I could write a book on this but in short....
- I have to caution against fast weight loss b/c you will almost certainly just end up gaining it all back.
- But if you seriously want to lose weight fast, you are going to have to invest some money to do it, or else you are going to have to have ALOT of willpower to do it all on your own.
- You might check out Lindora for FAST weight loss. I've had several friends be successful, but I am also seeing the lbs creep back on little by little.
- Personally, I went the old fashioned diet and exercise route. I go to a personal trainer 3 times a week b/c I know that at least I will exercise for real (not just going for a stroll or pretending to work out on the weights.) that many times a week. He also really encourages me to do cardio on the days I'm not with him AND he monitors my diet. The gym I am with uses the APEX diet system. Which I think is great... it helped me to
1. Assess my eating habits. What do I crave and when. The rule is to eat your carbs in the morning and gradually reduce during the day. ie -- my breakfast is mostly carbs, while my dinner has hardly any. If you are craving things at night, it means you didn't get enough of those things during the day. (ie sweet night cravings, eat more fruit during the day.) More frequent small meals (at least 4 a day with snacks)
2. Gradually reduce the calories. You can google apex weight loss system -- they have a "sample" diet you can run. I started out at 2100 calories. Over the first two months we reduced my diet to 1400 calories (100 calories at a time -- I think that is REALLY key, otherwise you will just be hungry and end up failing. Gradual reduction helps your body get used to it.)
3. If you cheat, don't feel bad about it and don't use it as an excuse to blow the whole day. Just do 10 extra minutes of cardio or some extra crunches or something like that. My trainer said, Life is about small indulgences, treasure them, but don't let them derail you.
With this change in eating habits, I have been very successful and find that it is not hard to stick to it. I have lost 30 lbs -- which brings me to my original goal weight b/c I had decided that I didn't really need to return to my wedding weight, but just wanted to be healthy again. But I'm having such a good time feeling again, that I still continue to set goals for myself -- why not shoot for the wedding weight (that will be 20 more lbs).
Good luck to you!