- Diet & Weight Loss
6 Ways to Lose Weight Fast and Safe
I've tried these steps myself and I lost 8 kg in 2 months. If you're more discipline than me, I know you can do better than that.
Disclaimer: I'm not a doctor, please do not do the steps below if you have any health condition that might be affected.
The easiest way to lose weight
The easiest way to lose weight is just to not drink anything else but water. It might sounds easy, but doing it is actually difficult. You must do away with your morning coffee (unless you can drink it without sugar), no alcohol during parties (alcohol contains calories), and no soda.
1. Drink water
It sounds simple and we've heard it a thousand times from our mothers. But have we really done it?
A lot of times, when we feel hungry, we're actually just thirsty. The first aid to this is, of course, by drinking water.
This works during the meal too. We tend to eat more than what our body actually needs. So drinking water in the middle of your meal will help you eat less of the calories that your body doesn't need and more of the water that it does need.
Drinking more water also -hopefully- curb your appetite for other drinks that are made of calories and sugar (like canned drinks). If you're really, really craving for soda water, try sparkling water.
2. Stay active
I get it, nobody wants to exercise. I hate exercising too. But seriously, sitting down 8-10 hours a day is actually tiring too.
Try to move whenever you have a chance. If you're an office worker, try to do stretches once in a while. Maybe stand up if you have adjustable table. Or walk around a bit (drinking a lot of water can help with this, cos you'll need to go toilet more often. See, another point for drinking more water!).
Try to walk around more. Maybe stop one bus earlier then walk to your destination or (the cliche) take the stairs instead of escalator/elevator.
Many exercises do not need any props and you can do it on the spot: squat, push-up, mountain climbers, yoga. Try any of these while you watch another episode of the Walking Dead.
3. Eat in smaller portions
I'm not talking about watching the calories or carb level. Let's start simple and SMALL. Reduce what you can see.
If you usually eat 4 slices of bread for breakfast, just eat 3 slices from now.
If you usually put 2 spoons of grated cheese in your pasta, reduce it to 1 spoon.
If you usually need 3 spoons of sugar for your coffee, try 1 spoon.
You get the idea. Over the time, paired with drinking more water, you'll realise that you don't actually need that big a portion to get full.
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4. Watch what you eat
I mean literally. Again, forget about calories level at the start. But pay attention to what you eat, by looking at it.
Is it oily? Do you really want to eat that oily stuff?
Is it sweet? How much sugar do you think is in this cake?
Is that all meat and pasta on your plate? How about some vegetables?
5. Keep track of your weight
It is the scariest fact. We don't want to know how much we weight, especially after a long holiday. But the first step to success is acceptance; accept that that is how much you weight, by knowing your weight.
Once you know your weight, you can set a goal. It can be a monthly goal (lose 3 kg by end of month), weekly (1 kg in 7 days), or even daily (-300 grams every day for the next 30 days). It's different for everyone, find what style you're more comfortable with.
6. Change your mindset
This is probably the most important of them all. If you believe the same things, you will stay the same.
There are several mindsets that need to be changed here.
1. Losing weight is not difficult. It's logic. The only sure-fire way to reduce body weight is to eat fewer calories than you burn*. Keep this mindset in mind.
2. Do not do diets. That's right, do not do diets. Do not think that you only need to do this for a bit, and you'll be slim forever. This should not be a diet, this should be a change of habit.
3. You don't have to do big things at one go. Do the little things (read point 3) that you can accept and it will be a part of you for a long time.
4. The end goal is not to be skinny. The end goal is to be healthy. Don't do the things that will destroy your body just to be skinny.
© 2016 Eva Berlin