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QUICK WEIGHT LOSS DIET

February 4, 2011

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Losing weight too fast, while desirable, can be bad for your health. It is best to lose weight in a slow and steady progression. Otherwise you could end up with health problems, gain the weight back, or end up with loose skin. Loose skin is when weight is lost at such an accelerated rate that the skin did not have time to shrink back to a smaller size. You can however, safely follow a quick weight loss diet as long as you ensure you are getting the proper vitamins your body needs. Do not restrict your calorie intake too severely and always take a multivitamin to maintain energy and boost metabolism.

That being said, the key to a quick weight loss diet is nutrition and exercise. Depending on your weight will determine your daily caloric needs. It is always best to talk to a doctor before starting a calorie restrictive diet. Consuming too few calories can cause heart problems, digestive issues, and your body could end up storing food as fat instead of burning it. Not eating enough calories can slow your metabolism and actually cause you to gain weight.

Depending on your calorie needs aim for between 1200 to 1500 calories a day. The easiest way to do that is to become aware of portion sizes. Most Americans consume 3 times the amount in an actual portion. Learn what a portion is. Get measuring cups and actually measure out a serving and stick to that serving. For meat products estimate a serving as about the size and thickness of a deck of cards. Alternatively you can get a small kitchen scale and weigh each serving. Just by watching portion sizes you can eliminate a large amount of calories from your diet every day.

Another quick weight loss diet strategy is to avoid prepackaged high calorie foods. This includes sugary snacks and meals on the run such as fast food and other junk food. Instead, buy nutritious snacks in bulk and then divide them into the right portion. For instance, take crackers and place a serving in a snack size plastic bag and carry it in a purse or lunch box. Plan all of your meals and snacks ahead of time to avoid temptation or being hungry and cranky. This also helps when you feel like you are more prone to grab the quickest thing available, which is not always the healthiest choice.

Stock up on fresh fruits and vegetables as well as whole grains. Small substitutes can actually go a long way in following a quick weight loss plan. Swap out whole grain pita for enriched white bread, or pick brown rice and pasta over white. Raw carrots or cold grapes can substitute for greasy potato chips. But don’t eliminate everything you love. If you do you run the risk of not sticking to your diet. Allow yourself to cater to your sweet tooth, but keep it to a serving and not the whole cake.

A sensible low-calorie low-fat diet combined with exercise is the best way to create a quick weight loss diet. Remember to eat enough fruits, vegetables, and protein to help boost energy, kick-start the metabolism and repair and build muscle for faster and healthier weight loss

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