How To Lose Weight Fast – What’s The Secret?
EVERYBODY wants to know how to lose weight fast. You might have the wedding coming up, the trip to Mexico, or the class reunion. Whatever the reason might be, people always want to know the secret to losing weight fast. Well, you might be thinking you know what I’m about to say. There is no secret! Weight loss takes a lot of dedication and consistency. That truly is the secret. HOWEVER, don’t quit reading just yet. There are a few tips I can offer that can help you. No fat loss tip can turn you from couch potato to chiseled abs in a short time, and any product or person who claims they can is LYING to you and you should avoid them (phew). With that said, I can teach how to lose weight fast in a reasonable, safe and permanent manner.
I want to make it clear that these tips are for losing weight quickly. These aren’t tips that will necessarily work forever, especially if you’re trying to put on some muscle and build solid muscle definition. Normally, I wouldn’t even recommend a short term weight loss plan, but I’ve had a lot of questions about it, and I don’t want anyone doing anything REALLY stupid to lose weight. These tips will work, but in a safe and reasonable manner.
You’ve probably heard this before, and that’s because it works. The problem most people have with this is that they go CRAZY and cut out all their carbs. Carbs are the body’s ideal source of energy. This is why people who cut out carbs feel irritated, angry, and can’t think. Their body needs some carbs, man! I chose the word reduce and not cut in the heading for a reason. You need carbs to really push and get a good workout, not to mention function properly on a daily basis. Keeping some carbs in your diet will keep your body right hormonally. Cutting out all carbs can send your hormones out of whack, leading to fat storage and muscle breakdown. Keep your carb intake around 20% of your total calories and you’ll see strong weight loss.
In addition to keeping your overall carb intake around 20%, you need to eliminate (cut) ALL high glycemic carbs from your diet. This includes sugar and starchy carbs like potatoes. To find foods that are low on the glycemic index scale, read this.
Weight Loss Tip #2 – Perform A Lot of Compound Exercises
The benefits of compound exercises are vast! You can read my article about compound exercises by clicking here. While the majority of your weight loss will come from your diet, exercise is important to keep your metabolism churning so you burn calories all day and all night. In addition to that, performing quality, compound exercises will help to put your body into a fat burning state through the release of certain anabolic hormones. Hormones are SO important! Keep them in check or your body will FIGHT to keep all of that fat you want to lose.
Some key exercises are chest presses, pull ups, rows, squats and deadlifts. If you don’t have access to a gym, don’t worry! There’s plenty of body weight exercises you can do to ignite your body’s fat burning mechanisms. Push ups, squats jumps and pull ups can all be done at home with little or no equipment. If you’re not sure what to do, check out my article about exercising at home.
Weight Loss Tip #3 – Do Some Kind of High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT)
If you’re still wondering how to lose weight fast, the best cardio to do is HIIT. HIIT burns a lot of calories in a short amount of time, which is great for people who don’t have a ton of time to exercise. Cardio like sprints, hill sprints, squat jumps, or any other type of exercise you can perform at max effort burns a lot of calories, but also builds a lot of muscle. You can’t turn fat into muscle, but if you can burn some fat away and build some muscle in the process, you’ll see changes a lot sooner.
Perform some variation of HIIT 3-4 times per week with a lot of walking on your off days, and you’ll start losing weight fast. For more information of HIIT, check out this article about whether or not HIIT is right for you.
Bonus Weight Loss Tip – Work Your Body Immediately After Eating
I’ve read about this and learned a lot on my own through trial and error. I’m pretty confident that it works though. You can help keep your body from storing the food that you eat by performing a brief bout of exercise after you eat. Ideally, compound exercises that will lead to muscular failure work best. For example, after all my meals, I’d drop down and rep out push ups to failure, squat jumps to failure and sit ups until it burned. Get your heart racing and your muscles fatigued to encourage your body to burn off the food instead of store it.
For a full 30 day program that will teach you how to get fit and stay fit, check out my 30 Day Start Up Program. The 30 Day Start Up Program consists of all the tips explained above and is designed to get your body burning fat faster than ever before.