Loosing 3 pounds per week is a bit much, but nevertheless possible. Before beginning this or any other weight loss method, check with your doctor to make sure you’re healthy enough for a diet and/or exercises plan. Here is how to lose 3 pounds a week (or close to it).
This is how I did it. Perhaps it’s a bit unconventional, but it’s what works for me. In my opinion, loosing weight is mostly about learning to eat right. Exercise has its place and I encourage it in moderation. But primarily it’s all about the food. Changing your eating habits is the essential part.
1. Break Attachment to Food
I began by breaking my psychological attachment to food. I accomplished this by fasting one day per week. Fasting has been in use for both medicinal and spiritual purposes for thousands of years all over the world. In modern culture, it is associated with some forms of detoxing.
My fasts range from 24 to 36 hours. During this time I only drink water. If I am planning on a 36 hour fast, I allow myself a small fruit or cooked vegetable after the first 24 hours. In the beginning, I was also withdrawing from caffeine. So I let myself have a small cup of coffee in the morning of the fast.
As you can see, my fasts are somewhat informal. But there were two things that make them very effective. First, as I mentioned earlier, they brake my psychological attachment to food. We are so used to eating a lot, that often we eat even when we’re not hungry.
Psychologically, my breakthrough came when I realized that I would survive going without food for one day. I realized that I will be fine, nothing bad will happen to me! This new found freedom from food was truly a liberating experience!
2. Let Your Stomach Shrink
There are many benefits of fasting for a day. Among them is that over time, fasting can actually shrink down your stomach. You’ve heard of some people stapling their stomachs. Well I suppose it’s advisable in certain extreme cases, but I wouldn’t want to go under a knife unless I really had to.
Fasting does just that, only naturally. Most of us, stretch out our stomachs daily by consuming excessive amounts of food. But during the fasts, mostly nothing but water came through my system. This let my stomach resume its natural size once again.
Soon after I began my fasts, I noticed that food would fill me up much quicker than before. I learned to become very aware of the moment when my stomach gets full. Once it is, I stop eating. No exceptions.
3. Be Aware of Your Appetite
This is the part that requires extra attention. Food is good, and the temptations are everywhere! Your friends, your family, the all you can eat buffets… So many times we eat purely for the enjoyment alone. We feel the stomachs stretching, but wait, there are so many other dishes that we’re yet to try!
This is going to be your personal choice. Put on the blinders, and stay focused on your stomach and your appetite. Learn to identify when you’re full, and have the will power to stop eating. Continuing weekly fasts will greatly assist you with this.
Also, consider changing your eating schedule around your hunger. If you notice that you’re not hungry at noon for lunch, simply wait until you become hungry. The same goes for every meal. Let your body naturally tell you when it’s time to eat. Learn to listen to your body.
For example, I now don’t have a set time for meals. I usually have a small amount of food with my family, so to maintain their schedule. Then, I may eat a larger meal in the middle of the day when I feel the hunger. And I don’t overeat.
I no longer fast every week. If I feel that I’m beginning to overeat, or that I’m loosing touch with my appetite, I will do a maintenance fast. Usually this is all I will need to get myself back on track. By the way, I don’t like weight scales or following numbers. Usually I gage my weight by how I fit into my clothes.
The above method has worked for me well. I’m not sure if I ever lost 3 pounds in a week, but overall I’ve lost over 25 pounds and continue to maintain this weight without excessively checking the scale or killing myself at the gym!
Live well. Vlad