A lot of people want to lose weight in as fast a time as possible, possibly due to a holiday or wedding that’s crept up on them faster than they imagined. Sometimes it’s because of poor self-confidence or body image “I need to lose weight in 3 days because I feel so fat”, and sometimes it’s due to impatience.
Whatever the reasons behind it, short term weight loss is a thing, and it is the reason why the fitness industry is filled with people selling products or training programs or diets that will “help you lose weight in 2 weeks” or “drop a dress size in seven days”. Most of these things are absolute rubbish, scams looking to earn a quick buck from people who are desperate to lose weight.
But some of these things will work, temporarily, the question here is “is short term weight loss worth it?”. Most people would say yes to this, particularly if that person is overweight and tired of not getting results fast enough. Hopefully, this article will show you why quick-fix solutions are not worth your time or money and give you an alternative that actually works long term.
Why don’t I want to lose weight in 3 days?
Mainly because it is dangerous, the techniques required to lose weight in 3 days are all extreme. You could fast (which will lead to you feeling constantly ill, tired, and weak), you could use semi-legal fat burners (which can lead to very high heart rates and increased blood pressure).
You could use illegal fat burners (more effective than the semi-legal ones, but three times as dangerous), or you could attempt to lose water weight by sweating out all of the water in your body (which will make you look awesome for a couple of hours but then lead to severe dehydration).
Do any of those options sound appealing? Clearly not. None of the solutions mentioned would work long term and all of them would lead to you feeling ill, weak, and fatigued. Even if they gave you a six pack you certainly wouldn’t be able to enjoy it. Food or drink would make you feel sick, you’d be too weak to perform any form of exercise (no dancing at that wedding), and you’d feel exhausted throughout. Not fun.
The main problem though is that much like Cinderella’s horse and coachmen, at midnight your short term weight loss would return to its normal state. In fact, you could then begin to gain more weight than you previously weighed. This is due to the effect of your slowed metabolism, and the lack of activity you would have been performing whilst low on energy.
Many people find that they tend to have a huge appetite after fasting, or extreme dieting, which makes them eat much more than they usually do.
So what can I do instead to lose weight?
The first thing that you need to do when planning to lose weight is to set realistic targets. One’s that you can actually manage without killing yourself. Wanting to lose weight in 3 days is not a realistic target, but increasing your daily step count by 1000 is realistic.
Other goals you could set yourself would be cutting down on alcohol during weekdays, or having smaller portion sizes. These are goals that are achievable but they are also one that you have control over. You don’t really have control over how much weight you can lose in a given amount of time, there are too many variables for that. But you do have control over a number of calories you eat, or the amount of exercise you do. So set targets based around that.
Next thing you are going to want to do is to assess your current situation, measure everything: your weight, tape measurements around your stomach, waist, chest, arms, and legs. Find out how many calories you are eating per day (this might take a couple weeks to get a good average for), and how many steps per day you take on average.
Find out your capabilities on the following exercises: Squats, deadlifts, bench press, pull-ups, bent over rows, leg press etc … and work out how often you are currently training. Then once you have all of this information you can begin to plan out your weight loss strategy.
How many calories are you currently eating? How much do you weigh? If you want to weigh 10kg less than you currently weigh, how many calories should you be eating going forward? How often do you feel you can train per week? And how many steps per day is a realistic target.
Once you have all of this information to hand you can begin to follow this program, if you are doing it properly you might be a little disheartened about how slow a process it can be at first. A lot of people don’t notice any changes in physique until around 6 weeks into the program. But once they start to notice the difference they will be surprised how spectacular the results can be when you have a little patience.
Some people might only lose 1-2kg within the first month, but after 12 months they are down 30kg. Wouldn’t that be fantastic? If you dropped all of your body fat within a year? Do you see how changing your approach can actually lead to better results? 1-2kg after 4 weeks of hard work sounds awful. But 30kg after 52 weeks is an average of 2.3kg a month, and will completely transform your body.
Sometimes taking a step back and looking at the bigger picture is the best thing that you can ever do, so next time you start to stress out about a holiday or wedding, just think that you might not be walking around with a six pack in time for that event – but if you take the time then you can have a six pack for the rest of your life!
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