In a world filled with fad diets and trends we are constantly promised quick weight loss and miracle cures, and we are also on the look out for ways to lose weight faster.
But the approaches we take are rarely anything more than a quick fix, with only 5% of people who lose weight on a crash diet managing to keep it off.
With that being said though, there are some ways to make weight loss both easier, faster and most importantly, healthier as well.
11 Ways to lose weight faster
1) Drink more water
In any weight loss effort drinking more water is your best friend. Not only does it kick start your metabolism and boost your energy, but it’s also vital for pretty much every function in your body and can help keep hunger and cravings at bay.
Try drinking a glass of water 30 minutes before meals to partially fill your stomach, which one study found can increase weight loss by 44% over the course of 3 months!
Find out more about water and how much you need here
2) Eat a high protein breakfast
Most people could benefit from eating more protein, not just because of the health benefits, but also because it’s highly satiating, reducing cravings and keeping you fuller for longer.
3) Avoid fruit juice, soda and other sugary drinks
If water is your best friend for weight loss, then these empty calorie drinks are your worst nightmare, with regular consumption adding up to an excessive number of extra calories everyday.
If you really want something sweet try fruit teas or adding a slice of lemon or orange to water.
4) Eat more vegetables
Nutrient deficiencies are one of the biggest risks to developing chronic diseases, but adding more vegetables to your meals can also have the added benefit of reducing your overall calorie intake for the day, keeping your fuller for longer, and allowing you to eat bigger more satisfying meals.
Find out more about nutrient deficiencies and how to avoid them here
5) Eat more fibre
Fibre may very well be the unsung hero to weight loss, keeping you fuller for longer and helping maintain a healthy digestive system.
That’s why you should opt for unprocessed wholefoods wherever possible, such as fruits, vegetables, brown rice, grains and pulses.
6) Change your eating environment
We all like putting our feet up on after a long day and watching our favourite shows with dinner, but studies have found we are likely to eat around 10% more calories when distracted. This can add up to a huge amount of extra calories every week!
7) Drink coffee or tea
Caffeine can boost your metabolism from between 3 to 11%!
Just make sure you aren’t adding any sugar or sweeteners, or that there aren’t any other hidden calories in there either.
8) Walk more everyday
We often overlook the benefits of walking, but it can be a usual tool for getting us into the habit of excising, burning more calories and managing stress.
Aim for at least 30 minutes a day, broken up into small chunks if need be.
Find out more about why you should walk more here
9) Make sure you get enough sleep
Poor sleep has been found to be one of the biggest contributors to weight gain. It’s also been found that people who get 90 minutes less sleep than usual tend to eat up to 550 calories more the next day!
10) Learn to manage stress better
I know telling you to reduce stress is useless advice, but regardless of how busy you are or how hectic life is there are ways you can manage your levels.
This can aid massively in weight loss, as when you are stressed your bodies response is to release the hormone cortisol, which in turn can lead to weight gain.
Learn more about managing stress and reducing cortisol levels here
11) Reduce sugar intake
There’s hidden sugar in everything these days, which is hugely impacting both our health and our waistlines.
The benefits of cutting our sugar intake are undeniable, from weight loss to reducing our risk of chronic diseases.
You can find out everything you need to know about sugar here
These changes can massively help your weight loss efforts, but at the same time they are all actions and habits we should be trying to incorporate into our daily routine.
If you are serious about not only losing weight, but also keeping it off, then it’s essential that you start thinking of your lifestyle on the whole.
Check out my book ‘Become a Better You’, which will help you make maintainable changes to the way you eat, think, move and live, as you become a healthier, happier, slimmer you.
What do you think?
Can you think of any other strategies to help speed up weight loss without crazy supplements or radical diets?
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