Lose 5 pounds in one week! It’s a trope we see everywhere, and if you’re someone who needs to drop some weight for health reasons or simply want to for yourself, it can sound pretty enticing. Technically, it’s possible for some people to lose that much in that time period, but it’s not something our nutrition experts recommend, and it’s definitely not a healthy approach. Even though you might have lost that much on a low-carb or keto diet (which may be mostly water weight), you’ll likely gain it all back as soon as you decide it’s time to eat carbs again. Plus, since weight loss in general is highly dependent on your metabolism and loads of other factors unique to you, including physical activity and body composition, that promise won’t hold true for everyone.
If you’re still looking to lose weight, there are a few healthy tips that hold true for almost all of us across the board — and they’re concepts that we can put into practice beginning right now.
How to Lose Weight Safely
1. Up your veggie intake.
Instead of restricting different foods and food groups, focus on incorporating an abundance of nourishing foods that you can add into your diet to promote overall health and weight management. The water and fiber in produce adds volume to dishes and are naturally low in fat and calories but nutrient-dense and filling. You can create lower-calorie versions of delicious dishes by swapping out higher calorie ingredients for fruits and veggies. If you think about making any meal mostly veggies (at least 50% of anything that you’re having), you’re on the right track to better health.