One of the most common reasons why people exercise is to lose weight. They want to be able to shed off excess poundage that has been holding them back; and they want to keep these pounds off. Permanently. Is this actually possible? The short answer is yes: with the proper practices, discipline, and strict adherence to your exercise program; getting your weight down is completely possible.
But maybe you need some help. Maybe the exercises you do are already strenuous; and maybe your workouts are intense, but you need a few more tips that can help you get your weight to a more manageable level. First of all, let’s start with the basic truth: there are many, MANY ways to lose weight fast. However; many of these methods will likely leave you unsatisfied and more hungry. To effectively lose weight; you need to improve your metabolic health, reduce your appetite, and find a way to satisfy your hunger cravings without having to overeat. Here are three effective and reliable methods for weight loss that can augment your current fitness regimen:
Tip 1: Fill up on Low-carb vegetables, Protein, and Fat
When you eat, make sure your meals all include a Fat source, a Protein source, and some Low-carb veggies. This combination of food sources, if done correctly; will bring your carbohydrate intake down to the recommended amount of 20 grams to 50 grams daily. Low-carb vegetables like spinach, Swiss chard, broccoli, tomatoes, kale, lettuce, cucumbers, Brussels sprouts, and cabbage are great for every meal: you can actually fill your plate with them and still keep to the recommended 20 to 50 net carbs daily. Choose proteins such as chicken, salmon, beef, trout, pork, trout, shrimp, and eggs. Eating meals rich in protein positively affects metabolism levels; raising them up to the 80-to-100-calorie range daily. As for Fat sources; choose oils made from coconut, avocado, and olives, and yes, a small amount of butter.
Tip #2: Make an effort to cut down on your Sugar and Starch intake
Excessive carbs are bad! When you begin cutting down on your carb intake; you feel less hungry and will eventually end up eating less calories than usual. When this happens; your body starts feeding off of your stored fat instead of burning the excess carbs for energy. Additionally; a lower carb intake will lower your insulin levels and cause your kidneys to flush out the excess water and sodium in your body; which in turn makes you less bloated and reduces “water weight”: all without feeling hunger.
Tip #3: Eat 2 to 3 Meals a Day
This is really not that complicated. You can eat these meals up to 3 times daily. Make sure to include the fat sources; as you’re already trimming off the carbs. It is very, VERY hard to go low-carb and low-fat at the same time. Trust us on this.
Tip #4: Be sure to pump some Iron (or do some form of Exercise)
If you follow tips 1 to 3; you should be able to start losing weight after a few weeks. To help the process out; you also will need to engage in some sort of exercise regimen: this can be going to the gym and lifting weights, or you can do other forms of cardio-based activities such as running, cycling, jogging, swimming, and walking. Exercises such as weight training will keep your metabolism rate up and burn more calories.
Losing weight need not be an ordeal that many people portray it to be in popular media: it can be a rewarding and fulfilling experience and; if done right, should prove effective in helping you to get the body that you want.
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