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How to Lose Weight Fast: 3 Simple Steps, Based on Science

There are

many ways

to lose a lot of weight fast.

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However, most of them will make you hungry and unsatisfied.

If you don’t have iron willpower, then hunger will cause you to give up on these plans quickly.

The plan outlined here will:

  • Reduce your appetite significantly.
  • Make you lose weight quickly, without hunger.
  • Improve your metabolic health at the same time.

Here is a simple 3-step plan to lose weight fast.


1. Cut Back on Sugars and Starches

The most important part is to cut back on sugars and starches (carbs).

When you do that, your hunger levels go down and you end up eating much fewer calories (

1

).

Now instead of burning carbs for energy, your body starts feeding off of stored fat.

Another benefit of cutting carbs is that it

lowers insulin levels

, causing your kidneys to shed excess sodium and water out of your body. This reduces bloat and unnecessary water weight (

2

,

3

).

It is not uncommon to lose

up to 10 pounds

(sometimes more) in the first week of eating this way, both body fat and water weight.

This is a graph from a study comparing low-carb and low-fat diets in overweight or obese women (

4

).

The low-carb group is eating until fullness, while the low-fat group is

calorie-restricted and hungry.

Cut the carbs and you will start to eat fewer calories automatically and without hunger (

5

).

Put simply, cutting carbs puts fat loss on

autopilot.


Summary

Removing sugars and starches (carbs) from your diet will reduce your appetite, lower your insulin levels and make you lose weight without hunger.


2. Eat Protein, Fat and Vegetables

Each one of your meals should include a protein source, a fat source and low-carb vegetables.

Constructing your meals in this way will automatically bring your carb intake into the

recommended range

of 20–50 grams per day.

Protein Sources


  • Meat:

    Beef, chicken, pork, lamb, etc.

  • Fish and Seafood:

    Salmon, trout, shrimp, etc.

  • Eggs:

    Whole eggs with the yolk are best.

The importance of eating

plenty of protein

cannot be overstated.

This has been shown to boost metabolism by 80 to 100 calories per day (

6

,

7

,

8

).

High-protein diets can also reduce cravings and obsessive thoughts about food by 60%, reduce the desire for late-night snacking by half, and make you so full that you automatically eat 441 fewer calories per day — just by

adding

protein to your diet (

9

,

10

).

When it comes to losing weight, protein is the

king of nutrients

. Period.

Low-Carb Vegetables

  • Broccoli
  • Cauliflower
  • Spinach
  • Tomatoes
  • Kale
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Cabbage
  • Swiss chard
  • Lettuce
  • Cucumber
  • Full list

    here.

Don’t be afraid to load your plate with these low-carb vegetables. You can eat massive amounts of them without going over 20–50 net carbs per day.

A diet based mostly on meat and vegetables contains all the fiber, vitamins and minerals you need to be healthy.

Fat Sources

  • Olive oil
  • Coconut oil
  • Avocado oil
  • Butter

Eat 2–3 meals per day. If you find yourself hungry in the afternoon, add a 4th meal.

Don’t be afraid of eating fat, as trying to do both low-carb AND low-fat at the same time is a recipe for failure. It will make you feel miserable and abandon the plan.

To see how you can assemble your meals, check out this

low-carb meal plan

and this list of

101 healthy low-carb recipes

.


Summary

Assemble each meal out of a protein source, a fat source and low-carb vegetables. This will put you in the 20–50 gram carb range and significantly lower your hunger levels.


3. Lift Weights 3 Times Per Week

You don’t

need

to exercise to lose weight on this plan, but it is recommended.

The best option is to go to the gym 3–4 times a week. Do a warm-up and lift some weights.

If you’re new to the gym, ask a trainer for some advice.

By lifting weights, you will burn lots of calories and prevent your metabolism from slowing down, which is a common side effect of losing weight (

11

,

12

).

Studies on low-carb diets show that you can even gain a bit of muscle while losing significant amounts of body fat (

13

).

If

lifting weights

is not an option for you, then doing some cardio workouts like walking, jogging, running, cycling or swimming will suffice.


Summary

It is best to do some sort of resistance training like weight lifting. If that is not an option, cardio workouts are also effective.


Optional — Do a “Carb Refeed” Once Per Week

You can take one day off per week where you eat more carbs. Many people prefer Saturday.

It is important to stick to healthy carb sources like oats, rice, quinoa, potatoes, sweet potatoes, fruit, etc.

But only this one higher carb day — if you start doing it more often than once per week you’re not going to see much success on this plan.

If you must have a cheat meal and eat something unhealthy, then do it on this day.

Be aware that cheat meals or carb refeeds are NOT necessary, but they can boost some

fat-burning hormones

like leptin and thyroid hormones (

14

,

15

).

You will gain some weight during your refeed day, but most of it will be

water weight

and you will lose it again in the next 1–2 days.


Summary

Having one day each week where you eat more carbs is perfectly acceptable, although not necessary.


What About Calories and Portion Control?

It is NOT necessary to count calories as long as you keep the carbs very low and stick to protein, fat and low-carb vegetables.

However, if you really want to count them, use

this calculator

.

Enter your details, and then pick the number from either the “Lose Weight” or the “Lose Weight Fast” section — depending on how fast you want to lose weight.

There are many great tools you can use to track the number of calories you are eating. Here is a

list of 5 calorie counters

that are free and easy to use.

The main goal of this plan is to keep carbs under 20–50 grams per day and get the rest of your calories from protein and fat.


Summary

It is not necessary to count calories to lose weight on this plan. It is most important to strictly keep your carbs in the 20–50 gram range.


How Fast You Will Lose (and Other Benefits)

You can expect to lose 5–10 pounds of weight (sometimes more) in the first week, then consistent weight loss after that.

I can personally lose 3–4 pounds per week for a few weeks when I do this strictly.

If you’re new to dieting, then things will probably happen quickly. The more weight you have to lose, the faster you will lose it.

For the first few days, you might feel a bit strange. Your body has been burning carbs for all these years, so it can take time for it to get used to burning fat instead.

This is called the “low-carb flu” or “

keto flu

” and is usually over within a few days. For me it takes three. Adding some extra salt to your diet can help with this.

After the first few days, most people report feeling very good, with even more energy than before.

Despite many decades of anti-fat hysteria, the low-carb diet also improves your health in many other ways:


  • Blood sugar

    tends to go way down on low-carb diets (

    31

    ).

  • Triglycerides

    tend to go down (

    32

    ).

  • Small, dense LDL

    (the bad) cholesterol goes down (

    33

    ,

    34

    ).

  • HDL

    (the good) cholesterol goes up (

    35

    ).

  • Blood pressure

    improves significantly (

    36

    ,

    37

    ).
  • To top it all off, low-carb diets appear to be just as easy to follow as low-fat diets.


Summary

You can expect to lose a lot of weight, but it dependson the person how quickly it will happen. Low-carb diets also improve your health in many other ways.


You Don’t Need to Starve Yourself to Lose Weight

If you have a medical condition, talk to your doctor before making changes because this plan can reduce your need for medication.

By reducing carbs and lowering insulin levels, you change the hormonal environment and make your body and brain “want” to lose weight.

This leads to drastically reduced appetite and hunger, eliminating the main reason that most people fail with conventional weight loss methods.

This is proven to make you lose up to

2–3 times as much

weight as a typical low-fat, calorie-restricted diet (

38

,

39

,

40

).

Another great benefit for the impatient folks is that the initial drop in water weight can lead to a big difference on the scale as early as the next morning.

Here are a few examples of low-carb meals that are simple, delicious and can be prepared in under 10 minutes:

7 Healthy Low-Carb Meals in 10 Minutes or Less

.

On this plan, you can eat good food until you’re full and still lose a ton of fat. Welcome to paradise.

This is is a syndicated post. Read the original at www.healthline.com

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