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Quick, Safe, And Effective Weight Loss Options

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Updated: 6/27/2012 6:12 pm
Losing too much weight too fast is not safe, according to experts.

So how to you drop the pounds as quickly as possible yet stay healthy?

Here are some tips from a registered dietitian:

"Quick weight loss claims that sound too good to be true, probably are;  and the pounds usually don't stay off for long," said Marissa Moore, registered dietitian. "So it's important to make sure you lose the weight, but do it slowly no more than about 1 to 2 lbs a week would be considered to be healthy."

But there are smart ways to approach weight loss to help us safely shed pounds faster: first, double up on your veggies and cut your carbohydrates in half. Cut back on processed grains, and scale back on starchy carbohydrates like your bread, rice and pasta.

Next, try limiting liquid calories: you want to cut back on sodas, juices, lattes, alcohol, sometimes we forget about that one. Water or green tea are good alternatives.

Exercising also helps us lose weight, and Moore suggests we try to push ourselves when we workout.

"You might try interval training which means taking whatever you're doing and adding a little bit more intensity," said Moore.

And getting proper sleep is good for weight loss. Sleeping less than six hours a night can increase hunger and make it harder to regulate your appetite.

Moore discourages people from fasting or doing juice cleanses which can lead to muscle loss and fatigue.

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