Crash diets are extremely unhealthy and should never be considered when trying to shed a few pounds. However, if you are looking to lose weight quickly, we have a few tips that are healthy and will give you the results you desire.
Whether it’s for bikini season, a holiday party, or your high school reunion, when starting a diet you usually want fast, immediate results. Dieting is hard work and you want to see that work paying off by fitting in those skinny jeans! But crash diets and get-thin-quick schemes are unhealthy with short-lasting effects. Instead of focusing on scary and unhealthy crash diets, follow these simple steps to ensure fast results that are healthy and will give you the effect you’re looking for.
How to Quickly Lose Weight
- Count Your Calories:
- Substitute High Calorie Foods for Healthier Alternatives
- Change the Way You Eat
- Plan Your Meals
- Drink More Water
It is recommended that you eat at least 2,000 calories a day. But many people often go over this due to availability of fast food, unhealthy snacking, and being unaware of the amount of calories in certain foods.
The first thing you should do is figure out how many calories you consume on a normal day. Read more on calorie counting on caloriecount.com
Most nutritionists will recommend that you go no lower than 1,200 calories a day. This will work for some people, but always consult with a doctor before radically changing your diet. You need to make sure you are getting enough energy each day to function properly.
Even if you choose to not restrict your calorie intake, by counting calories you will be more aware of your food choices and better apt to make healthier choices in your diet
This goes hand-in-hand with Tip One. If you know your high calorie weaknesses (pizza, ice cream, potato chips) and you’re willing to give them up for healthier substitutions then you’re on your way to those skinny jeans. Try frozen yogurt instead of ice cream or roasted potatoes instead of chips, there are a lot of great substitutions that will still give you the satisfying taste but with less calories.
Dieting can be drag and can cause you to feel extremely hungry throughout the day. This can lead binge eating later or choosing unhealthy snacks between meals, which will inevitably up your calorie intake.
Many nutritionists will recommend eating 4-6 small meals throughout the day.
Instead of your regular three meals a day diet, try to incorporate high protein, high-energy foods into your diet. Break down your meals into smaller portions and eat those throughout the day. Instead of snacking on unhealthy food, you’ll have a small meal ready to go and full of energy.
If you plan out what you want to each a day you have a better chance of sticking to your diet. Write the ingredients for each meal and stock up before the week starts so you are better prepared. Keep frozen soups, stews, sauces, and leftovers in your freezer for those times that you’re too tired to cook and tempted by take-out.
You knew we would say it, but it’s true. If you can dedicate at least 30 minutes of your day to exercise you have a better chance at losing weight faster. Exercising helps to increase your metabolism, which helps you to burn calories. Go on daily walks, start jogging, or join a gym. By exercising you’re working with your body to help keep the weight off and you healthier.
Water is one of the most beneficial aides in weight loss. It suppresses your appetite between and during meals, it keeps your body functioning, and hydrates you. Water is calorie free, which makes it the drink of choice for any dieter. Try drinking a glass of water 15 minutes before each meal and take sips of water between bites during meals. You feel full faster and be less likely to over eat.
Losing weight quickly can be a challenge, but by going about it a healthy way you’ll have a better chance at getting results that last you through bikini season and onwards.