Summer is officially here, and that comes with sunny days spent lounging by the pool or at the beach, sipping on sundowners and possibly wearing very little clothing. If this sounds daunting to you then you’re probably one of many people who don’t really feel bikini ready yet. But don’t despair, because it’s never too late to start getting into shape, and there are plenty of ways to lose weight fast.
First things first, losing weight is not just about restricting or denying yourself certain foods, which is why we’ve only included weight loss methods that are safe, healthy and accessible. The methods listed below can be used in isolation or in conjunction with each another, but the best way to get results is to be consistent. Lastly, losing weight is not just about looking good but about feeling good and maintaining healthy lifestyle habits. Keeping that in mind, let’s get into our list of top 7 ways to get into shape fast, for beginners.
Sugar is one of the main culprits behind not only weight gain, but a number of health problems from diabetes to hypertension and it’s one of the leading causes of childhood obesity. So one of the first things to do if you want to lose weight fast is to eliminate all sources of artificial and harmful sugars from your pantry and your diet. This includes things like ketchup, cooldrinks, bread, yoghurt, ice cream and others, where sugar is usually one of the main ‘hidden’ ingredients. The good news is that you can easily replace normal artificial sugar with less fattening and natural alternatives like honey, molasses and agave.
Eat smaller portions throughout the day and eat from smaller plates in general.
This one weight loss secret is a favourite among celebrities like Halle Berry, who has used it to get beach-body ready for years. This method includes eating 5 to 6 small meals per day instead of the traditional 3 big square meals per day. Eating this way shrinks your stomach so that you don’t need as much food to fill you up any more, plus it prevents snacking as well. Just make sure to consume low calorie and healthy meals to start seeing the weight fall off within days.
Drink a glass of water before each meal.
Drinking water before a meal helps to fill you up faster because most of what we misconstrue as ‘hunger’ is actually a sign of dehydration. So it’s important to also stay hydrated throughout the day by drinking 8 to 10 glasses of water, some before meals. This way, you won’t mistake dehydration for hunger and you’ll learn to only eat when your body’s giving you genuine hunger cues.
Stay away from deep fried food, especially from fast food places.
These contain trans fats that lead to serious health problems like weigh gain, obesity, breakouts, cholesterol, diabetes, heart disease etc. Rather opt for food that’s steamed, baked, boiled, or even in its raw form.
Exercise without exercising.
We have good news for those who don’t like traditional exercise: there’s more than one way to exercise and burn fat! For example, you can take the stairs instead of the elevator, park your car away from the entrance whenever you’re going somewhere, play with your kids more, and take your dog for a walk more often (if you have one). These and other simple activities are the real and practical ways in which anyone can fit in exercise.
Get rid of the junk food.
Instead of getting depressed for giving in to that cookie or chocolate craving, do the smart thing and get rid of all sources of unhealthy snacks in your home. That means cleaning out your pantry of all junk food, which you can replace with healthy snack alternatives like trail mix, toasted nuts and seeds, health bars, popcorn and your favourite fruits, so that whenever you have the munchies you get access to the good kinds of snacks.
Prepare your meals in advance.
80% of the work when it comes to weight loss lies in eating right, and meal prepping can be a game changer for anyone wanting to lose weight. Not only does it save you time, but it takes away the temptation of wanting to order potentially unhealthy take-out food and instead enjoy healthy home cooked meals. The idea here is to take one day out of the week to prepare your meals in advance, making sure that they’re healthy meals that you’ll enjoy. Follow this link for some inspirational ideas on healthy meals that you can prepare in advance to help you maintain a healthy diet for weight loss.
Well, there you have it! Our list of top five ways that you can lose weight fast this summer, even if you’re a beginner. We’ve made sure to include only accessible, proven and healthy weight loss methods that anyone can implement to see results. Pick one that you like and try it out today.