7 Ways to Lose Pounds Naturally Within Weeks

7 Ways to Lose Pounds Naturally Within Weeks

These days, the health risks and complications associated with obesity are well-known. As such, more and more people are taking steps to keep their weight in check.

However, not all of those steps are the right ones. Many people believe that it is extremely easy to lose weight thanks to the prevalence of so-called weight loss drugs.

This is far from the truth. Not all drugs are effective or even safe. Instead, you must focus on losing weight naturally.

It is certainly possible to lose weight without the help of drugs in a natural manner. More importantly, you can do so without putting your body at risk in a few weeks. If you wish to lose your extra pounds within weeks, here are a few tips to help you out.

1. Increase the Protein Amount in Your Diet

Protein is one of the best nutrients when it comes to losing weight. The benefits of this nutrient are considerable. There are several ways in which protein can help you in your weight loss program.

In order to digest and metabolize proteins properly, the body needs more energy. As such, the body burns up more calories simply trying to digest the proteins you consume. In fact, a diet rich in protein is capable of increasing metabolism by nearly 100 calories in a day. At the same time, proteins tend to make you feel fuller and, thereby, reducing your appetite. In turn, you end up consuming fewer calories.

Of course, proteins are also essential for the growth and development of lean muscles in your body. This is particularly the case when you are following an exercise regimen.

2. Consume More Fiber

After proteins, fiber is one of the most important nutrients that you should consume when you’re trying to lose weight. Like proteins, fiber helps you reduce your calorie intake by making you feel fuller. Generally, you should be consuming around 30 grams of fiber in a day but most modern diets fail to provide it. As such, consume more foods rich in fiber such as fruits and green vegetables.

Another thing you need to know about fiber is that there are two types of fiber. Soluble fiber, as the name suggests, can absorb water becoming a gel-like substance in the process. The other kind is insoluble fiber which cannot be digested by the body or absorb water. Both of these kinds of fiber have their own benefits. However, both of them can slow down the digestive process, keeping you fuller for longer. It also ensures that your body get absorb the most nutrients from the foods you consume.

3. Reduce Carb Intake

Carbohydrates or carbs are one of the staple nutrients in all diets. While it is certainly important for your body, the fact is that it must never be consumed in excess. Unfortunately, carb consumption is the highest of all the nutrients. When it comes to weight loss, it is extremely important to reduce the carb intake since each gram of carbs will provide 4 calories to the body.

Therefore, reducing the amount of carbs you consume will automatically reduce the calories in your diet. In turn, it can be immensely beneficial for your weight loss program.

4. Consume Black Coffee

Contrary to popular belief, coffee is an incredibly healthy beverage. Coffee contains a high level of antioxidants apart from other healthy compounds. As you may know, antioxidants are beneficial for your cardiovascular health. More importantly, coffee is capable of increasing your metabolic rate. As such, it can increase the number of calories burnt, while improving your energy levels.

However, to get the best results from coffee, you must drink it without sugar. Black coffee not only gives you all the benefits of coffee but also has almost no calories whatsoever. Make sure that the coffee is caffeinated as it will boost metabolism and decrease the risks of developing Type 2 Diabetes.

5. Consume Enough Water

Surprisingly, water can actually be of help when you are trying to lose weight. Research suggests that consumption of water may have a positive effect on the metabolic rate, resulting in more calories being burnt. Moreover, consuming water before your meal can decrease the calorie intake. Finally, water is the best replacement for beverages that are rich in sugar and calories.

6. Change Your Snacks

When you are trying to lose weight, you will generally be trying to limit yourself to just three meals in a day. However, you can still feel hungry. When that happens, you should not avoid snacks. You should consume snacks but you must make sure that the snacks you consume are healthy for you.

Snacks are one of the leading causes for weight gain. After all, most people end up consuming unhealthy snacks that are rich in fat, sugar and carbs. By getting rid of these snacks and replacing them with healthier options, you can greatly improve your chances of losing weight. Fresh fruits, carrots, nuts and yoghurt are some of the healthy snacks that you can opt for. Additionally, there are several healthy snack recipes that you can give a try.

7. Don’t Surrender

It is a fact that losing weight is not easy. It takes a certain level of dedication to lose weight effectively. Moreover, it is easy to succumb to temptation. You can easily end up eating more than what you should or consume junk and unhealthy food. These situations are certainly possible. As a result, there will also be times when you feel like giving up.

However, you should never do that. Even if you fail to stick to the plan a couple of times, you must take the effort to do better next time. Strive to follow to the weight loss program no matter what happens. Remember that if you end up surrendering completely, you will never lose any weight.

These are just some of the steps that you can take to start cutting pounds from your weight within a few weeks. Of course, you can always take professional help if you want to step up your weight loss program.

Author Bio:

My name is Holly, I’m a registered Dietitian and personal trainer in Colorado (Dietetics and Health Fitness from Central Michigan University, Master’s degree in Human Nutrition emphasizing in Exercise Science from Colorado State University)