You don’t need a crash diet in order to lose weight at a fast pace. There are plenty of healthy methods of losing weight, and employing any of the strategies below should yield you an impressive amount of weight loss.
There’s no need to do all of these ways at once, simply start with the one that resonates with you and implements those changes into your life until it seems effortless.
It’s not about making the right choice, but making a choice and then making it right by sticking with it and not giving up if things don’t drastically change overnight. So pick one out and get started.
1. Eat 3 meals and two snacks each day
If you tend to skip breakfast or have a tendency to overdo it at lunch or dinner, switching to 3 meals a day with two snacks will make all the difference. Time your snacks so that they see you through from breakfast to lunch, and from lunch to dinner. Resist the urge to eat after you’ve had dinner, as this can not only disrupt your sleep but can be a problem for your digestive system as well.
You’ll find that many diet programs have you getting into the idea of eating multiple meals per day and smaller sizes at each, but really it’s just a matter of being strategic and making sure that you don’t run into a situation where you’re super hungry and haven’t planned out your next meal or snack and then grab anything just to appease your stomach.
2. Drink more water
It’s easy to get dehydrated, and many of us are and don’t even realize it. Simply drinking more water has been shown to be an effective means of weight loss for many, as it can curb your hunger, and many times the signal for thirst is confused for hunger, so keeping a bottle of water nearby can be very helpful.
It’s also going to help your body flush toxins and other waste from your system, keeping your liver and your kidneys properly engaged. Being well hydrated also means you’ll have improved digestion, as your digestive organs suffer as well from a state of dehydration.
3. Buy yourself a fitness tracker
Getting an objective look at how much or how little you move per day can be the wake-up call needed to spur on more activity. Today’s fitness trackers can record all sorts of data, including how many steps you take, how many stairs you take, and even how well you’re sleeping at night. this information is graphed and presented to you in easy to understand charts so that you can easily determine how good of a day or week you’ve had.
You get instant gratification from trying to outdo your best performance, and some of the trackers out there actually make it into a game, translating your data into how high up a mountain you would have climbed.
4. Consume superfoods
Check out our list of superfoods and start adding more and more of them to your daily meals. They are all designed to give your body all of the vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients it needs, while keeping your fat and calories down so that you can feel energized and light, rather than sluggish and heavy.
The upside to eating these types of foods is that they’re helping you live a longer, happier life, as well as the short term benefit of a slimmer waistline and increased energy. The neat trick of filling your plate with good foods is that they’re bumping bad foods out of the picture.
5. Play sports
It’s hard to get the motivation to exercise and get active, and getting involved in a sport makes it more fun, and also adds some accountability if you play a team sport or find a buddy to play with. It can be most any sport really, but of course, you’ll want to pick one that has you moving around a lot if you plan on losing 3 pounds a week until you reach your goal weight.
When you have a race coming up, or a game coming up, it’s easier to motivate yourself to get practicing or get training, rather than just finding the individual motivation to go for a run or to go to the gym.