Especially relevant, 45 percent of those surveyed stated “losing weight or getting into shape” was their new year’s resolution. Furthermore, dieting is more effective at losing weight than exercising. And the most acceptable (at least since 1958) approach to do that is to lose one or two pounds a week. In addition, it’s a rate you are likely to be able to sustain and do.

On the other hand, losing weight fast requires a lot of effort in terms of dieting and possibly exercising. Moreover, losing weight fast is something you likely can’t sustain. Finally, losing lots of weight in a short period of time is also unhealthy. Indeed, if you lose weight fast you are not likely to lose fat. And, because it’s hard to burn that many fat calories in a short period of time, you are more likely to lose water weight or even lean muscle tissue.

For instance, one pound of fat has nearly 3,500 calories. As a result, in order to lose one pound of fat in a week requires you to skip eating nearly 500 calories every day for one week, which is something doable. On the other hand, diets like the Mayo Clinic diet causes you lose three to five pounds a week for the first two weeks. However, after those two weeks, you go back to the sustainable losing one or two pounds a week diet.

Incidentally, when you first start a diet, you are initially likely to lose water weight. In fact, fat is lost gradually, from all over the body. Moreover, some may notice the difference in the bust first, while others may notice it in their hips and thighs. Most of all, you cannot control which portion of the body loses the fat.

Meanwhile, don’t assume the significant weight loss you see on TV is something that will work for you. In fact, people on television who showcase their fat and weight loss, go to extremes. Moreover, to make sure they don’t hurt themselves, they are constantly monitored by doctors and trainers for up to 8 hours a day. Furthermore, television cameras follow them every minute of the day to make sure they follow a strict diet.

While these extreme weight loss efforts likely do not work, there are programs on television that do show successful methods to lose weight and fat. For example, the Atkins diet or the South Beach diet may result in you losing weight when you first start. And, in fact some people may even lose nearly 14 pounds in the first two weeks. Meanwhile, after two weeks, you go back to losing a more sustainable one or two pounds a week.

Most of all, quick loss diets that don’t work are those that promise you can lose twenty or more pounds in a week or ten or more pounds in three days. Most of what you lose, with these diets, is water weight along with possibly lean muscles. While, these quick loss diets may work for a few weeks, your weight comes right back along with a few more extra pounds.

Finally, Canadian researchers recently studied data from 11,000 people participating in the study. And, they found that those who lost weight quickly or those who lost weight slowly got nearly similar health benefits, in terms of reducing risk factors for heart disease and diabetes. So for same pound for pound weight loss, there is no difference in terms of health benefits whether you lose the weight slowly or quickly. Moreover, faster weight loss comes with a risk of gallstones, so losing one or two pounds a week is far safer.