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Disclaimer: before beginning any rapid weight loss regiment, you should consult your doctor. We always advocate healthy weight loss, and the best advice is to eat healthy and exercise more.
While there are many things you can do to shed off extra pounds, losing weight too quickly can be dangerous. Fad diets, diet pill, and fasting can make you lose weight. But bear in mind, that all of this can cause complications.
However, if you are really determined to lose weight fast, here are some techniques and tips you can adopt to help you reach your short-term goals.
We have put together a list of 28 ways to lose weight fast. If you begin the practices below, you can definitely lose 10 pounds in a month and often faster if you are very diligent in eating right and working out.
- Drink plenty of water. Water flushes out toxins. Not only that, it keeps you from overeating. Make it a habit to start your day with a glass of water. By doing that, you will only need a lesser quantity of your breakfast drink (coffee or tea) after that. Plus take a few gulps of water while you are having your meal.It will help food to settle faster, making you feeling full, without actually over stuffing yourself. Also, include watermelons and tomatoes in your diet, especially since these fruits contain around 90-95% water.
They'll fill you up just the same.
- Stay away from bottled drinks, especially sodas. Remember, bottled drinks (especially sodas) have been sweetened with sugar. And you know what sugar means. Yes, calories. So stir away from these drinks. But if you must drink soda, choose diet sodas, at least.
- Increase your fiber intake. To do that, eat fresh fruits instead of processed fruits or drinking fruit juice, especially since fresh fruits contain natural sugars, not to mention that fruits are also excellent sources of fiber and vitamins. If you must drink fruit juice, then go for fresh fruit juices. Likewise, eat fresh or boiled vegetables rather than cooked or canned ones. Cooking vegetables is taking away more than half the vitamins in them. Make sure to also buy vegetables that are pesticide-free.
- Go for vegetables. A vegetable salad is a dieter's best friend. Try and adopt a vegetarian diet.
- Watch what you eat. Don't just eat something just because you feel like it. Try to ask yourself if your body needs it. That way, you can keep track of everything that you take in.
- Have a meal schedule and stick to it. Eat at fixed times during the day, stretching these times to no more than half an hour. That way, your body will adapt to an eating pattern, which will ultimately prevent that famished feeling you get which, in turn, will make you eat more than what is really necessary.
- Eat only when you're hungry. We all have this tendency to eat whenever we see food. We even sometimes use parties as an excuse to stuff ourselves. But remember, a week's worth of diet can all go to waste with just one day's party foods. We're not telling you to turn down every party invite or anything like that. When you're offered a food, go on, take it. But remember to take a just a few bites. Watch your diet!
- Quit snacking in between meals. Most snacks contain so much fat and calories. Contrary to popular belief, snacks are actually less filling. But if you must eat, snack on healthy foods, like vegetables, instead. Much on carrots. Not only will carrots satisfy your hunger, it's good for your eyes and teeth too. Parsley is also an excellent thing to much on in between meals.
- Go easy on tea and coffee. Tea and coffee are healthy, yes. In fact, they contain antioxidants which help fight cancer. But it is when you start adding cream and sugar, that it starts to become unhealthy. Coffee, in excess, tends to desensitize your body to the fat burning effects of caffeine. (TRIVIA: Did you know that having a cup of coffee with cream and, at least, 2 cubes of sugar is the same as having a big piece of rich chocolate cake?) If you must have coffee, go black. But between the two, having tea's more advisable, since coffee contains caffeine which is not good for the body.
- Start counting calories. It is good to have an idea of the number of calories food items have. By doing so, you can also keep track of your diet.
- Exercise. There's nothing like burning off those excess calories. If you want to increase your time of exercise, do it gradually.
- Stay away from anything fried. The less fried foods you eat, the less weight you gain. Non-stick frying pans can be used so as not to add oil anymore when frying. Also, instead of frying foods, bake them without fat.
- Do not skip meals. Skipping a meal is probably the worst thing you could do when you're in a diet. It has the opposite effect of what you want, which is to lose weight.
- Nothing more than an egg a day. The recommended number of eggs to be eaten on a weekly basis is three.
- Limit your sugar intake. Learn to control that sweet tooth. Make chocolates a luxury not a routine. Go for sugar substitutes if you can't have things unsweetened.
- Choose a variety of foods from all food groups every day. Carbohydrates should make up around 50-55% of your diet; whereas, protein and fats should make up 25-30% and 15-20% of your diet, respectively. Choose white meat over red meat, high fiber multi-grain breads rather than white breads.
- If you can say no to alcoholic beverages, please do. Dry wine is better than sweet wine. It is a known fact that alcohol can do more harm than good. And yes, beer is fattening. Even if other alcoholic beverages may not be as fattening, after a few bottles or swigs, you will no longer be in any position to control your appetite.
- Have breakfast within one hour after waking up. The idea is to not wait for yourself to get really hungry and charge your body with the energy it needs as soon as possible. Although breakfast is the most important meal of the day, it does not necessarily have to be the most filling.
- Graze 5 to six times a day. Instead of having three meals a day, try grazing. Grazing is having 5-6 smaller meals per day. At least, you can still satisfy your hunger without risking your diet.
- Go ahead, eat cheat food. But only for flavor. At one point or another, we will have to give in to our cravings. That would be alright, provided we only indulge in them once in a while, with enough amount as to only tingle our taste buds. Don't hog on them.
- Go easy on salt. Salt is one of the causes of obesity. Therefore, cut your salt intake.
- Avoid crash diets. Yes, crash diets can make you lose weight BUT only temporarily. Once you take a break, you will eventually gain back every pound you have lost or worst, even more.
- Chew. God gave us teeth for a reason. Chew. It adds saliva to our food, which helps in digestion of sugar.
- Move. Don't just stand, walk. Don't sit, stand. Don't lie down, sit. Do not be a couch potato. The golden rule is to choose a position that is less comfortable. Use the stairs instead of the elevator whenever you can. If you hate running, remember you don't have to run a marathon. A mere 20 minutes of cardio workout each day will be enough. If you can't run, try walking. Even 15 minutes of brisk walking is enough to keep you fit.
- Smoking is bad for weight loss. Smoking results to erratic eating patterns and excessive dependence on things like coffee.
- Do yoga. Truth be told, yoga is one one of the best ways to lose weight. Have you ever seen anybody else with better-toned bodies than those who practice yoga?
- Join a dance class. Dancing is a wonderful way to burn off calories.
- Engage in a sport. Go for a swim. Try playing something, like basketball or table tennis. Sweat it all out.