Extreme Weight Loss Methods

As a personal trainer I get calls all the time from women who say “I need to get skinny quick” or how can I “lose weight fast”. While I think it’s Ok to jump start your weight loss program and try to lose 10 pounds quickly by  following extreme weight loss methods (like overly exercising) for the short term, I don’t recommend using this approach every time you need to reduce your weight. If you keep on gaining all the weight back that you just lost, you have to find a lifelong strategy to keep yourself lean and fit permanently.

Most adults know themselves and their relationship with food. Anyone who has been struggling with their weight over the years has tried a number of different approaches where some have worked but they always seem to keep gaining the weight back. I have had many personal training clients who have lost 10, 20 and over 30 pounds with me and then put it right back on. It’s frustrating for me to see how well they were eating and working out and then go astray and gain it all back.

I have come up with multiple diet plains for my clients over the years. They are based on eating low calorie high nutritious foods while recommending the optimal about of exercise to produce the results they want without burning themselves out with too much exercise.

What’s the best way to control your weight long term?

It all comes down to not eating too many calories. Ninety percent (90%) of the calories that you consume have to be in the form of whole natural foods that give you the maximum amount of nutrition with the minimal amount of calories. In addition, you have to live an active lifestyle and maintain a regular reasonable exercise program. For more details about how I think you should keep yourself healthy and fit, check out my Fitness Contrarian Principles. After reading these principles, you will have the basic knowledge about how to eat, exercise and live an active lifestyle. (These fitness principles are a work in progress and I keep adding to them every week)

After working with people for over 25 years helping clients and friends lose weight, I have found that some people have to reprogram their minds to eat the right foods. They have to change the association they have with the foods that are keeping them over weight. If you want to stop eating the foods that you think are keeping you heavy then make sure you read this post called Don’t Get Fat Fast. I explain a mental exercise that I do with some of my clients to stop them from eating fattening foods they love. It’s not easy doing the exercise but it works.

Another method that has really helped my clients and I control our weight is with intermittent fasting. I wrote a popular post about my experiences with fasting called Fasting For Weight Loss. I learned a lot about intermittent fasting from Brad Pilon’s Eat Stop Eating program. You have to check out Brad’s web site Eat Stop Eating web site. He has one of the best programs I have come across for losing weight.

If you are ever saying to yourself “I have to get skinny fast” than start thinking more long term. It’s Ok to lose some weight quickly but to keep it off you have to find a long term plan. I hope this website can help you. Let me know if you found this article helpful.

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Best – Mike Cola


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+

7 Responses to “Extreme Weight Loss Methods”

  1. It is so important to think long term I agree. Too many of the fab diets of today promote a quick weight loss system that is really only a water loss that is quickly regained and then some.

    What good is the rebound effect anyway? A healthy diet and less consumption with a regular activity level will do more good than anything else.

    Thanks for some sage advice on this topic.

  2. A quick loss can always happen with a fad diet or something extreme like that which can kick start weight loss but you are right for the long term if your mind hasn’t been set right you’ll end up putting on more weight again.

  3. I’ve never been a fan of quick fixes. If you need to lose weight then take the time and do it right (permanently).

    From your experience, how effective would you say are these “get skinny quick” methods?

  4. Repeated bouts of quick weight loss just seems like something that would be highly detrimental in the long term. Not sure if studies have been done on this, but a more structured gradual weight loss program with no weight regain feels like it would be a lot healthier.

  5. I agree yo-yo dieting and quick fad diets are not the way to go for long term weight loss. Now if you need to drop some lbs quick for whatever reason I am ok with that I just prefer after you switch to a better approach. Good article and IF is the way to go.

  6. I agree. The key to getting in shape, and staying in shape is learning how to become that person. This is about what we do and who we are on a daily basis, rather than a quick fix.

    When it comes to weight loss, quick fixes don’t stay fixed for long. We will be better served by learning how to live in line with our goals.

  7. @ EasyWeightLoss

    We all have to think long term for permanent weight loss.

    @ Raymand

    Getting your mind in the right place is a very important part to losing weight. Sometimes you have to reprogram your mind to eat the right foods.

    @ Sardjan

    Quick fixes are only good as a jump start to a more permanent weight loss program.

    @ David

    I agree, it’s not good for you to keep losing weight and then gaining the weight right back. People need to find a way to keep the weight off. I hope this post helps.

    @ Louis
    Intermittent fasting is a great way to go. It can really help people keep the weight off.

    @ Michael

    I agree, we all have to learn how to reach our health and fitness goals.

    Thanks for all the comments: Best – Mike