It is almost impossible to lose two pounds in one day, because a person would have to burn 7,000 calories more than they eat in that day to lose two pounds. A pound of fat equals 3,500 calories, according to the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In order to lose weight, a person must burn more calories than they consume.
Instead of trying to lose weight at a rate of two pounds in a single day, a person should endeavor to lose one to two pounds per week, which is the weight loss rate suggested by the CDC. In order to lose weight at that rate, a person must consume 500 to 1,000 calories fewer than they burn each day. That means taking part in an exercise program and making healthy meal and snack choices.
When a person is trying to decide on which diet is a healthy option, the caloric intake must be considered. Any diet that requires the dieter to eat less than 1,500 calories per day should be reviewed by a doctor to ensure it will give the dieter all necessary nutrients, according to USA.gov.
Once a person reaches a goal weight or healthy weight, they must work to avoid gaining the weight back. This means continuing to eat a healthy diet and exercising.