Losing weight can feel like one of the hardest things you can do. Especially if you feel like you have a long way to go. But the truth of the matter is that there are ways you can lose weight pretty quickly. This is one of those times in your life where discipline and determination mixed with a strong desire can go a long way. But before diving into the fastest ways to lose weight, there’s an important question you must ask yourself: are you an emotional eater? Some people use food to comfort themselves in down or stressful times. If that sounds like you it will serve you well to identify what negative emotions or pattern of circumstances drive you to eat poorly. What is your trigger? Once you identify that you can make a conscious decision to grab something healthier when you’re feeling emotional or refrain altogether from grabbing food when you’re triggered. Until you identify your triggers you won’t be able to stick with the necessary steps to eat better because you will always be a slave to your emotions. Have a heart to heart with yourself, make the necessary adjustments and follow along with the other steps in this article.
Clean up your diet. You don’t have to try to go cold turkey from a high carb, processed food diet, but you do have to begin lessening how much and the types you put into your body. If you eat a lot of bread and pastas, counter that with a serving of raw or baked vegetables and vegetable pastas. Pastas made out of lentils will definitely serve you better than a plate full of pasta made out of dough. If sugar is your weakness, try baking at home and substituting things like chocolate chips with sugar free chocolate chips, or cutting the amount of sugar in your recipe. Making some small changes can really help you to better control how much sugary, starchy or processed foods you take in. If you really feel strong, try removing processed food and added sugars altogether to speed up the results.
A standard clean diet really requires you to pay attention to the nutritional facts on your food and to remember that you are what you eat, eat. In other words, you are what your chicken, fish and beef ate. You are what your vegetables ate as well. If your meat was fed GMO products, 9 times out of 10, those GMO products are affecting your body. If your meat received hormones to fatten it up, then you can understand why you’ve fattened up. If the processed food that you eat was made from genetically modified food products, then you have more chances of developing different health issues like diabetes and some cancers. The same issues apply when your fish has been farm raised.
Burn more than you eat. This is pretty simple. If you burn 2,000 calories a day, eating 1,500 calories daily for 7 days will get you a loss of 1 pound. A caloric daily deficit of 250 calories equals a loss of .5 pounds in a week. And a deficit of 750 calories equals a loss of 1.5 pounds. Doing this consistently can net you a 2-6 pound weight loss over 30 days, alone. Just keep in mind that weight loss like that on someone who exercises and practices clean eating will look differently from someone who just wants to lose the weight and eat poorly. The weight loss will occur, but look differently in the end. Goals change and develop so as you’re seeing the weight loss and you’re getting encouraged, challenge yourself to a new set of goals for the best possible results.
Try Intermittent Fasting. Intermittent fasting is wonderful once you get a hang of it. Many people start off with the 16:8 rule of fasting for 16 hours and eating in an 8-hour period. For example, eating between the hours of 7am and 4pm and fasting from 4pm to 7am. One way to help get through those fasting hours would be to go to bed earlier. If you’re sleep you can’t eat anyway, right? Plus, getting a good night’s rest also aids healthy weight loss.
Fasted Cardio. Doing cardio on an empty stomach causes you to target the fat in your workout instead of the food you’ve eaten, causing fat loss to be the primary result of your work. Studies suggest that fasted cardio produces the best results when done in the mornings before your first meal, but the truth is that not everyone works the typical 9-5, so again, as long as it’s been at least 6 hours since your last meal you can reap the benefits of fasted cardio. Just don’t forget to take your Cardio Cocktail pre-workout supplement 30 minutes before to achieve maximum results.
Depending on how determined you are to see good results, you can try some or all of these at the same time. If you have health issues or concerns, talking to your doctor would be the first step. And whatever you get the green light on, go! Remember, the end goal is results. Results fuel encouragement. Encouragement keeps you going. Before you know it, you’ll be living a completely different lifestyle!