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How Much Weight Can You Lose in One Week?

How Much Weight Can You Lose in One Week?
Many dieters wonder how much weight can be lost in a single week because of a short term goal or a need to lose weight ahead of a big event. And, many diets tend to fall short in how much weight lose they can realistically offer.

Several of the fad diets in recent years have not been very effective, but the HCG diet is one of the few that can realistically result in weight loss of approximately 3 to 6 pounds per week and has been proven to do this on a consistent basis. Aside from this diet, there are very few other diets that can match this speed of weight loss, and it is also one of the safest diets for fast weight loss.

The amount of weight that you lose depends on your metabolism and weight

When you are dieting or exercising to lose weight, the rate of your weight loss really depends on your metabolism and your current weight. People who are overweight will lose weight faster because they have higher basal metabolic rates. The bigger that your body is, the more work that it has to do to maintain.

If you have a lot of extra weight to lose, you will lose it at a faster rate than people who are closer to a normal weight when you are on a calorie restricted diet. That's why weight loss of anywhere from 10 to 15 pounds per week is not unheard of on competitions like The Biggest Loser.

When you lose weight rapidly it can be due to water loss or muscle mass loss

With very low calorie diets and other programs that are designed for rapid weight loss, there is often an initial rapid surge in weight loss followed by a decrease in speed. This surge is often the result of water weight loss. Starch, sugar and high sodium can create a consistent state of water retention, and when you switch your diet rapidly and eliminate them from your diet, your body can flush several pounds of water weight out.

This is one reason why incredible weight loss results can be seen initially, but when you are on a low calorie diet like the HCG diet you shouldn't expect those results to continue necessarily, even when you follow the diet properly.

When following the diet protocol, you can expect to lose about 3 to 5 pounds per week, and as mentioned above you will lose weight faster if you are overweight. On this type of very low calorie diet you should avoid exercising aside from what you normally do in your job or work, as any additional exercise will not speed up how quickly you lose weight and it can actually be detrimental to your health.

Although the rate of weight loss may tailor off after the first week, the HCG diet is still one of the best, if not the best and safest way to lose 15 pounds or more in a matter of a few weeks without symptoms or side effects.

You don't have to wait for several months to lose weight

Contrary to what a lot of nutritionists think, you don't have to wait several months to lose the weight that you want to lose. Within a period of about two months or less you can get the weight loss results that you have been striving for, as very low calorie diets like the HCG diet have proved.

You just have to be careful to do your research and pick a diet program that is going to work for you. Of course there are thousands of diets to choose from and it can be difficult to decide which one will work, but you certainly can't go wrong with a medically supervised and clinically proven diet like the HCG diet.

Trying to exercise to lose a similar amount of weight is extremely difficult, as you can spend hours in the gym and burn maybe an extra 400 to 500 calories per day. If you exercise but don't change your diet, you are not going to get the weight loss results that you want. You might lose weight, but it will be extremely slow and steady, and exercise alone doesn't address the underlying cause of weight gain.

Making rapid changes to your diet in order to improve it is not dangerous for the majority of people, and it will result in much higher weight loss per day. This is because most healthy people will burn 1,900 to 2,400 calories or more per day with their basal metabolic rate and any extra calories that they may burn through their daily activities. That is why calorie restriction always works for weight loss, but you need to be careful to pick the right diet to avoid muscle mass loss and dangerous nutritional deficiencies.

It's crucial to have a medically supervised weight loss program

Although the amount of weight that you can lose per week will vary, the most important thing is to have a diet or exercise program that is properly medically supervised and safe for you.

Medical supervision is necessary anytime you try a very low calorie diet or another weight loss method in order to try to lose as much weight as possible. You can lose up to 5 pounds per week or so with the appropriate diet like the HCG diet, but trying any unproven program can be very dangerous.

For example, a diet that allows you to eat any food you want while restricting your calories can be very dangerous. You won't get the same nutrition from a cupcake and a glass of milk which can equal 500 calories as you would from two meals with vegetable, protein and fruit servings.  Any low calorie diet or weight loss program should have enough evidence backing it up to be certain to work.

Trying a very low calorie diet program or any other weight loss product that promises fast weight loss without medical supervision and an appropriate diet can be quite dangerous for several reasons. Very low calorie diets are not safe for everyone, and each person has to be medically approved prior to starting. It's crucial that you have the proper nutrition when you are restricting your calories, because it can be easy to develop a nutritional deficiency.

Any very low calorie diet needs to be properly structured so that the dieter is getting enough protein on a daily basis to avoid as much muscle loss as possible. The foods for the diet need to be carefully selected so that they have a sufficient amount of vital nutrients to avoid any nutritional deficiencies.

The HCG diet offers all of that and more, as it is one of the most popular clinically proven diets in the world, and it is guaranteed to offer safe and effective weight loss as long as the diet is prescribed by a licensed clinic and the hormone is obtained from a licensed pharmacy.

At Nu Image Medical we screen every patient to ensure that our very low calorie diet is safe for them, and the HCG diet is based on several decades of clinical research, so the diet is carefully structured and designed to work. With our diet program you can realistically lose up to 15 pounds over a 3 week period of time and up to 40 pounds over a six week period of time. For more information about out diet, or to ask any questions, click here to contact Nu Image Medical today.

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Dr. Constance Odom, MD

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