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How to Lose Weight Fast for a Special Occasion, According to an Expert

Should you crash diet to lose weight fast? An expert weighs in. 

Looking to lose weight fast? Soraya ( is a weight loss coach and TikTok influencer with a massive following on social media. In her many viral videos she shares tips on how to lose weight and get into the best shape of your life. In one of them, she revealed a few ways to lose weight fast – in both sustainable and unsustainable ways. "If you want to lose weight fast for a special occasion, here's exactly what you need to do," she says in the clip. We also asked The Diet Diva, Tara Collingwood, MS, RDN, CSSD, LD/N, ACSM-CPT, a Board Certified Sports Dietitian, to weigh in on her approach. 

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The first thing you need to do? "Cut out all fast food and limit your eating window from 12:00 PM to 6:00 PM and only have two meals within that time frame," she says. 

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Run a Mile a Day and Do 10 Minutes of Ab Work Daily

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Next up, exercise. According to Soraya you need to "run a mile a day and do 10 minutes of abs right before bed."

Weigh Yourself Daily

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Finally, "number three, weigh yourself every single day in the morning to keep track of your daily progress," Soraya says. 

If You Do That, You Will Lose Weight, But Likely Gain It Back

"Now, if you do this, you will lose weight fast, but you know what else? At some point you're going to get overwhelmed, exhausted, have overwhelming cravings, go right back to old habits and regain the weight, if not even more weight," she continues. "On top of that, it'll worsen your relationship with food and create a really toxic relationship with the scale. So forget all that," she says. 

Calorie Deficit with Foods You Enjoy

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"If you want to lose weight and actually keep it off for good, here's what you need to do," she continues, offering a few healthier weight loss methods. "Number one, eat in a healthy deficit and include foods that you actually enjoy," she says. 

Work Out Three to Four Times a Week

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"Number two, get three to four workouts in per week," Soraya says, adding that you need to strength train. 

Walk 30 Minutes a Day

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"Number three, walk 30 minutes every day," she concludes. 

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RDN Says: Thumbs Up


Collingwood says that Soraya's advice "is very practical and not extreme," and overall, gives it a thumbs up. "Incorporating walking, exercise, strength training, etc. along with reducing calories makes perfect sense," she says. However, "there is no need to do abs right before bed…any time of the day will work." She also likes that she is encouraging eating foods you enjoy. "She isn't really giving major guidelines around portions or frequency, so some people might have a hard time with knowing exactly how much they can eat and still lose weight. She is encouraging only a 6 hour eating window which is pretty strict. I tend to recommend at least an 8 hour window and more like a 10-12 hour window of fasting each day."

💪🔥Body Booster: The less restrictive a weight loss diet you commit to, the more likely you are to stick to it. 

Leah Groth
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