Have you ever seen an advertisement that claimed to help consumers “lose up to 20 pounds in 2 weeks” and thought to yourself, that can’t be healthy?
Then you were right.
As much as we’d love to have a miracle diet pill that can help melt away those stubborn pounds, losing extreme amounts of weight in a short period of time is best left to the professionals. Often times, these shortcuts and quick fixes rely on dangerous stimulants and unproven chemicals to promote unhealthy results, often wreaking havoc on our metabolism and leaving behind more side-effects than the product is actually worth.
So how can you lose weight safely?
According to Michael Dansinger, MD, and medical doctor for The Biggest Loser, “In theory, one could drop as much as 20 pound sin a week following a very ambitious eating and exercise plan, devoting more than seven hours per week to rigorous exercise.”
Although we might not be able to afford our own personal trainers, or have the extra time to hit the gym on a regular basis, the following tips and tricks can put your feet on the path to healthy and safe weight loss.
Easy to Do Tips and Tricks
Set a Goal: Then write it down. Find your motivation to slim down, whether it’s a reunion or a wedding or the upcoming bikini season, and make a plan to shed those stubborn pounds. Although it may take several attempts to learn how to stick to your plan, the repeated efforts to lose weight can add up, helping you to slim down one day at a time.
Don’t try to lose it all at once: We love your enthusiasm to lose weight, and we want you to keep up that energy for as long as possible. Yet despite the fact that you may feel especially inspired by Jillian Michael’s advertisements for weight loss, the best method for losing those stubborn pounds is to start off slowly and work into it. If you push your body too hard or too fast, you’ll find yourself sore, miserable, hungry, and frustrated – and back on the couch where you started.
The key to maintaining a good weight loss regimen is to break down your original goal into more manageable chunks. Start by adding a few vegetables here or cutting down on the soda. You might want to increase your cardio from 10 minutes to 20. Gradually, these smaller goals can become lifetime habits.
Avoid Fad Diets and Shortcuts: Celebrity endorsements may be oozing with charm and appeal, but in the end, only clinically proven ingredients in their clinically proven amounts can help boost your weight loss, and only when used in conjunction with a healthy diet and regular exercise.
According to Dansinger, “Diet pills are either ineffective or extremely dangerous, and not recommended.”
Before you let your cousin convince you into spending money on a lemonade cleanse or investing in a new fat burner, do a little research and see whether or not the benefits outweigh the risks. Although not all diet pills are bad, it’s best to be absolutely certain that your chosen fat burner or metabolism booster is designed for a long term plan.
• Eat foods high in fiber – you’ll feel fuller longer
• Drink plenty of water – so you don’t confuse hunger with thirst
• Don’t simply “hide” your stash of chocolate – remove it from the house completely
• Keep moving and stay busy – this will help you avoid eating out of boredom
• Don’t skip meals – you’ll be less likely to binge later
Not everyone can participate in a weight loss bootcamp to get your belly down to a more manageable size. However, just because you’re not on TV doesn’t mean you can’t slim down. Safe weight loss can fit in any budget alongside any schedule, and with a little extra effort, you can cut down a few extra pounds on the sly without even realizing it.