Let’s face it, learning how to lose weight can be a minefield of conflicting, often over-complicated information.
In an industry which is built around providing expensive solutions to dietary problems, from core blasters to detox drinks, it can be very hard to find useful information that just gives you a solid answer when you search for weight loss tips.
So, below you will find three tips which will fire up your diet progress. None of them cost any money, and none of them require you to start living on rabbit food or wearing socks with sandals. Over the past decade, I have applied these steps with thousands of clients in gyms around the world. To put it simply – they are effective!
Ready to begin? I thought so…
1. Lower Your Calories Slightly
Yes, if you really want to lose weight you need to eat fewer calories. That’s just the way it is. The trick is to avoid going too hard, too fast. The vast majority of people who are trying to lose a few pounds for summer tend to make the mistake of drastically cutting their calories overnight and, a few weeks later, find themselves in an impossible situation where they simply cannot lose anything despite eating significantly less food.
This is because one of the key responses to an extreme reduction in calories is to slow the metabolism. Remember, the body simply wants to keep you alive, so it will learn how to function on less fuel if it needs to.
So rather than going down this road, I recommend establishing your current calorie intake then lowering it by around 200kcal. When you reach a sticking point, reduce again.
2. Optimize Your Macronutrients
While reducing the amount of calories you eat per day is the most important step, you can bring your results on a little further by splitting your new daily target between each macronutrient in a manner which supports lean muscle growth.
If you are unsure what macronutrients are, they’re protein, fat and carbs.
Protein will give your body the fuel to build lean muscle tissue, which will help you to get leaner as you train hard in the gym. Fat will provide your body with enough fuel to aid the production of key muscle building hormones including testosterone and cortisol. Finally, carbohydrates are responsible for energy.
So how much of each macronutrient do you need? Well, a good way to start is to split your daily calories between 40% protein, 20% fat and 40% carbohydrates.
3. Avoid Quick Fix Diets
This tip may seem rather obvious, but it needs to be mentioned because the biggest enemy of anyone trying to lose weight is the promise of a quick fix. After all, why diet when you can get instant results?
The telltale sign of a fad diet is that it will ask you to drastically slash your daily calories or avoid eating certain types of food. Zero carbohydrates is a popular choice among this type of diet plan, because lowering your carbs will result in a loss in water weight. Of course, this is an unsustainable way to live and the moment we return to a higher carb diet we go right back to square one.
And that wraps up today’s tips. These tips will teach you the basics of how to lose weight without your diet taking over your entire life.
Ahead of starting your next weight loss plan, take some time to watch Russ Howe’s awesome guide on weight loss tips that work. Using these tips, you will have your fitness levels up very quickly indeed.
Author:This author has published 135 articles so far.