15 Best Ways To Lose A Pound In A Day

Medically reviewed by Neelanjana Singh, Nutrition Therapist & Wellness Consultant
Written by Charushila Biswas
ISSA Certified Specialist in Fitness & Nutrition

What if you could lose a pound in a day? That means 10 pounds in 10 days! That’d be amazing, right? Wrong! Unfortunately, logic (the devil) has this to say about our imagination. Scroll down.

Logic: To lose a pound per day, you need to burn 3500 calories. And a healthy, lightly active woman consumes about 2000-2200 calories per day, so it is impossible to burn 3500 calories. Also, to burn 1000 calories, you need to do high-intensity interval training for over an hour. That means you’d have to starve and spend hours in the gym to drop a pound per day ­­– and this is not recommended. However, we do have a plan to get you back in shape before a special occasion.

Read on for the 15 best ways you can jump-start your weight loss, shed some pounds, and feel fabulous without harming your health. By the end of it, you will know how to navigate through the weight loss journey, overcome cravings, and give your health the importance it deserves. Swipe up!

15 Effective Ways To Lose About A Pound In A Day

There are many ways you can kick-start your weight loss. But before I start spilling the beans, you must remember that your weight loss depends on a number of factors like your age, height, weight, medical history, current medication, and lifestyle. I suggest that you start changing your lifestyle instead of looking for “ways to lose one pound in a day.”

Quick weight loss is temporary, and the chances are that you will regain the weight as quickly as you lost it. Quick weight loss only works if you are doing it for an upcoming event. So, with that in mind, let me tell you how you can slim down for that special occasion that’s just around the corner. Take a look.

1. Do The Math



No, let me do it for you. As I already mentioned, you need to burn about 3500 calories per day to shed a pound. You’d need about 2000-2200 calories to do just the normal body functions such as organ functions, breathing, walking, etc. Of course, you will feel hungry and eat (say about 1500 calories per day). So, in total, you will have to target to burn 3000 calories to lose one pound a day. Bodybuilders and athletes can burn many calories per day. But if you are not an athlete or bodybuilder, burning 3000 calories per day is not only tough but also potentially dangerous.

2. Set A Goal

It’s a cliché, but setting a goal with a deadline is the only way weight loss works. Your weight loss goal should be realistic. Aim to lose about 1-2 pounds per week so that you are on track with your weight loss. Also, remember that you will lose the water weight first, making you lose up to 3 pounds in the first week itself. You will then start to mobilize the fat and build muscle mass. Since muscles weigh more than fat, you might think that you are gaining weight instead of losing it. Don’t get disheartened – you are getting back in shape and becoming toned.

3. Create A Calorie Deficit



After you have set a goal, start by creating a calorie deficit in your body. You can do that by consuming 500-1000 calories lesser than what your body needs. If you are on a 2200-calorie diet, cut it down to 1200-1800 calories (check out the 1200 calorie diet here). This will also depend on your activity levels. If you are also working out actively and burning about 700 calories, you can consume about 1800-2000 calories.

4. Avoid Simple Carbs

Knowing what to do and actually doing it is a gap that can only be bridged by cutting simple carbs out! Yes, you heard that right. Simple carbs like refined sugar, flour, cornflour, candies, doughnuts, cake, pastry, pasta, and bread tend to get digested quickly, making you feel hungry sooner than you’d expect. Simple carbs also tend to cause a spike in the blood glucose levels. In fact, you will start to see a difference in your body weight and the way you feel just by eliminating all kinds of simple carbs from your diet.

5. Stay Hydrated



The next step you need to take is to stay hydrated. Drink 3-4 liters of water per day so that your cells and organs function properly. Increase or decrease the amount of water you drink depending on your activity levels and the kind of food you consume. If you work out actively, you will sweat more and should drink more water. If you are sedentary or get a lot of water from food sources, it is not necessary to stick to the “3 liters of water per day” rule. Staying hydrated boosts your metabolism and improves your gut functions and bowel movement, and you will not feel hungry all the time.

6. Drink Morning Detox Water

Morning detox water is a ritual that most dieters follow. It helps flush out toxins and rehydrates your system as soon as you wake up. You can prepare morning detox water by squeezing the juice of half a lime in a glass of warm water. Add a teaspoon of honey if it is too citrusy for your taste buds. You can also soak two teaspoons of fenugreek seeds in a cup of water overnight and then drink it in the morning.

7. Break The Fast



If you want to lose weight, break the fast! It is the next thing you should incorporate into your daily routine. Having breakfast will help jump-start your day, wake your cells up and put them to work, and that will help you stay productive throughout the day. Have a complete breakfast with proteins (eggs, mushroom, and tofu), healthy fats (almonds, walnuts, pistachios, or avocado), and good carbs (fruits, veggies, or whole grains).

8. Consume Healthy Fats

Healthy fats are mostly found in nuts, seeds, and oils. These are loaded with polyunsaturated fatty acids or monounsaturated fatty acids, which help reduce inflammation in the body. And when the inflammation level in the body is low, the body’s stress response system gets switched off, which prevents carbs, proteins, and fats from getting stored in the body as fat (proteins get converted to glucose through a process called gluconeogenesis).

9. Veggies And Fruits Are A Must



Veggies and fruits are the best sources of dietary fiber, vitamins, minerals, and numerous plant nutrients that help support gut function, keep you satiated for a long duration, strengthen the immune system, and improve your overall health. Consume five different veggies, four servings per day, and three different fruits, two to three servings per day. When you consume fruits and veggies in this order, you will slowly stop craving junk food and slowly steer your eating habits towards a better direction.

10. Lean Toward Lean Protein

Leaning toward lean protein sources like fish, mushroom, eggs, ground turkey, chicken breast, beans, and legumes will help you build muscle. It will also boost metabolism, build muscle strength and power, make you look toned, and improve your posture.

11. Load Up On Probiotics



Probiotics are great sources of good gut bacteria that help in digestion. The good gut bacteria also work by feeding on the dietary fiber and increasing the variety and number of good gut bacteria. When your gut starts functioning normally, your metabolism will get kick-started, which will help burn the fat in your body. Consume butter, probiotic drinks, or kimchi to get a good dose of probiotics.

12. Green Tea Or Black Coffee?

Green tea and black coffee are great for weight loss. The catechins in green tea have antioxidant properties and help flush out toxins from the body, thereby reducing the stress and inflammation levels in the body.

Coffee contains caffeine that aids weight loss. Do not drink black coffee if you are sensitive to caffeine. Drink 3-4 cups of green tea per day to boost metabolism and shed all the tummy fat. But you have to know the best way to prepare green tea for weight loss. If you do not prepare it correctly, it will end up tasting grassy and may not aid weight loss. So, click here to know about three simple green tea brewing methods.

13. Stay Active



A good and balanced diet will help you get rid of most of the water weight. But what you should target is the fat. And to do that, you’ve got to get moving. Start by doing cardio for three hours a week. It will not only speed up weight loss but also improve your lung and heart health. Choose a workout type that you find interesting and will be able to sustain.

14. Tone Up With Strength Training

When you do cardio, you will also lose muscle mass. And losing muscle will further slow down your metabolism. Also, you should look toned up, not skinny fat. To tackle this problem, you’ve got to do strength training using weights, your bodyweight, TRX bands, and resistance bands. If you are a beginner, it is best that you have a trainer who can guide you through the strength training.

15. Don’t Be Stressed



Stress is bad for your health, and it inhibits weight loss. Stop stressing out if you have an event in a week’s time and you want to show off a flat midriff. Nothing wrong with wanting to have a flat midriff, but given the time at hand, stressing about it will not help. Take deep breaths and follow all the steps mentioned above. Also, sleep well so that your body gets the time to rejuvenate and revive itself from the muscle wear and tear from the workout sessions.


Diets claiming a weight loss of a pound in a day are too good to be true. They are dangerous, may not give you any results, and make you irritable, moody, and weak. Give your health the importance that it deserves by following the 15 ways mentioned in this article. For sure, you will start to feel better, be more proactive, and start loving your new lifestyle. Keep going, and you will not have to bother about losing weight, ever. Cheers!

Reviewer’s Comments

The 15 points enumerated above are lifestyle modifications that help to lose weight in a sensible and sustainable fashion. Drastic measures to lose weight as the ‘pound a day’ variety can only be short-lived measures and very impractical propositions. Such drastic diet plans could even have negative effects on your health.

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Charushila Biswas is a Senior Content Writer and an ISSA Certified Specialist in Fitness & Nutrition. She is an alumni of VIT University, Vellore and has worked on transgenic wheat as a part of her Masters dissertation from NRCPB (IARI), New Delhi. After completing her Masters, she developed a passion for nutrition and fitness, which are closely related to human psychology. This prompted her to author a review article in 2015. She has written over 200 articles on Fitness and Nutrition. In her leisure time, Charushila loves to cook and enjoys mobile photography.