Lose Weight Fast: How Quickly Can You Lose 10 Pounds Safely?

We all wish we could just snap our fingers and instantly lose all that belly fat. Wouldn’t it be great if you could choose your weight or body shape based on the dress you wanted to wear tomorrow?

Science hasn’t figured out how to make that happen yet. So for now, we’re stuck with the usual eat less, exercise more advice. You know, the advice that almost never works.

All you want to do is lose some weight in the next week or two. Is it really that hard? It might be more complicated than you think.

Can you lose 10 pounds as quickly — and as safely — as you want to? You might first have to start by figuring out the reasons why you can’t lose weight in the first place.

Why can’t you lose weight?

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You’ve tried everything. Every diet, every workout routine, every weight loss remedy you’ve heard of. None of it seems to be working. Why aren’t you losing weight?

Perhaps the issue isn’t as easy to pinpoint as it might seem. Many men and women struggle to lose weight, and it happens for a number of reasons. Maybe you can’t lose weight — or at least, not as much as you want to, as fast as you want to — because:

  • You’re too stressed
  • You eat before bed
  • You’re eating too much
  • You aren’t eating enough
  • You’re not eating the best foods for weight loss
  • You’re not getting enough sleep
  • You have a medical condition that causes weight gain
  • Your medications are making you gain weight.

Maybe some of these reasons seem obvious to you. Maybe not. But by now, you’re probably frustrated and looking for the quickest, easiest way to finally shed that last 10 pounds.

Is it really possible to lose weight easily — or quickly? Can you do it without putting your mental and physical health at risk?

How quickly can you lose 10 pounds?

Evidence has shown that people who lose weight gradually over time have more success staying at a healthy weight for longer periods of time. Experts recommend that people aim to lose anywhere from one to two pounds per week. But this is a general recommendation that doesn’t take your individual health or circumstances into consideration.

Losing two pounds per week, at the most, would mean that losing 10 pounds would probably take roughly a month and a half.

Could you lose weight faster than that? Technically, yes. But keep in mind that losing weight too quickly usually doesn’t lead to fat loss. It almost always ends in the loss of water, muscle, or even bone — which can be dangerous things to lose if you take weight loss to the extreme.

Water weight tends to come off quickly but come back on immediately after drastic calorie restriction ends. This is why many celebrities boast that their diets helped them lose 10 pounds in less than a week. They probably don’t mention how quickly they gained those pounds back.

How to lose weight fast: Diet and lifestyle tips that actually work

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Don’t want to wait to change the number on the scale? You might not be able to lose 10 pounds in a matter of days. But that doesn’t mean you have to wait for “the right time” to make change happen. Weight loss is hard, but starting small is better than not starting at all.

Eat fewer calories. This isn’t as obvious as it may seem. Most people underestimate how many calories they actually eat in a day because they don’t pay attention to resources such as food labels. Make a serious effort to eat at least 500 fewer calories a day if you need to.

Serve yourself smaller portions. And if you aren’t the one serving, be the one to split up a large meal into multiple servings so you can take one of them home.

Practice better stress management. Everyone gets stressed. But not everyone makes an effort to deal with it. To avoid stress-related weight gain, consider meeting with a therapist. You don’t have to commit to anything long-term. But talking to someone whose job it is to listen might help you figure out what’s stressing you out the most — and how to deal.

Engage in more activities outside your home. If you’re prone to mindless snacking when you’re sitting on your couch scrolling through Netflix, remove yourself from that environment. Plan more activities with friends (at least a few that don’t involve eating) to keep yourself entertained without the temptation to overeat.

Everyone wants to lose weight as quickly as possible. Some may be able to drop pounds more quickly than others. What matters most is that you put your health and safety first. Fast weight loss isn’t worth the possible consequences.

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