Want to lose weight fast? Here are some tips to help you succeed.
First, be aware that the more weight you need to lose, the easier and faster it will come off. This is very encouraging for those who have a lot of weight to lose. Don’t be discouraged if you are not in this category. You are already closer to your goal, so weight loss will be somewhat slower.
Second, before you begin, honestly keep track of what you eat every day for a few days. Write down the what and the how much. Refer to a calorie counter to figure out how many calories you are consuming on average per day. Then try to cut out up to half of these calories. Do this for a week at a time, then go back to a more regular diet for a few days. This will help to keep your metabolism working hard and help to avoid a dieting plateau.
Third, drink lots of water to flush your system and to keep a full feeling in your stomach. Even after you have stopped dieting, drinking lots of water each day is a healthy habit to develop.
Fourth, when you eat, include some protein, such as a chunk of cheese, some broiled chicken or fish, or an egg. Protein stays with you longer, so you won’t get hungry as often or as soon as you will without the protein.
Fifth, aim to eat smaller quantities more often. You won’t have the tendency to overeat when you know that you don’t have to wait too long before your next meal. That’s right, snacking and eating between meals is a good thing!
Sixth, eat a balanced diet. Include protein, vegetables, fruit, and yes even some bread or cereal. Variety is important to keep you motivated and to keep your metabolism fired up.
Seventh, don’t starve yourself. Cutting back too much on calorie intake only results in sabotaging your own efforts. Too few calories and your metabolism slows right down and will therefore burn far fewer calories. Net result is not the weight gain you feel entitled to because of how little you are eating.
Eighth, avoid empty calorie foods and beverages. You know the ones I’m talking about – chips, pop, candy, french fries, alcoholic beverages, milk shakes -all the stuff commonly referred to as “junk food”.
Ninth, try to avoid going out to eat. It is much easier to control portion sizes and calories at home.
Tenth, weigh yourself every morning before you eat breakfast. Keep track of your progress. Do not expect a loss every day, but over the course of several days, you should see a drop in your weight. If not, take a closer look at what you’re eating and drinking and cut back on the amount you are consuming.
Lastly, do not skip breakfast. Eating breakfast fires up your metabolism and in order to lose weight, you want your metabolism to be fired up.
There you have it. Follow these tips and you will succeed in your quest to lose weight fast.