You probably cannot lose enough weight in six weeks to warrant a complete overhaul of your wardrobe, but it's possible to shed a number of pounds in this period of time. Healthy weight loss and fast weight loss are not synonymous, however. Instead of trying to lose weight as quickly as possible, focus on developing a sustainable lifestyle by eating healthy and getting regular exercise. Doing so allows these healthy habits to continue even after you reach your weight-loss goal.
Slow and Steady
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention considers losing one to two pounds a week to be a healthy rate of weight loss. In six weeks, it's possible to lose between six and 12 pounds. Success is typically dependent on diet and exercise; data from the National Weight Control Registry suggests that it's a challenge to get results through only diet or only exercise. Your fitness routine should include a combination of aerobic exercise and resistance training, while your diet should be low in calories.
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Losing Weight
- American Council on Exercise: Weight Loss: Diet vs. Exercise
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: How Much Physical Activity Do Adults Need?
- American Council on Exercise: Trimming Off the Fat
- USA Today: Weight-Loss Tips: 25 Ways to Lose Weight, Keep It Off
- Cleveland Clinic: Aerobic Exercise
- American College of Sports Medicine: Resistance Training for Health and Fitness