Losing weight fast has probably been on your mind at one time or another. Maybe there is a special event that you would like to lose weight for such as a wedding. You probably also already know that there are literally hundreds and hundreds of hyped up diets out there that claim they can help you lose weight fast.
Many of these diets are total scams, or they are dangerous, or a mixture or worse… both! The best way for you or anyone else for that matter to lose weight is to eat right, exercise, and do not stress over the little stuff. You can also try these few simple and easy tips to reach your goals a little quicker BUT safer:
First of all, you need to do a mental check. You need to make sure that your mind is set on losing the weight. You must tell your body and your mind that you cannot eat the junk food, sugar-laden snacks, and anything that contains saturated fat. Also you will need to train your mind that you are not allowed to cheat on the diet. You will also need plenty of discipline when it comes to losing weight fast. If you are serious, then you need to set your mind to it because it is your only choice besides Liposuction.
Next you will need to change your eating habits if you are truly serious about losing those extra pounds. You need to eat 5-6 small meals a day versus 3 big ones. These foods should consist of plenty of vegetables, lean protein, whole grains and fruits.
Your body will need all the fruits, proteins, and lean meat you can consume. Starvation is not the answer. Starvation will just lead to serious health issues – and slow down your metabolism in the long run. Once you get off a starvation diet the pounds will come back with a vengeance. And we all know starvation diets can never be sustained. Instead eat an extra serving of fruits and vegetables to get the weight off safely and quickly. This will provide your body with the extra fuel that it will need for your exercise and other daily activities that you perform.
Cardio exercises are another great way for you to lose the weight fast. You should try and push yourself to the limit at least once a day. There are a number of different ways that you are able to do this such as elliptical, swimming, running, or ride a bike among others. You must work up a sweat to be able to shed those pounds.
You can also try aerobics, weight lifting, and walking for other forms of not so strenuous workouts. No matter what type of exercise that you are performing the more sweat you can create the more weight you are going to lose.
It is not easy to lose weight fast but if you push yourself to the limits it can be done. You just need to set your mind to the “I can do it” frame of mind.
There are many lose weight pills on the market. They claim numerous benefits and list a variety of ingredients that supposedly trigger weight loss. But are all these claims medically sound? We turned to the respected Mayo Medical Clinic to get the low-down behind all the hype.
One hot product right now among lose weight pills is Bitter Orange. It is marketed as a very effective weight loss supplement, but critics say it can cause some serious side effects similar to ephedra.
If you recall, ephedra-containing weight loss pills were pulled off the market for causing heart attacks and strokes. In the case of Bitter Orange – which is now being used as an ephedra substitute – the verdict is still out on its long term effects. Research is still lacking, so the experts say: be wary.
Chitosan is described as a relatively safe ingredient in supplements. The manufacturers often tout this as having the ability to block the absorption of fat into the body. Mayo says this is highly unlikely. Also, they caution that it may cause constipation and bloating. Again, the long term effects are unknown.
Chromium sellers claim this ingredient reduces body fat and builds muscle. Chromium is relatively safe, yes. But according to the experts at The Mayo Clinic, there is still no pill that exists to build muscle so it is unlikely to work.
Another ingredient, CLA can cause diarrhea and indigestion. Mayo says this one is also unlikely to reduce overall body weight.
Country Mallow is supposed to decrease appetite and increase the number of calories burned. But Country Mallow contains ephedra and has all of the associated risks.
Ephedra has been banned for medical or supplement use, but is still allowed to be sold as a tea. Despite this, many other supplements still contain ephedra. It can cause high blood pressure, heart rate irregularities, sleeplessness, seizures, heart attacks, strokes and even death. Obviously, products containing ephedra must be avoided at all costs.
Green tea extract is included in many lose weight pills sold in health stores. It is supposed to increase metabolism while decreasing appetite. There is limited evidence to support this claim, according to the Mayo Clinic. It can cause vomiting, bloating, indigestion and diarrhea. Also, it contains a high amount of caffeine, so if you are watching that, you may want to restrict supplements containing Green tea.
Guar Gum is another supplement that is harmless but unlikely to cause any real weight loss. Makers claim that it blocks the absorption of dietary fat and increases the feeling of fullness, which leads to decreased calorie intake. However, it is more likely to cause diarrhea, flatulence and other gastrointestinal problems
Finally, Hoodia is another ingredient found in many lose weight pills. It is supposed to decrease appetite. However, the Mayo Clinic says there is no conclusive evidence to support this claim.
Still some people have found success using these type of supplements. But they are expensive and there are no legitimate scientific studies that back up their claims. Your safer, surer and more cost-effective bet is the good-old healthy diet combined with exercise.