Foodfacts.com blog editors were wondering recently: is fast weight loss realistic? This has often been a controversial topic.
Like most people who want fast weight loss, it is likely that you want to do it fast. The faster you see results the sooner you will shopping for new clothes and feeling great about yourself. This article is going to discuss the fast way to lose weight, and it all starts with nutrition.
The most common recommendation to lose weight fast is to “diet and exercise”. While this is true in general theory, it does not hold up well in the real world. Why? Because nutrition is the FIRST factor that you need to be accountable for. You can workout in the gym 4 days per week and really push yourself. Let’s say that you even burn a total of 1600 calories doing this over the course of the week. This is great, but you will make very little progress with weight loss if you don’t also have a nutrition program that produces results.
Remember that is took a lot of time and effort in the gym to burn off 1600 calories (1 hour of exercise on 4 days over the week). Now think about how much time it will take to eat 1600 calories. It could be 2 bowls of ice cream, 2 regular Coke’s, and 1 slice of pizza. It might take a total of 25 minutes to eat those things while sitting on the couch, but it takes 4 hours of working your butt off just to get back to even. So, nutrition is king and it is the FIRST thing you do to start seeing results. Exercise will follow and can also create massive changes in your body composition, but nutrition always comes first.
Not all fats are bad for you
It is not a good idea to cut all fat out of your diet when you start a weight loss plan. In fact, some foods such as salmon and grass fed beef have healthy fats that are good for you in more ways than one. These foods have healthy fats as well as protein, so they are a great addition to any fat loss diet.
Don’t eat anything that has a food label with ingredients you can’t pronounce
If you buy something that has a bunch of words such as “L-Cysteine Monohydrochloride”, are you aware of what you are putting in your body? Any food label with a lot of big words is a sure sign that the food is processed. Processed foods are not only unhealthy, but they are also very calories dense and are usually not very filling. Stick to foods with no nutrition label OR foods that only have 1 ingredient listed such as “rolled oats” or “peanuts”.
Eat 5-6 small meals each day
This is one of the first things you need to do. If you eat all the same foods and simply space them out in smaller portions every 2-3 hours (5-6 small meals per day) , you will be on the fast track to losing weight. Eating smaller meals throughout the day helps you prevent your blood sugar from spiking, which prevents the excess calories from being stored as extra body fat.
For a lot of people, the nutrition part of weight loss is the most confusing. There certainly is not shortage of information out there and everything seems to tell you something different. The one thing that will always work is the basics. The information in this article simply goes back to the most basic aspects of weight loss nutrition: protein, vegetables, fruits, etc. Meanwhile, online resources like Foodfacts.com can be especially helpful in this regard, helping you to navigate through all of the confusing labeling and allowing you to stay away from potentially harmful ingredients.
Don’t get frustrated if you don’t see results right away. If you keep a food log you will have a lot of clarity for where you can small a few small improvements each week. This is what fast weight loss is all about – nutrition first and exercise second. Eating right does not have to be complicated; it just has to be consistent.
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