There’s more than one way to skin a cat, and there’s more than one way to lose weight fast. That said, there are some very straightforward steps you can follow that will ensure good (and quick) results.Most ways that you can lose weight fast involve you being very hungry and unsatisfied, and in some cases they can negatively affect your metabolism. The steps outlined here, however, are designed to help reduce your appetite and improve your metabolism—while still dropping pounds at light speed.We’ll give you a very simple game plan for losing weight quickly, one that you can tailor to your own needs.
Cut Carbs (Sugar and Starches)
The issue with carbohydrates isn’t the fact that they’re particularly calorie dense. It’s the fact that they stimulate your body to secrete insulin. There are a few issues with this. First, insulin triggers your body to store fat. Second, it alters your blood sugar dramatically. On the one hand, eating a sugary or starchy treat gives you a great sense of satisfaction (because of the insulin response). That’s why it’s so tempting. On the other hand, the crash afterward can make you more likely to binge—often on more sugars and starches.
Up Protein, Low Carb/High Fiber Vegetables, and Fat
Yes, fat. If you aren’t pairing carbs (sugars and starches) with fat, you’re going to find that fatty foods have a far different effect on your appetite than you realized. The same goes for protein. A couple of slices of bacon and two eggs affect your overall appetite differently than the exact same meal with toast. Why? Because you won’t get the same insulin dump you’d get when you add a starchy side. You’ll stay full, longer, on fewer calories. However, you also need the vitamins and minerals provided by plants. But you don’t need to resort to potatoes, rice, bread, or even fruits to obtain that. Instead, opt for a side salad or a few servings of steamed vegetables a day.
Weight Training is Your Friend
Certainly some readers are thinking, “but I don’t want to get ‘built,’ “I’m not interested in being a body builder.” Fair enough! But doing weight training doesn’t automatically result in anything like that. Instead, what it does is train your body to build muscle mass over fat when you have excess calories. That’s important because muscle burns more calories than fat. So a bit of weight training—say a few minutes five times a week—will help preserve your metabolism, and give you an overall better muscle to fat ratio. That doesn’t mean you’ll get “big,” it means you’ll get lean.
The exact diet you decide to follow will depend on your own personal preferences. But as long as these three basic rules are followed, the pounds (and inches) are going to fall off. So when you’re deciding on a new lifestyle plan, keep these rules of thumb in mind. Good luck on your future endeavors!