How to lose weight fast
Written by: John Dicey | Last updated/Reviewed: 07 Feb 2022
Reviewed by: Colleen Dwyer
We are often asked “what is the fastest way to lose weight?” or “how to lose weight quickly” but speed is not ‘of the essence’ when it comes to losing weight. There isn’t any point thinking “how to lose 3lb a week” or “how to lose 6lb a week” for two weeks if during the subsequent four weeks you gain the 6lb or 12lb you’ve lost. You’d have to agree that this is not ‘the quickest way to lose weight’ wouldn’t you?
Changing what you eat because the food you seem to like always seems to make you gain weight can be an awful experience involving craving the foods you’re missing, feeling deprived and hungry all the time, and, quite frankly, miserable. It only lasts for as long as you can sustain the willpower and makes days and nights out, celebration and parties, and simple pleasures in life seem pointless.
On the other hand, changing what you eat because you understand that you were addicted to the foods that made you gain weight, and by understanding that the addiction corrupted your natural tastes and preferences, makes it easy for you to ditch the problem foods whilst continuing to smile, enjoy life, party, and have fun. Weight loss and weight control becomes easy and enjoyable and, even more importantly life long.
What’s so bad about losing weight fast?
What’s so bad about losing 2-3lb per week? It’s brilliant. That’s 4-6lb in two weeks, 6-9lb in 3 weeks, and 8-12lb in a month! If you’re finding it easy then it’s a breeze and, depending on how much weight you want to lose, you can see an easy, open road towards health and fitness rather than a dark wearisome path. This is not only the easiest way to lose weight – but also the fastest way to lose weight, and more importantly, to keep the weight off.
The reason that you crave junk food, chocolate, candy, and other sweets is because of sugar and carb addiction. Not all sugar and carbs are bad so it helps to know which are the ones that cause cravings. The foods that contain addictive refined sugar are easy to identify – the addictive carbs are less so. Identifying them is important.
The obvious addictive sugar foods are predictable and include chocolate, cakes, biscuits, cookies, candy, doughnuts, ice cream, syrups, and sweet pastries (anything with refined sugar in). These can be classed as ‘Bad Sugar’.
The addictive carb foods are not always so obvious when it comes to sugar and carb addiction; foods such as pasta, pastry, bread, rice, noodles, potatoes, fries, and chips/crisps. These can be classed as ‘Bad Carbs’.
Most junk food is highly addictive; most processed foods contain refined sugar and processed carbs. This includes all ‘fast foods’, ready-made-sauces, ready meals etc.
Drinks can also cause a problem; any drink containing refined sugar but also, for some people, drinks containing concentrated levels of fruit (smoothies and juice) can also cause a problem with blood sugar levels (which is involved in ‘Bad Sugar’ and ‘Bad Carb’ addiction). Alcohol is also a key factor in weight gain and very few people can lose weight while they continue to drink even moderate amounts, frequently.
Understand sugar addiction and carb addiction; it’s the addictive nature of ‘Bad Sugar & Bad Carbs’ which make it difficult for some people to have “only a couple of cookies’ or “just two chocolates from the box” or “a small bowl of pasta”.
Moderation ISN’T the key when it comes to sugar & carb addiction; if you understand that a heroin addict can’t have a little heroin every now and then, and that an alcohol addict can’t have an occasional alcoholic drink every now and then, then you’ll understand why a sugar & carb addict has a problem moderating their intake of addictive food.
When what you consume is nutritionally bankrupt you overeat and crave it; refined sugar and processed carbs have little, if any, nutritional value. They are generally flavourless and unpalatable and are therefore mixed with ‘real food’ such as fruit or vegetable sauces. It is the (often tiny) element of ‘real food’ in the item that provides any nutrition of note eg the tomato sauce on pasta. Your body and brain will not recognise that you have eaten until you have taken on an adequate amount of nutrition so you tend to eat the processed or starchy carbs until you feel uncomfortably ‘stuffed’. With refined sugar you tend to eat more and more of the item and feel disgusted with yourself once you have done so eg chocolates, cookies, sweets/candy.
The only way to achieve this lifelong freedom from weight worries is to change the way you think about junk food, bad sugar, and bad carbs.
If you feel you are going without something that you used to enjoy you’ll be tempted to go back to the addiction, however if you realise that you’ve escaped something that was causing you to be enslaved and ill then you feel free. Allen Carr’s Good Sugar, Bad Sugar book, weight loss on-demand video programme, and weight loss & sugar addiction programme can help you view the addiction the way it really is.