f you want to slim down ASAP, face the facts: Rapid weight loss isn’t just unhealthy, it can set you up for binge eating and fluctuations that interfere with the results you want.
Another thing: It’s hard! “For most people, it’s very, very difficult to lose more than one to two pounds of body fat in a week,” says Philadelphia-based weight-loss physician Charlie Seltzer, MD. And although water loss might move the scale a bit more, the change is superficial and temporary. “It’s fat loss that changes shape,” he says.
Even if you manage to meet your goal, it probably won’t be sustainable: “The amount of restriction required will make you so hungry that you’ll eat everything in sight—it’s survival instinct,” Dr. Seltzer says. What’s more, your body will be less prepared to burn the foods you binge on, since calorie restriction gradually slows your metabolism, he adds.
Sucking in your stomach hoping it will magically disappear? Want to fit into that gorgeous dress hanging in your closet? Desperately hoping you can pull off a swimsuit this summer? The only answer to your prayers, which you already know, is exercise. Like the wise say, there’s nothing like starting today. Exercising is the best way to burn calories and build muscles, so don’t make excuses. Instead, make progress. You need to take care of your body, and only you can make a difference. I’m not telling you it’s going to be easy, I’m telling you it’s going to be worth it. Look in the mirror, note: that’s your competition. You have to do it for yourself.
That said, there are ways to jumpstart your weight-loss journey—and yes, it will take time!—all without starving yourself, investing in unsafe supplements, or logging hours at the gym.
Instead, try any number of these safe, sustainable tips this week. And remember: You’ll get the best, longest-lasting results from changes that don’t leave you feeling depleted or deprived.
Since weight loss is more of a mental challenge than a physical challenge, you have to get up every morning and tell yourself “I can do this”. You have to be determined to not give up. So get on that sweaty pursuit and check out these 9 weight loss exercises: