In a world where body image is so heavily emphasized, so many people just want to find a fast way to lose weight. Through various drugs and surgeries this is all technically possible however these “solutions” are not only risky and potentially dangerous but they also do not help people learn what it really takes to lose weight. Finding easy ways to lose weight fast is only half the battle; keeping the pounds off is what’s most difficult. Natural weight loss takes commitment, but if someone is dedicated and willing to change several aspects of their diet, exercise, and mindset, losing weight fast becomes not only possible but inevitable.
In many cases, people quit their exercise programs prematurely when they don’t see results right away and assume their workouts aren’t working. Although exercise is an essential part of weight loss, the primary factor is dealing with food. Depending on the weight loss program, dietitians can suggest a number of different ways to adjust the diet to help expedite weight loss.
Calorie Restriction – Although this can be done by simply eating less, chances are that because an overweight person has become so accustomed to eating larger amounts of food, feelings of starvation may occur, which can result in binge eating. To prevent all this, patients are often advised to eat foods that are high in fiber and low in calories. Foods such as whole grains, vegetables, certain fruits, and skim milk all cause the stomach to feel full yet are still low in calories.
Restricting Empty Carbs – Not everyone eats too much; the issue however comes from the type of food they eat and particular empty carbohydrates. Empty carbohydrates are foods such as sugar, white bread, cookies, and sweets which are loaded with simple sugars yet contain very little if any nutritional value. If your body is not burning calories at the moment these types of foods are consumed, they are quickly stored as fat for later use.
Adequate Hydration – Drinking water frequently not only rinses the body of toxins, but it also reduces the desire to eat. Drinking adequate water also allows the body to remain hydrated especially while working out, which allows the person to burn more calories and fat without feeling tired or dehydrated.
With their diet now in check, a person then faces the task of adding an exercise routine to help accelerate their weight loss. Combining both diet and exercise really is the best way to lose weight fast naturally.
Cardio Workouts – Aerobic exercise is by far the most effective type of workout for losing weight. This is mainly because in aerobic workouts, the body rapidly breaks down glycogen (fat) into simple sugars (glucose) which are then directly used to provide energy for the body via a system called the Krebs Cycle. This breakdown results in the production of water and CO2, both of which are expelled from the body. Aerobic exercise breaks down stored fat more efficiently because it requires a lot of energy in a short period of time. Moderate amounts of cardio also improves the body’s metabolic rate; how fast the body processes foods and burns fat.
Mix it Up – Although running on treadmills or tracks are great cardiovascular workouts, they do get boring. This can lead to disinterest and cause someone to fall out of the routine. Fix this by alternating the type of cardio routine you perform often. Some great ideas for a good cardio workout include running, boxing, hot-box yoga, kick-boxing, dancing, swimming, skiing, soccer, and many more. If you’re not into the workout, chances are neither is your body.