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Can I lose 10 lbs in 2 weeks?

Asked by GentleDiplomat (76 points ) March 13th, 2012

I want to lose 10 lbs in 2 weeks. I’m thinking of trying the lemon diet cleanser. Anyone knows of a diet that would help me shed those pounds off ? ( Besides the lemon diet.)

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Imadethisupwithnoforethought's avatar

No carbs. Cheese and eggs, some steak.

Carbohydrates hold water, but they exit the system quickly, either as waste or turned into fat. If there are no carbs in your system, you will lose a lot of water weight,

So no carbs for 2 days, you will lose some water weight. Ketosis will lower your appetite, and you can get by without hunger for days. Take a vitamin, and add carbs slowly back in after the event you are starving for.

whitecarnations's avatar

Wrestlers do this alot to make a certain weight class. Alot of running goat cheese, and water only. Sometimes not even drinking. Just for weighing in though.

JLeslie's avatar

I hope you don’t have heart disease in your family or high cholesterol if you are going to follow the two diets suggested above.

10 is a lot, can we say 8 at the most instead? Once you cut back a lot on food you will lose a ton of water, because since you are taking in much less salt, your body will need to shed water to keep your electrolytes in balance. Count calories, plenty of veggies, some lean proteins, and please don’t eat an excessive amount of cheese. 1 pound is 3500 calories, so figure you have to cut 10,000 calories a week, and add 45 minutes of exercise 4 times a week. If you eat a lot of caloric food now, just cut that out and trade it for veggies and broth. Becoming aware of the calorie content of what you are eating will help you decide what to eat.

Bellatrix's avatar

I agree with @JLeslie. Lean protein and lots of veggies (keep the starchy veggies to a minimum). Drink lots of water. Don’t cut meals. Eat breakfast. Eat small meals but more of them. Speed up your metabolism. Watch your portion control. Don’t go crazy on fruit or juices.

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SmashTheState's avatar

If all you want to do is temporarily lose 10 pounds, it’s easy. Take a very hot bath with an entire bag of table salt. It will draw water out of you, at least two or three pounds worth at a go. Of course, all you’re doing is dehydrating yourself and you’ll put the weight right back on the next time you drink fluids, but it will temporarily drop your weight. If you urinate, have a bowel movement, and take a sitz (salt) bath, you may be able to drop 10 pounds in a day, depending on your starting weight.

Skaggfacemutt's avatar

Remember the 1990’s miracle soup diet? You can google it and get the instructions. Also called cabbage soup diet. It would be healthier than the suggestions given so far. It always works if you don’t cheat. Trouble is, when you go back to your regular eating habits, you usually put it back on.

funkdaddy's avatar

Unless you’re weighing in for a competition or winning a bet there’s really no point to trying to lose 10 pounds in 2 weeks. You won’t keep it off and you can potentially do damage to your health and your body.

If you just want to lose weight to look and feel better, start today with more exercise, watch your portion size, track what you eat, drink lots of water, and you’ll look and feel better in those same two weeks without throwing your body into starvation or dehydration which both have unintended consequences beyond losing weight.

Not trying to judge or preach at you, it just seems people think losing weight quickly is the healthy thing to do and perfectly normal. It’s neither.

If you need help getting started with a healthy weight loss diet there are a lot of smart people here who can help.

Good luck with your goals.

Chongalicious's avatar

The 17 Day Diet

It really does work. A friend at work tried it and surely enough she lost 10 pounds in 17 days. Three more days than your goal but hey we’re close!!! Just read that book and it will work if you follow the guidelines. It just doesn’t work for people like me who can’t LIVE without starchy cheesy things in their lives :) I only lasted 2.5 days. Ha! Anywho, give it a try!

Judi's avatar

It really depends on what you weigh now. If you are over 200 lbs it should be pretty easy, but if you are a girl and already in the 140’s or less it might be hard.

JLeslie's avatar

Actually, @Judi brings up a very good point, how much you weigh now would make a difference.

Coloma's avatar

I’ve lost 8.4 lbs. in 4 weeks eating low carb and keeping to around a 1500 calorie a day program which, when well planned, is not a hardship at all.
10 is pushing it as the healthiest weight loss does not exceed 2 lbs. or so per week. Best if it is slow but steady hovering around 1.5–2 lbs. weekly.

One of my favorite meals is a baked salmon fillet with asparagus.
Delicious, filling, lots of protein and can get 3 meals out of one large fillet.

Coloma's avatar

You should strive for around 45 grams of protein a day. Count your protein grams and carbs and you’re off to a great start.

YARNLADY's avatar

Before starting any weight loss program, consult your doctor. This is essential!
Now, visit the Readers Digest site, digestdiet.com

WillWorkForChocolate's avatar

Each day:
3 minutes of cardio, 10 crunches, 3 minutes of cardio, 10 crunches, then stretching
Slim Fast for breakfast and lunch
Whatever you want for dinner
Delicious, raw nuts for snacks (raw walnuts, almonds and pecans are great)
NO soda or tea, only water (1 cup of coffee is okay, but easy on the sugar)
NO cookies or other sweets (except a bite of super dark chocolate here and there)

I’ve lost 33 lbs so far by doing this and feel so much healthier

mattbrowne's avatar

Not in a way to make it lasting. The faster you lose weight the more likely you will experience the yo-yo effect.

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