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Is it possible to lose 5 pounds in a week?

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Please say yes and please tell me how!

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If you have been eating poorly and you cut way back on carbs, you might lose 5 pounds in a week. It will be mostly water weight, but it possible, especially if you are quite heavy.  You cannot sustain a loss of 5 pounds a week over a long period of time unless you weigh something like 500 pounds to begin with.  The parable of the hare and the tortoise is very applicable to weight loss.  Slow and steady will take the weight off and you might actually keep it off.

The answer is yes.  But I am not going to say how.  Ask a high school or college wrestler how they managed to do it.  My son was a HS wrestler and it was only years later that I found out some of his tricks for losing weight and staying in his weight class.  I'll let someone else on this Board give you good advice on how to lose 5 pounds healthily in a week.  I just hope if you do, it is in a healthy way.  I lost 5 pounds in a week through calorie deprivation just a few weeks ago, and frankly I don't recommend doing it.

Yes! Amputate! Dehydrate!

ETA: A safe and healthy rate of weight loss is 1-2lbs per week. As a teenager, you need a minimum of 1500 calories per day if you are totally sedentary and more if you are active (this is to lose weight, not maintain).

Original Post by pilgrimdude:

The answer is yes.  But I am not going to say how.  Ask a high school or college wrestler how they managed to do it.  My son was a HS wrestler and it was only years later that I found out some of his tricks for losing weight and staying in his weight class. 

And sadly, I know exactly what you are referring to there.

Then amputation is your best bet. Good luck. Just be sure to cauterize.... although the blood loss will also help.

So you rather be sick and can't move or dying in a hospital from malnutrition and starvation just so you can be skinny?

This reminds me of a friend of mine that wants to lose 60 pounds in 1 month. 2 pound lost a day?? Doesn't make sense to do something if you are not going to enjoy it


I was 262 pounds in febuary by the beginng of this month i was 161.

so in 6 months i lost 101 pounds.

I worked hard and i ate between 1200 to 1500 calories and worked hard.

I averaged 4 pounds a week few times i lost 5 or 3 never any less then 2.

I never felt sick i felt great and do now.

Ive now been doing maintenance most of this month and ive been stay around 162.

SO ive got to up my calories to around 1900 now and its fantastic.

I was one of those people that couldnt just lose a pound a week it would of took me years.After 6 months im at a weight i never thought i would be at in my life.

My number one and 2 things to do was cut all calorie drinks like soda and meats.I ate meat once a week and it was boiled chicken breast.

Sorry about the long post just wanted to let you know its clsoe to posible.I wouldnt sugest to look for 4 and 5 pounds every week.But 3 to 4 pounds if done rite is defently posible with out starving your self.

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Then CC is not the place for you. CC is for healthy weight management - the people who stick around here are generally not a fan of crash diets. And fair enough - there is no point losing weight if it means losing your health to boot.

Plus, if you would be skinny after 5lbs, you're skinny now. There's no need to rush to the finish line.

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I agree if you only need to lose 5 pounds then dont listen to what i said.

Generaly when i see somthing like this im expecting the person to be over weight by atleast 30 pounds usualy more not 5 lol.

I wish I only had to lose 5 pounds. I need to lose like 15-20 pounds and I'm hoping I can find a way to lose 5 pounds every week.

Mathematically 5 lbs = 17, 500 calories. If your daily consumption has averaged around 4000 calories, maintenance level for say a 300 lb man or woman, and you cut back to 1500 for one week, that would translate into...a 17.500 calorie deficit and you'd lose 5 lbs.  But, and this is why that won't work, you'll likely be very fatigued, have very little energy, tired all the time and worse, hungry all the time.  After a week or two, you'll just say f*$k it and eat a tub of ice cream like I would and Bob's yer Uncle and you're back to normal.  You'd be much better off in this example, cutting back to say 3000 calories a week, changing your diet to include lots of fresh fruit and vegetables, whole grains, lean meat and fish etc, so that those 3000 calories will still be a large volume of food to keep you full and energized. 

You'll feel ten times better, you won't be hungry...ever...and you'll stick to it, and lose 2 lbs a week or 100 lbs a year if you keep it up.  Add in exercise and expect those numbers to go up substantially.    And best of all, you'll have a diet you will enjoy and can stick to the rest of your life so you never gain the weight back!!!!

Fatgirl (how often can you call someone that and get away with it?...lol) if you are only 15-20 lbs overweight, you should not be calling yourself Fatgirl to begin with...lol.

You have to be realistic.  I'm about 15 lbs away from my goal weight and I will be ecstatic if I reach it by Christmas...lol.  It took me about 20 years to put on all the weight I had at my peak, so I don't expect it to fall off in a few weeks.   Realistic goals lead to realistic plans and solutions and they work in the long term.  If it was safe and easy to lose 5 lbs a week there would be no CC because we'd all be at our goal weights already and no one in the world would be fat...lol.  But it's neither safe nor easy.  So stick to a pound or two a week, follow the guidelines and advice you find here and you will lose the weight and keep it off.  I am sure you look fantastic now with your extra 20 lbs anyway, so look at it as improving on an already good thing, not an act of desperation..you'll be much more likely to succeed that way...believe me!!!

Calorie Count's mission is to promote healthy and sustainable weight management. We do not support fad diets or unsustainable diets. We do not support losing more than 1-2% of your BW per week (unless you are very overweight and are under strict supervision by a medical team).

A safe rate of weight loss is generally considered to be roughly 1% of your body weight per week.  For most people ~1-2 lbs per week is about right, assuming that you are not underweight to begin with. 

You can look like you've lost weight when you actually haven't by working on developing muscle and eating healthier.  Muscle takes up less volume for the same weight and most people think it looks sexier.  Eating healthier tends to give your skin a nice glow which makes people think that you've changed something in a positive direction.

Once again we are all about healthy weight loss here, and will not support unhealthy approaches.

You certainly can, but everyone here thinks it's a crime.

When you first start a diet, at least in my experience, if you're going from eating like 4,000 calories in a day to 1800 or so when you first start, the weight is going to melt away for the first few weeks.  You can't control that matter if you're eating the recommended amount from either our doctor or this website.  You should also start walking 20 minutes a day, 2-3 times a week if you are obese or highly overweight.

Just be careful.  Don't EVER under-eat or try to burn off all the calories you have eaten throughout the day.  Eat right and healthy (and ENOUGH food), and your body is going to thank you by taking off a few pounds week to week, helping you achieve your goal.

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