Written by Lisa Allen, MD
If you have a sudden deadline, or just want to lose fat fast to give yourself motivation, then there are many options out there. What you need to look for is a low calorie diet, which can lead to fat loss in only a short space of time.
To shed the pounds quickly, there are quite a few methods that can work. You need to take a look at the different options and choose the extreme weight loss plan that suits you, so that you are able to keep up with the diet and not start an unhealthy method which may lead to you becoming ill.
One thing you need to consider is the time frame. Do not try to exceed the recommended time limit or it will have adverse effects on your health, and may not help you achieve the healthy weight you want, but an unhealthy look.
1. Include Loads of Protein in You Weight Loss Plan
Many diets lead to your body seeking extra energy sources. One of the sources it looks at is body muscle. It breaks these proteins in the muscle down into compounds that can be used to produce energy as an alternative. This will ensure that you do not burn muscle mass and it will also keep your metabolic rate at a high level because they are fairly hard to break down so the body has to work harder to do it. You may still suffer from slight muscle loss (known as atrophy) but so long as you don’t exceed the recommended time allowance then you will not have any major problems.
2. Eat your Greens!
It may sound like something that your parents have said, but they said it for a reason. Green foods tend to be fairly low in calories and also contain many nutrients that are vital for your body. One of the most important nutrients they contain is fiber, which will help keep your digestive system healthy.
As they are low in calories, you will be able to eat more thus filling up your stomach more than if you consume the equivalent amount of calories which is less healthy, making you feel fuller. If you feel fuller, then you will be able to stick to this diet more easily.
3. Keep Drinking
Don’t get too excited – steer clear of alcohol and start drinking more water. By keeping hydrated, you are keeping your stomach filled which will make you feel fuller. It also will help you as, often, people think they are hungry when they are actually thirsty. Alcohol dehydrates you, and is also full of empty calories which will get turned into fat and inhibit your weight loss efforts. The recommended amount is two liters of water a day.
4. Keep a Diary for Your Weight Loss Plan
Use a diary or calendar to keep track of how long you have been on the diet. You can also mark your weight when you weigh yourself to check that you are losing weight. Most extreme diets only last for two weeks, so try not to exceed this. You can use a diary to keep track of how long you have been on the diet and make sure that you are not damaging your health. More than that, if you’re not careful, all that lost weight will find its way back in no time.