Fast Weight Loss Plans – How to Get Skinny in a Hurry
If you are looking to lose weight fast in preparation for a special event, you may be tempted to try one of the popular fast weight loss plans that are out there. In this article we will talk about several popular fast weight loss diets and discuss the benefits and drawbacks of using one of these fad diets to get skinny in a hurry.
Fast weight loss plans typically provide only temporary weight loss benefits. As soon as you discontinue the strict requirements of these diets, the weight inevitably comes right back and quickly too. Whit that in mind, there are still plenty of times when losing a quick 5 or 10 pounds would make a special event all the more special.
Some popular fast weight loss diets include…
5 day Miracle Diet
This diet originated as a book by Adele Puhn and claims that by following it, the pounds will fall off by themselves. the focus of this diet is on controlling your appetite, cravings, and blood sugar levels. This diet has received mixed reviews and is only intended for short term results, not long term weight loss.
Apple Cider Vinegar Diet
Another fast weight loss plan, the Apple Cider Vinegar diet claims to be a good transition to a low calorie diet. It features a strict meal plan supplimentd with, you guessd it – apple cider vinegar. The drawbacks to this diet include an upset tummy, and hunger. The effectiveness of apple cider vinegar for weight loss has been widely debated and never proven.
There are a number of diets floating around the internet with different names and a similar premise. These diets recommend a short fast to lose weight in a hurry. There are a few variations, but fasting for 2 days is one of the more popular recommendations. It is important that you know that following these types of diets can be downright dangerous and result in serious complications. with little to no intake of food or calories, fasting diets are a recipe for blood sugar problems and come with side effects such as fainting, dizziness and blurred vision. These diets are not recommended for anyone. Worse still, fasting triggers a famine reaction in your body leading to greater weight gain as soon as you start eating again.
What About Long Term Weight Loss?
There is a diet, known as “The Secret 2 Fat Loss” diet that combines the speed of a fast weight loss diet with the benefits of long term weight loss. This diet focuses on changing your eating habits to actually condition your body to be more efficient at burning fat and calories. Unlike other fast weight loss plans, this one is not designed to fail after the first few days. This diet is intended for those looking for short term and long term weight loss and focuses also on eliminating inches not just pounds.
Rumored to be a diet choice of some popular celebrities, The Secret 2 Fat Loss is actually quite easy to follow. It is designed to train your body to use foods to burn fat rather than add that extra fat to your waist and hips. There are documented success stories of people losing 45 pounds in 30 days with this weight loss plan. That said, the Secret 2 Fat Loss diet is not appropriate for those looking to loose just a few pounds or those who are not interested in a long term weight loss solution.
As you can see, there are many options to lose weight fast. Before trying any diet, it’s a good idea to talk with your doctor to make sure that the plan you intend to follow will not have any adverse effects.
5 Simple and Easy Weight Loss Tips
1. Eat your carbs early in the day.
Contrary to popular opinion, carbs are a necessary part of your daily diet – especially if you’re trying to lose weight. Without the energy from carbs, you’re diet is inevitably going to crash and burn, and you’ll end up right where you started. However, don’t go on an all-out carb frenzy yet. Carbs must be consumed at the right time otherwise you risk gaining body fat.
As a general rule, eat carbs when you know you’re going to need them. If you’re plan is to watch movies all day and barely move a muscle – than you certainly don’t need all the energy that a carb-filled meal would provide. On the other hand, if you’re planning on going for a run later in the day, it is a good idea to get some carbs beforehand to provide energy which will sustain you through the run. If you eat carbs when you aren’t going to use them (i.e. late at night) your body will store them as fat. To avoid this unwanted result, be smart about when you eat your carbs. Do this, and the pounds will begin to fly off.
2. Eat breakfast.
“Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince, and dinner like a pauper.” – Adelle Davis
This is a big one. Studies have shown that a large percentage of America skips breakfast on a semi-regular basis. I don’t doubt that much of this percentage of Americans is also obese or struggling with weight problems. Eat a good breakfast regularly, and this doesn’t have to be you. A well-rounded and healthy breakfast will provide the energy that you need to enjoy your day and to be effective at work. Eating breakfast is also critical for your fat-loss goals because of the positive impact it has on your metabolism, which is essentially the rate at which your body burns calories. This will be elaborated on in the next weight loss tip.
3. Eat 5-6 small meals a day.
If you wait more than four hours in between meals, your metabolism slows down significantly, and your body begins to store fat, instead of burning it. This isn’t what you want! Eating smaller meals every two-three hours solves this problem, and keeps your metabolism humming all day long. Your body works this way because it’s always trying to survive. When you wait more than a few hours between meals, your body perceives that it’s starving. To protect itself, it begins storing fat and slowing down its operations. You feel this through a loss of energy and feeling of lethargy.
Eating small meals every three hours or so ensures that your body doesn’t perceive starvation and consequently, ensures that you keep burning fat all day long. In addition, energy levels trail eating patterns. If you’ve been eating two-three large meals a day, I’m sure you’ve noticed that you get really tired an hour or two after your meal. If you eat five-six meals a day, you’re energy levels remain constant, and you no longer oscillate between feeling super-energetic and super-tired.
Now that you see the importance of eating frequently, I’m sure you’re beginning to see how skipping breakfast is a really bad idea. After a good night’s sleep, you haven’t eaten for about seven-eight hours, at least. When you wake up, your metabolism is crawling at snail’s pace and your energy levels are low. Eating a good breakfast jumpstarts your metabolism and provides a foundation of energy that you will draw from for the rest of the day. Besides, I don’t know about you, but breakfast is my favorite meal of the day. Sometimes I even eat breakfast food for lunch or dinner. In summary, you are physiologically designed to eat every two-three hours, do this, and your body will reward you.
4. Keep a food journal.
If you’re ready to really start seeing results, go out to Office Depot and buy a small notepad. From that moment on, write down everything you eat. You’ll notice an IMMEDIATE improvement in your eating habits. When you write down what you eat, you hold yourself accountable for your habits. On a subconscious level, it’s a lot harder to eat terribly when you know that you’re going to have to read about it later. Every week, try to make incremental improvements to your eating habits. Do this persistently, and you will start seeing the pounds fly off.
5. Cheat once a week.
This is probably going to be your favorite tip. Once a week, let yourself go a little bit. Go out and get some ice-cream, order a pizza, whatever you want. By doing this, you don’t have to completely deprive yourself of some the bad-for you foods that you might really enjoy. This will keep you sane and make it easier for you to reach your long-term goals. Unbelievably, eating a cheat meal every week also helps you lose weight! When you’re reducing calories many days in a row, that pesky survival instinct that we talked about in tip three begins to start working again. Spiking your calorie intake once a week ensures that the pounds will keep flying off your body.