How to lose weight quickly: what is the secret?
Everyone wants to know how to lose weight fast. You may have an upcoming wedding, trip to Mexico, or class reunion. Whatever the reason, people always want to know the secret to losing weight fast. Well, you might be thinking you know what I’m going to say. There is no secret! Losing weight requires a lot of dedication and perseverance. That is truly the secret. HOWEVER, don’t stop reading just yet. There are some tips that I can offer you that can help you. No fat loss tips can turn you from a TV junkie to chiseled abs in no time, and any product or person who says they can, LIES to you and should avoid them (phew!). That said, I can teach you how to lose weight fast in a reasonable, safe and permanent way.
I want to make it clear that these tips are to lose weight quickly. These aren’t tips that will necessarily work forever, especially if you’re trying to build some muscle and build solid muscle definition. Normally, I wouldn’t even recommend a short-term weight loss plan, but I’ve had a lot of questions about it and I don’t want anyone to do something REALLY stupid to lose weight. These tips will work, but in a safe and reasonable way.
Weight loss advice n. # 1: cut down on carbs
You’ve probably heard this before, and that’s because it works. The problem most people have with this is that they go CRAZY and cut out all their carbs. Carbohydrates are the body’s ideal source of energy. This is why people who cut carbohydrates feel irritated, angry, and unable to think. Your body needs some carbs, man! I chose the word reduce and not cut in the title for a reason. You need carbs to really push yourself and get a good workout, not to mention working properly on a daily basis. Keeping some carbohydrates in your diet will keep your body hormonally correct. Eliminating all carbohydrates can cause your hormones to spiral out of control, leading to fat storage and muscle deterioration. Keep your carbohydrate intake around 20% of your total calories and you will see strong weight loss.
In addition to keeping your total carbohydrate intake around 20%, you should eliminate (cut) ALL high-glycemic carbohydrates from your diet. This includes sugar and starchy carbohydrates like potatoes. To find foods that are low on the glycemic index scale, search the glycemic index on Google.
Weight loss advice n. # 2: do lots of compound exercises
The benefits of compound exercises are huge! While most of your weight loss will come from your diet, exercise is important to keep your metabolism moving so that you can burn calories all day and all night. On top of that, performing quality compound exercises will help your body enter a fat-burning state through the release of certain anabolic hormones. Hormones are VERY important! Keep them in check or your body WILL STRUGGLE to keep all that fat you want to lose.
Some key exercises are chest presses, chin-ups, rowing, squats, and deadlifts. If you don’t have access to a gym, don’t worry! There are many bodyweight exercises you can do to turn on your body’s fat burning mechanisms. Push-ups, squats, jumps, and chin-ups can be done at home with little or no equipment. If you’re not sure what to do, look up some options on the internet for exercises without equipment.
Weight loss advice n. # 3: do some type of high intensity interval training (HIIT)
If you’re still wondering how to lose weight fast, the best cardiovascular exercise is HIIT. HIIT burns a lot of calories in a short time, which is great for people who don’t have a lot of time to exercise. Cardio exercises like sprints, hill sprints, squat jumps, or any other type of exercise that you can do with maximum effort, burn a lot of calories, but they also build a lot of muscle. You can’t turn fat into muscle, but if you can burn some fat and build some muscle in the process, you’ll see changes much sooner.
Perform some variation of HIIT 3-4 times a week by walking a lot on your days off and you’ll start to lose weight quickly.
Bonus Weight Loss Tip: Exercise Your Body Right After Eating
I read about this and learned a lot on my own through trial and error. However, I’m pretty sure it works. You can help keep your body from storing the food you eat by doing a short exercise session after eating. Ideally, compound exercises that will lead to muscle failure work best. For example, after all my meals, I would drop down and repeat push-ups to failure, squat jumps to failure, and squats to burnout. Get your heart racing and your muscles fatigued to encourage your body to burn food rather than store it.