As 3,500 calories are equal to 1 pound, losing 5 pounds quickly requires creating a calorie deficit of 17,500 calories. A calorie deficit is the difference between the amount of calories a person eats and the amount of calories he burns over a day. Starting a new diet, such as the Mayo Clinic Diet, can speed up a person's metabolism and lead to weight loss between 6 to 10 pounds in 2 weeks.Continue Reading
For rapid weight loss, lower calorie intake to between 1,050 to 1,200 calories per day. People with a high initial starting weight can start with a higher amount.
For a rapid weight loss plan, exercise at least 1 hour per day. Choose high-intensity exercises, such as running or swimming, to increase the number of calories burned during a workout.
Avoid foods high in salt and starch. Replace high-fat meats with lean meats, such a skinless turkey breasts. Avoid foods high in added sugar, increasing vegetable and fruit consumption instead.
Avoid eating between meals or pre-planned snacks. For meals, eat at a table, not on the run. Don't skip meals, as irregular eating can confuse metabolic rates.