How to Lose 80 Pounds in 3 Months

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Losing weight fast is generally not a great idea and attempts to do so very often backfire. The website docstoc.com points out that "According to The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) a healthy weight loss is 1-2 pounds per week." The only time it would be OK to exceed this amount and could work is if you are severely obese. When you are severely obese the pounds often come off fast because you have so many extra. It is still crucial, however, that you follow safe guidelines.

Things You'll Need

  • General Physician
  • Nutritionist
  • Personal Trainer

Shedding the Pounds

  • Visit your doctor for a full physical before you start any weight loss program. Start your diet and exercise plan only if he clears you. Continue seeing your doctor on a regular basis to make sure you are staying healthy while strenuously dieting and exercising.

  • Find a good licensed nutritionist to help you come up with a customized diet for you to follow during the three-month period. Do not just cut down on your calories to make your own diet.

  • Find a good certified trainer, preferably one with at least three years of experience, who can guide your exercise program. Interview several before you decide upon one. You will spend lots of time with this person--daily training sessions--so you need to like and feel motivated by him.

  • Follow the fitness professionals' recommendations and do not give up when it feels tough. Losing 80 pounds in three months is not an easy feat.

Tips & Warnings

  • Make sure you have lots of free time available during these three months, as you are going to need to exercise at least two hours a day to achieve your goal. The best time to embark on such a challenging venture is when you are not working and can focus fully on it. Read or watch motivating stories about how other people lost lots of weight.
  • As long as your doctor has deemed you healthy enough to diet and exercise strenuously and you are under medical supervision throughout your weight loss journey, there is no reason why you should not go ahead and lose the weight. Watch out for trainers overstepping their scope of practice. Trainers are not physicians and are not able to supervise you medically.

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