I welcome you dear friend because I know your journey has been long. Your quest to learn how to lose weight fast probably stems from past frustration with weight loss or an upcoming deadline. Whether it’s a military weigh in or the desire to fit into your wedding dress, you want to lose weight and you want to do it fast!
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I served eight years in the military and spent a lot of time every year trying to learn how to lose weight fast. I had an annual weigh in that I had to pass to stay out of trouble and stay in the service. Indeed, I actually witnessed a couple of friends in uniform be thrown out of the service because they didn’t meet the required weight standards. I feared this would someday happen to me. It didn’t, but I did learn a few tricks for weigh ins.
My method in how to lose weight fast including three unhealthy practices: fast, overexercise, and dehydration. I remember eating very little to ensure I didn’t have anything in my digestive system on the day of weigh in. I’d run around the track more times than I want to remember, thinking that I was “burning calories” and would lose an extra pound or two. And then, I’d spend time in the sauna sweating out as much water as I could.
In the end, I was exhausted. I might have cheated the system temporarily (primarily through the loss of water weight), but the weight didn’t stay off. I didn’t have a good system for how to lose weight fast and keep it off. That wasn’t my goal though. My goal was to meet my deadline. How crazy is that?
I still see people using variations of these crazy methods. Speaking of crazy, I see people using wraps to pull out toxins in an effort to lose weight. Although I’m sure some toxins are pulled out through the skin during this process as the skin in our largest detoxification organ, weight loss wraps more than likely pull out water more than anything. And like my sauna efforts, this is a temporary effect. Dr. Victor Herbert at Mt. Sinai Veterans Research Center says that using wraps can cause hypovolemic shock–low blood volume from dehydration–which can kill you. (Body Wraps Come With Strings Attached)
How to Lose Weight Fast
So, let’s ponder how to lose weight fast. Do you want hype and promises that probably won’t come true? Do you want a temporary loss of water weight? Do you want to lose weight fast and keep it off? I finally came to the conclusion that I wanted to keep the weight off. I think that’s probably you, too.
The fastest way I know how to lose weight fast and keep it off is to shun sugar. That’s the simple formula. Our diets today are full of sugar, sugary drinks, simple carbohydrates that quickly break down sugar, and artificial sweeteners. Sugar cravings often drive our daily eating habits. Knowing how sugar affects your body’s ability to release weight, how it causes your body to pack on pounds of fat, and how it plays a powerful role in appetite and cravings are all things my clients learn about.
There are faster, unhealthy ways to lose weight fast like those mentioned in this article. I don’t recommend them. Try to shun sugar. Work with a coach to get additional support. Be wary of weight loss pills, potions, shakes, wraps, and challenges. These are temporary, often unhealthy, desperate acts. Love yourself. You are amazing and worthy of the effort it takes to lose weight in a healthy manner.
Julie Butts is a graduate of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition® (IIN™), the American Fitness Professionals and Associates (AFPA), and the American Council on Fitness (ACE). She is a certified health coach and weight management specialist who combines holistic and conventional wisdom to support women who crave lasting weight loss. Her personal mission is to inspire, educate, and promote lasting weight loss through healthy balanced living. She offers a variety local and online programs to support her clients and is known as The Lifestyle Mentor for Lasting Weight Loss™. Subscribe to her newsletter to receive your free copy of Awareness! Weight Loss Success For The Average Woman and to gain access to her free monthly mentoring calls.