It can be difficult for anyone to figure out what works for weight loss and what doesn’t, given the plentiful diet choices and confusing advice. Managing your weight can become a challenge and the goal may seem distant when you do not have clarity on how to lose weight.
Regardless of the daily regime or your diet, you’re on, here is a cheat sheet that will help you lose weight.
‘Less is more’ – eat 100 calories less every day
To take off 2 pounds of body fat in 2 weeks, you need to eat 100 calories less per day. Fasting or a strict diet can sap your energy level as it may cut too many calories too soon. This can make you ravenous and you might end up eating more calories than you intended.
A well-rounded diet is a fast fat loss diet
Your meals should be based on these four categories – bread, cereals, and grains; fruits and vegetables; low-fat dairy and soy; and lean meats, fish, and nuts. The foundation of your meals should be bread, cereals and grains. Protein should be an accompaniment.
Eat more fruits, veggies and whole grains
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Every weight loss diet is based on fruits, veggies and whole grains. Steer away from processed foods and eat more fruits, vegetables and whole grains. The former offer less fibre and are less satiating while the latter are contain more fibre and keep you full.
Lean protein is your weight-loss weapon
Protein is key for muscle and weight loss, but not all protein. Always choose lean protein; it can help you feel full without increasing the amount of fat. Fish, poultry, eggs and beans are some options.
Breakfast is a ritual that helps you lose weight
Never skip the morning meal. You must eat within two hours of waking. You can eat a little more in the morning, trading in some of your dinner calories for more calories at breakfast.
Take it easy – one pound a week
Everyone wants to lose weight fast! Most dieters hit the gym hard and go for extreme diet plans shooting for a gradual loss of body fat. The approach may help you lose weight quickly but you’re more likely to put the weight back on if you drop weight too quickly.
Stay full at all times
Don’t allow yourself to get hungry. One of the ways to stay full is eating every four hours, and splitting a meal in half to make sure you properly fuel up.
Stay away from sodas, sweets and alcohol
Liquid calories add up fast and keep you from losing weight. Abstain from the number of sodas, juices, sports drinks, coffee drinks and alcohol.
Be wary of what you snack and munch
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Add healthy snacks to your diet helps you keep your hunger under control, prevent overeating at meals and aid in weight loss. Fresh fruits, air-popped popcorn and nuts are the healthy snacking options for you.
Drink more water to speed weight loss
Water helps promote weight loss in two ways; it increases the amount of energy or calories your body burns and keeps you satiated to prevent overeating.
If you follow these rules for weight loss and stick to your regimen, you will see those pounds fall off.
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