THE ONLY WAY TO LOSE WEIGHT IS CALORIE DEFICIT or amputation.
How you achieve that deficit and what type (muscle/fat) of weight you lose lies in the details.
You can one of three routes;
1. Reducing your Calories IN.
2. Increasing your Calories OUT.
The key to success is not pushing the boundaries on either of these categories too hard.
Sure, you can hack calories via Intermittent Fasting, Cleanse Diets/Detoxes etc and lose a good bit of weight in the short term.
When you push the pendulum hard in one direction you have to be ready to absorb the blowback.
Of course, at this point, when it comes back around you're tired and weary from low calories and extra workouts.
All you have is your will power to stop the momentum.
What normally happens is that will power gets steamrolled by the reverse momentum of the pendulum which manifests itself as craving, mood swing, binge eating and lousy or no workouts.
So what's the better way?
It sounds very counter-intuitive but, I often suggest eating as many calories as you can while seeing downward progress on the scale.
In our pendulum example, this is equal to very light pushes, every day.
When you do it this way the progress is slower sure, but your will power will be more than plenty to stop the pendulum this time.
Plus, you still get to eat and live life like a normal human being.
Combine that with a sustainable, intelligently designed training program done year-round and the results will compound even faster!