Ask any one of your friends or family members and I guarantee that they would tell you that they would like to lose weight. Who wouldn’t!? Even the most fit individuals, are typically looking to lose 2-5 pounds of body fat. It’s okay to admit it.
How to lose weight fast
Well, I hate to break it to you, but you can’t. Well, at least not in a healthy way. If you are looking for a quick fix, they are out there – You can purchase one of the millions of diet pills on the market, and yes you will lose weight fast, but you shouldn’t.
If you want to look good for years to come, you need to work hard for it. You need to create a strict diet and workout plan, and stick to it. You can’t workout everyday, but go to McDonald’s every Friday night, and expect great results. It’s a pain the butt, I get it. If we could just snap our fingers and lose all of the weight we wanted, we would all be doing it. But unfortunately, that’s not reality.
These diet pills work, but they are absolutely terrible for your internal organs, and when you get off the pills, you gain the weight back. Why? Because you haven’t learned anything. You have no idea what it takes to maintain your body weight that you just paid to achieve.
Learning to lose weight
Everybody’s body is different and operates under very unique circumstances. Some say following a ketogenic diet is the optimal way to go, and will make you lose weight the fastest, but perhaps that doesn’t work for your body. You need to experiment with your body and determine which foods you metabolize the best.
It is a long, extensive period of trial and error, and this doesn’t just take a month. You need to decide on a plan that will help you to determine which diet works best for your body specifically, not what works best for your mom or your best friend.
The ketogenic diet
Basically, the ketogenic diet entails eating low carb, high fat. It is said that when your body is in ketosis, you will burn fat instead of burning carbohydrates, which will result in weight loss – specifically fat loss.
I have been trying to loosely follow this lifestyle and I’ve personally noticed great results. I have a hard time eating low carb, but when I do successfully eat low carb, high fat for a couple of days, I tend to notice fat loss. I use a fitbit aria scale to track my lean mass, as well as my fat content. This is a great way to tell if you are losing muscle mass, or losing fat – when dieting, our bodies tend to burn muscle as well as fat, unfortunately.
While this has been working well for me, it might not work great for you. You should try eating this way for a month or more to see how your body reacts to this diet, and then move on to another diet.
Learn more about the ketogenic diet by reading The Keto Diet by Leanne Vogel
The HCLF diet
This is basically the opposite of the ketogenic diet. You will eat high carb, low fat for 1 month minimum, and determine how your body reacts. While many people’s bodies do not react well to a high carb environment, yours may react quite well. It all depends on your body chemistry and your activity level. Perhaps if you are weight lifting, you will react better to high carb intake.
Be patient with your body
It takes time to determine how you should be eating, as well as what type of exercise you need to do to lose weight. This won’t happen overnight, and you shouldn’t expect it to.
When it takes time to lose weight, you are lengthening the amount of time you have to learn about your body. This is an excellent thing. If you take an expensive diet pill, your body is going to change so quickly that you won’t know what to do after you get off the pill, and you will inevitably gain all the weight back.
Be patient, and learn what your body wants and needs to thrive.
Be realistic with yourself
You don’t need to purchase expensive diet pills, or diet plans in order to lose weight. When you think about it, losing weight logically is the most simple thing in the universe. Eat healthy food, and move your body. Don’t lie to yourself and say that a hamburger is good for you, because at the end of the day, you know it isn’t (I’m not just saying that because I’m vegan). If you want to lose weight, you need to eat your greens.
You need to eat natural foods – beans, lentils, fruits, vegetables, ancient grains, etc. You cannot eat processed foods and expect to watch the pounds fall off.
Don’t drink a soft drink everyday and be surprised when you aren’t losing weight. Yes, sweets and treats are delicious, but what do you want more: A sweet treat, or a hot and healthy body? I’m not saying you can’t treat yourself every now and then, but you can’t eat these things everyday and be surprised when they affect your body in a negative way.
It’s simple. Eat more vegetables, and raise your heart rate. Nobody likes to diet or workout when they first start out. When you start to see results though? It quickly becomes an addiction. It’s not so hard to sweat at 6 a.m. when your jeans start to fit a little looser.
You are capable…
You are capable of reaching your goals: you just need to be patient and realistic about them. Don’t expect changes over night, because they just aren’t going to happen. I’ve been working towards my weight loss goal for a year and a half, and I’ve only lost 30 pounds. That’s because it has taken me this long to figure out what my body needs to thrive. Don’t expect this to happen next month – it might take some time, but I promise you that it will be worth it.
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