To lose 20 pounds in a month, you must be willing to modify your diet and work out several hours a day. This number is not recommended by weight loss experts, nutritionists or medical professionals. The recommended weight loss number is no more than 2-3 pounds per week. In fact, most doctors advise against losing more than 1-2 pounds per week.
While this weight loss number may seem conservative and doesn’t provide you with the compressed amount of time you want to lose weight, it is safe and effective. Statistics show that losing more than five pounds in a week can result in a high likelihood of gaining the weight back.
If you want to lose 20 pounds in a week, this means that you have to lose over a half a pound every day – that’s nearly five pounds a week. While this can be done through extreme dieting and many hours a day in the gym, it is not feasible for people who must continue living their day-to-day life. We have all seen the Biggest Loser contestants dropping large amounts of weight in just one week, but you have to keep in mind that their weight loss efforts are isolated on a ranch in the middle of nowhere. Also, there are two trainers, a nutritionist and doctor at their disposal to help them along the way.