Uh oh! That class reunion is coming up. You have a wedding in just a few months. It’s almost summertime and you don’t want to be embarrassed showing off your beach bod.
Whatever the reason, there are times in everyone’s life where they are disappointed with their outward appearance and want to lose some weight quickly. There’s no magic formula to erase 20lbs in a couple of days, but if you’re looking to drop some weight fast, there are a few things you can do to speed up the process.
Eating healthy foods and exercising regularly year-round will keep you fit and allow you to lose weight naturally, but if you need a small boost when you’re in a crunch, here are a few of the best diet tips to lose weight fast that don’t require weird or dangerous pills and medications.
Drink Green Tea
Green tea is well-known for having a positive relationship with weight loss. Research suggests the catechins found in green tea boost your metabolism and help you burn more calories. The caffeine found in green tea also boosts energy.
Cut Out High-Calorie Drinks
Certain beverages like soda and fancy coffee drinks are high in calories. Worse yet, they don’t satiate your hunger the way food can, so you end up consuming a lot of extra calories on top of the foods you eat.
If you consume a lot of soda or fancy coffee drinks like mochas, lattes, etc., you can quickly find yourself gaining weight even if you’re eating a healthy diet. Simply cutting out those troublesome drinks can help you shed a few pounds quickly.
Eat More Spicy Foods
If you’re not a fan of spicy food, you might want to reconsider to give yourself a quick weight loss boost. Researchers at Laval University in Canada found hot peppers speed up your metabolism and help you burn additional calories.
Why is this? Researchers believe the capsaicin found in hot peppers triggers the release of adrenaline which boosts your metabolism. Even better, spicy foods also help reduce your appetite and decrease food cravings.
By adding hot peppers to your meals or even topping your salad with a spicy, low-calorie salsa, you can lose more weight faster.
Cut Back On Salty Foods
Love salty foods like potato chips and pretzels? We do too, but they cause fluid retention that makes you bloated.
By choosing to skip over these items at the grocery store, you can reduce your temptation to eat them. With sodium-rich foods gone from your diet, your body can expel the excess water, and you lose weight.
If to your knowledge you don’t eat a lot of salty foods but you still have a significant amount of bloating, it’s important to check nutrition labels to find out where the excess sodium in your diet is coming from. For example, canned soups and even vegetable juice aren’t things that come to mind when you think of “salty foods”, but they can still contain high levels of sodium.
Add More Vegetables
Even if you feel like you eat plenty of raw vegetables, there’s always room to add more veggies into your diet. For example, top your homemade pizza with vegetables like bell peppers or spinach. Not only will they make your meals more nutritious, the fiber can also help curb your appetite and keep you from overeating.
Which veggies are best? Cucumber, broccoli, spinach, kale, sweet potatoes, green beans, and asparagus should get you started.
Buy organic when possible and if you need more, The Salvation Diet by Chris Walker comes with an excellent list of veggies (and other foods) that will ensure you stay healthy and fit for life! The Salvation Diet is really great if you just want a diet and meal plans for losing weight quickly that are simple and easy-to-do.
(Bonus Exercise Tip!) Fit In Small Workouts
We’ve discussed some of the best diet tips for losing weight fast, and now we will leave you with one good workout tip as well!
Finding the time to exercise can be difficult, but extra physical activity is always beneficial if you want to drop pounds faster. Simply find time to be more active in your daily routine.
For example, most people can fit in a quick five-minute workout (like a set of jumping jacks) while watching television. Or maybe an impromptu dance break after dinner is more your style.
Find ways to incorporate more exercise into the things you are already doing and make it fun! The results might just surprise you.