Often times in our life, we want to look our best at short notice. Maybe there’s a wedding coming up or summer is fast approaching and you want that bikini bod ASAP.
Is there a way to lose weight fast? And is it safe?
When it comes to fast weight loss, there are two distinct camps.
There’s those that believe weight loss should be a slow and steady burn – giving time for your body to gradually get back to the shape and size you want. Others will have you believe that rapid results are not only possible, but guarantee a very specific amount of weight loss if you adhere to their intense diet and exercise routine. Both camps have their pros and cons, so what does science say about losing weight fast?
Doctors recommend a consistent loss of between 1 to 2 pounds per week as a safe and effective way to lose weight. Not only is this a healthy amount to lose, but it’s also been proven to assist in long-term weight management and preventing you from piling the pounds back on when the diet is over.
Knowing that, what are the proven ways to lose weight fast?
1. CUT OUT THE CARBS
Removing sugars, starches and other refined carbohydrates is one way to drops those pounds fast. Without the blood-sugar spike, your body will begin burning stored fat rather than the readily available complex sugars that once coursed through your veins.
You’re also less likely to binge-eat when that sugar-spike ultimately crashes – helping to keep those extra pounds off.
Also, replacing those refined carbs with high-fiber complex carbohydrates, you’ll go longer before thinking about food again after eating.
2. PRIORITIZE PROTEINS, FATS AND VEGETABLES
Each of your meals should include a source of protein, a source of fat, leafy green vegetables and a small portion of complex carbohydrates like whole grains or brown rice.
Protein sources include animal meats, fish, seafood and eggs, with vegan friendly options including beans, quinoa and tofu. A high protein diet has been proven to reduce food cravings, reduce calorie consumption and make a person feel “fuller” for longer after eating.
Healthy fats like those found in avocados and olive oil help to reduce levels of cholesterol, lower blood pressure and provides longer satisfaction after a meal.
Leafy green vegetables are high in vitamins, minerals and nutrients while barely tipping the scale in the calorie department.
3. GET ACTIVE
Following steps 1 & 2 only will result in you losing weight, but the amount and rate of weight loss can depend on how much you exercise in conjunction with changing your diet.
Even moderate weight-lighting can burn a large number of calories while at the same time, preventing your metabolism from becoming sluggish as a result of your change in diet.
If you prefer cardio workouts, there’s jogging, cycling, swimming or even just walking. Breaking a sweat and getting the heart pumping for at least thirty minutes continuously is extremely beneficial for weight loss and your general well-being.