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When You're Desperate to Lose Weight Quickly, You'll Try (Nearly) Anything

Cabbage soup, juice fasts, diet pills, and even colon cleansing have all been heralded as the next big breakthrough for quick weight loss. Most everyone who needs to lose - whether just a few pounds or many - has tried similar diets. Maybe you have, as well.

Like most quick fixes in life, though, these fast weight-loss plans offer a temporary solution at best. Once you stop replacing every meal with carrot juice, you'll just as quickly gain all the weight back - and more. So why do we turn to these fad diets again and again?

The Promise We Want to Believe

The Real Truth About the Fastest Way to Lose Weight

Holidays, weddings, and class reunions all have one thing in common - the thought of them sends us searching desperately for the fastest way to lose weight. We deprive our bodies of essential nutrients, restrict our calorie intake to the point of starvation, and suffer through "meals" that taste more like the cardboard they're packaged in than actual food. And why? So we can get fit and trim before the big event.

The Truth About Counting Calories to Lose Weight

Ask nearly anyone the secret to long-lasting weight loss and you'll likely hear some variation on calories in versus calories out. Seems pretty obvious then, that in order to lose weight successfully, you have to start by knowing how many calories to consume.

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