In order to lose 60 pounds, a person must burn a total of 210,000 calories. WebMD recommends creating a caloric deficit in the body by decreasing food consumption and increasing physical activity. A healthy diet consisting of vegetables, fruits and lean meats helps the body to burn calories more efficiently. WebMD advises cutting back on salt, drinking plenty of water and getting an hour a day of moderate exercise.
A healthy rate of weight loss is considered to be 3 to 5 pounds per week, or between 10,500 and 17,500 calories. Anything above this range may harm the body and hinder its ability to lose weight, says WebMD. It helps to limit intake of starchy foods, such as white pasta, white bread and potatoes, but this may only result in a decrease of fluid retention rather than actual fat. It's important to stay away from excessive sugar, processed ingredients and animal fat in meat and dairy foods. WebMD recommends adding egg whites, skinless poultry breasts, fish, shellfish, non-fat dairy foods and 95 percent lean meats, such as turkey, to the diet to speed up weight loss. Keeping a diet and exercise journal also helps to monitor progress and provide insight into possible habits that may be obstructing a person's goals.