Doctor explains why trying to lose 30 pounds in 30 days is a bad idea
Whether you are just starting a fitness journey or looking to improve or maintain your results, it is quite common to look for ways to lose weight, but it is important to do so in a healthy and safe way. . In a recent video on his YouTube channel, Dr Larry Burchett talks about the rapid weight loss diets he encountered online, including spurious advice that claims it can help people lose up to 30 pounds in 30 days. But that’s just not possible for most people, let alone recommended.
“If you weigh 300 pounds, if you weigh 350 pounds, yes you can lose a lot of water by starving yourself,” he says. “But what’s the truth? You lose 30 pounds in 30 days … you’re going to put it back on.”
Additionally, attempting to lose such a large amount of weight in such a short time can actually hamper your body’s ability to manage and lose weight in the future. “When you lose weight this fast, you’re going to lose muscle,” says Burchett, “and muscle is what burns calories.”
Instead, he believes weight loss should be approached as a slow, sustained process that can be part of your ongoing lifestyle. “One pound a week, or even half a pound a week, over a year is 26 pounds. It’s 50 pounds,” he says.
Eating in a calorie deficit – that is, eating fewer calories per day – can help with weight loss. One way to do this, says Burchett, is to eat smaller meals more frequently throughout the day, say every three hours, instead of overeating at lunch or dinner. He also recommends cutting back on processed foods and sugar, and eating protein with every meal.
“It’s going to build that precious muscle; it’s what burns calories,” he says. “And protein makes you feel full.”
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