With so many of us overweight or obese these days, there are a lot of people looking for the best way to lose weight fast. What is it, though? Several key elements have to exist in order for a weight loss program to be useful. Of course, it has to make you lose weight, and it has to do so healthfully. And finally, of course, it has to be sustainable over the long term and keep the weight off. There aren't many programs out there that can do this, but there is one that meets all of these criteria.
Fully two thirds of the country today is fighting the battle of the bulge, and losing. More and more of us are overweight and obese every year, and it doesn't appear to be a trend that's going to stop anytime soon. If you are among those who are fighting this battle, too, no doubt you're looking for a good way to lose weight -- preferably, the best way to lose weight fast. Of course, another thing you want to do is to be able to keep the weight off long-term, and be healthy while you're doing so. Many fad diets promise quick weight loss (and may even deliver), but they do so in unhealthy ways and the results themselves are not permanent. The end result is, oftentimes, you simply end up fatter.
There's a reason for that, though. You see, your body is pretty smart. Historically, our ancestors suffered through times of famine along with times of plenty; when famine hit, they had no choice but to hunker down and get through it until food sources were readily available again. And our bodies, to that end, know when to slow metabolisms down when we don't get "enough" food, so that we can sustain through this period of "not enough" and get to "enough" again.
Unfortunately, your body doesn't know the difference between a famine and just you trying to lose a few pounds, so when you cut calories, guess what happens? That's right; your metabolism slows down to get you through this "famine." The unfortunate result of THAT is that afterward, you actually burn fewer calories than you could before, so that you can actually GAIN weight as a result of being on a diet.
That's not what you want, is it? So in fact, the best way to lose weight fast is to go on a diet that keeps your metabolism humming along. And to experience permanent weight loss, you have to eat. Yep, let me say that again. You have to eat.
Now, there is a program out there that shows you just how to eat to keep your metabolism up and running so that the weight comes off and stays off. It's called Fat Loss 4 Idiots, and it's really easy to follow. The core of the program is an "11 days on, three days off" setup, so that you're never deprived of your favorite foods for long.
During the 11-day run of the program, you eat every 2.5 hours, so that you are never hungry. The diet itself is constructed of high quality proteins, fruits and vegetables, and some complex carbohydrates. You eat as much as you want, just short of the point of being "full," but you're not tempted to overeat because you're going to be eating again in 2.5 hours anyway.
And the end result of that is that you can lose 9 pounds and 11 days. Best of all, you can keep it off.
Now, after that 11 days, you take a three day "break" from the diet, and eat as you normally would. That means you can have your favorite foods temporarily, so that you never feel deprived. (By the way, the diet itself does try to incorporate your likes and dislikes, but since one of the things you have to do is to stay away from junk food and the like, this is one way to account for that so that you don't "binge" and go off your diet, sabotaging all of your progress. It really does have everything covered so that you can't fail.)
Then, after your three-day hiatus, you go back on the diet for 11 days, following the program to the letter, and, guess what? That's right; you can lose 9 more pounds. You follow this cycle of 11 days on, three days off, until you reach the weight you want to be. And if you want to, you can follow it forever, with some modification if you like so that you don't lose more weight once you've gotten to goal weight.