Losing a lot of weight quickly may be on the top of your to-do list, but where do you start? Certainly, everyone wishes for a magic potion or pill to melt the pounds away, but we all know that it all boils down to exercise and diet. Do you have a special event coming up like a wedding or birthday party? Look no further for tips on losing a lot of weight quickly.
1. Eliminate All Junk
The first step in losing a lot of weight quickly is to eliminate all the junk you usually eat. It's not just the french fries and hotdogs but all your sugary cereals, full fat cheese and anything else you know deep down isn't great for you. In the time frame you've set yourself, it's essential that you eat absolutely ZERO junk. Even one hamburger may set you back with bloating and that's not what you want.
2. Add Cardio + Strength Training
In the short time that you have, try to burn as many calories as you can on the treadmill, elliptical, stationary bike, etc. Lifting weights is equally important because they’ll help you shed inches instead of just pounds. Try to target all your problem areas and work out until you simply can't squeeze out another push up or jumping jack. You might consider getting a personal trainer for maximum results.
3. Know Your Weaknesses
If you know you have a sweet tooth or a constant craving for pizza, try to suppress them. Because you're on a tight schedule, mishaps can be fatal so you want to always keep focus and wait until after your big event to indulge a little.
4. Drink a Lot of Water
Water is your absolute best friend in this scenario. Whether it's to cure bloating or suppress hunger, water can be the key to success. Drink at least 2-3 liters a day and more if you can. Fruit juices are also great, but make sure they're 100% real juice without added sugar (and calories).
5. Go on a Fast/cleanse
If all else fails, a fast or cleanse can be a good way to lose a lot of weight quickly. A juice fast or the Master Cleanse are popular choices for people wanting to shed a lot of weight quickly. However, they are not a quick fix to being overweight and you will gain the weight back once you end the fast.
6. Find Support
This tip for losing a lot of weight quickly can be easily overlooked, but is actually very important. Let your friends and family know your plans and allow them to support you any way they can. Surely they don't have to give up all deserts, but they can easily eat it away from you as to avoid temptation. You don't have to go at it alone!
7. Understand That It's Not Healthy
This is the most important tip for losing a lot of weight quickly as it is the harsh truth. There's simply no magic fix for losing weight and it will take a lot of time and effort to shed those pounds permanently. However, if you must lose a lot of weight in a short period of time, keep in mind that's it's only temporary and even so- it's not healthy for you body.
8. No Extremes
Never starve yourself in order to lose weight. You’ll end up damaging your body more than you’re helping it. When you want to drop the pounds quickly, it can be tempting to take drastic measures. However, you need to remember that your body needs food to survive. Getting rid of all nutrients is a disaster waiting to happen.
9. Bump up the Exercise
It’s healthiest to exercise a few times a week, and to give yourself a break on other days. However, it’s okay to temporarily push yourself. Exercise as much as you can without hurting yourself. You’ll be surprised by what you’re capable of when you push yourself to your limits.
10. Write It down
Every single time you eat something, write it down. This way, you’ll be able to track the food you’re consuming. If you notice there are too many chocolate desserts on the list, cut them out of your diet. You want to eat in moderation. Don’t go overboard with one particular food.
While you’d love to cut out junk food completely, it’s a bit unrealistic. Instead, try rationing the desserts that you eat. If you have a bag of chips, put a small amount in a container. If you hold the entire bag in your hands, you risk eating it all. By having a smaller container of the food, you’ll be able to stop eating after you finish your small portion.
Do you have any other ideas to lose a lot of weight quickly? How do you shed those pounds when there's an important event coming up? Please let me know in the comments section below!
This article was written in collaboration with editor Holly Riordan.
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