10 Easy Tips to Help You Lose Weight This Week

With so much nutrition and diet information roaming through the media, it can be difficult to differentiate what is real and what is glitzy media hype. As a personal trainer, nutrition consultant and fitness competitor, I have had to sift through my fare share of fitness magazines, nutritional seminars and college courses. I have condensed and refined the mountain of information into a manageable top ten list. The following is a list of the 10 most successful methods of losing 5 pounds in one week without a dramatic lifestyle change:

Tip 1: Stop counting calories

This may make anyone who has ever dieted laugh in disbelief. Remember when reduced fat and no fat foods were the focus in the diet industry? Do you also remember that reduced fat foods sold like crazy while the obesity epidemic spread like wildfire? New research shows that calorie counting, like reduced fat foods, is not the end-all solution to losing weight. Scientists suggest that what you eat may be just as important as how much. Foods that are rich in nutrients and low in carbohydrates and sugar are key for effective weight loss. Try replacing tortillas with lettuce leafs and potatoes with a green vegetable for starters.

Tip 2: Drink more water

Yes, you've heard that drinking 8-10 glasses of water per day is crucial for your health. Drinking water can also help you lose weight. Drinking water before a meal takes up space in your stomach, making you feel full sooner. Simply drinking one glass of water before your meal could help you cut up to 100 calories or more per meal.

Tip 3: Eat more meals

That's right, another suggestion against what has become industry standard. I'm not suggesting eating more food, I'm suggesting more meals. Breakfast, lunch and dinner with a snack between breakfast and lunch and again between lunch and dinner. Planning your meals and snacks can help you reduce those impulse high-carb snacks that can slow any diet progress. The key is to accelerate your metabolism and replace sugary and high-carb foods with nutrient rich meals and snacks to stave off hunger cravings.

Tip 4: Include protein

Jeff Hample, Ph.D., R.D., a spokesman for the American Dietetic Association says that, "Protein is made up mainly of amino acids, which are harder for your body to breakdown, so you burn more calories getting rid of them." In addition to burning more calories, amino acids help aid in recovery from cuts to muscle damage. Protein contains the building blocks for our body and is typically low in fat and calories.

Tip 5: Get some rest

Research shows that people who get adequate sleep lose weight easier and quicker. Lack of sleep can cause hormonal imbalances causing weight gain. People with inadequate sleep tend to snack more and have irregular eating and exercise habits. Recommended sleep for adults is between 6-8 hours.

Tip 6: Track your progress

Monitoring your weight loss can help you stay motivated and keep to your diet. Track where the weight is coming off with a fat caliper or weigh yourself regularly. Even blogging or posting your progress on your Facebook will help you stay committed because you know people will be counting you. This way family and friends can provide supportive comments when you do well.

Tip 7: Cook your food

Cooking what you eat makes you mindful of what you are putting in your body. The act of cooking itself burns calories. Cooking your food and healthy eating begins with learning about nutrition, which will make future diet choices easier.

Tip 8: No more soda

Did you know that just one 12oz can of coke has 39 grams of sugar! That can alone is enough to stall any diet. Sodas and many of the most common drinks available at a gas station or grocery store are loaded with hard to digest, diet-killing sugar. Try to incorporate green tea (excellent for added weight loss benefits) or calorie-free flavored water drinks into your diet if you need to satiate your sweet tooth.

Tip 9: Eat healthy fats

Now you're probably wondering, who is this guy? First don't count calories, then eat more food and now I want you to eat fats? Before you grab the bacon, I am referring to the healthy fats. That's not a typo, there are such a thing as healthy fats. Denying your body of healthy fats can disrupt your hormone levels and increase your hunger cravings. Healthy fats are found in foods like nuts, eggs, seeds or avocados. Try eating these foods for the between meal snacks mentioned in tip 3.

Tip 10: Don't eat foods from a can or box

Most of the foods that are processed and preserved tend be high is sugar, sodium and carbohydrates. By eating whole, fresh foods from the grocery store you can cut away huge amounts of excess calories and sugars. You may even find that fresh food really does taste better.

Eating healthy shouldn't feel like a chore. You don't need to make a dramatic lifestyle change to see results. Simply following these 10 tips for losing weight this week can help put you on the track for long-term success.
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Ryan L.W. is a Certified Personal Trainer and fitness competitor. Author of various articles on weight loss, sports supplements, fitness and general health. Ryan currently advises on health and nutrition for various companies and people on the west coast U.S.A.

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