Those with significant weight to lose could drop as much as 30lbs of fat in this time, though of course results vary. When you combine a carbohydrate with protein and/or healthy fats , it slows digestion, which makes you feel fuller than you would eating the carb alone, Sullivan says. Next time you’re craving sugar, pair some dark chocolate with nut butter and call it a day. Still, there are effective and healthy ways to kick off your weight loss—and, yes, it will take time! —all without starving yourself, wasting money on sketchy supplements, or punishing your body with exercise.