Want to burn some fat, lose a few pounds, and get your body ready for summer? Follow these proven “fast and healthy” weight loss tips and you could have a beach-ready body within just a couple of weeks!
1. Go low carb and cycle your calories.
When it comes to losing weight quickly, sugars and starchy carbohydrates are definitely not your friends. By limiting your intake of these foods, you’ll get your insulin and blood sugar levels under control. This will make it much easier to get rid of that extra belly fat.
Eat mostly lean meats, fish, veggies, nuts, seeds, and healthy fats from olive oil, avocado, etc. A few pieces of fresh fruit each day is also a good idea, especially when used as a snack and combined with a protein source such as nuts or low-fat cheese. You may also want to cycle your calorie intake in order to keep your metabolism from slowing down.
2. Build some muscle.
It’s a simple truth: more muscle equals a sexier, more “toned”-looking body. The more lean muscle tissue you have, the faster your metabolism will be, which means you’ll burn more calories all day long.
The best way to add some extra muscle fast is to do 2 or 3 full-body strength training workouts per week. Focus on doing big compound “multi joint” exercises like squats, pushups, chest presses, pullups, rows, lunges, etc. Use free weights and your own bodyweight. Limit your workouts to about 30 minutes total.
3. Do HIIT cardio exercise.
High intensity interval training (aka “HIIT”) is one of the most effective ways to lose weight fast and create a lean, toned, sexier-looking body at the same time. HIIT workouts are generally much shorter than typical cardio workouts yet they yield better results faster.
For extra fat-burning, metabolism-boosting results do your HIIT workouts immediately after your strength training workouts, when your body’s glycogen (stored carbohydrate) levels are depleted. This will force it to use body fat for energy.
4. Use whey.
Whey protein is a “secret weapon” in the fight against body fat. You can lose weight, build muscle, support your immune system, and just basically feel great by consuming 1-3 whey protein-based shakes per day. Simply mix some whey protein powder into some water, juice, or milk. Add some fresh or frozen fruit and/or some peanut butter, coconut oil, etc. for a great-tasting and healthy meal.
5. Use the power of healthy snacks.
Have healthy snacks with you at all times. This will help to keep your hunger and food cravings in check, which makes it much easier to stick to a fat-burning diet. Good weight loss snacks include:
— nuts and seeds (unsweetened)
— low-fat cheeses (mozzarella sticks are a great choice)
— fresh veggies with low-calorie dipping sauce
— fresh raw fruit combined with nuts, seeds, cheese, or some other lean protein source (to keep insulin in check)
— protein bars and
— whey protein shakes.