Health & Nutrition

Weight Loss in the Fast Lane

Do those fast weight loss diets work? Does ANYTHING really work? The answer is simple. It depends.

Why see my doctor?

Okay, you already know you need to see your doctor before going on even a short diet. Why? Well, your doctor knows your personal medical history and knows you as an individual and is in a better position to consider your present condition with that information and insight.

Your physician can help you avoid some inherent problems with certain diets. For example if you only eat fruit and no supplements during a 24 hour period you can actually lose muscle protein. Face it. There are too many physical factors and real world frauds to list. That is why we pay attention to our doctors. We pay them to know that stuff. So go ahead and make the appointment and keep it.

Right. You want to lose weight fast and the health care provider still advocates a slow, steady weight loss. Opposites. Why bother? The Professionals have good reason to try and talk you out of your immediate gratification goal. Yet, there are mountains of fast weight loss programs available and some of them do work. The key is to know what the risks are for your body and how long does their positive effect last.

Get the clear path to proceed by talking with your physician. Now look at some plans you might try:

OTC and Prescription Diet Pills

The fastest and maybe the cheapest way to lost weight is to take diet pills that are OTC (over-the-counter). Some may be prescribed by your doctor. Be aware that most diet pills have mild to very serious side effects. Some can be fatal depending on your condition. Listen carefully to your doctor on this issue.

Fad Weight Loss Diets

Thousands of fad weight loss diets are available. Most often people try them and toss them. Because of physiological differences, some fast programs work for some people and not for others.

  • The Atkins diet emphasizes low carbohydrate and high protein intake.
  • Others burn fat with their specially designed diet of food combinations that work on a chemical level.
  • Focus on a single food as the Cabbage Soup Diet.
  • Focus on a food group as the Fruitarian Diet.
  • The Three Day Diet addresses metabolic change necessary for weight loss to occur and last.


Invasive techniques such as gastrointestinal surgery and liposuction are intended for people who cannot reach a reasonable weight through traditional diets. These programs are not to be entered into lightly, though they are sometimes necessary. Follow your doctor’s lead here.

The Old Ways

The old fashioned way may actually help you get a good start. Take a good and honest look at your eating behaviors. Do you snack often? How often do you eat junk? Do you drink enough water? Are you sabotaging yourself with poor eating habits?
Go to three small meals a day that are not heavy in calories or fat. Avoid stimulants and sugar. Drink plenty of water. Add a moderate exercise program and be consistent and patient. This simple plan usually works wonders.

Just because it is a new habit that stirs us out of being lazy, does not mean we cannot change. We can each make healthy choices for healthier lives, if we work on it.

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