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Do you want to lose weight fast? Then, you are not alone. Most people will tell you that you can lose weight fast by just watching your diet and exercising regularly. However, if it was really just this simple then we would all be already really lean and fit, wouldn’t we?
There are so many tips and techniques out there which are advertised for how to lose weight fast and this makes it really difficult to figure out which ones really work or not, especially when most of them are just money-making scams.
In this article, I will share genuine eating and drinking habits that have been tried and tested to speed up your weight loss and help you maintain a lean physique.
Make Water Your Best Friend
Most of us underestimate the number of calories there are in the drinks we consume on a daily basis such as latte coffees or cans of soft drink. These drinks are full of calories and you can put on weight very quickly if you have them every day. For example just a small can of soft drink can pack up to 150 calories.
The other misconception is the fact that fruit juices are good for you. However, the naturally occurring sugars in fruit juices can cause fast weight gain because most of us do not do enough exercise to burn the sugars off. In order to lose weight, you need to replace all your high calorie drinks with water which contains no calories.
Water also has the added benefit of removing toxins and promoting good colon health which in turn prevents health problems such as hemorrhoids.
Have Healthy Snacks
Snacking in between meals in itself is not the cause of weight gain but it is unhealthy snacks that causes weight gain. Healthy snacking can actually promote weight loss because it keeps your metabolism reasonably high throughout the day as well as your blood sugar level reasonably high.
This means that you will have less cravings in between meals. Get rid of all unhealthy snacks and replace them with healthier alternatives such as dried fruits and nuts, yogurt, low fat cheese and vegetables for example.
Stop Eating Just Salads
We see this especially in offices where women tend to have just salads for lunch. While it is good to have salad, you should not have just greens. Your salad should include some protein and fat. Examples of good proteins to include in your salad are chicken, fish, and eggs. Examples of good fats are guacamole and avocados.
If you just have greens in your salad what will happen is that you will get hungry by 2 o’clock in the afternoon and you will start looking for chocolates, crisps and cookies to satisfy your cravings. By adding proteins and fats to your salad you will feel fuller for longer which will stop cravings for unhealthy snacks.
Don’t Ban Carbohydrates
The general consensus these days is that carbohydrates contributes more to weight gain than fats. This has led lots of people to completely avoid carbohydrates. This is not advisable because it can be harmful to your health.
Carbohydrates are the body’s main source of energy and it is also the most important food for the brain to function properly. What you need to avoid is high glycemic carbohydrates such as potatoes, white pasta, white rice and other highly processed foods most of the time and only consume those after a session of strenuous workout. The rest of the time, consume low glycemic carbohydrates such as brown rice, oatmeal and wholemeal bread. Carbohydrates are an essential part of a balanced diet.
Watch Your Alcohol Consumption
Alcohol can be hard to avoid for most people. However, if you are looking for fast weight loss you have to control the amount of alcohol you consume on a daily basis. The reason for this is because alcohol contains a high number of calories and therefore, if not burned, will result in fast weight gain.
Not only does alcohol have high calorie content, it has no nutritional value at all and it also stimulates the appetite which is why most people feel hungry after a night out and this is not ideal if you trying to watch the calories.
To give you an idea of how much damage this can cause to your eating plan, a glass of wine or a pint of beer can pile up to 200 calories. The worst of all are sugary cocktails because just a couple of those can set you back at least 1000 calories or more.
Buy Whey Protein
As mentioned previously, in order to avoid cravings you need to have healthy snacks in between your meals. These can be difficult to prepare in advance because we are all busy and therefore investing in a good quality whey protein or meal replacement supplement is worth the money because it provides a quick and easy snack as all you need to do is add water or milk to a serving of the protein powder.
Monitor Your Calorie Intake
It is easy to underestimate the number of calories you are consuming on a daily basis. You might think you are eating a small meal to cut down the calories but then you are having a few lattes and soft drinks throughout the day and you forget to take the drinks into account.
You might be surprised how many calories you are consuming once you start making notes of everything you eat and drink and the number of calories they contain. This calorie-counting exercise is not only to keep record on a daily basis of everything you are eating and drinking but it will act as a eye-opener.
Even if you do it for just the one day, this will help you to realize how many calories you actually are consuming compared to what you think you are consuming.
Dieting Is Not Enough
Hopefully, after reading this article, you have a good idea of what changes you need to make to your diet in order to speed up your weight loss. However, diet changes alone are not enough for healthy weight loss and needs to be complemented with the right exercise routines and lifestyle changes in order to be sustainable.
Check out our related article at the link below for the right exercise routines and lifestyle changes to complement fast weight loss.