The topic of weight loss is loaded with misconceptions and myths.
We’re going to explore those here.
We’ll try and shed some light on the subject of weight loss and at the end of this exploration, I hope you’ll leave with some better information about how to lose weight sensibly and efficiently…..even faster.
When you put the term “fastest” in front of “weight loss,” you change the topic a bit. I have done articles on weight loss and one of the best is here. But when you talk about discovering the fastest way to lose weight then that changes how we approach the elements of a weight loss program.
We’ve explored this topic before, and it’s complicated, so we’re writing about it again.
The first topic to consider is what elements do we have to deal with when trying to lose weight fast. The first topic that comes to mind is exercise.
IS EXERCISE THE ANSWER?
Let’s start our journey as to the best diet to lose weight by debunking the idea that you can exercise your way to weight loss. Watch this very informative video.
Okay, now we’ve seen that exercise is not the magic bullet that’s going to give us fast weight loss. So what is?
Now, we’re left with diet and miscellaneous elements.
IS IT WHAT I EAT!
1.) Don’t Weigh Yourself – This is one that is counterintuitive, but you can’t depend on a scale to tell you if you’re successful or not at losing weight. The best measurement of how you’re doing is your MIRROR. You want to know how you LOOK, not how much you weigh.
When you start this journey, shed your clothes and take a photo of yourself. This is your starting point. Every 2 to 3 weeks, you’re going to do the same thing. This is what matters – how you look. Your scale is useless. Throw it away. It doesn’t tell you how your jeans fit or what your waist size is.
If you’re losing weight and working out at the same time, you may lose fat and gain muscle. Your scale only knows how much you weigh, not how you look in the mirror.
2. Work out – I know we just said that it’s not the nirvana for fast weight loss, but it is definitely a piece of the pie that will help you gain muscle and thus rev up your metabolism. Muscle burns calories all day and all night long.
The more lean muscle you have, the more calories you burn at rest. You just can’t rely completely on working out to lose weight, but it sure is part of the solution.
3. Hire a Personal Trainer – This is a shameless commercial plug for my fellow trainers and myself, but hiring a personal trainer may be just what you need if you’re serious about losing weight.
They can help devise a fitness program to reach your goals while helping you with dietary concerns. They’re not dieticians but can give you pointers and direction.
A certified personal trainer can be a great way to kick-start your healthy lifestyle or help get you over a weight loss plateau. Scheduling one with a few friends can even keep costs reasonable. Besides, it’s fun to have friends who can motivate you and make working out fun.
4.) Take it Easy At First – One of the biggest mistakes that a lot of people make is to start off as though losing weight was a 100 yd dash. It’s not. It’s a marathon.
The best advice I ever got, when trying to lose 20 lbs 20 years ago, was to make one healthy habit change/ commitment every week.
They’ll add up and after 26 weeks (half a year) you’ll be incredibly healthy, and you won’t have noticed that you’ve made lots of changes to get you in shape.
Drastic changes don’t stick!
5.) Make Changes Every Other Week – You can’t do the same workout week after week, month after month, year after year.
In the same vein, you can’t eat the same boiled chicken and broccoli every night.
You’ve got to have some variety in your workouts and your meals. For an article that might give you some ideas for different exercises to try, go to this page, and for some ideas to change your diet, go to this page.
6.) Trust Your Body – This is something a lot of people don’t do.
They don’t “listen” to their bodies. If your body is telling you it’s too tired to work out. DON’T!!
Mix it up. Instead of going to the gym, go for a swim, play tennis, play a round of golf or go for a long walk with your spouse. Try something different.
A mix of activities will keep you interested and keep you motivated. Doing different workouts and exercises is not only more fun but keeps your body growing. Your body easily adjusts to almost anything you can throw at it, so you MUST keep changing your workouts to continue to keep going forward.
If your body is telling you it needs an Italian meal with garlic bread, don’t deny yourself once a week. A cheat meal is a necessary part of sticking to a diet and having a healthy lifestyle. Mentally, you need it. Just don’t make every meal a cheat meal. 🙂
7.) Do What You LIke/Eat What You Like – This is related to #6 above. Don’t do exercises that you don’t like. You won’t do them for very long and thus sabotage your program.
This is a life time commitment, so you MUST find the exercises and workouts that you like and you MUST eat foods that you like and will continue to eat.
For a long time, I would use the stand-up back row machine. I hated it and finally discovered that there was a myriad of exercises just as good and ones that I liked to do.
STOP doing exercises you hate.
For years, I would force myself to eat broccoli. I really don’t like it and so I’ve found many other dark green fibrous vegetables that are just as good for me……Brussels Sprouts, Kale, Spinach, etc. Don’t eat what you hate because you think it’s healthy.
Don’t eat what you hate because you think it’s healthy.
8.) Stop Eating Sugar and Carbs– These are the foods that stimulate secretion of insulin the most. If you didn’t know already, insulin is the main fat storage hormone in the body. It’s not just the calories. It’s what it does to your body.
Another benefit of lowering insulin is that your kidneys shed excess sodium and water out of your body, which reduces bloat and unnecessary water weight.
It is not uncommon to lose up to 10 pounds in the first week of eating this way, both body fat and water weight.
9.) Eat Lots Of Protein – The importance of eating a lot of protein is good for you, especially if you work out or exercise regularly.
High protein diets can also reduce obsessive cravings for certain foods, reduce your late-night snacking, and make you feel full so that you automatically eat fewer calories per day… just by adding protein to your diet.
It’s a must element in your weight loss program. I know I eat much fewer calories because of the amount of protein that I eat.
When it comes to losing weight, protein is the king of nutrients.
And if you drink a big glass of water before every meal, it’ll help curb your appetite, you’ll eat less, and this will help with your weight loss goals.
11.) Don’t Eat Anything Processed – If it comes in a can or a package, it’s probably not something that is good for you. Processed food has high levels of sugar and preservatives, neither of which you should be ingesting into your body.
So there you have it, …an overview of what it takes to lose weight “fast,” which we’ve kinda debunked. It’s not possible in the amount of time that you’d like to think….like weeks.
Now, you can make definite strides in losing weight in a month or two, but it’s not an overnight feat. You’ve gotta be motivated and strict to lose weight fast.
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