How to lose weight – but fast! This must be one of the most frequently asked questions of people wanting to lose weight.
It’s human nature to want results now rather than in a few weeks or months, but is this possible when it comes to losing weight? More important – is it possible in your own particular case?
While unfortunately there is no magic pill you can pop into your mouth and lose p-o-u-n-d-s instantly (in spite of the claims of various such pills), there are one or two things you can do to lose weight really fast. But there is a price to pay, and I’m not talking about money.
The question is – are you prepared to pay that price? Let’s see what it is and apply it to your situation.
It may be easier for a 20 stone person to lose a stone in weight than for a 13 stone person, but that doesn’t mean it feels easy for the 20 stone person. Besides, who would want to leave it at 19 stone? But whatever category you are closest to, you can actually lose weight fast as long as you are prepared to change your eating and exercise habits radically right now.
You need determination and persistence for this to work, and an ability to ignore any disparaging remarks from well-meaning but unhelpful friends.
The secret is this – it’s all about calories in and calories out. Your job is to decrease (but not too drastically) the calories coming in and increase those going out. Time and space mean this article can only cover the calories coming in.
Review your daily food intake. Write down all the food and drink you normally consume from the time you get up in the morning to the time you go to bed. If you can include the number of calories of each meal and snack then even better, but don’t worry if you don’t know how many calories each food has.
Take each food that has excessive fat or sugar and stop eating or drinking it. This sounds drastic, but if you want quick results I’m afraid you’re going to have to pay for them. Anyone who tells you otherwise is misleading you. These foods include take away meals, alcohol, coffee, soft drinks (even the sugar-free soft drinks contain ingredients that make you crave sugar and fatty foods), fried food, ice cream and soda (yes, it’s all the delicious food, I’m afraid, but I told you there was a price to pay, and this is it).
Dairy foods are generally acceptable, but cut down by half on things like butter and cheese, and if you can drink soy milk rather than dairy milk. Substitute all these foods with foods that are largely fat and sugar free. Keep to lean meats, fish and chicken, and instead of frying try roasting, poaching, grilling or baking. If you eat out ask for smaller portions, or a child’s portion of everything.
Instead of crisps and cola, eat oats with green tea. Instead of a fry-up or take away food, eat a nut roast or fish, with plenty of green vegetables like spinach, runner beans and sprouting broccoli.
Each morning drink a glass of water with half a teaspoon of cider vinegar in it. This will help your body burn away unwanted fats. Later have a spoonful of honey (yes, it really will help all this “medicine” go down:). If you can, have five or six small meals each day instead of three large ones.
This will cut down your calorie intake and yet still provide your body with the nourishment it needs, and which it probably wasn’t getting before. As for the calorie output, this requires an exercise routine such as walking or running, depending on your own particular circumstances.