WTAP @ 5: To Your Health Report: Quick Weight Loss

By: Susan Hendricks Email
By: Susan Hendricks Email

Losing too much weight too fast is not safe experts say.

So how to you drop the pounds as quickly as possible yet stay healthy?

Susan Hendricks gets tips from a registered dietitian.

Quick weight loss claims that sound too good to be true, probably are and the pounds usually don't stay off for long.

"So it's important to make sure you lose the weight, but do it slowly no more than about 1 to 2 lbs a week would be considered to be healthy."

But there are smart ways to approach weight loss to help us safely shed pounds faster.

First double up on your veggies and cut your carbohydrates in half.

"Cut back on processed grains, and scale back on starchy carbohydrates like your bread, rice and pasta."

Next, try limiting liquid calories.

"You want to cut back on sodas, juices, lattes, alcohol, sometimes we forget about that one."

Water or green tea are good alternatives.

Exercising also helps us lose weight and moore suggests we try to push ourselves when we workout.

"You might try interval training which means taking whatever you're doing and adding a little bit more intensity."

And getting proper sleep is good for weight loss. sleeping less than 6 hours a night can increase hunger and make it harder to regulate your appetite.

Moore discourages people from fasting or doing juice cleanses which can lead to muscle loss and fatigue.

For Today's Health Minute, I'm Susan Hendricks.

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