How can I lose five pounds fast?


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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.

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  1. Decrease calories eaten

    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.

  2. Increase exercise levels

    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.

  3. Choose healthy foods

    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.

  4. Eat at regular times

    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.

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