Saturday, March 22, 2014

The Best Way to Lose Weight Fast

The Best Way to Lose Weight Fast

Weight loss can be difficult, especially if you have more than 20 lb. to lose. There are many commercial programs that encourage people to lose weight, and some of those programs involve unhealthy and even dangerous methods, such as taking pills or fasting. Luckily, there is a simple strategy that can help you lose weight fast, the healthful way.

Start a Workout Plan

    Exercising helps the body burn calories while increasing muscle strength. Once the muscle mass grows and becomes stronger, the body's metabolism increases, making it even easier to burn more calories. Start out slowly. Try to do an aerobic-style exercise at least 30 minutes, three times a week. Aerobic exercises will increase your heart rate to at least 60 to 70 percent of it's resting rate. These exercises include, but are not limited to, walking, swimming, biking or gardening. After about a month, increase your workouts to four to five days per week. Gradually, work up to exercising up to one hour every day.

Eat Whole Foods

    Whole foods are as close to their natural state as possible, such as fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains (like oats or rice) and lean proteins. Processed foods that contain additives, artificial fats and preservatives are unhealthy for the body, and can cause you to gain weight if they make up the bulk of your diet. Replace unhealthy, packaged foods with fresh, whole foods as much as possible.

Drink Water

    When the body is hydrated, your systems and organs function at optimal performance. Not only does staying hydrated help digestion and body function, it also helps speed up your metabolism, enabling your body to burn more calories. Drink at least eight glasses of water (8 oz.) each day. If you sweat heavily throughout the day, add a few extra cups of water. Carry a water bottle with you when you are at work or running errands to make sure you get your daily water intake.


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