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4 Ways to Lose Weight Quickly and Permanently

These sustainable weight loss methods will help you drop weight and keep it off. 

Jared McDonald (@themetabolismreboot) is a health expert and influencer who specializes in helping women over 45 lose 20 to 35 pounds in just 6 weeks, via his unique method. In a viral video he reveals his top 4 recommendations for losing weight permanently and quickly. The Body Network asked The Diet Diva, Tara Collingwood, MS, RDN, CSSD, LD/N, ACSM-CPT, a Board Certified Sports Dietitian, to weigh in on his tactics. 

You Can Lose Weight Fast and Keep It Off, He Says

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He starts off by claiming that "the idea that you can't lose weight fast and keep it off permanently is completely false. Most of the clients we work with on average lose 20 to 45 pounds in six weeks, and we teach them how to eat treats and snacks and travel and go out to eat and not count calories and all that kind of stuff," he says, adding that  "they can actually keep their weight off. They just eat real food. So it's very sustainable." 

It Starts with Stress

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"Now you have to realize that stress is the problem," says McDonald. "Stress causes your body to store fat, right in your midsection." He said that the "common approach to weight loss" of eating less and exercising more, "actually then stresses the body out more because your brain doesn't know how to differentiate between eating less and a famine and exercising, running from a tiger. And so we think we're doing something good, but it ends up stressing the body out. So we have to do things a little bit differently."

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1. Stop Focusing on Weight Loss

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"First thing to do is stop focusing on weight loss," says McDonald. Instead, "you have to actually focus on getting healthy," because "the things that you do to lose weight typically stress the body out more. But the things you do to get healthy will actually promote health and will allow you to lose the weight." Collingwood "loves" this idea. "Focus on positive 'I want to get healthier' instead of just focusing on the number on the scale. It will reduce stress and pressure and have a positive vibe.  Focus on behaviors and the scale will eventually follow," she says. 

2. Eat Real Food

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Number two, "eat real food," says McDonald, explaining that "fake food shakes and prepackaged meals" aren't the solution. "Most of the time they actually cause more stress, they bring more toxins in," he continues. "They actually make it worse. And so when we talk about stress, we have to talk about toxins and inflammation and blood sugars and cortisol and fake foods don't actually solve that. Also, they're not sustainable. You can't eat them forever and you can't feed your kids those things. So your first focus needs to be on nutrition through real food." Collingwood agrees that "food first" is always good advice. "Eat as clean as possible but also be realistic about lifestyle and how much time you have for food prep.  Don't beat yourself up if you need to rely on some convenience foods that are still nutritious and healthy," she says. 

3. Stop Exercising for Weight Loss

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His third suggestion is "you need to stop exercising for weight loss." He explains that exercise is not bad, but if you are overweight or are over 40 and are hormonally changing, and try to exercise to lose weight, "it's only going to cause more stress on the body." While "you might feel better, you might like it, you might get stronger, you might have a mental release and that's all good things, but that belly fat is going to stick around. Your number one focus shouldn't be on exercise to lose weight, it should be on nutrition and getting healthy. That's the key." Keep exercising, but don't have the focus be on weight loss, agrees Collingwood. "I do believe in moving your body and that we are more sedentary now as a population than we have ever been. Moving and exercise is key, but take the pressure off from weight loss to just moving to feel better and improve mood, loosen stiff joints, build muscle, etc."

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4. Drink Water

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"Number four is that you do need to drink water," says McDonald, explaining that "one of the first steps in metabolizing fat cells is called hydrolysis. So you need water to actually burn fat. And most of us are chronically dehydrated." He adds that drinking water alone might not be enough.  "You have to actually replenish with electrolytes and minerals as well. So make sure you're getting a good balance of electrolytes with your water." Collingwood agrees. "Water helps with digestion, temporary fullness, and really all body processes!"

💪🔥Body Booster: Stress isn't just bad for your mental health, it can result in weight gain. A healthy diet and workout routine can help keep your hormones balanced and stress levels low. 

Leah Groth
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