Is it safe to lose that much weight so fast?

By Faith Brar
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Iggy Azalea just may have started a new weight-loss fad after saying she lost 15 pounds in a week from twerking. In an interview with New Zealand's radio station Nova 96.9, the 26-year-old rapper said that she had to put a lot of hard work and effort into rehearsals before filming her new music video, "Mo Bounce."

"It's a lot-I went on a meal plan before the video because I knew I would have to be dancing fairly skimpily dressed," she explained. "I did a lot of rehearsals actually, and man I lost 15 pounds in a week dancing to that song!"

Dance cardio is no joke, but is it really possible to lose 15 pounds in one week with some meal planning and cardio? And if so, is it safe to lose that much weight so fast?

First off, while it is possible, it's not as if all 15 pounds were excess body fat alone, says certified strength and conditioning specialist Scott Mitsiell. The singer most likely lost the weight from a combination of fat, water, and muscle, he says. (Here are three other reasons your weight fluctuates that have nothing to do with body fat.)

As for the safety factor? Of course, the safest amount to lose in a week depends on your starting weight and weight-loss methods, and we don't know exactly what diet Azalea was following or her previous weight. Regardless, 15 pounds in a week is a lot; the CDC suggests losing only one to two for long-term results. So if you're trying to lose weight yourself, we suggest finding an approachable twerking routine you can stick with for the long haul.

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