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Four Ways to Lose Weight Fast

Four Ways to Lose Weight Fast

While it does require a degree of sacrifice and work to lose weight, it doesn’t have to be a slow and onerous process. If you do things right, you can actually lose weight fast. When I say fast, I mean really fast, like 2-3 pounds or more every week.

The faster you can safely lose weight, the better. Seeing the pounds coming off and your clothes fitting better each week will really help you stay motivated to stick to your diet and workout plan. Plus, it’s a lot easier to stick to a weight loss diet if you know that you’ll only need to be really strict for a month or two.

I know about this from personal experience. I tried to lose weight the slow way by eating a little less or doing slightly more exercise for several years. My results are, I believe, pretty typical among people who are only losing a pound or less every week. I eventually gained even more weight.

By going on and off the slow-and-steady weight loss diet, I gained an extra 25 pounds of fat. This happened because after weeks of hardly seeing results I would become frustrated and go off my plan completely. Afterward, I’d feel guilty and start the process again.

Once I decided to get aggressive, the weight came off quickly. I became much more strict about my diet and performed demanding workouts that made my lungs and muscles feel like they were on fire. As a result, I lost 20 pounds after only 4 weeks. After less than 6 months, I lost 70 pounds of fat and put on about 10 pounds of muscle. This was all done without starving myself or taking worthless supplements. All I did was tweak my diet and workout plan by doing the 4 things that are described below.

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You can do all of these things together to make up your entire weight loss plan or add 1 or 2 of them to your current program to give your progress a boost. The more that you employ, the faster you’ll lose weight.

1. Intermittent Fasting

This type of diet, also referred to as “IF,” is rapidly becoming known as the way to quickly and easily lose weight. As its name implies, intermittent fasting is based on not eating for several (12-20) hours at a time. You’re not starving yourself but instead simply going without for a predetermined amount of time.

Going without food for 12-20 hours forces your body to use stored body fat for energy which in turn will help you lose weight quickly. You won’t starve or lose muscle either. Almost all of the weight you lose will be from any excess body fat you’re carrying, which is what you want to lose in the first place.

When done right, intermittent fasting will help you will lose 2 or more pounds a week without counting a calorie or planning your meals.

A side benefit of an IF diet is that you will have more energy than when you’re following a typical weight loss diet.

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If you’d like to give IF a try, here are a couple of tips to make it easier and more effective. I also recommend that you check out this article on intermittent fasting for a step-by-step plan.

  • Start with shorter fasts. Your first fast should last no more than 12 hours. This is long enough to see benefits without driving you cuckoo. Increase the duration of each fast until you are fasting for 20 hours at a time.
  • Drink plenty of water. This will help you stay full during your fast and keep you hydrated which makes losing weight easier. I find that water with a little lemon or lime juice added works really well at curbing hunger.
  • Keep yourself occupied. Since you aren’t going to be spending time cooking, preparing, and eating food you will have more time on your hands. Don’t spend this time thinking about food. You’ll ruin your fast for sure. Use the time to do something that you enjoy that’s not food-based and fasting will seem effortless.
  • Don’t binge after your fast is done. This will only make you feel sick. Eat a normal sized, low carb meal instead. If you’re hungry again in a couple of hours have another meal or a snack.

2. Go Low Carb

If intermittent fasting isn’t for you, the next best thing for losing weight fast is to go on a low-carb diet. This type of diet can help you lose 2 or more pounds a week.

When I write low-carb, I mean that you will eat less than 75 grams of carbohydrates a day. The fewer you eat, the faster you’ll lose weight. As a point of reference, this is the amount of carbohydrates found in 1.5 cups of rice, 2 slices of bread, and 18 ounces of cola.

You don’t have incessantly scan food labels and count every single carbohydrate as the number above may imply. All you really need to do is know which types of foods you shouldn’t eat. Do this, and you’re right on target to fast weight loss.

Foods To Avoid When Eating Low Carb
The key foods to avoid are foods rich in processed and refined carbohydrates (i.e. flour and sugar) and fruit juices. These include bread, candy, cookies, crackers, flour, fruit juice, pasta, soda, and rice. Anything that’s either made from these ingredients should be avoided.

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Now that you know what not to eat, it’s time to learn what you should. The first thing to focus on is eating protein rich foods like chicken, fish, pork, and red meat. The fattier the protein, the better. Aim to eat about a palm sized portion of protein at every meal.

Next are fats. They will help you stay full and keep you healthy. Some fats can even help you lose weight faster. Make sure you eat some type of fat at every meal. This includes fat from avocados, butter, coconut oil, fish, nuts, and olive oil. Limit omega-6 fats from vegetable oils and trans fats as they are the two fats which are hazardous to your health.

Last but not least are carbohydrates. Make sure that those that you eat are primarily from vegetables (asparagus, broccoli, onions, etc.). Fruits are okay in smaller amounts with berries being the best choice.

Don’t worry about eating every 2-3 hours a day when you’re eating low carb as it won’t help you lose weight faster. All you need to do is eat 2-3 meals every daily or whenever you’re hungry.

3. Lift, swing, and throw often

If your goal is to lose weight fast and look your best you must lift, swing, or throw something heavy like a barbell, dumbbell, or kettlebell several times a week. Doing this will help you burn hundreds of calories during and after every workout. You’ll also trigger the release of fat burning hormones like HGH and testosterone to speed the process up even more.

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Make sure every workout you do uses total body exercises. Examples include chin ups, dead lifts, farmers walks, kettlebell swings, shoulder presses, and squats. Do 5 or more sets with weights you can lift 6-8 times with good form with each exercise. Increase the weight when you can perform 5 sets of 8 reps.

The second thing to be aware of is the amount of time you rest between sets of each exercise. The less you rest, the more calories you will burn overall. Short rest periods also help boost the release of fat burning hormones. Aim to rest 60 seconds or less between every set. You’ll know you’re doing it right if you feel your lungs and muscles burning.

Another great thing about these workouts is that they don’t take up much of your time. You can actually get in a great fat loss workout in less time than it takes to drive to the gym.

Check out this 10 minute workout for a complete program that shows you how to get fast results in very little time.

4. Take An Early Morning Walk

Going for a moderately paced walk for at least 45 minutes every day will help you burn extra calories. Walking first thing in the morning before breakfast can help you burn even more. Studies show that doing this helps your body burn more calories from your body fat so you’ll lose weight faster than when you exercise after a meal.

I took walks like this every day when I was working to lose weight and have continued to do so to keep it off. I also find that it helps clear my head and get my day started feeling energized and focused. These workouts have also enabled me to become an early riser, which is nice.

You now know 4 of the most cutting-edge and effective ways to lose weight. Best of all they won’t cost you extra money, lots of time, or require you to swallow a handful of pills to implement. Using them should actually help give you extra time each day and save money on your grocery bill too while helping you lose weight as quickly as safely possible.

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8 Things to Watch for If You’re Considering Being Vegetarian

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Vegetarianism has been around for a long time, finding favor with many people, including Pythagoras clear back around 580 B.C. It’s been presented as one of the most healthy diets around, including being touted by the Egyptians to the point of abstaining from meat and animal clothing due to karmic beliefs. The vegetarian society (vegsoc.org) defines vegetarianism as:

“Someone who lives on a diet of grains, pulses, nuts, seeds, vegetables and fruits with, or without, the use of dairy products and eggs. A vegetarian does not eat any meat, poultry, game, fish, shellfish* or by-products of slaughter.”

While it’s pretty obvious that there are multiple benefits to following a vegetarian diet, it’s always good to be informed about the cons of this dietary choice as well.

Outlined below are several things you might want to be aware of before you say good-bye to meat forever. Whether you are a current vegetarian, or contemplating making a shift, keep in mind these 8 things to keep yourself healthy.

1. You could suffer from B12 vitamin deficiency

The B vitamins are especially important for stress management, adrenal health, and brain function. Vegetarians in particularly are at risk for B12 deficiency. Vitamin B12 is attached to the protein in animal products and without enough B12 you can suffer from depression, fatigue, and an inability to concentrate.

Due to its attachment to animal proteins, B12 is the hardest for vegetarians to obtain when they don’t eat dairy or eggs in their diet. This essential little vitamin can be found in some algae and has been added to some yeast, but research doesn’t currently provide enough information to say whether or not these forms of B12 are of good quality and can provide adequate supplementation.

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The body is unable to make this vitamin, meaning it has to be taken in through food or supplementation. Essential for making red blood cells, DNA, nerves and various other function in the body, a Harvard Health Medical report in January of 2013 found symptoms of a B12 deficiency can present in sneaky ways including depression, paranoia, delusion, and loss of taste and smell.

2.  You could suffer from higher states of anxiety/depression, lower sense of well-being

According to a CBS Atlanta report, vegetarians suffered from a higher rate of anxiety and depression than their counterparts. Read the full report here. Depression and/or anxiety can be a result of many possible deficiencies including essential vitamins and amino acids you can find only in meat products, including Omega-3s from wild caught salmon.

Without the correct supplementation and proper understanding of diet, including the importance of micro and macro nutrients, depression and anxiety can become a serious problem, bringing down the overall health and well-being of vegetarians.

Even though reports on health and lifestyle show vegetarians have a lower BMI and lower consumption of alcohol and drugs, it also shows they suffer from more chronic illnesses and more visits to the doctor than their meat eating counterparts.

3. You could suffer from excess weight

When you go vegetarian it opens up a lot of food, but just because there isn’t any meat in front of you, it doesn’t mean it’s necessary healthy. Though pizza and beer technically fall under the vegetarian diet, it’s not a healthy choice for your waist line.

Just because being a vegetarian is associated with a healthier lifestyle in many cases, doesn’t mean it’s always true. Making bread and pasta your staples and not understanding where your protein sources should be coming from, can pack on body fat, which increases your chances of health issues such as diabetes and chronic inflammation.

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If the choice to go vegetarian happens on a whim without the proper understanding of food control, portion, and nutritionally dense alternatives you can find yourself reaching for vegetarian foods, which could cause serious problems down the road. Nuts are a good example, but just because something is touted as healthy, it doesn’t mean, your should eat it in excess.

Eating too many calories in fat will still cause you to gain weight. Eating too many calories in carbs will cause you to gain weight. Eating too many calories in protein will cause you to gain weight. See a pattern here? Not to mention you’ll miss out on important nutrients the body needs by over-eating in one area and under-eating in another. Re-read number 2.

4. You could have a higher risk of heart disease

Eating plenty of fruits and vegetables should be a goal we all strive for, but when you cut out meat, you also cut out what is known as complete protein, which you find in animal by-products. Complete means more than just the essential amino acids, it means those amino acids contain dietary sulfur. Without enough dietary sulfur, which is found almost exclusively in fish and pasture feed grass beef, the body will struggle with the biological activities of both protein and enzymes.

The effects cascade downward, effecting bones, joints, tissues, and even metabolic issues. In short, a low intake of sulfur associated with a vegetarian diet can result in high blood levels of homocysteine, which may lead to blood clots in your arteries, blood clots raise your risk of stroke and heart attack. To read the full report click here.

5. You could suffer from low cholesterol

I know, at first you’re thinking, wait, low cholesterol is a good thing. Yes, it is, when it’s LDL cholesterol, which you get from eating an unhealthy diet, but low HDL (good cholesterol) can cause serious health issues. HDL, according to the mayo clinic, is in every cell in our body and can help fend off heart disease, not enough of it though, and too much LDL can go the other way, will be building up plaque in the arteries and leading to heart disease.

Cholesterol, the good kind, is actually vitally important to the making of every steroid hormone in the body! There are six, and without cholesterol the body is unable to convert hormones, and it can cause damage in the endocrine system.

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A vegetarian without a balanced diet, meaning enough protein, enough veggies, and enough good fats, could disrupt his or her adrenals, which are directly connected to the endocrine system and the body’s ability to make and synthesize the hormones your body needs. The six major hormones in the body help do everything from metabolizing carbohydrates, to the electrolyte balance, to making sure if you’re a woman you can carry a healthy baby through pregnancy.

6. You could suffer from lower bone density and osteoporosis.

Osteoporosis, the disease where the bones get thinner, weaker, and fractures become a high risk with day to day movements. It’s often associated with the older generation, but your risk for osteoporosis increases with a lower bone density. Bone density can be directly related to diet and lifestyle, along with many other factors.

When it comes to eating a vegetarian diet it’s possible to miss getting enough of the right nutrients, causing the bones to begin to break down. If your vegetarian diet isn’t balanced and providing you with the correct nutrients and the means to absorb the correct nutrients, your body could begin to break down.

Recently, Professor Tuan Nguyen of Sydney’s Garvan Institute of Medical Research led a review of both Australian and Vietnamese research around the bone density of vegetarian versus their meat eating counterparts. Helping Professor Nguyen was Dr. Ho-Pham Thuc Lan from Pham Ngoc Thac University of Medicine in Vietnam. The review was designed to sort though years of research surrounded by discrepancies and inadequate clinical data.

At the end of the review, with vegetarianism rising to around 5% of the populace in the western continents, and with wide spread osteoporosis reports – 2 million in Australia and closer to 54 million in America – the decrease in bone density of vegetarians is a serious issue which needs to be addressed, if you’ve cut meat and animal by-products out of your life.

7. You could be at a higher risk for colorectal cancer

Cancer seems to be running rampant through America, and it’s within everyone’s best interest to do all they can to keep their body healthy and happy to prevent cancer from finding a place to grow. In most studies it’s been found vegetarians are at lower risk for cancer, but a European Oxford study with over 63 thousand men and women in the United Kingdom found the risk for colorectal cancer higher in vegetarians than in meat-eaters.

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Extra care needs to be taken when establishing a diet to ensure the body is receiving and able to up take all the important nutritional benefits and requirements from food.

8. You could end up eating more processed food

Depending on how deep you choose to go as a vegetarian, it could create the need to substitute a lot of food and recipe ingredients in your diet, but what happens when you cut out meat, eggs, and dairy and your recipe calls for meat, eggs, and/or dairy? You have to end up using a “healthy” vegetarian alternative which include stabilizers, thickeners, and various other ingredients you can’t pronounce.

Lauren from Empowered Substance puts it into a great perspective with her comparison of Earth Balance, a vegetarian approved butter replacement compared to butter. She points out the ingredients in Earth Balance consist of: Palm fruit oil, canola oil, safflower oil, flax oil, olive oil, salt, natural flavor, pea protein, sunflower lecithin, lactic acid, annatto color. Meanwhile, the ingredient list in butter, is much shorter. It’s butter.

That’s only one example. To appeal to the vegetarian lifestyle food manufacturers have found alternatives which fall under vegetarian, but aren’t necessarily healthy for you. Consider baked goods, which though vegetarian can be filled with more sugars and binders than regular baked goods with diary products. It’s the same with vegetarian items like mac and cheese, without using real cheese you may just be getting oil and thickeners, without even the smallest amount of nutritional value.

The reality is, most vegetarian substitutes contain the same junky alternatives which even meat eaters should be avoiding to remain happy and healthy.

On one final note, whichever lifestyle you choose to work with, remember anything in excess – including protein and animal by products – isn’t healthy for the body. It takes a wide spectrum of food and nutrients to keep the beautiful body you travel around in all day running in prime condition.

 

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