The Quickest Way to Diet

Overview

The quickest way to diet involves combining dietary strategies and targeted exercise techniques to burn as much fat as possible. Remember that no quick fix will maintain weight loss in the long term. However, you can lose weight very quickly if you commit to a dramatic lifestyle change. Then, once you have achieved your goal, you can lighten up a bit to maintain your new physique.

Step 1

Try a one- to three-day fast to jump-start your diet. The 2009 Paul C. Bragg book “The Miracle of Fasting” recommends this as a fast way to cleanse the body and accelerate weight loss. Mix a natural energy drink by combining 2 tbsp. organic apple cider vinegar, one packet of stevia or 1 tbsp. of honey and 8 oz of distilled water. Drink this three to five times per day to suppress hunger, cleanse the body and accelerate weight loss.

Step 2

Eat five or six smaller meals throughout the day. According to “The Fat Burning Bible,” a 2005 book by Mackie Shilstone, this frequent meal strategy stabilizes blood sugar, elevates metabolic rate, suppresses hunger and helps to burn fat and build muscle. Aim for three main meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) and two to three smaller mid-meal snacks.

Step 3

Do resistance training workouts three to five days per week. These workouts burn fat in many different ways. Your body burns calories while you work out, but the exercise also elevates your metabolism for up to 48 hours afterward. In addition, resistance training builds metabolically active muscle, which burns extra calories even at rest. Start by working out every other day to accelerate your metabolic rate all week long.

Step 4

Do one or two cardiovascular workouts five or six days per week. Time your cardio for optimal fat burning by doing it on an empty stomach when you awake or immediately following your resistance training workout. “Combat the Fat” author Jeff Anderson calls this “super cardio” because it targets body fat directly. Cardio has a cumulative effect on the body, so you can either do one long session or several shorter ones each day. Examples include walking on the treadmill, riding the exercise bike or using the elliptical training machine at the gym.

Step 5

Eat one cheat meal one day per week. Many people over-diet, causing their bodies to decrease metabolic rate. Diet plateaus, where you just cannot seem to lose the last few pounds, can indicate this effect. To keep metabolic rate going strong, you must indulge your taste buds every so often. According to “Combat the Fat” by Jeff Anderson, even taking in double the amount of calories for one day a week can accelerate metabolism two fold. While not recommended for a quick diet, this statistic clearly makes a strong point once you have achieved an initial quick weight loss and want to ease into a longer-term weight loss plan.

Tips and Warnings

  • Use whey protein as a mid-meal snack to build muscle and burn fat quickly.
    Always take one full day off from all formal training.
  • Never take in less than 1,200 calories per day without a doctor’s supervision.
    Start your exercise program gradually if you are a beginner or if you do not exercise often.
    Never let your cheat meals turn into binge sessions.

About this Author

Andrew Bennett enjoys exploring health and fitness through his personal workouts, as well as researching the latest about the subject. As a natural body builder, Bennett enjoys the ongoing pursuit of health and wellness in all aspects of life. He writes articles, blogs, copy, and even award-winning screenplays.