3 Ways to Hasten Weight Loss

September 17, 2010 · 5 comments

This is a guest post by Susan White.

There are some people who seem to stay slim no matter what they eat and even if they’ve never exercised a day in their lives; but for most of us, the only way we can avoid putting on weight is to watch what we eat and sweat it out at least five days a week. Some think that it’s possible to achieve weight loss by popping pills or starving themselves and some even go as far as to have cosmetic surgeries like tummy tucks and liposuction. However, the most effective forms of weight loss are those that are safe and lasting, like the ones listed below:

  • Interval training: The best thing about interval training is that it takes you less time, it’s more effective when it comes to losing weight and gaining fitness, and it’s easy enough to do. All you have to do is vary your cardio routine to include short bursts of intensive activity interspersed with periods of slowing down. For example, if you like to run, instead of jogging steadily at the same pace for an hour, warm up first, then break into a sprint for a minute, slow down to a walk for the next minute, sprint again, then walk again, and so on. You don’t have to exercise for more than 20 minutes with this kind of training – watch the fat burn off and your fitness improve in just a few days.
  • Skip dinner: Now before all you anti-starvation advocates are at my throat, let me clarify that I mean you must skip eating too close to bedtime in order to lose weight. In fact, it’s best if you finish your evening meal three hours before you go to bed. If you’re hungry after that, take refuge in fresh fruits or thin soups that don’t contain too many calories. When you avoid eating at night just before you go to bed, you find that your stomach becomes flat and you lose weight overall.
  • Strengthen your muscles: When you work your muscles, you gain a twofold advantage – on the one hand, you boost your metabolism and so allow your body to burn calories faster and more efficiently, even when you’re sedentary, thus helping you lose weight faster; and on the other, your body looks toned and lean and fit, your clothes look good on you because they’re wrapped around muscle and not fat, and you’re stronger and more agile than ever before. You don’t have to lift heavy weights or do a hundred reps to boost your muscle power, just a few simple squats, lunges and a light workout with dumbbells everyday will do.

The key to losing weight fast is to stick to your program, even if it seems like you’re not shedding a pound. Stay on track, and watch that flab melt away.

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Mike - Fitness Contrarian September 18, 2010 at 10:45 am

Hey John,
Interval training, skipping a late dinner and strengthen your muscles are all good ways to lose some weight and stay fit.

Best - Mike

julie September 20, 2010 at 10:30 am

Do you have some references for the not eating close to bed? I am under the impression that it is not true, and is just persistant rumor, regardless of how often it’s debunked. Not that it’s going to work for me anyway, I go to bed at 11, don’t get home from gym before 8 pm. It’s a rare day that I eat dinner before 9 pm, and I can’t see why that would matter. I’m willing to consider alternate viewpoints, but want to read the citations, not just opinion.

John's Weight Loss Blog September 21, 2010 at 5:19 am

Julie, I don’t know about the science of it but I know for me it is more psychological, if I normally eat dinner at 6 and I find myself in a unique situation where I would have a late dinner right before I am set to go to bed then I would prefer to just gt to bed. I know that for my body if I eat a meal right before bed I wake up hungrier than if I hadn’t eaten.

I think in your case where your schedule dictates you always eat late that it really matters, I think the author was referring to the odd times like in my case where your schedule is unusual.

I just know for me, I am better off not eating late.

Irene October 6, 2010 at 9:31 am

Interval training is great but you need to be already in shape to perform it…

Jim@functional-fitness-facts.com October 24, 2010 at 7:57 pm

No matter when you eat, if you don’t use all of the calories you’ve consumed, your body will store the extra calories as fat. If you’re less active at night, then you need to eat less at night. If you work out at night, especially if you lift weights, then you need to make sure that you eat enough after your workout to fuel muscle recovery and growth. Adjust your food intake based on your energy expenditure.

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