If your doctor recommends it, there are way to lose weight safely. A steady weight loss of 1 to 2 pounds per week is recommended for the most effective long-term weight management.
That said, many eating plans leave you feeling hungry or unsatisfied. These are major reasons why you might find it hard to stick to a healthier eating plan.
However, not all diets have this effect. Low carb diets and whole food, lower calorie diets are effective for weight loss and may be easier to stick to the other diets.
Here are some ways to lose weight that employ healthy eating, potentially lowere carbs, and that aim to:
- Reduce your appetite
- Cause fast weight loss
- Improve your metabolic health at the same time.
1.Cut Back On Refined Carbs
One way to lose weight quickly is to cut back on sugars and starches, or carbohydrates. This could be with a low carb eating plan or by reducing refined carbs and replacing them with whole grains.
When you do that, your hunger levels go down, and you generally end up eating fewer calories.
With a low carb eating plan, you’ll utilize burning stored fat for energy instead of carbs.
If you choose to eat more complex carbs like whole grains along with a calorie deficit, you’ll benefit from higher fiber and digest them more slowly. This makes them more filling to keep you satisfied.
A 2020 study confirmed that a very low carbohydrate diet was beneficial for losing weight in older populations.
Research also suggest that a low carb diet can reduce appetite, which may lead to eating fewer calories without thinking about it or feeling hungry.
Note that the long-term effects of a low carb diet are still being researched. It can also be difficult to adhere to a low carb diet, which may lead to ‘yo-yo dieting’ and less success in maintaining a healthy weight.
There are potential downside to a low carb diet that may lead you to a different method. Reduced calories diets can also lead to weight loss and be easier to maintain for longer periods of time.
If you opt for a diet focusing instead on whole grains over refined carbs, a 2019 study correlated high whole grain with lower body mass index (BMI).
To determine the best way for you to lose weight, consult your doctor for recommendations.
2.Eat Protein, Fat And Vegetables
Each one of your meals should include:
- A protein source
- Fat source
- A small portion of complex carbohydrates, such as whole grains.
Eating a recommended amount of protein is essential to help preserve your health and muscle mass while losing weight.
Evidence that eating adequate protein may improve cardio metabolic risk factors, appetite, and body weight.
Here’s how to determine how much you need to eat without too much. Many factors determine your specific needs, but generally, an average person needs:
- 56-91 grams per day for the average male
- 46-75 grams per day for the average female.
Diets with adequate protein can also help:
- Reduce craving and obsessive thoughts about food by 60%
- Reduce the desire to snack late at night by half
- Make you feel full.
In one study, people on a higher protein diet ate 441 fewer calories per day.
Healthy protein sources include:
- Meat: beef, chicken, pork and lamb
- Fish and seafood: salmon, trout and shrimp
- Eggs: whole eggs with the yolk
- Plant-based proteins: beans, legumes, quinoa, tempeh, and tofu
Low Carb And Leafy Green Vegetables
Don’t be afraid to load your plate with leafy green vegetables. They’re packed with nutrients, and you can eat very large amounts without greatly increasing calories and carbs.
Vegetables to include for low carb or low calories eating plans:
- Brussels sprouts
- Swiss chard
Don’t be afraid of eating fats.
Your body still require healthy fats no matter what eating plan you choose. Olive oil and avocado oil are great choices for including in your eating plan.
Other fats such as butter and coconut oil should be used only in moderation due to their higher saturated fat content.
3.Move Your Body
Exercise, while not required to lose weight, can help you lose weight more quickly. Lifting weights has particularly good benefits.
By lifting weights, you’ll burn lots of calories and prevent your metabolism from slowing down, which is a common side effect of lose weight.
Try going to the gym three or four times a week to lift weights. If you’re new to the gym, ask a trainer for some advice. Make sure your doctor is also aware of any new exercise plans.
If lifting is not an option for you, doing some cardio workouts such as walking, jogging, running, cycling, or swimming is very beneficial for weight loss and general health.
Both cardio and weightlifting can help with weight loss.
What About Calories And Portion Control?
If you opt for a low carb eating plan, it’s not necessary to count calories as long as you keep your carb intake very low and stick to protein, fat, and low carb vegetables.
If you find yourself not losing weight, you may want to keep track of your calories to see if that’s a contributing factor.
If you’re sticking to a calorie deficit to lose weight, you can use a free online calculator.
Enter your sex, weight, height, and activity levels. The calculator will tell you how many calories to eat per day to maintain your weight, lose weight, or lose fast.
Note that eating too few calories can be dangerous and less effective for losing weight. Aim to reduce your calories by a sustainable and healthy amount based on your doctor’s recommendation.
9 Weight Loss Tips
Here are 9 more tips to lose weight faster:
- Eat a high protein breakfast. Eating a high protein breakfast could help reduce craving and calorie intake throughout the day.
- Avoid sugary drinks and fruit juice. Empty calories from sugar aren’t useful to your body and can hinder weight loss.
- Drink water before meals. One study showed that drinking water before meals reduced calorie intake and may be effective in weight management.
- Choose weight-loss-friendly foods. Some foods are better for weight loss than other.
- Eat soluble fiber. Studies show that soluble fibers may promote weight loss. Fiber supplements like glucomannan can also help.
- Drink coffee or tea. Caffeine consumption can boost your metabolism.
- Base your diet on whole foods. They’re healthier, more filling, and much less likely to cause overeating than processed foods.
- Eat slowly. Eating quickly can lead to weight gain over time, while eating slowly makes you feel more full and boosts weight – reducing hormones.
- Get good quality sleep. Sleep is important for many reasons, and poor sleep is one of the biggest risk factors for weight gain.
Sample Meal Ideas For Fast Weight Loss
These sample meals plans are low carb, which limits carbs to 20 – 50 carbs per day. Each meal should have protein, healthy fats, and veggies.
If you’d prefer to lose weight while still eating complex carbs, add in some healthy whole grains such as:
- Whole oats
- Whole wheat
- Poached egg with sliced avocado and a side of berries
- Spinach, mushroom, and feta crustless quiche
- Green smoothie with spinach, avocado, and nut milk and a side of cottage cheese
- Unsweetened Greek yogurt with berries and almonds.
- Smoked salmon with avocado and a side of asparagus
- Lettuce wrap with grilled chicken , black beans, red pepper, and salsa
- Kale and spinach salad with grilled tofu, chickpeans, and guacamole
- Enchilada salad with chicken, peppers, mango, avocado, and spices
- Ground turkey bake with mushrooms, onions, peppers and cheese
- Antipasto salad with white beans, asparagus, cucumbers, olive oil, and Parmeasan
- Roasted cauliflower with tempeh, Brussels sprouts, and pine nuts
- Salmon baked with ginger, sesame oil, and roasted zucchini.
- Cauliflower hummus and veggies
- Healthy home made trail mix with nuts and dried fruit
- Kale chips
- Cottage cheese with cinnamon and flaxseeds
- Spicy roaster chickpeans
- Roasted pumpkin seeds
- Tuna pouches
- Steamed edamame
- Strawberries and brie
How Fast Will You Lose Weight?
You may lose 5-10 pounds (2.3-4.5kg) of weight – sometimes more – in the first week of a diet plan and then lose weight consistently after that. The first week is usually a lose of both body fat and water weight.
If you’re new to dieting, weight loss may happen more quickly. The more weight you have to lose, the faster you’ll lose it.
Unless your doctor suggests otherwise, losing 1-2 pounds per week is usually a safe amount. If you’re trying to lose weight faster than that, speak to your doctor about a safe level of calorie reduction.
Aside from weight loss, a low carb diet can improve your health in a few ways, though the long – term effects are not yet known:
- Blood sugar levels tend to significantly decrease on low carb diets
- Triglycerides tend to go down
- LDL (Bad) cholesterol goes down
- Blood pressure improves significantly
Other diet types that reduce calories and increase whole foods are also associated with improved metabolic markers and slower aging. Ultimately, you may find a more balanced diet that includes complex carbohydrates is more sustainable.