Can I lose 15 pounds in 7 days? I’m 16, 5′ 4″ and weigh 134 pounds. I really want to lose about 15 pounds. I don’t have very good recourse ether. I’m drinking 8 glasses of water a day to help lose weight is that good? What else can I do? Julia. [via Ask Questions]
You can lose 15 pounds in 7 days, but you can also just lose weight in 7 days. What is the difference between losing 15 pounds in 7 days and just losing no particular amount of weight in 7 days? There is no difference. Okay, actually there is a difference, more on that later. The thing is, to lose 15 pounds in 7 days or any amount of weight for that matter, you should not drink water. It is a myth that drinking a lot of water aids weight loss, it does not.
In short, stay away from diet fads. What does it mean? For example, some experts say that focusing on the number of pounds one wants to lose is a weight-loss fad. So even if it is possible to lose 15 pounds in 7 days or even if losing 10 pounds in 3 days would not be a fantasy, you need to focus on something else. The reason why I said earlier that there is actually a difference between losing 15 pounds in 7 days and just losing weight in 7 days is because one week is typically how long it takes to change your eating habits.
In other words, instead of trying to figure out how to lose 15 pounds in two weeks, spend a week evaluating your diet. Write down everything you eat, count how many calories you consume daily, and start working on changing your eating habits. You can only lose weight if you eat less than you do now.
So if your daily calorie consumption is, say, 2,100 calories right now, start your new diet by consuming, say, 1,800 calories each day. Check your weight in two weeks. If you have not lost any weight, reduce your daily calorie consumption a bit more, to, say, 1,700 calories – you get the idea. It is important to keep in mind, however, that under no circumstances your daily calorie consumption can be below 1,300 calories a day.
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