Fast Weight Loss Diet

Whenever I decide to buckle down and focus on weight loss, I am usually looking for a fast weight loss diet. I would venture to guess many people are like me in that regard. We want results fast. Its human nature to want immediate gratification and immediate results from our efforts. Personally, I need quick results in order to find the motivation to continue. If I see the scale moving down and my trousers getting loose, I seem to have more will power to continue making better choices. On the other hand, if I feel like I am depriving myself only to see it take weeks to lose a pound, I give up and revert to old habits.

Besides wanting to lose weight fast, I want to lose weight without feeling hungry and without spending hours in the kitchen preparing for the week. It needs to be convenient. I work a very busy schedule during the week and am gone most weekends, so I have little time to prepare. There are many weight loss programs that take the guesswork, calorie counting, and most of the prep time away from you. I have found the best and fastest results when I use a program that does most of the work for me. At least to start, it tends to help me get on the right track with losing weight and making better choices.

The purpose of this article is to look at some of the most popular and effective weight loss programs that are designed for people like me, who want a convenient program that offers fast (and safe) results.

How fast is too fast

Many health experts agree that it is best to lose weight gradually. Losing weight too fast can otherwise lead to loss of muscle instead of fat. Studies also show that people who have gradual weight loss are more likely to maintain that weight loss over time. That is usually because they have learned healthy habits and have adopted a lifestyle change, not just a temporary diet plan.

The general recommendation is to aim for an average weight loss of 1-2 pounds per week. That being said, the beginning of any weight loss program is often where you see a much greater loss. Reducing calories appropriately and making the switch to the right balance of healthy fats, complex carbohydrates, and protein (that will promote fat loss) often delivers fast results because we are used to something entirely different. Many of us otherwise consume a diet higher in calories, sugar, sodium, and simple carbohydrates as well as lower in protein and healthy fats.

Fast and safe weight loss is possible, folks. The first week of my current journey toward better health, I lost 6 pounds! That is the most I have ever lost in a week. Subsequent weeks have averaged 2-3 pounds, which is still much better and faster than most things I have tried on my own prior. To lose that consistently without feeling hungry is pretty impressive.

As we look at the programs below, I am highlighting those that are reputable for being convenient, nutritionally sound, satisfying, and successful in leading to weight loss. Each person’s preferences are different. What is right for one may not be right for another.

Popular (and convenient) Weight Loss Plans

Nutrisystem

  • Has been in business for over 40 years, founded in 1972
  • Perfectly portioned meals and snacks delivered right to your home
  • Plans are designed with the right amount of protein, low glycemic carbohydrates, fiber, and nutrients to put you into fat burning mode while maintaining stable blood sugars and helping you to feel satisfied
  • Products contain no trans fats, artificial sweeteners or artificial flavoring
  • Very portable options, many of which don’t even require refrigeration
  • Potential to lose up to 13 lbs and 7 inches in the first month
  • You eat every 2-3 hours, using primarily Nutrisystem products except an added snack of fruit or veggies
  • Very easy to follow
  • Virtually no shopping, chopping or cooking required…all the work is done for you
  • 3 Plans to choose from
  • Plans offered that are specific to women, men, diabetics and vegetarians
  • Basic plan starting at less than $10 per day.
  • An overall rating of 4+ out of 5 stars by a majority of users

Bistro MD

  • “Weight loss without sacrifice” is this meal delivery service’s claim
  • choose from over 150 gourmet style, chef-prepared meals
  • Physician researched and designed weight loss program
  • Meal delivery with options for 5 day, 7 day, or custom plans
  • 3 prepared meals per day: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Meals are delivered frozen, so just require microwaving and are ready in 5 minutes or less
  • Multiple options for men, women, and specific dietary considerations including diabetic, gluten free, heart healthy, menopause
  • Proper balance of nutrients, including adequate lean protein to help regulate blood sugar and reduce cravings
  • Proper balance of lean protein, healthy fat and complex carbohydrates to promote fat loss
  • Prices ranging from $89.96 per week (5 days/2 meals) to $134.95 per week (7 days/3 meals)
  • User reviews average 4.5 out of 5 stars and report great tasting food

South Beach

  • High protein, low carb, low sugar weight loss program
  • Lose up to 7 pounds in the first 7 days
  • Nutritionally balanced, prepared meals delivered to your home
  • Easy to follow and flexible to fit a busy lifestyle
  • Eat every 2-3 hours, primarily the prepared meals and snacks with some fresh grocery items of your own
  • Weekly “DIY” meals with guidelines for dining out or dining in
  • Option to do a one week “reboot” plan or 4 week plans
  • 3 phases of the program: Reboot (fast weight loss) first week, Steady weight loss of 1-2 lbs per week after reboot week until weight loss goal is met, and finally learning to maintain a healthy weight
  • Silver, Gold and Platinum plans, with cost ranging from $8.57 to $11.07 per day, respectively
  • User reviews average 3.7 out of 5 stars

Jenny Craig

  • Personal consultant connects with you weekly to develop a personalized weight loss plan
  • Meals are chef-prepared, developed by nutritionists, and delivered to your home
  • Eat 6 times per day, every 2-3 hours, choosing from over 100 options of prepared meals and snacks, plus one fresh snack on your own
  • New “Rapid Results” program uses the science of circadian rhythms to assist in losing up to 16 lbs in the first 4 weeks
  • Uses a 12 hour “nourishment” period (when you eat) followed by a 12 hour “rejuvenation” period (when you don’t eat) to maximize the body’s ability to burn fat
  • No counting, cooking or meal prep required
  • You pay a membership fee plus cost of food.
  • Cost of food alone is listed on website as $23.29 per day for new members.
  • 4.2 out of 5 star rating by users

Diet to Go

  • Healthy, chef-prepared meals, designed by nutritionists, delivered weekly
  • Options for standard “balance”, keto, diabetic and vegetarian plans
  • Calorie controlled and nutritionally balanced
  • Heart healthy with control of sodium, fat, carbs and cholesterol
  • Choose between 5 day or 7 day plans, 2 meals per day or 3
  • Plans specific to men and women
  • Users report great tasting food
  • Typical weight loss is 1-3 lbs per week
  • Pricing starts at $121.99/week for the women’s 5 day/2 meal Balance plan
  • Overall rating 4.5 out of 5 stars

Medifast

  • Began in 1980 and has been prescribed for weight loss by over 20,000 doctors
  • Doctor developed and clinically proven safe and effective weight loss
  • Burn fat without losing muscle
  • Over 65 portion controlled, reduced calorie, nutrient fortified meal replacement options
  • Eat every 2-3 hours, primarily medifast meals plus a meal of lean protein and vegetables, and a healthy snack
  • Meals are interchangeable, very portable, and nutritionally balanced
  • Easy to follow with little planning, shopping, preparing required
  • Gluten free options
  • Exercise not required to lose a significant amount of weight
  • Studies show greater reduction in weight and body fat with Medifast when compared to food-based diet of equal calories
  • Medifast “GO” plan is for more rapid weight reduction with average weight loss being 11 lbs in 30 days
  • Medifast “Achieve” plan is for more gradual but steady weight loss
  • Plans start as low as $323/month (just over $10/day)

Optavia

  • a subsidiary of Medifast, with meal plans developed by same Scientific Advisory Panel
  • Focus is on transforming yourself and your lifestyle for long term health and wellness, not just rapid weight loss
  • Includes individual support from a coach who helps you through the weight loss phase as well as the transition into weight and health maintenance
  • Incorporates habits of health that contribute to increased energy, vitality, healthy living and thinking
  • Eat 6 times per day (including 4-5 Optavia “fuelings” and 1-2 meals of protein/vegetables), plus one optional snack
  • Very convenient and portable “fuelings” that are all equal in nutritional value
  • Proper balance of lean protein, healthy fat and complex carbohydrates to promote fat loss
  • No artificial sweeteners or flavoring
  • Very easy to follow
  • Fast weight loss results
  • Cost is approximately $110 per week

Convenient and effective weight loss… Sign me up!

There are so many options now that literally bring food to your door. It saves time at the grocery store, time in the kitchen, and time just trying to think about what to cook and eat. Opting for convenience will likely mean spending a bit more when compared to “do it yourself” plans. However, you are saving on the cost of groceries, take out and restaurant dining, so it may be less costly than you first think. The ease and convenience is often well worth any added cost.

I have found the greatest success in a plan that offers convenience, is easy to follow, and offers fast and consistent weight loss results. It is empowering to feel like I have a tool or resource to go to if I start to gain a little weight. It’s far easier to live a normal life and enjoy some of my favorite things, knowing that I always have tools to resort to if I find myself over-indulging and getting off of the healthy path I want for myself long term. The programs described above have all shown proven results in offering safe, effective and convenient weight loss. Perhaps one of them is the answer for you!

Will Drinking Water Help You Lose Weight?

 

The path to successful weight loss starts with adding one healthy habit at a time. Many of us need to start with something simple that is easy to commit to. For me, that was making sure I drink enough water each day. Now maybe you are thinking…seriously?! Will drinking water help you lose weight? Well it certainly helped me, and research supports the fact that drinking water does assist in weight loss, as well as many other health benefits.

How much water is the right amount?

The truth is, water requirements vary from one person to another. Individual water needs vary with physical activity, climate, age, etc. You should always drink when you are thirsty and drink enough to quench your thirst. The most common recommendation is to drink 8 glasses, or 64 ounces, of water daily. Some health experts suggest 1/2 oz for every pound you weigh. For example: A 140 lb person should try to drink 70 oz of water per day. Research suggests that drinking 1-2 liters of water per day should be adequate to help with weight loss. I generally aim for at least 64 ounces. There are some really great water bottles available that make it easy to track water bottle measureyour water intake, thus increasing your odds of success. It is otherwise common to over-estimate the amount you are drinking if you aren’t keeping track.

Why is drinking water so important?

Water is essential for life. Nearly 2/3 of our body, by weight, is made up of water. Staying properly hydrated is important for improving energy, having a healthy immune system to ward off illness, improving memory and problem-solving, stabilizing mood, and clearing toxins from the body. Adequate water consumption reduces the risk of osteoporosis, helps with constipation, is necessary for the regulation of body temperature, and improves kidney function, reducing the risk for kidney stones. Water is essential for transporting oxygen and nutrients throughout the body. If you find yourself to be irritable, struggling to concentrate, having low on energy, or having frequent headaches, it is quite possible that you are dehydrated. Studies have shown a reduction in migraine frequency and intensity for subjects who drank 1.5 liters of water daily. Staying hydrated also greatly improves the look and feel of your skin. Hydrated skin is more plump and radiant, reducing the appearance of wrinkles and revealing a more youthful-looking reflection in the mirror. Who doesn’t want that?!

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How does water help you lose weight?

Now that you understand some other health benefits of drinking water, let’s look at the ways in which water consumption helps with weight loss.

  • It is calorie-free. Replacing sugared or other caloric beverages with water is an immediate and easy reduction in daily calories consumed. Fewer calories consumed means greater odds of weight loss.
  • It improves fat loss. Without adequate water intake, you will not be able to effectively flush out the by-products of fat breakdown, thus hindering potential weight loss. If there isn’t enough water in your body to dilute waste products, kidney function can become impaired. If that happens, your liver may have to pick up the slack for the kidneys, which reduces its ability to best perform all of its normal functions. Unfortunately, burning fat then falls lower on the priority list.
  • It reduces appetite. Sometimes thirst or the need for water can be misinterpreted as hunger. Drinking water before meals can decrease your appetite and cause you to eat less at meals. Studies have shown significant reduction in calories consumed by older and middle-aged adults who drank water prior to each meal, resulting in more weight loss when compared with those who did not drink water prior to meals.
  • It promotes metabolism. Studies have shown that drinking 500 ml of water increased metabolic rate by 30 percent. The increase in metabolic rate was seen within 10 minutes of drinking the water and reached a maximum after 30-40 minutes. An increase in metabolic rate helps promote weight loss.

How can you make water more appealing?

Some people enjoy drinking water and naturally choose it over other beverages. If, however, you are someone who prefers flavored beverages or don’t like the taste of tap water, making the switch to water can be more difficult. There are a number of ways to enhance or improve the flavor of water. Some common methods:

  • Filter your water. There are several options for filtering tap water. You can water filter pitcheradd a filtration attachment directly to your tap, buy a filtration system, or simply use a filtration pitcher.

 

 

  • Add fresh fruit. Citrus fruit such as lemon, lime, and orange are the most commonly used fruits to enhance water. Other options are strawberries, fruit infused water bottleraspberries, and even cucumbers (pair well with mint). They can be added directly to the water, or you can use a water infuser. There are many great options for infusion pitchers and even infusion water bottles.
  • Add fruit to ice cubes. An alternative to putting fruit directly into the water is to chop it and freeze, with water, in an ice cube tray. Add the fruity ice cubes when you pour a glass, and you have gradual infusion of fruit flavor as the ice melts.
  • Add sugar free flavoring. There are many options for adding drops of flavor to water. It is best to look for those that have no artificial sweeteners. Stevia is a natural sweetener found in some more recently available products.
  • Add ice. Sometimes making your water taste better can be as simple as making your water cold.

Water is a Win-Win

To answer the question, “will water help you lose weight?”, I would say it definitely helps. Not only does it help with weight loss efforts, it has many other health benefits. To achieve the greatest success in your weight loss efforts, drinking adequate water must be combined with proper nutrition and other healthy habits. Healthy habits happen one at a time. Drinking more water each day is a great place to start. Find a way to increase your odds of success with that first goal, perhaps using some suggestions above, and take credit for committing to make a positive change. Seeing success and feeling the benefits from it will help inspire the next healthy habit. Here is to step one on the road to better health…drink up!

 

About Me

Hello and welcome to my Weigh Me Down website. Weight and body image have been issues for me since I was in grade school. I probably tried nearly every diet pill and fad diet over the years, always searching for a quick fix but long term solution. So often, the limiting factor in having long term success for me and women like me is lack of TIME…lack of time to meal prep, meal plan, exercise, etc.

I am on a mission to find solutions for fast but lasting weight loss midst the chaos of life. As I navigate this journey, I am passionate about encouraging others and offering hope to women like me who are looking to do the same.

A Little About Me and My History with Weight

I grew up a twin. I was always the “fluffy” twin and self-conscious about my weight. I was not obese, but never what I would consider an ideal weight. There were periods in my life during which I lost weight, often not with the healthiest of methods. It was never long-lasting as I love food and tend to use it for comfort and distraction.

I am now in my 40s, have a wonderful family and a successful career. Regardless of my successes in life, weight tends to occupy my mind more than it should and can completely overshadow other accomplishments in my mind. Throughout adulthood, my weight has varied by about 25-30 lbs. My highest was when I was going through breast cancer treatment, for which I was put into a chemically induced menopause. It seemed like the scale climbed every day. Following treatment, very little of that weight came off. After cancer came 50-60 hour work weeks, raising teenagers, one of which is on the autism spectrum, and now facing the reality of college and empty-nesting.

Like many women, I have spent most of my life being something to someone else, whether it be a wife to my husband, a mother to my kids, a leader for my employees, a daughter to my parents, etc. Somewhere I lost myself. The chaos of life kept me from focusing on my self and my health. Now it is time to get a grip, lose some weight, find myself and find a healthy way of being for the long-term. I cannot truly be my best for others if I don’t care for myself.

 

Success Is Possible

I have already found some weight loss success and am excited for what lies ahead. I am energized and more engaged in life. I am learning habits of health that don’t take a bunch of extra time from my already busy schedule.

We all have different life circumstances and obstacles that affect what weight loss program will work. Barriers may be time, finances, support, dietary restrictions and dietary preference. It is vital to find something that matches individual need and resources.

On this site, I will be providing information on some leading programs, products, and tools for finding fast and lasting weight loss success midst the chaos of every day life.

Give to Yourself

Change takes effort, but WE ARE WORTH IT! So many of us spend our lives giving to others. Give yourself permission to put yourself first. Being our best self will allow us to be our best for others.

Have a look around. I hope you find something that helps you on your weight loss journey. If you have something to share in regard to weight loss for busy women, I would love to hear it!

Here’s to losing in order to gain!

Tanya