course, not all weight loss pills are like this, just alot of them. Some actually have properties that raise metabolic rate naturally and safely. However, you should still get the professional opinion of a nutritionist, trainer, or doctor that you trust before buying a pill, tablet or powder.

Machines

Oh I love these commercials. "Get the body you've always wanted with the Ab-excruciator 400". People buy these treadmills, ab machines, ellipticals and everything else you can imagine with dreams of turning heads at the beach with ripped abs and a slim midsection. However, there's a myth behind this technique of weight loss as well. It's called spot reduction. People think they can isolate and burn fat on their stomach by churning out endless sets of crunches, sit-ups, or some variation of these with an ab machine. So original. If getting a ripped set of abs was that simple, everyone would have great abs. This thinking is flawed because, once again metabolism doesn't work that way. Doing abdominal exercises targets muscle, not fat. You can't isolate fat without a blade or suction instrument. My advice, don't even waste your money on some piece of equipment designed to isolate your midsection. Read on to "discover" more myths and find a better solution for healthy weight loss.

Programs

Weight loss programs are getting more and more popular these days, and overall that's a good thing. A program is based on a much more accurate premise than a supplement or machine. That premise is: weight loss takes time, effort and discipline. The very concept of a supplement eludes to achieving major weight loss quickly and with little or no effort. Unfortunately, many, many workout machines are designed to isolateone portion of the body and therefore are useless for weight loss purposes. Weight loss programs, however, typically take a more holistic approach and often incorporate stretching, cardio, and resistance training of all major muscle groups. This is not always the case though. Some programs try to isolate body parts or rely on cardio alone to achieve results. These efforts are not nearly as effective as a well-rounded program.

Summary

In conclusion, I would like to articulate the importance of reasonable expectations when it comes to losing weight. One pound of fat loss per week is an admirable goal. It is also an achievable one. I have known people that probable lost closer to two pounds of fat per week, but that is not always possible with everyone. Now is this "one pound per week" idea gonna sell two million dollars worth of supplements? Nope. You know why? Because people don't want to hear it. People will inevitably spend money on a supplement or machine that tells them burning fat is easy and fast. But take it from someone who knows and is not trying to get your money: burning fat is hard; it takes patience, discipline, and persistance.No, that won't sell millions of dollars worth of useless supplements or machines, but it is more effective than any supplement or machine out there on the market, and it's definitely cheaper. I don't want to leave you with a bad taste in your mouth for weight loss products and no information on how to actually lose weight, so here goes. Eating is crucial. Gravitate towards natural foods, like whole wheat breads, oatmeal and pasta, brown rice, eggs, lean meats like grilledchicken and fish and lots of veggies. These foods will give you more energy that you can really use without the fat storage that comes along with highly processed alternatives. Eating smaller meals more often throughout the day is also very helpful while losing weight. Smaller, more frequent meals ensures that your body can utilize everything you put in it, leaving nothing to go to waste or fat storage. As far as exercise goes, a well-rounded program (like we talked about earlier) can be an awesome tool. If you keep consistent for long enough, you will see the weight drop. It's important to remember to get cleared by your doctor before starting a exercise program; I advise everyone to do this before the onset of a program. But let's not idolize the exercise portion too much. I know alot of people that justify eating horribly by working out: "Oh, I work out so that I can eat whatever I want". This is very flawed thinking. You can't eat garbage and expect to have a fit, lean body. No amount of time spent exercising can compensate for a horrible diet.

I hope this has helped steer you away from the truth-less garbage out there on losing weight. Remember, you can achieve your weight loss goals, and you don't need to spend tons of money on supplements or machines to do so.

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    • Peanutritious profile image

      Tara Carbery 4 years ago from Cheshire, UK

      Sound sensible advice! It's ridiculous really how sucked in we are by 'fast track' schemes when we all know it's down to exercising more and eating less! Excellent hub!

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      Jesse Claffee 4 years ago from Winston-Salem, NC

      Thanks, Peanutritious. You're so right, it's alot easier to believe in 'fast track' schemes. People will pump alot of money into somthing that tells them what they want to hear.

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      catmalone 4 years ago

      Great hub with lots of good information to think about before you pull out your pocket book to purchase any type of weightloss product.

      People are always looking for fast result not realizing how long it took them to get where they are now through bad habits and wrong choices.

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      Sid Kemp 4 years ago from Boca Raton, Florida (near Miami and Palm Beach)

      Even more than your advice, I like your perspective. Clear, humorous, realistic, and encouraging. This is really good stuff. Voted useful, funny, interesting, and up.

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      Jesse Claffee 4 years ago from Winston-Salem, NC

      Thanks so much SidKemp, very encouraging!

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      Jesse Claffee 4 years ago from Winston-Salem, NC

      Thanks catmalone. That's very true; not alot of progress or decline takes place over night.

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      Johan Smulders 4 years ago from East London, South Africa

      Good stuff!

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      Jesse Claffee 4 years ago from Winston-Salem, NC

      Thanks Johan!

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      Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK

      Excellent advice jclaffee. I've spent the last half hour browsing your hubs and they are all very useful and no-nonsense. I like that you tell it like it is!

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      Jesse Claffee 4 years ago from Winston-Salem, NC

      Thanks Jools99! I appreciate the compliment.

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