What’s the Fastest Way to Lose Weight? (and its impact on your health)

Lot’s of people are asking: what’s the fastest way to lose weight?

34.9%  percent of Americans are obese. Our culture has grown accustomed to the quick pace of life. We’re all looking for quick and effortless solutions.

It’s understandable why people are looking for fast ways to lose weight. Weight seems to sneak up on us slowly without us noticing. It might start with the freshman 15. Then you might let yourself go a little more as you get older.

Increasingly, for many children it’s not so gradual. 16.9% of American children are overweight. These affected children can be traumatized early on by our fat-shaming society.

How to lose weight really fast

For the average person, eating the amount of calories recommended by the U.S. Government can result in improved weight loss. That’s 2,000 calories for women. 2,400 calories for men. The further calories are reduced, the more weight loss can result.

However, calorie restriction is a struggle for most people.

You can lose weight even faster by starving yourself. Obviously, this is not the healthiest way to lose weight. Individuals who do this are called anorexics.

How fast do anorexics lose weight?

In the US, anorexia affects 1% to 4.2% of women. Around 0.3% of men are affected.

Many women, especially young women, become anorexic due to social pressures. They feel shameful towards their own bodies.

Anorexia can be appealing for those wanting to lose weight quickly. However, anorexia is classified as a mental disorder. Mental disorders aren’t something you want to pretend to have.

And being or having been anorexic has serious and dangerous health effects.

Anorexia is associated with depression. When you’re starving yourself, you’re not giving your body enough nutrients to function optimally. Nutritional imbalances in the brain disrupt serotonin and dopamine signals. Decreased levels of these neurotransmitters can lead to depression.

Physical symptoms of anorexia can include:

  • heart disease/heart issues
  • bone loss
  • muscle weakness
  • hair and skin issues
  • intestinal issues
  • dental issues

Anorexics who use laxatives can cause a host of other symptoms. Oddly enough, these symptoms are similar to those who are obese. These include:

  • Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
  • diarrhea
  • constipation
  • high blood pressure
  • high cholesterol
  • diabetes
  • gallbladder disease

Lastly, anorexics are in danger of becoming infertile. Those that do become pregnant have an increased risk for miscarriages.

While anorexia is definitely a way to lose lose weight really fast, it’s not your most ideal scenario.

How to lose weight fast

Another fast way to lose weight is through surgery. You might be hesitant to shell out over $10,000 to lose weight, though.

Surgery Cost in Texas (cheapest US state)
Gastric Bypass $17,490
Gastric Bypass (Lap Band) $10,433
Gastric Sleeve $12,416
Duodenal Switch $28,300

On the other hand, surgery is probably the the easiest way to lose weight. Perhaps you could justify the cost for the lack of effort you need to put in.

There are many types of weight loss surgeries. Most of them involve reducing size of the stomach and bypassing part of the small intestine. The reduced stomach size limits the amount of food patients can eat. Bypassing the small intestine reduces the amount of calories absorbed.

Is it worth it?

Weight loss surgery is an expensive way to lose weight fast

Weight loss surgery sounds like an easy fix. But it’s not as easy or effective as it’s made out to to be.

Patients need to be careful to not stretch their stomach. Those who undergo surgery are able to stretch their tiny stomachs into the size they were before the surgery. Liquids need to be monitored. Meal schedules need to be followed.

Weight loss surgery won’t help you lose all of your excess weight either. After a 15-year follow-up, most patients only lose around 50% of the excess weight.

Dr. Garth Davis is an exceptional weight loss surgeon who also focuses on healthy living. Weight loss surgery in addition to a healthy diet will result in greater weight loss. He’s one of the few weight loss surgeons I’d recommend.

Sometimes weight loss surgery is a good option. But it should be paired with a healthy diet. Weight loss surgery shouldn’t be relied on as a sole method to lose weight.

Odd Question: Will adderall help me lose weight?

Somebody asked me this. The answer is: Probably. Other controlled substances are also linked to rapid weight loss. Methamphetamine and cocaine, for example, can lead to weight loss.

However, using drugs to lose weight is an inadvisable option.

This method of weight loss is probably the most unhealthy. It includes not eating enough in combination with illegal and unhealthy drug usage. Your quest for weight loss could get you addicted to drugs, land you in jail or in a hospital ward.

What’s the best diet to lose weight fast?

The Rainbow Plate outlines what to eat to lose weight fast

So you may be wondering what to eat to lose weight fast.

The best ways to lose weight have always been to eat well and to exercise. While the future may bring us some sort of magical pill, today this is the way it is. If you want to lose weight without compromising your health, your best tool for the job is your fork.

The healthiest diet that will make you lose weight the fastest is a plant-based diet. In particular, a plant-based diet high in vegetables and legumes. The reason for this is caloric density.

Vegetables and legumes are high in fiber and volume while being low in calories. This means they fill you up and keep you full. In a way, it’s a form calorie restriction in which you have all the nutrients you need. And you’re not hungry.

You can also add fruit to the diet. Fruits are also rich in nutrition without having many calories. Non-starchy vegetables, beans, lentils, chickpeas and peas are better though.

Do you need to exercise to lose weight fast?

No, diet alone is enough. You do not need to exercise to lose weight. But doing exercises will help you lose weight even faster. Especially weight bearing exercises that encourage muscle growth.

Here’s an example meal plan for one day:

Read 9 Best Foods for Weight Loss and How to Eat Them for more healthy food ideas.

How fast can I lose weight?

How fast you can expect to lose weight depends upon a few factorsHow fast you can lose weight weight depends on how much you weigh and what approach you choose to take.

Realistically, you can expect to lose 1-3 pounds per week healthfully. You may lose more weight in the beginning of your transition, and less weight towards the end. The closer you get to your target weight the more difficult it becomes.

Ironically, losing a lot of weight fast is easy. It’s losing a little bit of weight that’s slow.

What can you expect after a week? 2 weeks? A month?

What you can expect to lose depends upon 2 things:

  • your current weight
  • your activity level

Let’s assume you’re following the plant-based recommended above.

If you weigh more, you can expect to lose more in the beginning. It’s not abnormal for an obese person to lose 5 or more pounds the first week.

On the other hand, if you only have 15 pounds to lose, the weight loss will come very slowly. You may lose only 1 pound per week. Or less. The last 10 to 15 pounds is stubborn.

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How to get motivated to lose weight

Get motivated to lose weight by setting a specific goal for yourself

I began to lose weight because I had a goal. I wanted to have a lead role in a play at my high school. This motivated me for almost 9 months to eat healthy and be active. My goal wasn’t just to lose weight. It was more than that.

I started losing weight when I stopped focusing on weight loss. I was focused on treating myself better and being healthy. I was also focused on getting that role in theatre.

You can’t be motivated to lose weight just by the desire to lose weight. You can’t define when you’ve achieved that goal.

You need to decide on something you want that will inspire you to lose weight. Decide to run a 5k. Sign up to a bikini contest. Learn to surf. These activities are real experiences.

How to stay motivated to lose weight

I stayed motivated to lose weight because was healthier and happier

I accomplished my goal. I was cast in a lead role.

After that, I stayed motivated because I noticed I was losing weight.

The odd thing about weight loss is that it can’t inspire you to lose weight in the beginning. But seeing how much you’ve accomplished can. I was proud of myself of achieving a goal. I didn’t want to ruin it.

This is why I encourage everyone starting my Beauty Body Plan to take selfies. After they’ve completed the program, they can continue to be inspired for years to come.

I realized that I was happier and healthier. I kept going. I stayed active and watched what I ate.

When you know what to do and know it works you’re more likely to stick to it.

Discover what's the fastest way to lose weight. And it's impact on your health. It's important to lose weight the healthy way. Read this before you start your next diet or weight loss plan.

  • Updated last year
Sara Binde

Sara is a health and nutrition coach. She advocates for a whole foods plant-based lifestyle and teaches the world how to achieve weight loss.