25.Sep.2012 Quick Ways to Lose Weight


Good news for you! There are quick ways to lose weight that are simple and effective. Here are the 7 that work for me and many others.



1. Drink that water!

 

You’ve heard it before and I’m telling you again. Drink 8-10 glasses of water a day. It doesn’t mean you have to drink it straight. The water in your tea and healthy smoothies count too. Your body should stay hydrated. Your body needs it to flush out waste, metabolize effectively, and digest effectively. A good trick to feel full is to drink a glass of water before your meals! Read more about water for weight loss.

2. Eat 5-6 times a day.

The most important meal of the day is, yes, you’ve heard it before, BREAKFAST. Eating something in the morning gets your metabolism burning and breaks the 8 hour fast you experienced during sleep. Your body needs food for proper metabolism, and the earlier you get it burning, the better for your waist line. Breakfast is also essential for brain function, energy and calorie control for the rest of the day.

It’s important to eat small portions 5-6 times a day because it keeps your metabolism and blood sugar levels stable. If your blood sugar falls too low, you may be tempted to eat junk or overeat. Never let yourself get too hungry.

3. Strength train…

Strength training is essential to weight loss. Muscle burns more calories than fat, so the more muscle you have, the faster you will lose weight. The quickest way to lose weight is to gain muscle. Sounds like an oxymoron, but it’s not. Have you ever wondered why men seem to lose weight quicker than women? It’s because men typically have more muscle mass, therefore they have a higher metabolism.

4. Use smaller plates…

A quick way to lose weight is to exercise portion control. Don’t super-size your fast food, and don’t eat off full size plates full of food. A good trick for portion control when you eat out is to ask your waiter to put half of your meal in a doggy bag before they bring it to you. That way you wont be tempted to eat the whole plate, which is usually large enough for two people.

5. Do more reading …

Read those labels! Something advertised as fat free, often has diet busting ingredients that are hidden between the lines. For example, some fat free foods are still high in calories. And often fat free foods have chemicals and partially hydronated oils to add flavor and substance. Not good. Your best bet is to eat natural and fresh, not boxed, packaged, and highly processed. Give a raw food diet a try for a while. You don’t need to commit 100 percent to raw food, but any percent is better than none.

6. Write it down …

It helps to keep a journal of what you eat. This way, what you ate andhow many calories you consumed is never a mystery at the end of the week. If you don’t feel like you have time for this, think about how much time you spend on Facebook at work and think again. Replace not working and playing on the computer with recording the food you’ve had thus far and the food you plan on having for that day. If your boss hasn’t caught you on Facebook, you’re likely not going to be caught recording food on a spreadsheet that looks like work. Not that I’m encouraging you not to work, of course.

7. Give yourself a break …

Be easy on yourself at least one day a week. Give yourself a little leeway and reward. This habit will help you stick to your diet, knowing that you have that one day to be a little bit naughty. Notice I said “a little bit”. Don’t go overboard and cancel out all the work you’ve put in all week.

You will definitely see results with these quick ways to lose weight. Stay motivated and you’ll see results faster than ever!

 


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