Fast Weight Loss Answer: Can You Really
Lose 60 Pounds In 30 Days?
by Adrian Bryant

Is it better to lose 2 pounds of excess weight a day, or 2 pounds a week?

Yes, it's possible you can lose a lot of weight — 60 pounds in 30 days — But, I don't think you would want to, and here's the reason why: Let's say you do lose 60 pounds in 30 days. How much of that weight is going to be pure body fat? Remember — it's that excess body fat that makes us look ugly.

Anytime you try to lose more than 2 pounds a week, or 60 pounds in 30 days (2 pounds a day!) . A large part of the weight you lose, is going to be water and muscle. Losing a lot of water and muscle weight, does nothing to improve your looks, and it actually slows down your metabolism.

Slower metabolism = Easier weight gain!

Every time you see a weight loss ad that looks too good to be true. That ad is basically saying, "Hey, you can lose 60 pounds in 30 days, but some of that weight you lose is going to be water and muscle weight."

Whenever you are trying to lose weight (body fat) permanently, so you can look your very best, you definitely do not want to lose any muscle. Every time you lose muscle mass your body metabolism slows down. And a slower metabolism makes it easier for you to gain weight in the future.

As a matter of fact, you may be one of those people who gain weight, just by looking at food. The reason for your easy weight gain; is you probably don't have that much muscle to begin with. And when you try to lose 60 pounds too quickly, you are only going to lose more muscle, making it very easy to gain all the weight back you lose!

The more muscle you have the better you will look. If you had two people of the same height and weight — and both had different amounts of muscle in their bodies — the person who has the most muscle will always look better. Are any of the outrageous claims the weight loss ads are making true?

Can you lose 60 pounds in 30 days, or 10 pounds almost overnight?

The answer is maybe... But, if you do lose 60 pounds in 30 days, you're only going to look worse, because of the muscle you lose. And you're going to gain it all back quicker than you lost it, because you're metabolism will be much slower now that you have lost muscle mass. What if you have to lose 10 pounds in one week to pass a physical exam? In this case you may have no choice, but to go on "Dr. Whoever's rice cake diet" to lose 10 pounds in a week. In that situation, all you're looking for, is a quick fix to your weight loss problem.

But, if you want to lose weight for good, look your best, and keep your metabolism burning at a steady rate. You have got to lose weight at a much slower rate.

You want to try to lose no more than 2 or 3 pounds at the most, when you want to lose weight permanently. Usually when you lose anything over 2 pounds a week you are only losing water and muscle weight, which again has no effect on long-term weight loss or significantly improving the way you look. Losing 2 pounds a week is a lot simpler, than trying to lose 10 pounds a week.

One of the things you can do to start losing 2 pounds a week, is to substitute higher caloric foods you eat, with lower calorie foods.

For example, a simple trick I have most of my clients use, is to replace all the sodas and juices they normally drink, with pure water. The water drinking trick is often dismissed by a lot of people — but many of my clients tell me they see a difference in their weight loss, after only a couple of weeks of drinking water.

The other thing you can do is to increase your daily physically activity. This doesn't mean that you have to start signing up for 20 mile marathons. Just gradually increase your physical activity:

  • Park your car in the back of the parking lot, so you have to walk a little further.
  • Take the stairs instead of the elevator - No not ALL the flights — Just walk some of the flights,
    then take the elevator the rest of the way.
  • Play golf or play with your kids everyday.
  • Take the dog for regular early walks, or in the evening.

The point is; just do something to get some physical activity in your life... It doesn't have to be a lot at first. After a couple weeks, start taking 20 to 30 minute walks in the park, or ride a bicycle every day.

Long-term weight loss does not happen in 60 days, or overnight. You know that!

It happens in over the long-term, with consistent effort. Remember, the next time you see a weight loss ad promising unbelievable short-term results, don't believe it!

About the author: Adrian Bryant has helped many people reach their fitness goals in his 10+ years of personal training. Adrian holds a B.S. degree in exercise science from Longwood University. Visit his Web site at: