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How do you lose 30 pounds in a month?

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Unless a person suffers from morbid obesity, dropping 30 pounds in 30 days is improbable, but not impossible. Although such a weight loss is not healthy, a combination of severe calorie restriction and increased exercise makes this goal possible.

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A dieter needs to burn 3,500 more calories than he takes in to lose 1 pound. Consider that an overweight woman normally burns about 2,000 calories a day. She needs to up that rate by 175 percent while taking in no calories to lose a pound a day. Men burn more calories than women because of increased muscle mass, so a 30-pound weight loss in month is more realistic for a male dieter.

To have any chance at such a drastic weight loss, a dieter needs to adopt a drastic plan. Two popular, fast weight-loss methods are liquid meal replacements and extreme carbohydrate restriction. Liquid meal replacements involve drinking three to four high-protein shakes a day and lots of water. Low-carbohydrate diets include small portions of lean meat and green vegetables with no grains or starch. Both these diets are difficult to maintain, but do provide an initial loss of water weight that makes reaching the 30 pound goal more realistic.

Although the 30-pound weight loss is possible, using the same diet to maintain the loss is not realistic. Remaining on a liquid or low-carbohydrate diet for an extended period does have health consequences.

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