What is the best advice you can give to someone who wants to lose weight?
either the best advice you got, or little tricks that can help.
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Nutrition, nutrition, nutrition. You'll hear a lot of advice from people on how to work out properly for fat loss and the truth is they're all right. The reason is because IT DOESN'T MATTER what you do for exercise as long as you keep active and doing things that involve burning off your body's energy supplies provided you are KEEPING YOUR NUTRITION RIGHT.
What you DON'T want to do:
-Eat nothing/too little.
-Completely cut any specific food group or macronutrient (proteins, carbs, fats) from your diet. Your body needs all of these things to survive (unless you are medically sensitive to a specific thing for a specific reason)
-Take "diet" pills.
-Consume only liquids
What you DO want to do:
-Prepare your own foods from scratch often. If you have to, cook a bunch at once for reheating later.
-Olive oil and coconut oil should be the only oils you cook with.
-Focus more on slow digesting carbohydrates than fast.
-Eat only whole grains, not bleached/enriched.
-Meats should be lean meats only
-Drink only water
Be strict about your nutrition and exercise won't matter. Dance, run, jump around in your room while listening to heavy metal, whatever! Just burn energy. You don't have to follow any specific plan for exercise. If you want to fine tune your body for a specific look after you've progressed with your weight loss goals, come back and post a new question then.
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What Guys Said 12
increase protein intake and reduce carbs. eat a lot of vegetables, not fruits cause they have sugars in it :P not sure but I am lazy to google that :P and also if you reduce your water intake you will loose faster but I don't recomend it...wrestlers (the olympic sport) do that in order to stay in their weight category
I'm assuming that you already have an effective workout plan and diet set up. If not there are tons of resources all over the internet that you can get the necessary information from.
Here's the reality of losing weight. During the process you're going to feel fairly hungry and unfilled most of the time, compared to what you're used to. It's a not so comfortable feeling and a lot of people let it get to them, and they end up giving up. What you put in your body is the most important thing. Of course weights, cardio, rest/recovery, and stress reduction are parts of it as well, the food you eat is the most important thing. A bad diet can nullify everything else you're doing to lose wieght. So, when you are having those hunger pains, know that those feelings are good. An effective way to think of it is to pretend that your body is at war with your fat. It's fighting against the fat and when you feel hungry, your body is winning! Be sure to be on a healthy diet that's designed to make you lose weight, but that you are getting all the nutrienst, vitamins, minerals, etc. that you need. DO NOT starve yourself. So that's basically it. Get on a good workout and diet plan, and know that when you feel hungry you're body is winning the war against the fat. It's a good thing.
Also make absolutely sure that your are lifting weights as well. That, combined with cardio will make your metabolism much, much faster than just cardio alone. Higher metabolism, more fat gets burned. You WILL NOT gain big, bulky muscles, I guarantee you. GUYS have enough trouble doing that themselves, and we have boat loads of testosterone helping us do it.
When you get to the weight, or size, that you want to be, don't go back to how you used to eat before. Being healthy and in shape is a lifestyle. Once you achieve your goal you can up your calories a bit, but just monitor yourself. There's tons of wonderful tasting meals that are very healthy, and will leave you feeling happy and content, not hungry.
What Girls Said 6
Obviously, diet change, as has been mentioned a zillion times.
However, do yourself a favor and do NOT cut out a ton of things at once. This will make it much harder to stick to your diet. Gradually cut things out.
Example- soft drinks first. Say you drink them 4-5 times a week. Cut back to 2-3 for a week or two. Then 1-2 a week for a few weeks. Substitute with tea, water, milk, etc. Do this for a couple of weeks and gradually work in some other type of junk food like fries. Then work on something else, all while substituting for something better- whole foods, fruits, veggies, etc.
It's a bit slower, but it works so much better. It weans you off of crappy food and eventually your body just craves the good stuff on its own and there won't be an internal struggle as much. I went this route with cutting back bad food and it was so much easier to deal with than just cutting cold turkey, which is the mistake a lot of people make and is why they fail a lot. Too much too fast.
You can also be more aggressive and cut out a few more things. It all depends on you and how good you are with reminding yourself of what you should avoid/cut back on and substitute with.
Of course, that combined with exercise. Bare minimum is 30 of cardio a day, but you should do 60 min a day most days of the week if possible, though going for 5-6 is acceptable too.
Watch what you eat. Its best to make your own foods and know what goes in it. Be motivated to workout and stick with it. Push yourself too. Definitely eat though. Make sure you get a well balanced diet. You can eat fruits. The sugar in it is natural. Its different than sugar that comes from sugar cane. But like every food, don't overdo it.
eat foods in the most rawest and purest forms possible...raw food diet!
for breakfast: hard boiled eggs with some cayenne pepper, whole grain cereal with skim milk, or oatmeal, oatmeal has some magic to it whenever I eat it my stomach feels flatter the next day! and get the natural oatmeal not the apple flavored those have sugar that you don't need, instead get raw oatmeal warm it up with milk, drizzle honey cinnamon or some brown sugar on top, and put sliced bananas or fresh fruit
for a brunch snack: eat sliced apples, with natural peanut butter, clementines or tangerines, fresh fruit, berries, carrots celery with hummus, some nuts, almonds pistachios etc
for lunch: grilled or roasted chicken breast or fish fillet, salmon, tuna, lean ground turkey burger, sliced turkey, any lean meat with some whole grain pita bread or a huge portion of tossed salad with balsamic vinegrette always have a balanced plate, your plate should have a lean meat, greens and veggies, and some brown carb like whole grain bread or brown rice
for snack: have dark chocolate pieces, almonds, more fruit, or sliced veggies, make a smoothie or fruit juice if you want, have greek yogurt- full of protein! don't eat any other kind of yogurt they have as much sugar as a candy bar! only have greek yogurt! you can even have chickpeas put some spices and eat it like a salad
for dinner: same as lunch, roast veggies in the oven, broccoli asparagus beets squash, toss some spinach in olive oil and garlic, roast chicken or make kababs, sautee some salmon or fish, make ground turkey burgers on whole grain pita bread, and brown rice, make a salad on the side with lemon juice and olive oil
for dessert: more fruit, or if you wanna treat yourself sometimes only have skinny cow brand ice cream its portion control only 160 calories
theres lots of healthy snacks available these days: fresh snow peas, or snap crisps, skinny cow treats or ice cream, 70% dark chocolate, dark chocolate covered almonds, any kind of nuts or trail mix, apricots, cereal- eat the healthy cereal brands like chips something to munch on, greek yogurt, snyders peanut butter pretzels (low sodium), make your own popcorn or get the butter free kind
beverages: stay away from bottled juices or sodas, theyre like liquid candy and sugar bad for u! unnecessary calories! only have water, make your own lemonade take a huge jug put water and ice, squeeze fresh lemon or lime put honey and enjoy, have as much tea as you want, I always like tea I get the vanilla flavor, the lemon citrus, apple cinnamon, tea is a great way to drink something with flavor, make your own smoothies, or get a juicer make your own fruit juice, the ones in the store are from concentrate and are not natural and are sugared down with fructose syrup, so bad for u!,
losing weight is 70% diet and 30% exercise, especially for women, men can pack on muscle here and there and need more exercise, but women really need to emphasize the diet more, in addition to exercise, you need both.
drink lots of water and don't eat. and if you eat, eat fruits.