How to Lose 10 Pounds Quickly

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Losing 10 pounds quickly is not recommended for anyone who is not morbidly obese, as such a quick weight loss can result in loose skin. Lose 10 pounds over a period of about five weeks with advice from a registered and licensed dietitian in this free video on nutrition and diets.

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My name is Christine Marquette and I'm a registered and licensed dietitian with the Austin Regional Clinic; and I've been asked how to lose 10 pounds quickly. It really depends on how much weight you really need to lose and how fast you can lose 10 pounds. For somebody say who is morbidly obese and needs to lose hundreds of pounds they can actually lose 10 pounds in a week and that's not a bad thing that's something that can actually be done with good level of exercise and following a healthy diet. If you only need to lose 10 pounds you're only 10 pounds overweight it's generally not recommended that you lose those 10 pounds in a short of a time as a week. It's actually better if you spread it out and only lose about two pounds in a week, so that would take you five weeks to reach your goal. The problem with somebody who doesn't need to lose a lot of weight and they lose it very rapidly is a lot of time their body basically doesn't have a chance to adjust to their new weight and it's hard to maintain. They also run the risk of actually developing a little bit of loose skin, if they lose that weight too quickly. So it's better to take your time aim for one or two pounds a week and a good way to achieve one pound weight loss is to eat 500 fewer calories every single day. Theoretically 3500 calories equals one pound, so if you subtract 500 calories from your daily diet that will one pound in a week. If you want to lose two pounds you need to double that up to a 1000 calories. The only way you would want to subtract that many calories is if you were already eating an excessive amount of calories; say you were consuming maybe 3000 calories then you could safely subtract 1000 from that, or even if you were eating 2500 calories subtracting a 1000 from that would still be ok but for most people you don't want to go below 1500 calories on a daily basis. So the other thing to do would be to increase your physical activity level. If you're really trying to lose that two pounds and you subtract only 500 calories aim for a good hour of physical activity most days of the week and that will get you that other extra 500 calories so you can achieve that two pound weight loss each week.


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