Being on a diet is one of the most boring things you can do, so it's not surprising that programs that promise quick weight loss are very popular. The sooner we can get it over with the better.
You may lose weight fast by following some wonder program, but few programs help you maintain your new weight. The weight that took you so much effort to lose will all too easily pile its way back on again. Soon you will find yourself in the unfortunate situation that you feel you need another quick weight loss.
Trying to lose weight quickly can easily turn you into a yo-yo dieter.
The good news is, that with a little planning, and by taking some important factors into consideration, your quick weight loss attempt doesn't have to be a source of disappointment, and can even be a help for lasting weight loss.
You can use a quick weight loss program for a short period of time to get some motivation (seeing those first kilos melt away, and your clothes feel looser is strong motivation). When that first kilo is lost you can put more effort into maintaining your new weight, and then maybe later, repeat your quick weight loss program to lose some more.
Just remember that this step-by-step method is not the best way to lose weight.
Most important: Prepare yourself
If you decide not to eat for a few days just because your clothes don't fit in the morning, you are putting yourself up for failure. You will have a better result if you wait to start your weight loss program some days later. This will give you time to prepare for what's coming.
Read through the program you have decided to follow, and make sure you have everything you need. A quick program is often very different from your normal eating habits and doesn't allow you to eat everything, (one important reason you shouldn't do this on a regular basis). Get rid of the "wrong" food. Throw away "bad" food. If you don't have it, you won't eat it. (The program you want to follow will tell you what you can eat). This can be tricky if you have a family that want to eat normally.
Our bodies can handle food deprivation, but only for a short period of time, so don't plan to follow a quick weight loss program for very long. Apart from the fact that it may harm your health, it very soon becomes too boring, and the longer you stick to a strict regime the more you put yourself at risk of falling back into old eating habits. One week to 10 days is fine; two weeks are often too long. Even 3-4 days may be enough.
Depriving yourself of food you like can be hard on your mood; it can even feel like a punishment. Becoming slimmer is not always reward enough. You can make your quick weight loss attempt a little more appealing if you decide to give yourself something you like, (not food!) after you finish the program. That will give you something more to look forward to. Also try to take a little extra care of yourself during this period. It's often better to choose a time to start this kind of program when things around you are less stressful than usual.
After the program
After you finish the program the result may not be what you expected so don't feel bound by it. The success of a quick program is not always obvious at once, but it will show eventually. Some programs promise that you will lose a certain amount of weight, but you may not. Don't let that disappoint you. Maybe this wasn't the time for your body to let go of the excess weight, but if you continue to be careful with what you eat, you will see results.
Your challenge after the program is to find ways of maintaining your new weight. You can't go back to eating as much as you did before. Your thinner body requires fewer calories. This is where most dieters go wrong. They think it's OK to return to old eating habits. It's better to return slowly to a more normal way of eating, while keeping an eye on the scales. And definitely, don't ruin the whole effort by allowing yourself to eat more than you should, just because you were so "good" at sticking to the quick program.