How to Lose Weight Fast and Safe
Losing weight and the word “fast” normally don’t belong in the same sentence together. While you won’t be able to shed those 25 extra pounds (or more) overnight, you can lose weight quickly and safely if you have the right plan. If you’re not sure where to start or how to achieve the results you want, we’ll share some tips that will help you lose weight fast and safe.
Consistency is Key
First and foremost, you have to be consistent. The key to losing weight quickly is to stick with it. If you follow a routine for two weeks and stop for four, it’s going to take you a long time to reach your goal.
Try a workout program that focuses on short, intense routines. You don’t have to spend an hour or more working out to achieve results, and if you’re not used to working out regularly, short routines will help you stay on the right track.
No matter how long or short your routine is, you need to give up the excuses and just do it. If you want to lose weight now, you have to keep going day after day, week after week to see results.
Don’t Starve Yourself
Even in this day and age, people still believe that starving themselves is the key to losing weight fast. Starving yourself is the key to destroying your metabolism and putting your health at risk.
Did you know that most athletes eat well over 2,000 calories per day? You may not be an athlete, but you still need to make sure that your body is getting enough calories. Otherwise, your metabolism slows to a crawl and your body goes into survival mode. This makes it even more difficult to lose weight.
Instead, combine a healthy diet with exercise. Sure, you can lose weight without exercise, but you’ll lose weight faster and prevent muscle loss if you add in exercise.
And when you’re creating a healthy meal plan, skip the drive-thru, junk food, soda and processed meals. Focus on balanced, well-proportioned meals that are easy to prepare ahead of time. This will prevent temptation while also discouraging you from starving yourself.
Forget Fad Diets
We’ve all seen those commercials for diets that are supposed to help you lose 10 pounds in a week. These fad, or crash, diets generally don’t work and only promote unhealthy habits. Losing one to two pounds in a week is healthy. Losing 10 is not.
Forget fad diets and focus on changing your lifestyle. Your exercise routine can change once you’ve reached your goal weight, but you’ll need to maintain a healthy diet for the rest of your life if you want to keep the weight off.
Start making small changes right now, and aggressively work towards changing your entire diet. Find healthy foods that you love, and incorporate herbs and spices into your meals to add variety and interest to your food.
As an added bonus, herbs and spices often come with health and weight loss benefits. Cayenne pepper, for example, helps boost your metabolism, and cinnamon can help regulate your blood sugar levels.
Find a Workout Routine You Love
It’s so much easier to stay on the right track if you love your workout routine. Try a few different programs to find one that you really enjoy.
If time is an issue, look for programs that focus on short routines, like Focus T25. This particular program was made by the same fitness guru that created the Insanity program. But Focus T25 was designed for people who are short on time. It’s packed with great home workout routines for men and women.
The best part? Routines are just 25 minutes. Who doesn’t have 25 minutes to work out?
If you prefer home workouts, you have plenty of DVDs and written programs to choose from. If you prefer the gym, you’ll have to create a routine yourself or hire a trainer.
If you want to lose weight, you have to eat right. There’s no way around it. Does this mean that you have to give up the foods you love? No, but you need to eat smaller portions and only indulge in moderation.
If you search for nutritional advice online, you’ll find a mixed bag of information. But generally, most people achieve results by lowering their carb intake (except for workout days), and increasing their protein intake. You’ll also need to include adequate amounts of healthy fats, fruits and vegetables.
Not sure how much protein to eat? Your needs will vary depending on how hard and how often you’re working out, but this guide will help you find a good place to start.
The formula for quick weight loss is simple: eat right and exercise. But if it were that easy to change your routine, everyone would be a healthy weight. Being consistent, finding a routine you love and eating right will help you achieve your goals.