Nearly everyone wants to find fast ways to lose weight. Diet pills don’t work, and it seems that there is a new weight loss book on the market every week. Worse, the books all recommend different things!
Figuring out which advice to follow is frustrating at best, but there are a few tricks you can use to lose weight fast.
1.) Control Your Blood Sugar
Even people who don’t have diabetes can benefit from practicing strict blood sugar control. Get a glucose monitor, and test yourself before and after every meal. By adjusting your portion sizes and carbohydrate intake, you can keep your blood sugar between 70-130 mg/dL.
Many people report losing up to twenty pounds in a single month just by keeping their blood sugar within this range, so that makes blood sugar control one of the best fast ways to lose weight without pills.
2.) Lift a Bowl of Soup
If you hate lifting weights and running, try a soup diet. Any type of soup will work, but those with high fiber content and low sodium will work best. Soups fill you up without a lot of calories, and the extra liquid in your diet will help flush toxins from your system.
Soup diets have been popular for decades because they are easy, they taste good, and they can peel off up to ten pounds in a single week. It’s a great way to lose weight without exercise.
Soup diets may be used for extended periods of time, but care should be taken to ensure that soup menus include sufficient calories. Extremely low calorie diets will cause rapid weight loss, but the side effects of very low calorie diets can sometimes be dangerous. Aim for a minimum of 1,200 calories per day, regardless of the type of diet you decide to follow.
3.) Go Vegetarian
At least try to go vegetarian part time. A well planned vegetarian diet is usually low fat, high fiber, and contains all the vitamins and minerals your body needs without a lot of calories. A week-day vegetarian diet is the best way to lose weight for those who don’t have a lot of time to cook and those who actually like vegetables.
4.) Be a Carnivore
Very low carbohydrate diets based on lean meats, nuts, seeds, and green vegetables will melt off excess weight within weeks. As far as fast diets go, low carbohydrate diets are one of the most effective ways to drop pounds. However, they may not be healthy for everyone, and many people can’t stay on a very low carbohydrate diet for long. Still, if you only need to lose ten or fifteen pounds, and you like meat, being a carnivore could be your ideal short term diet.
Low carbohydrate diets should be avoided by people with kidney disease. Also, people with severe forms of heart disease should ask their doctor if a low carbohydrate diet is safe for them. Although low carbohydrate diets are safe for most people, those with certain health conditions should avoid diets with excess protein.
5.) Practice Mindful Eating
Mindful eating means that not only do you plan every bite that goes into your mouth, you make a point to really enjoy it. Eat slowly, and serve small amounts of several different foods at each meal instead of the standard main dish and two or three sides. This way of eating allows you to experience the full flavor and aroma of your food without fatiguing your taste buds or accidentally bolting your food. Mindful eaters consume an average of twenty percent less food per day, which can add up to some serious weight loss over the course of a few weeks.
6.) Be a Little Fruity
Fruit based diets are an amazing weight loss tool. Not only will you lose weight fast, but you will get to enjoy a variety of delicious fruits that you normally probably wouldn’t buy. Fruit diets may focus on smoothies and juices, or they may be based on whole, raw fruit. Either way, dieters who build their menus around fruit report losing eight to twelve pounds a week during the first couple of weeks.
Fruit diets should not be used by those with diabetes, kidney disease, or certain digestive disorders. Those who have had gallstones should avoid fruit diets, as well, due to the potential for causing another gallbladder attack from rapid weight loss. For healthy people, however, a fruit based diet is fine for a couple of weeks.
7.) Don’t be a Vacuum Cleaner
Dieting does not mean you can’t eat the things you like but most people tend to overeat too much of it. This is especially true when it comes to eating out. Most restaurants create their dishes to attack the taste buds. They’re generally high in sodium and rich with fat. Learn to cut yourself off instead of trying to finish every last bite. One meal can typically contain 1000+ calories. For many that’s half a day’s caloric intake.
Whether you’re at home or at a restaurant, start training yourself to eat smaller portions. Make it a goal to only eat half of the meal and save the rest for later. And be sure to pass on the bread before the meal. Instead drink a couple of glasses of water to help fill you up prior to eating.
No matter what type of weight loss plan you choose, remember that to lose weight fast should be a short term goal. For the best results, lose ten or fifteen pounds on a fast diet, then aim to lose no more than two pounds a week after that. Rapid weight loss is great motivation, but the best way to lose weight is from slow, steady progress.