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Can You Lose 10 Pounds in Less Than a Week?

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author image Andrea Cespedes
Andrea Cespedes is a professionally trained chef who has focused studies in nutrition. With more than 20 years of experience in the fitness industry, she coaches cycling and running and teaches Pilates and yoga. She is an American Council on Exercise-certified personal trainer, RYT-200 and has degrees from Princeton and Columbia University.
Can You Lose 10 Pounds in Less Than a Week?
Losing more than two pounds in a week is the exception, not the norm. Photo Credit Jupiterimages/Stockbyte/Getty Images

You can lose 10 pounds in less than a week if you are hundreds of pounds overweight; that 10 pounds actually equals a small percentage of your weight when you weigh close to 400 pounds. For most people, achieving a one- to two-pound-per-week rate of weight loss is achievable and safe.

Who Can Do It?

Can You Lose 10 Pounds in Less Than a Week?
Instructors working with clients at an all inclusive weight loss retreat. Photo Credit Lisa Maree Williams/Getty Images News/Getty Images

The people on weight-loss reality shows do manage to lose 10 or more pounds in a week, but realize these people are dedicating their days to this effort. The average person has family and work obligations that make constant attention to weight loss impossible. Television weight-loss programs also offer professional fitness, medical and nutrition guidance to ensure that when drastic calorie restriction and exercise are undertaken, the participants remain safe.

How You Lose Matters

Can You Lose 10 Pounds in Less Than a Week?
You may be able to take off 10 pounds in less than a week with fasting or juicing -- but you're likely to put much of that back on when you return to real food. Photo Credit AVAVA/iStock/Getty Images

Be wary of losing weight too quickly; oftentimes, fast weight loss yields fast weight regain. You may be able to take off 10 pounds in less than a week with fasting or juicing -- but you're likely to put much of that back on when you return to real food. You also risk low energy and nutritional deficiencies. If you're trying to lose those "last" 10 pounds, don't expect it to come off in less than a week, either. Even if you managed miraculously to lose it, much of it would come from valuable muscle tissue, rather than fat.

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