What’s the best way to lose weight – crash diets, fat loss pills and ab blasters…Or something a little less drastic like, say, a healthy diet and exercise?
Hmm, that choice shouldn’t be too difficult to make, now should it?
The answer is simple – eat fewer calories than you burn off each day and do some exercise. Now where have you heard that before – and how often?
Whilst it’s good advice, it’s not so easy to put into practice. If it were we’d all be buff and the weight loss industry would be but a distant memory!
Top 5 Weight Loss Tips…
OK, let’s cut to the chase – here are a few simple steps that add up to the best way to lose weight:
#1. Eat fewer calories
Shock, horror – now there’s a scoop! I know, I know, its glaringly obvious but it bears repeating.
There are 3,500 calories in a pound of fat. Eat 500 calories a day less than you do now and that could well add up to a pound of weight loss a week.
#2. Eat a healthy diet
Cut out the sugary snacks and drinks, the fatty foods and eat more lean meat and fish, fruit and veg, wholegrain cereals, fiber and low fat dairy and you may not even need to diet.
The chances are you’ll be cutting down on your calories simply by eating a more healthy, balanced diet.
#3. Eat something every 3-4 hours
Yep, do not starve yourself, do just the opposite and eat three main meals and 2-3 snacks a day.
Not huge, fatty meals…but a healthy breakfast, lunch and evening meal with a few healthy snacks in between.
Why? Well, if you eat too little your body thinks you’re starving and drops your metabolic rate to conserve energy. The result? You’ll feel hungry and your weight loss will slow down or stop.
Eat 5-6 small meals a day and you’ll keep your metabolism fired up and burning calories…the result being that you’ll keep losing weight without feeling hungry!
Yep, there’s no getting away from it but if you want to know the very best way to lose weight and keep it off then be physically active.
A combination of resistance training to build metabolically active muscle that burns calories while you sleep, and interval training, which is a much more effective way to burn fat and calories than traditional aerobic exercise like walking or jogging.
However, for the best results in the least amount of time, check out our workout articles for some effective and time efficient ideas.
If you hate the gym and jogging, then don’t worry as any physical activity done 3-5 times a week for 30 minutes or more will help burn calories. Gardening, walking the dog…even vigorous housework!
#5. Keep yourself hydrated
Did you know that research suggests that 70% of hunger pangs are due to thirst, not hunger? If you dehydrate you’re more likely to reach for a snack so drink 8-10 glasses of water (2 liters) a day.
The Bottom Line…
So, there you have it – the best way to lose weight in five simple steps with not a pill or potion in sight. Common sense really, don’t you think?
Take it slow and steady – 1-2 lbs of weight loss a week max and give yourself time. The faster you lose weight the quicker you’ll put it all back on again.