When it comes to trying to achieve fast weight loss, many people try very hard to find the best possible plan or program, only to discover that they have fallen victim to yet another crash or fad diet and have either only shed water weight or they have lost weight only to gain it back again a few days after completing it.  If you want to quickly drop the excess pounds then there are some things that you can do to encourage better speed, but keep in mind that there is a limit to how much you should lose within a given period of time before you simply find that you’re doing more harm than good.

The first thing that you should know is that you need to stop crash dieting and skip all fad diets.  None of them work.  Not one.  Any weight lost through them is only from fluid loss in the tissues and it will come back very quickly.  The primary outcome of those plans is that you slow down your metabolism so that you gain weight more quickly once you start eating normally again.

For the best fast weight loss, the average person should aim for up to three pounds of fat loss per week.  Anything more than that will cause a number of unwanted side effects, including a slower metabolism which only makes for far more challenging weight loss.

The next thing that you should recognize is that any effective diet – particularly those that are supposed to lead to fast weight loss – will require you to eat a healthy, reduced calorie diet and should involve an exercise program that is appropriate to your fitness level.

Try to have a good look at how many calories you eat in a day and how many calories that you are burning in a day.  Keep in mind that calories are burned simply through the basic functioning of your body so you will need to count those as well as any activities that you do every day.  By burning 500 calories more than you consume each day, you can safely lose a pound or two each week.  But if you want to speed that process up, you’ll need to decrease your caloric intake just slightly more, and boost your exercise level.

For example, if you eat between 1,050 and 1,200 calories every day and exercise one hour per day, then you will likely lose between three and five pounds every week.  Talk to your doctor to find out how many calories you should be consuming every day so that you will know how few you can have without slowing down your metabolism