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The Quickest Way To Lose Weight – And How To Keep It Off

Updated on November 19, 2010

Anyone looking to shed a few pounds wants to do it as soon as possible and now more than ever there are more ways to choose from. Below are some of the ones that have proven to be both popular and effective followed by fast weight loss tips.

What Type Of Weight Will You Lose?

Many of the diets and weight loss programs that are out there will go about losing weight in a slightly different way. Weight loss will work at losing weight through one of the following; Fat, Muscle and Water. If you lose any of these three then you will weigh less however the effect on your body from each is very different. In fact, losing weight via dehydration techniques and diuretics is the fastest way to lose weight but also one of the most dangerous.  

People like Boxers and Jockey’s will lose pounds in water weight leading up to a weigh in before competition and then immediately rehydrate afterwards. Of course this is done under medical supervision and as such isn’t recommended particularly because it is dangerous and the results are only intended to be temporary. Because of this we will focus more on how to quickly lose the most weight in fat.

Going Under The Knife

The fastest way to lose weight is through Liposuction. Liposuction is a cosmetic surgery procedure where fatty deposits are removed from selected areas of your body using a probing suction device. Needless to say that this is one of the most drastic and expensive options that you can take and should be the last resort. Although the weight will come off quickly you wont exactly be able to show off your figure right away as the recovery process will take several weeks.

Another popular surgical procedure is having your stomach stapled. Again this is a last resort though you should see the weight come off quite fast. Stapling your stomach involves making your stomach smaller so that you will feel full after having eaten far less than before. The danger with both procedures is that if you do not alter your diet and exercise habits the weight will simply come back.

The Quickest Way To Lose Weight
The Quickest Way To Lose Weight

Why You Shouldn’t Crash Diet

Crash or Fad Diets are always coming and going and should you choose to follow them then your weight will also. If you are only looking to lose weight temporarily then these diets may be worth considering however if you want to keep the weight off then you should be looking elsewhere. The reason that fad diets don’t work is partly because people don’t stick to them and also the weight comes off in an unsustainable way so that when the dieting period stops the weight just comes back on and you are often heavier than you were to begin with. This is on top of some undesirable side effects like bad breath, lack of energy, mood swings and kidney and liver damage that can result from some popular fad diets.

The Atkins or No-Carbohydrate diets are a popular example. These are “effective” because they focus more on eating protein which helps to suppress your appetite and this is combined with the dieters losing a lot of water weight also. By missing out on carbohydrates your body is losing an important source of energy and this is something that is ultimately impossible to sustain unless you plan on lying in bed all day. So the simple answer with these diets is; yes you can lose weight fast but it will be unhealthy and temporary at best. 

Weight Loss Tips

By following these weight loss tips below you are not only going to lose weight quickly but you will give your boy the best chance of keeping it off and leading a healthier lifestyle which will benefit much more than your figure.


If you don’t do it already then make a commitment to try and drink 8-10 glasses of water a day. Many people drink soft drinks and juices which are fine occasionally but the level of sugar in these drinks will do the opposite of helping you lose weight. Water is needed for just about everything in the body and from a weight loss perspective it helps to flush out the toxins and waste through your kidneys as well as speeding up your metabolism. Try and keep yourself hydrated throughout the day particularly between meals to let your body digest your food properly.  

Eat Smaller Meals Often

Losing weight doesn’t mean that you have to eat less and be hungry, in fact the opposite is true. You should aim to eat smaller meals rather than few large ones so that your body can digest your food faster and you don’t go for long periods feeling hungry. Choosing when to eat is also a big factor. If you are having 3 meals a day then make lunch the big one so that you still have the rest of the day to use the energy from the meal. Having a large dinner or late meal before bed tells your body to hold on to the energy and store it as fat for later.

Skipping meals, particularly Breakfast is a precursor to overeating at your next meal and making the wrong choices in terms of what you eat.  A good breakfast will give you more energy and keep you more alert during the day.

Eat What You Want

Many people equate weight loss to giving up food they love and that’s part of the reason why people give up on the diet rather than the food. If you love chocolate mud cake or Burgers then eat them but be sensible about how much and how often. If you want to lose weight even faster than you can lay off some more indulgent food temporarily and add more fat burning food to your diet. There is nothing that you can’t add back once you reach your target weight. NOTHING, just use your common sense.

Build Up Your Muscles

This doesn’t mean moving into the gym and buying yourself a muscle t-shirt but doing some weight training to improve your muscle tone or bulk up will help you lose weight.  Although muscle weighs more than fat it is much more effective at metabolising your food meaning that you can eat more food and your weight will remain the same. In addition to the benefits of better strength and blood flow some weight training will add definition and shape to your body. In addition a little exercise in the morning be it weight training or cardiovascular training will jump start your body’s metabolic rate for the rest of the day.

Change Your Plates

Using a smaller set of plates is a great way to control your portions Think of the size of a meal on the plane. On a 7 hour flight you will generally be served twice and they give you 2 smaller meals so you don’t feel over full and uncomfortable.  If you are dining out then you can ask that the meal be divided into 2 portions that you can either share or take home for later. Food will never run out completely so you don’t need to hoard all of it on your plate. The local buffet restaurant understands this principle well and so should you.

the quickest way to lose weight
the quickest way to lose weight

Look At The Label

There is no need to count calories too fastidiously but a quick check of the label can reveal a lot about what you thought was good for you and help you make more informed choices about your food. Food and drink are marketed in sometimes misleading ways for example. Many items may be 0% fat but will have enough sugar to more than make up for it.

If you are the one stocking the pantry at home then fill it with good food and healthy options so that no matter what you reach for it will be something good for you. As for the chocolate cake that you love, it might not be a bad idea to put it in the freezer so that you have time to think about eating something healthier while it defrosts.

Losing weight quickly can be done through surgery and crash dieting.  If you are looking to lose weight fast and then keep it off then a combination of healthy eating habits and regular exercise is the best way to go about it. if you are unsure where to go from here or want more advice specific to you then consult your local dietician who can recommend a tailored plan just for you.


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    • Ruchi Urvashi profile image

      Ruchi Urvashi 6 years ago from Singapore

      Great information to lose weight. Thanks.

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      rsh00 6 years ago

      A typo in the above...I meant the weight training plan for 30 minutes 3 times a WEEK. Sorry for the confusion.

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      rsh00 6 years ago

      Few more tips to keep the fat off:

      1. Stop drinking all sodas/soft drinks, even the 'zero' calorie ones. Stick to water/unsweetened iced tea.

      2. Take up a weight training plan of at least 30 minutes 3 times a day. Eat your biggest meals, including protein, right after those workouts...keep other meals smaller

      3. Don't go for the second helping of the dessert. In fact, eliminate dessert or eat only one or 2 bites of dessert after a meal.

      4. Reduce mental stress by meditation, breath control (count your inhale 1, exhale 2 ... up to 10 and repeat) instead of rushing for food to de-stress.

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      qwark 7 years ago

      Hi Ninja:

      Thanks for becoming a follower (friend.)

      I always read a "hub" by a new friend.

      I've been an athlete all my life.

      I finally ended up being a "power lifter."

      This is a very helpful "hub" that, if those who want to lose weight would read and use the suggestions, would work.

      Keep writing my friend. :-)