100 Weight Loss Tips That Actually Work
How do we lose weight quickly and effectively? It’s an age old question and one which I’ve no doubt will still be circling for decades to come. What works for some women may not work for another and some weight loss tips just end up being fads. Yet here we are, with a few extra pounds which we’re struggling to shift. Tiring, isn’t it? I’ve stubbled with my weight for years but it’s only been the past couple that I’ve managed to get into control and have found methods that work for me. I’ll admit I’ve tried plenty of things that were just a waste of time too but the point is that not all weight loss tricks are pointless. That’s why I’ve put together my personal experience and a whole lot of research to come up with this list of one hundred ultimate ways to lose weight fast, aimed directly at women. It’s a mix of tips, tricks, diet plans, exercise regimes, motivational speeches, and much more. Like I said, not everything works for everyone but thankfully I’m sure you’ll find at least some tips that will work for you amidst this extensive list. Are you ready? Here goes…
1. Have a Goal
When it comes to losing weight, the place you need to start is deciding on your goal weight. Before you swear off junk food and buy your gym membership, I highly recommend you make a note of how many pounds or how many inches you’re looking to lose. Also, write down your starting weight and measurements so you can keep track of how far you’ve come. If you’re goal is reasonably far off then I suggest you make yourself a few mini goals (e.g. for every half stone lost). All in all, goals will help to motivate you and you’ll find it easier to motivate yourself throughout your journey.
2. Ban Any Fast or Processed Foods
When it comes to losing weight and being healthy in general, cutting out all fast and processed foods is a must. Yes, I said ALL. I can’t stress enough that they’re full of absolutely everything that’s bad for you and I can’t even think of any redeeming qualities they have. Seriously, even if you exercises daily, if you’re eating fast and processed foods you’re never going to lose weight. It’s a losing battle before you even take that first calorific bite. Don’t give into your cravings, while it may taste good now you’ll regret it as soon as that last bite is gone, trust me, I know. If you have to have a pizza or a burger then at least do it the healthy way and homemake them. They’ll taste better and you’ll be healthier and slimmer for it.
3. Remember to Eat!
When we’re trying to lose weight it’s obvious we’re going to cut our calorie intake but let’s not be silly about this. We can’t live off of just a few calories per day and while this may help us lose weight at first after a couple of days your body will start to fight back and hold onto the extra fat, plus we’ll be super unhealthy. Women are supposed to eat 2000 calories per day to stay the same weight but when trying to diet you shouldn’t eat less than 1200. This is because your body needs food to fuel it. Not eating enough calories will cause your metabolism to drop, thus making it incredibly hard to shift your excess weight. Plus, if you don’t eat enough your body will go into starvation mode and it will start storing whatever food you do eat as fat. I can’t stress enough how important it is to eat – honestly, I’ve only just scratched the tip of the iceberg so please chow down of you’ll never lose weight!
4. Don’t Target One Area of Your Body
Some of us want to lose fat from all over our bodies, some of us just our arms, others our thighs, others our stomach, well, you get the picture. Anyway, my point is, while we may just want to target one part of our body when it comes to weight loss this isn’t realistic or in fact possible. We need to concentrate on our entire body seeing as it’s not possible to spot reduce fat. This means exercising all of you, not just your bum or your legs. Of course, you can still do exercises that focus on one area of your body (something which I’ll cover later) but make sure you don’t just do them or you’ll never see results.
5. Eat Slowly
Believe it or not, it takes your body a total of twenty minutes to realise it’s full so it’s important that you eat slowly so your body has a chance to let you know if you’re about to overeat. Try taking smaller bites and eating at a slower pace, you’ll likely be surprised by how much less you actually want to eat. This obviously means you’ll be eating fewer calories, one of the major factors when it comes to shedding those extra pounds. This tip may not seem like much but trust me, it works. My eyes are way bigger than my belly so my plate is always full however this trick has helped me stop overeating and has lead me to a healthier lifestyle.
6. Get Your Heart Pumping
No matter how little or how much weight you want to lose, it essential that you get your heart pumping with a little cardio. You need not to much, just twenty minutes each day, or a minimum of five days per week, will do the trick. This doesn’t mean you have to run yourself slim either so don’t panic if you’re no great athlete. Cardio is essentially anything that gets your heart pounding. You can do dancing, star jumps, trampolining, even fast swimming, whatever takes your fancy! Personally I love listening to music while I workout as it helps to motivate me and I often end up going for longer than I intended without even realising it, helping me to burn off even more calories. No matter your goal, cardio should be a part of the plan to get there.
7. Never Trust The Scales
When you’re trying to lose weight and shape up a little the scales can easily become your worst enemy. Standing on them every day and seeing little to no change can cause your to quickly lose motivation and become unhealthily obsessed. Plus, the number on the scales can also be incredibly even be misleading. Believe it or not, how much you weight isn’t the be all and end all when it comes to shaping up and losing those extra pounds. As you exercise, your fat slowly changes into muscle and muscle weights a lot more than fat. This means you may very well be losing fat while still gaining weight, something that’s definitely not a bad thing, so quit staring at the scales and look in the mirror.
8. Realise There’s No Miracle Cure
You’ve probably heard that if something’s too good to be true then it probably is and that saying goes double for weight loss. I’m sorry to have to tell you but there is no miracle cure when it comes to losing weight. There’s no quick fix, magic pill, miracle vegetable, or overnight slimming exercise that will help you reach your goal. This journey is all about you. When it comes down to it it’s all about hard work, perseverance, a good diet and exercise regime, and a clean state of mind. Forget any notion you have about finding a quick fix and you’ll find yourself able to focus fully on the things that are important.
9. Say NO to Soda
When you’re losing weight soda is a massive no, no. Nothing bloats you faster! Every can is full of calories and sugar, most of which are made up of high fructose corn syrup which your body doesn’t really have a clue how to digest. This means all those sugars end up becoming fat, ruining all your hard work. Even if a can of soda claims to be calorie and sugar free, don’t be fooled, it’s still terrible for you and something you should stay away from. Switch to water instead, you’ll be happier, lighter, and healthier for it. This should be a golden rule of life even when you’re not trying to lose weight. I really can’t stress enough how bad soda is for you.
10. Follow the 5:2 Diet
The 5:2 diet is a form of intermittent fasting. Basically, when on the diet you will eat normally and healthily for five days each week and then you will essentially fast for the two remaining days. This in theory should reduce your insulin levels and make you less likely to suffer from various diseases. Also, fans of the diet claim that as well as losing fat you will also increase your life span, there’s a pro you don’t get from many diets! the 5:2 diet is more achievable than many diets as it means you only have to be stern on yourself for two days each week so you’re more likely to stick to the diet. As with all diets, you still have to be physically active for the diet to work, a downside for some but simply a part of their lifestyle for others. Like all diets, the 5:2 diet is really what you make of it.