Extreme Dieting to Lose Weight Fast

Extreme dieting can work in the short term if done correctly. While I don’t usually recommend it, sometimes it is necessary. For example, it may be necessary if your getting married in 4 weeks and you have to lose weight to fit into your dress or your going to star in a move in a few weeks and you haven’t gotten down to the weight  required for the role.

If you have to lose weight fast here is one approach to undertake:

The low carbohydrate approach can work well to lose weight fast in the short term. When eating little or no carbohydrates, your body will quickly deplete its carbohydrate stores. (When you eat a lot of carbohydrates like breads, pasta, sugars and even healthy carbohydrates like fruits and vegetables your body breaks these foods down and stores them in the form of glycogen in your muscle and liver for future energy needs.) One of the big problems with carbohydrates is that for every gram of carbohydrates you store you also store a few grams of water along with it. So by depleting your glycogen (carbohydrates) stores you will quickly lose water weight. I’ve seen people lose any where from 3 to 5 pounds or more in a couple of days. Keep in mind it’s not healthy to stop eating carbohydrates entirely. If you do it for too long you will start to cannibalize yourself and burn muscle as fuel, and in addition, you will have low energy if you’re an active person. I would only undertake this low carbohydrate approach for a couple of days as a jump start to quick weight loss. Afterwards, you should start eating a low-calorie high nutrition well-balanced healthy diet.


I wrote an article called Weight Lose Calorie Formula which recommends taking your body weight and multiplying it by ten and that is the amount of calories you should eat for weight loss. Keep in mind when following this low calorie formula you still have to be careful with how many carbohydrates you eat. Your muscles and liver can only hold so much carbohydrate. Once they are full whatever carbohydrates you eat afterwards will turn to fat and weight gain.

A technique used by bodybuilders to lose weight:

– Bodybuilders are known for having very low body fat and are very experienced at losing weight. A common technique that bodybuilders use to lose weight is to keep their protein and fat consumption the same and to control their weight by how much carbohydrates they eat. When they need to lower their body fat they will cut back on carbohydrates and possibly a little fat but keep their protein consumption the same. I have used this technique before with very good success.

Don’t make this mistake when trying extreme dieting:

–  A big mistake I see people doing when trying an extreme low carbohydrate or any extreme diet is that when they go off of it they go extreme in the other direction and just eat horribly. If you’re going to try a low or no carbohydrates diet for a day or two don’t ruin it by bingeing. Use it as a jump start to good healthy low- calorie high nutrition well-balanced eating plan.

If you enjoyed this post, then make sure you subscribe to my e-mail list.

Best- Mike Cola

Fitness Contrarian


About Mike Cola

Mike Cola has well over 50,000 hours of hands-on personal training experience. He started his own personal training studio in1989, Mike Cola Fitness, which is located in New York.Connect with Mike @ Google+

4 Responses to “Extreme Dieting to Lose Weight Fast”

  1. Wow. I’ve just been trolling this site and I am baffled. You seem to be really interested in fitness but then you write that a low carb diet will result in muscle loss. That’s entirely wrong. Name me a disease associated with low carbohydrate intake. Where is your evidence?

  2. Hi Josh, I think you misunderstood what I was trying to say. I meant eating no carbohydrates for an extended period of time would result in muscle loss. Here is a quote from the article.

    “ Keep in mind it’s not healthy to stop eating carbohydrates entirely. If you do it for too long you will start to cannibalize yourself and burn muscle as fuel”

    Thanks for the comment

  3. It’d be very difficult (or at least very boring) to live on a zero carbohydrate diet for very long as you’d have to be living off nothing but meat and fish.

    However, it has been proven that it’s possible to thrive while eating nothing but meat and/or fish (including a high proportion of fat) Think Inuit.

    I’m on a very low carb diet (30-40 grams/day) and have been for the last six months. I am not losing muscle or lacking in energy. I workout six days a week (either bootcamp, spin classes, running or weight training), have lost two dress sizes without starving myself and have plenty of energy.

  4. I think that people just dont want to admit that calories is what matters. You wont be healthy eating 2 donuts a day but if thats all you ate- yes , you would lose weight. The food you eat has nothing to do with weight loss. It has more to do with health. But also, sugar can spike your appetite- it would be hard to eat nothing but donuts and not be hungry.

    I have been battling weight for years and lost 85 lbs, and the bottom line is I write down everything single thing I put into my mouth any calorie is a calorie- even a cough drop. You will feel hungry, but thats just what you have to deal with if you want to keep weight off. Eventually your stomach will get used to eating less and you wont want to eat as much as before. But it takes time. Its very hard to do this , and thats why most people simply cant do it. But you have to really want it.