Complete cessation of eating.
Forget it. That is a very dangerous rate of weight loss.
Doctors and dieticians recommend losing weight gradually,
allowing a whole month for… every 4 to 8 pounds you want to lose. Do
not starve yourself, or skip meals, or try throwing up.
The main thing is avoiding junk foods and sweetened drinks such
as soda. Try to avoid refined flour and pasta, processed foods,
fried foods, and fatty cuts of meat. Cut down on added sugar and
added salt. Many processed foods are loaded with sugar and/or
Eat 3 not-large-portioned meals per day; do not skip breakfast;
and avoid sugary snacks. If you need a snack, try (for example) an
apple or a handful of unsalted nuts.
Weigh yourself at the same time each day, 2-3 times per week.
If you see your weight diminishing at a safe, reasonable rate (1-2
pounds/week), keep it up.
Once you've reached your goal, increase your calorie intake
somewhat, so that you can maintain your desired weight.
An example of a healthy starting point could be a menu of
whole-grain foods and bread, a good amount of vegetables,
legumes, some fruits and nuts, fish,
lean meats in not-large amounts, and some dairy. This may need
adjusting according to one's lifestyle, age, health, weight and
other factors at the outset; and also later, as one sees what works
for him/her in particular.
In addition to the diet described above, try to get plenty of
moderate aerobic exercise. You can do sit-ups, pushups,
dumbbell-lifting, jumping-jacks, and many other basic exercises at
home. Walk as much as possible. Bicycling and swimming are good
too. Even for people who are not trying to lose weight, being
active helps your digestion, your circulation, and other body
processes, and will help improve your mood.