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Losing weight fast?

Asked by livestrong (213points) July 5th, 2011 from iPhone

I need to cut weight for a physical by the end of the month. When I say weight I’m talking 15 lbs + does anyone have any suggestions?

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chyna's avatar

Short of cutting off a limb, I don’t think you can lose 15 or more lbs. in less than 25 days. But to lose some weight, eat less than 1200 calories a day and exercise every day, hitting the cardio especially hard.

Neizvestnaya's avatar

I can’t get you to 15lb but maybe about 10lbs. Cut out all sugars you can from you diet. No flavored waters, no juices, no sodas, no bottled tea or coffee drinks, no junk snack foods, no syrups, no spreads.

Drink lots of water, drink some unsweetened caffeinated tea/coffee to fight the crankies cause you’re going to feel them. The first months sucks BUT about 10lbs goes away. Month number two is neat because you notice you don’t crave the sweets so much and everything tastes very sweet or salty. You also won’t crave starches as much. Month number three, the weight really moves again like with month one. That’s the payoff to the crankies, seeing bloat go away, seeing more definition to muscles and more even moods.

roundsquare's avatar

What is this physical for? If its just for a checkup, its silly to try to cheat it.

Cruiser's avatar

Only drink water no other beverages and cut out all bread, sugars and any processed foods. Hard core but you can do it!

livestrong's avatar

@roundsquare it’s for an army physical

funkdaddy's avatar

Wouldn’t you rather be healthy for the physical? Is there a hard weight limit you need to get under?

I can’t imagine there is, just start some of the suggestions here, start exercising, and be aware of what you eat. That will help you more with the physical than trying to get below an arbitrary number.

Kardamom's avatar

I don’t think there is any way to safely drop 15 pounds in that short amount of time. But I agree with @Neizvestnaya that if you want to lose some weight in that time period, you need to cut out most of the culprits that keep the weight on or add weight.

Cut out anything that has sugar in it (soda, fruit juice, sweetened tea drinks, canned tomato products, condiments, candy, cookies, ice cream, salad dressing, fruit, bread, even yogurt). You can have fruit, but avoid dried fruit which has a much higher sugar content.

Limit your fat consumption, especially the really bad stuff like chips, cheese, hamburgers, hotdogs, cold cuts, red meat, and even dark meat in chicken and turkey (stick to breast meat) salad dressing (again) ice cream (again) milk (except non-fat or skim) and yogurt (except for non-fat plain)

Replace the above items with fresh vegetables, steamed vegetables with no sauces, and anything with lots of fiber (whole grain crackers, oatmeal, whole grain cereal with no sugar added, and water)

Aim for 4 small meals a day. If you limit it to 3 you will get too hungry.

Sample meals below.

Breakfast: small glass of skim milk, coffee or tea with no milk, cream or sugar, small bowl of All Bran cereal.

Lunch: small green salad with romaine lettuce, shredded carrots, sliced radishes, and a few broccoli or cauliflower florets dressed with a squeeze of lemon juice and a grind of black pepper, or a splash of rice vinegar or balsamic vinegar. A half a slice of dry toasted whole wheat bread, large tall glass of fresh brewed iced tea (with no sugar added) 3 almonds (you have to have some protein).

Dinner: small filet of grilled white fish with a splash of lemon juice, small bowl (about a half a cup) of roasted vegetables (any combo of sweet potato, onion, mushrooms, beets, rutabagas, Brussels sprouts, asparagus) one triangle (¼th) of a toasted whole wheat pita pocket, dry, glass of diet soda, iced tea or water with a squeeze of lemon juice.

Evening snack: 3 whole grain crackers like Triscuits or Wheat Thins (make sure first ingredient on the label is whole grain something) no toppings, no dip, no cheese.

Day Two

Breakfast: small bowl of oatmeal (not the instant kind in the pouch which is full of sugar) just the regular kind, like quick cooking oats in the Quaker Oat cylinder shaped box, with ¼ cup of skim milk, no sugar, coffee or tea with no milk or sugar

Lunch: small green salad with ¼ cup total of rinsed canned beans (whatever kind you like such as garbanzos, red kidney, canellini or pinto) with a sprinkle of lemon juice or vinegar and a grind of pepper, the white part only from a hard cooked egg, with a teeny tiny sprinkle of salt, iced tea, diet soda or water with lemon.

Dinner: a very small baked potato with a Tablespoon of non-fat plain yogurt and a sprinkle of snipped chives or green onions, a very tiny piece (⅓) of a grilled chicken breast with a sprinkling of lemon pepper seasoning and a very small bowl (¼ cup) of steamed broccoli or cauliflower. Iced tea, diet soda or water with lemon.

Evening snack: small plate of sliced carrots and celery sticks.

Day Three

Breakfast: small bowl (½ cup) of unsweetened raw fruit (blueberries, strawberries, melon), small glass of skim milk, coffee or tea with no milk or sugar, 1 inch by 1 inch piece of cheese.

Lunch: ½ of a home made bean burrito (made with canned fat free refried beans) with a Tablespoon of chopped tomato and onion on a whole wheat tortilla, ½ of a sliced apple, iced tea, diet soda or water with lemon.

Dinner: small bowl (½ cup) of whole wheat pasta with 2 Tablespoons of fat free marinara sauce, small bowl (¼ cup) of steamed edamame beans in their pods with a small sprinkling of salt, iced coffee with skim milk and no sugar.

Evening snack: 1 X 1 inch piece of high quality dark chocolate

Make sure to fast walk for at least one hour every day. Drink a glass of water in between meals. This diet will not be fun, but it is nutritious and will make you lose weight. But understand that when you go off of this diet, or any other diet, you are likely to gain all of the weight back. The only way to maintain a lower weight is to change your every day food consumption to something that you will like, that is highly nutritious and feels filling enough for you to keep it up over your life time and to engage in regular aerobic exercise as well as isometric exercises and/or weight training.

Pandora's avatar

I did it once years ago. I lost 15 lbs in 2 weeks.
I would eat a half an apple for breakfast and drink water. Then do cardio for half an hour. Then after drink some juice and have a boiled egg or some cold cereal.
Then I would eat another half an apple before lunch and go running for a half hour. Then I would have a sandwich with only ham, or turkey and then put some mustard on it. Or a tuna sandwich. I would drink more water.
Then before my evening workout I would eat another fruit, then do stomach crunches or lift some weights or any body building exercises. Followed by dinner, never eaten later than 6 pm. And I would have a boiled plain potato with a baked meat that was usually lean. Turkey, or steak, or liver,but most of the time it was chicken breast or fish with either the plain potatoe or salad.
Its hard to keep this up for longer than two weeks though. You will get tired of the limited choices. The exercising was exhasting at first and then it was addictive. By the end of two weeks everyone was tired of busy schedule of fitness.
You can be more creative with the meal choices. Just stay away from fatty protiens, and eat plenty of fruits and vegetables. Most condiments like mayo or salad dressing are best to avoid. And avoid milk and cheese for a while. I also took supplements to help make up for what I wasn’t eating. By the way. Potato is not the enemy. Most of the time its how much we eat and what we put on our food that makes it bad.
I hope it works for you. Make sure you are well hydrated and well rested.

TexasDude's avatar

I lost 7 lbs in a little over a week by halving my food portions and doing intensive cardio and calisthenics every day.

mattbrowne's avatar

Forgetting about losing weight fast. It’s nonsense.

lila9001's avatar

Loosing weight quickly is mainly never beneficial, due to the fact that if you loose it quickly due to extreme dieting you are prone to putting it on again quickly. I recommend slow changes towards a healthier lifestyle such as cutting out the daily chocolate bar and drinking at least 2 liters water a day and limiting your number of meals to 3 and always starting with a breakfast. It is better to eat not only wholegrain bread but also noodles as they are good for your digestion. In addition try to avoid snacking too often but if you feel they need to, eat yogurt or fruits or oatmeal or other healthy variants such as salads,nuts and granola bars. Of course doing exercise is essential to loosing weight, it is best to go to the gym or do some physical activity at least 30 mins each day. If you don’t like going to the gym i suggest going for a jog or walk or trying out some new form or sport such as aerobics or maybe a dance class. If there is a will there is a way. Good luck :)

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