How To Lose A Lot Of Weight
Need to know how to lose a lot of weight? Losing weight takes time, discipline and patience. Although exercise is great and has an insane number of health benefits both for your heart and your entire body, the trick to weight loss is in dieting. At the end of the day, your weight will be determined by how many calories you consume. You can subtract the calories that you burn from exercise, but they wouldn't be there in the first place if you didn't eat them. Confused? Read on.
- Set a realistic time frame. So many diets fail because of unrealistic expectations on the part of the dieter. As mentioned above, losing a lot of weight requires time, and lots of it. For every ten pounds you're looking to lose, give yourself about three months. If you did the math, this averages out to about 0.8 pounds per week. This doesn't sound like a lot, but there will be weeks where you lose much more than that, and weeks where you stay the same. And if by the end of three months you have lost more than ten pounds, consider it a victory bonus!
- Combine diet with exercise. Yes, dieting is more effective than exercise in terms of weight loss. Immediate weight loss, that is. By exercising, you will replace fat with muscle. The bonus here is that muscle burns fat all day, every day. So, in terms of long term weight loss, exercise is key. Once you get the body you're working towards, the muscle you've gained from exercising will make it much easier to maintain.
- Always stay hydrated. This means swap out the diet soda and drink water. This is not because diet soda will make you gain weight (there is speculation about this), but because any kind of soda dehydrates your body, as does alcohol. Your metabolism works best when your body is completely hydrated, which means you will naturally burn more calories throughout the day, not to mention the fact that many times thirst is confused for hunger. The next time you go to grab a snack, see how hungry you feel after drinking a bottle of water.
- Redefine your relationship with food. This will be both a social goal and a personal goal. Socially, going out to eat is considered a fun activity. It will be difficult, but you have to view food as more of a necessity than an activity. As far as a personal level, many go to the pantry for a snack when bored, stressed or depressed. Find a replacement go-to fix, such as chatting up a friend or even taking up a cool new hobby.
Losing a lot of weight is not easy, but with these four tips it will definitely be easier. Although you are about to embark on a difficult path, when you finally reach the finish line you will have an entirely different body and a well-deserved ego boost. Scared to do it alone? It probably won't be hard finding a friend who is also looking to lose a lot of weight, and you can start on this adventure together.