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How to Lose Weight Fast and Keep it Off Forever

Friday, March 25th, 2011

How To Lose Weight Fast
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Want to lose weight fast and keep it off? That is a major priority of women all over the world. In today’s high fat, high sugar, low exercise society we find ourselves getting bigger and bigger with more and more health problems.

But it doesn’t need to be this way.

In this article I am going to show you how to lose weight fast and keep it off for the rest of your life. Its actually not as hard as you think.

Why are we getting so fat?

Before we can talk about how to lose weight fast we need to look at some of the reasons as to why we are so big. Why are so many women having trouble with this issue? Why are so many American women in particular having trouble with this issue. Well the blame can be placed on a few key areas.

  • Portion sizes
    Portion sizes in the United States are out of control. The small size for a Coke at McDonald’s are equivalent to the large size everywhere else in the world. Meals at restaurants and at home are so much bigger than the human species has ever needed over the past ten thousand years.
  • Poisonous lifestyles
    Women today work hard and move quickly. There are kids to take care of, careers to think about and a husband and house to look after. It is busy. There is hardly any time to think about (let alone act on) our health and wellbeing. This is poisonous.
  • Choice of exercise
    When we do get a chance to exercise we often choose the wrong thing to do. A lot of women are wasting their time trying to lose weight fast with exercise methods that are either out of date or inefficient.

The whole point of this website is to give you the right information, ideas and motivation for how to lose weight and get fit and healthy the best way possible. We really don’t think it is that hard if you know the right ways to do things and have a little bit of self discipline. We can do it together.

How to lose weight fast

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What I want to do now is tell you about a few strategies that, when combined together, can make your fat loss journey a lot simpler, quicker and more sustainable. Read it carefully because a lot of you are doing the wrong thing.

1. You don’t need the gym if your portion sizes are right
This is a shocking statement for some people but it is the most important thing I have ever learned. Over the past year I have lost 10 kilograms (22 pounds) without doing any exercise all from controlling my portion sizes.

The reason is simple. If you eat ten less calories a day you are consuming 3650 less calories per year. That is one pound of fat. So imagine if you ate ten less calories every time you had a meal. Now imagine that was 20 or 30 calories. Over five year period these tiny changes add up to massive amounts of weight. This is the maths of weight loss. It is very important to understand how this works.

2. Exercise is pointless (for weight loss) without good eating
The reverse of the above philosophy is that if you eat poorly you will make no progress in the gym no matter how much you do. Again, you have to look at the maths of the thing. Let’s say a can of soda has 150 calories in it. That is 30 minutes on the treadmill, just to burn off one can of soda.

Imagine if you never drank it!

The gym needs to be a supplement for your diet, not the other way around. Don’t go to the gym and think that you can treat yourself with a donut or some fast food because you are literally going to go backwards, not stay in the same position. This is a major reason many women quit exercising because they aren’t helping themselves with the diet aspect of the equation.

Now, it is extremely important to stress that weight loss is not the only reason you need to exercise. Science has shown us time and time again that daily exercise reduces the risk of diabetes, heart disease, cancer and so many other problems. Exercising daily not only helps you lose weight, it will help you live a longer life with less health hardships.

3. Low intensity exercise doesn’t do enough
Unless you are jogging for an hour every day you probably aren’t going to do enough to make a big difference. You need to step up the intensity.

High intensity exercise is vital for weight loss because it combines aerobic and anaerobic exercises. It burns more calories, it gets your metabolism elevated and it creates an environment in your body where you will burn more calories throughout the day.

Take a look at the women who do a lot of dancing. It is the type of exercise where you do short bursts of high intensity exercise over and over. They have amazing butts, tight legs and abs and almost no fat. Contrast that with the women who do long sessions of low intensity cardio and never seem to make any progress. This also goes to the enjoyment factor; walking or jogging for hours just doesn’t keep you turned on after a few weeks. Dancing and kickboxing and pole dancing will keep you going.

Some of the best exercises for this include:

  • Kickboxing
  • Dancing and pole dancing
  • Capoeira
  • Boxing
  • Boot camps and army style training
  • Netball and other traditional competition sports
  • Squash

The most important thing is to find something that gets your heart rate up high, makes you use your full body and engages your muscles as much as it does your lungs.

4. Happiness leads to weight loss, not the other way round
Recent studies have shown that happiness leads to weight loss, not the other way round. For decades women have thought that if they just lost their fat they would be a little bit happier and feel better about themselves. When they fail they get less and less likely to ever lose weight and more and more depressed.

Scientists suggest that if you work on your stress levels and aim to get happier you will find that it is easier to lose weight. Why? Because stress causes a hormone to be released in to your body that makes it easier to store fat. Reduce the stress and you also reduce the amount of this chemical in your body.

This concept also works on so many more levels. If you are happy you are less likely to binge on sugars and carbs and all those other comfort foods. If you are happy you are more likely to get outside and walk the dog or go to an exciting new fitness class. Happy people are quite often more active.

And the amazing thing is that the more you move the better your feel. Your body will release endorphins which are hormones that make you feel good. You will also see the weight loss happening and feel good about that too.

5. If you don’t change your portion sizes it will all come undone
Here is the really important part. Unless you change your portion sizes forever the weight will come back. It does for almost everyone. In fact, statistics tell us that 90% of people who lose weight will gain it all back within 5 years.

Don’t be in that 90%. Be a part of that 10%. Do it with portion sizes.

As hard as it seems at the time it is a really easy way to lose weight. Putting the plate down and not having seconds at dinner is so much easier than spending an hour at the gym everyday. Having half a six inch instead of a foot long when you go to Subway is way easier than living on the treadmill.

Just make the change, this small little change, and you will lose weight for the rest of your life without having to do all that extra exercise.

6. Stop drinking everything except water and tea
Tea and water are the only two things that you should be drinking. Why? Because everything else either has hundreds of empty, belly-producing calories in it or else makes you feel like you need to eat something extra.

Water will fill you up so that you don’t eat as much at meals times and tea will actually help you to lose weight fast.

This change a lone is enough to drastically change the way you look. Especially if you live in the westernized world and are addicted to sodas, shakes, coffee and beer.

The important lessons on how to lose weight fast?

So what are the important lessons to take away from this article on how to lose weight fast? Here are the main ones:

  • Cut the size of your meals
  • Drink only water and tea
  • Move often
  • When you exercise make it super high intensity

If you can do these simple things you will find that you don’t need an expensive trainer forever, you don’t need every new gadget that comes out and you will lose the weight and keep it off for the rest of your life.