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 thousands of 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!

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