The Best Ways to Lose Weight Fast and Keep it Off
Everyone has the best intentions when they first start off on their diet, and inevitably end up ruining it by eating donuts someone brought to the office for breakfast or having some drinks during happy hour after work.
At this point you’re probably thinking something along the lines of “oh well, that was a good try” and you end up giving up on your diet altogether.
Instead of subscribing to this all or nothing mentality, try to remember that your diet is something you are going to have to work on for an extended period of time, and will always be a work in progress.
The point is, just because you screw up once or twice and cheat on your diet, that is no reason to give up on it.
Switch It up When You Go out for a Bite to Eat
Most of us have not only a favorite spot when we go out to eat, but a favorite dish as well. Try to switch it up and go for the salad or grilled chicken sandwich next time instead of the steak or spare ribs.
If you can, try to reduce the amount of times you eat out at a restaurant whenever possible. This is one of the easiest areas to change when it comes to eating healthier and losing weight.
When you go out to eat at a restaurant you are at their mercy, you don’t know what they are using in their dishes as far as how much fat, sugar and salt they are using. Believe it or not but just one meal alone from a restaurant can completely ruin your diet for the day because its loaded with fat, salt, sugar and calories that you aren’t completely aware of.
Don’t Buy Snacks the Next Time You Go Shopping
One of the easiest ways to control your weight is by simply not buying junk food to begin with, out of sight out of mind.
Believe it or not, but you will lose weight simply by not surrounding yourself with these junk foods. Usually our cravings for these foods aren’t so great that we need to go out to the store to grab them, its more so that they are readily available and that’s why we eat them.
Stay away from the middle isles in the grocery store which has all that junk food. Eliminating that bag of chips or bottle of soda adds up tremendously over time.
If You’re Not Eating Breakfast, Start Doing So
It may sound counterintuitive to eat breakfast in the morning to lose weight if you currently aren’t because basic arithmetic tells you that you are eating more calories.
While that is true, the concept behind doing so is to stifle that hunger you are feeling so that you end up eating less calories in the long run.
The key to getting rid of hunger is eating the proper foods, if your body is craving protein and you are eating cereal for example, your hunger isn’t going to subside.
For breakfast you are going to want to eat a low calorie meal, about 300-400 calories consisting of fats and protein. Nut butters like peanut butter is perfect for breakfast, and you can pair it with a piece of toast for the additional benefit of fiber and nutrients as well.
Get In Exercises When You Can to Lose Weight
When it comes to losing weight as mentioned earlier too many of us are in an “all-or-nothing” frame of mind. Many people just don’t exercise because they say they don’t have the time to do so because of their busy schedule.
If you are one of these people with an extremely busy schedule that can’t fit an hour plus workout in to their day, exercise during the downtime when possible.
Taking a business call outside on a walk or writing up some documents while at a standing desk can really benefit you when it comes to weight loss. Do some pushups during the next commercial break if you’re watching tv.
The idea here is to move around and exercise whenever you have free time, enough so that you keep your metabolism boosted. Keeping your metabolism up will help you burn through more calories and keep those pounds off.