How Much Weight Can You Safely Lose in One Week?

Healthy Weight Loss, 2-4 pounds per week; Unhealthy Weight Loss, 40 pounds in 40 days

We’re all being bombarded lately with advertisements claiming that you can lose 40 pounds in 40 days. However, according to the weight loss physicians at The Skinny Center, losing 2-4 pounds per week is the healthiest, safest, and most effective way to lose weight and keep it off long-term.

“If a program, diet, or regimen promises you quick weight loss results that seem almost too good to be true, you should proceed with caution because such weight loss schemes are unhealthy and unsustainable. The majority of these fad diets have the potential to cause serious health problems overall,” says Mitch Suss, CEO & founder of The Skinny Center, based in Westchester County, NY.

He added, “With so many people suffering from weight-related health issues, losing weight is more important now than ever before. Many people do not realize that there are only two ways to lose weight: Healthy Vs. Unhealthy Weight Loss. With so many products, programs, diets, and regimens being advertised as a magic bullet to weight loss (like 40 pounds in 40 days) it can be very tempting to just take the plunge to lose the bulge. Unfortunately, many of these methods only produce dramatic unhealthy weight loss results that can cause both physiological and mental harm to your body.”

Studies show that losing weight too quickly can cause serious health risks such as gallstones, muscle loss, nutritional deficiencies, and a dysfunctional metabolism. A healthy weight loss program that includes a consistent diet of nutritious foods will help you lose weight and keep it off long-term.

“In fact, you can lose up to 12 pounds in a month without putting undue strain on your body’s systems,” says Suss. “But, please always remember that losing weight the HEALTHY way should always be done safely and preferably under the guidance of a physician.”

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