You’re here looking for tips on how to lose weight fast, right? Well, we can tell you now that is not what you are going to get here. Why?
Because losing weight fast is not beneficial. Consuming an unsubstantial amount of calories for a prolonged period of time can lead to health risks including malnutrition, dehydration, fatigue, headaches, dizziness, irregular menstruation, loss of muscle and more!
Furthermore, after a long period of time you may find you start gaining weight rather than losing weight. When you aren’t eating enough you can send your body into starvation mode which will slow down your metabolism.
So yes, it may be exciting at first but as soon as you start eating ‘properly’ again you will gain weight back twice as fast as you lost it.
Losing weight healthily will take longer but it will make it easier to keep the weight you have lost, off. Even if you are off on holiday in 4 weeks time, you do not need to deprive yourself of food. 4 weeks is plenty of time to shed a few pounds healthily, NOT fast.
Here are a few tips from TeamGetFiit, to help you kick start your weight loss right now!
Whatever your start date, whether that be a Monday or a Thursday, create yourself a weeks meal plan. Include breakfast, lunch, dinner and a healthy snack. Having a plan in place will ensure you don’t go hungry, and should stop you from hitting the treat cupboard (if you eat enough it should!).
Know your calories.
If you are adding an exercise regime in alongside healthy eating, you need to make sure you plan your meals around this too; including the right amount of carbs, proteins and fats.
A lot of people tend to think they need to cut out carbs to lose weight, this isn’t the case. Our body needs carbohydrates just to get through the day. Add an hours workout on top of your normal daily routine and your body actually needs MORE carbs.
Not eating enough of the right things (macronutrients) will eventually drive your body into exhaustion.
Note that when we say carbs we don’t mean allow yourself a cheeky doughnut pre workout 😉 we mean healthy carbs for example: wholewheat pasta, oatmeal, quinoa, sweet potato.
Eat right post workout.
Post workout your metabolism is sky high which makes it an essential time to get your food right.
You must remember that just because you have pushed yourself hard doesn’t mean you can go away and eat all those calories just because you’ve burned them off. This will not promote weight loss.
When losing weight you will need to create a calorie deficit, for example, if you eat 1500 calories and burn 2000 calories, you have created a 500 calorie deficit.
A calorie deficit forces the body to use non-food sources of energy within the body to help out, which results in weight loss.
Note: we recommend eating a minimum of 1,200 calories a day, any less could be dangerous on your health.
Post workout we suggest reaching for a bowl of protein oats or chicken, veg and rice! There are lots more, but these are our ‘go to’ post workout meals.
Water is great for weight loss. Why?
Many of us mistake dehydration for hunger and reach for a snack to sort us out, but more often than not the ‘hunger’ feeling is actually our bodies telling us we are thirsty! Next time you start to feel hungry, grab a pint of cold water and see how you feel after that…
Drinking water can also boost your body’s ability to burn fat.
Diet fizzy drinks don’t help.
Diet fizzy drinks are full of artificial sweeteners. It may look ‘good’ and say ‘diet’ on the label but it is all a lie..
Drinking diet fizzy drinks could actually lead to weight gain rather than weight loss.. Not what we want, right?
Calories are OK, but is it nutritious?
Yes that cookie may only have 100 calories in it, but what does it actually contain? We’ll tell you…
It is FULL of bad fats and sugars, neither of which are going to contribute to your health in the slightest. It is good to watch your calories when trying to lose weight, but as mentioned above, you need to make sure you include the right amount of macronutrients.
Keeping a food diary is a great way to keep an eye on what you are eating, and to see what could potentially be affecting your weight loss. With this information you will be able to cut out all the necessary ‘rubbish’ and start losing weight.
Take your time.
Don’t guzzle down your meal, treasure it, take more chews, have smaller mouthfuls. Just make your food last a little longer. Chewing more, and taking longer to eat will help you feel more full and should stop you going up for seconds!
Beat the craving.
A craving lasts around 10 minutes, have one? Go away and do something to distract yourself, soon the craving will go away. If the craving doesn’t go away find an alternative, craving chocolate? Then swap with some healthy nuts, seeds or vegetables.
Do. Not. Skip. Breakfast. It isn’t a lie when people say this is one of the most important meals of the day, it is your first meal, the one that is going to get you through the morning. Don’t put your body through food deprivation, Even if you don’t have time, grab a banana!
Not getting enough sleep is a big reason for weight gain, and no weight loss. Head to bed a little earlier and see your weight loss happen a little quicker.
Have a great weight loss tip not mentioned above? Share in the comments below!
Please note: everybody is different and what works for one person may not work for the other. It is all a bit of trial and error to find what works best for you.