Although fast weight loss is not advisable, especially if you want to keep the lost weight off long term, when you first start on the road to a new slimmer you it is tempting to try to lose the weight as quickly as possible.
Seeing these good weight losses will motivate you to lose more, but you need to remember that even if you lose 1 or 2 pounds a week, this is still a good result and a positive step in the right direction.
The following tips can help you to lose 5 pounds fast and give to all the motivation you need to reach your weight loss goals:
#1 – Drink more water
For a start water does not contain any calories so is the perfect drink to accompany any weight loss attempt.
It can also help to flush out those toxins within your body that prevent weight from being lost.
Finally, water can help reduce your appetite and your hunger cravings. This is because your body will often mistake thirst for hunger, so drinking water more often will reduce these feelings.
#2 – Cut back on carbohydrates
Carbohydrates tend to make you feel and look bloated, which is never nice to look at.
They also are easily digested so can lead to sugar highs, which unfortunately lead to sugar lows that will cause cravings to occur.
Instead of eating processed carbohydrates you would be better off eating whole grains that are full of fibre so will help keep you full while helping to cleanse your digestive tract.
#3 – Eat more lean protein
Lean protein is slower to digest than both carbohydrates and fat so is able to keep you feeling fuller for longer.
It is also a good source of energy and can help build lean muscle if you have also incorporated an exercise regime into your weight loss attempt.
#4 – Stop eating ‘diet’ foods
You may think that eating low calorie versions of your favourite foods will help with your weight loss efforts.
Unfortunately even those foods that say they are sugar free or are reduced fat contain high levels of sodium (salt) that may make these foods even more unhealthy.
It is always advisable that you thoroughly check the labels of any food before you buy it.
It may be a better option to simply cut back on your favourite foods. Use them as motivation instead, for example as a cheat meal when you have had a good week.
#5 – Swap sauce for spice
If your aim is to lose weight then you should try to avoid adding sauces to your food as they contain sugar, salt and other artificial flavours.
Spices are a better alternative as they contain fewer calories and are a more natural way to add extra flavour to your meals.
There are even some spices such as capsaicin for example that can even boost your weight loss efforts.
Capsaicin can help to burn calories as it causes a process known as thermogenesis to occur within your body, a process where your internal body temperature increases.
#6 – Try a supplement
Certain supplements contain ingredients proven to boost the metabolism such as capsaicin that we have already mentioned.
Other metabolism boosting ingredients to look out for include green coffee bean, while there are other ingredients that have been shown to break down and burn fat; such as raspberry ketones for example.
Whichever supplement you choose make sure that it does not contain any filler ingredients that could potentially cause you harm.
#7 – Boost your heart rate (metabolism)
To burn off the food that you consume you need to find ways to boost your heart rate or metabolism.
A raised metabolism will help to burn calories and break down stored fat.
One of the best ways to boost your metabolism is through exercise. HIT or High Intensity Training is a great way to burn calories as you will be doing short bursts of intensive exercise.
Weight training or resistance training is also a great way to burn calories, plus you will be building muscle, which look infinitely better than fat ever did.
#8 – Build more muscle
Did you know that muscle burns 4 times the amount of calories as fat?
This is why building lean muscle is such a good idea when you are aiming to lose weight and what is more important keep it off.
Weight training is one of the best methods you can use to build muscle, and you shouldn’t worry about becoming too muscular as this is not going to happen.
To look like a bodybuilder you would have to eat a significant amount of food, which is just not going to happen.
#9 – Get more sleep
There are a number of reasons why you sleep is important for weight loss. For a start you will tend to snack more throughout the day as you will be trying to compensate for your lack of energy.
A lack of sleep can also lead to higher levels of stress, which can lead to comfort eating.
#10 – Never give up
It is important with any weight loss regime that you do not quit at the first sign of trouble. Weight loss can be difficult and you need to be able to fight past any obstacle put in your way.
It is to be hoped that the above tips will give you the tools you need to be successful.