Now we all know losing weight quickly isn’t that good for you. Hands up who’s tried crash diets for weight loss and seen the weight creep back quicker than you can say “told you so”.
Healthy eating is always best but sometimes we’re all in a hurry to lose just a little bit of weight.
Follow these tips to lose weight and shed a few pounds:
Drink Plenty Of Water
It’s so easy to think you’re hungry when you’re really dehydrated. Next time you’re reaching for a snack, have a glass of water first instead. We need 6-8 glasses of liquid a day to avoid dehydration, even more in hot countries.
Swap Lunch For A Healthy Snack
While skipping meals isn’t a good idea (and can leave you reaching for junk food by tea-time), not everyone needs three full meals a day.
If you’re trying to lose weight, swap one meal for a healthy bowl of salad or on-the-go berries and nuts. Read my tips for healthy snacks at work…
Cut Down On The Carbs
The Keto diet continues to be King in the land of fast weight loss. It works if you can keep to a regime of almost zero carbs and the medical profession is wary about its benefits.
Go Cold Turkey On Sugar
Processed sugar is bad news in so many ways. It boosts our appetites and it’s highly addictive. Lose the pounds by cutting out sugar and your dentist will love you!
No this doesn’t mean reaching for the biscuit tin. Avoid lapses by keeping your favorite healthy snacks to hand. Treat yourself to a few pieces of dark chocolate or chunks of watermelon.
Watch Out For High-Calorie Drinks
When it comes to losing weight, drinking water is best. If you can’t quite pass on your morning coffee, opt for the Americano (with a dash of milk if you must). Lattes and cappuccinos add heavily to your calorie intake.
Losing weight in a hurry isn’t easy, and most of the time it’s not a good idea. There’s always a risk the pounds will pile straight back on as soon as you stop watching what you eat.
These tips will help you shed a few pounds but for long-term weight loss, slow and steady dieting is the key to success. Try making a few changes and let me know how it goes!
If you’ve found this post helpful, you may enjoy my other weight loss-related articles:
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- Is Diet More Important Than Exercise? (When You Want To Lose Weight)
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- Why Diets Don’t Work (7 Reasons To Ditch The Diets)
Trying to lose 10 lb a week is dangerous and will slow your metabolism right down. Most of the weight you’ll lose will be water. You’ll end up piling the pounds back on as soon as you stop dieting and could well end up heavier than when you started. Aim to lose weight steadily 1-2 lb a week is a better goal for permanent weight loss.
Losing weight is about burning more calories than you consume no matter where the fat is located on your body. Running and HIIT are calorie burning ways of exercising that get results. Any abdominal exercises will build muscle but you can still have strong abs and belly fat.
The only way to lose weight is to burn more calories a day than you consume. Cut your calories by eating healthier foods, go easy on the carbs and eat modest amounts of healthy fats. Increase your exercise levels. Try and exercise daily even if it’s just 20 minutes of brisk walking.