Believe it or not, there is a safe and effective method for losing the weight quickly. If this diet is followed correctly, and the person continues to follow it once the weight is lost, there is also a good chance of keeping the weight off for good.
It is important to have a balanced diet, and to not deprive one’s self of any of the major food groups.
The best thing to do is to switch to buying and eating organic foods and to increase the amount of fruits and vegetables in the everyday diet.
As far as beverages are concerned, it is of vital importance to cut out alcohol, carbonated drinks and drinks that contain a lot of caffeine.
The best things to drink are green tea, which will help replaced coffee and boost energy, as well as provide the body with antioxidants, and to also drink a lot of water, at least two liters every day.
Water cleanses the body and gets rid of toxins, which in turn speeds up the fat burning process.
Water will also keep the appetite in check and prevent late night cravings of food.
Processed foods need to go immediately. Take all of the fast food out of the diet, the pizzas and the burgers, and switch them with good sources of carbohydrates from the oats and rice family. Potatoes are also a good idea, because they will make sure that the blood sugar levels are good and that a person has enough energy for the day.
There are good and bad fats, and everyone needs the good ones. They will protect against diseases, support the immune system, and improve the look of one’s skin and hair as well.
The best way to get these good fats into the body is to eat fish such as mackerel, salmon and sardines.
Three to five servings of such fish a week and a fish oil capsule every day should do the trick.
Lean protein is also essential for improving energy levels and maintaining muscle mass.
Good sources of lean protein are cottage cheese, skimmed milk, shrimp prawns, chicken, turkey, lentils, tofu and soy products.
Fiber is also essential, especially to keep all digestive processes regular. Just by doubling the fiber intake, a person stands to lose 10 pounds in a year. A good amount of daily fiber is about 25 grams.
High fiber cereals are recommended, along with fruits such as apples, strawberries, figs, and vegetables like broccoli, beans, chickpeas and potatoes with skins.
It is also important to eat regularly, at least three full meals a day with healthy snacks in between. The most important thing to do is to eat smaller portions and to eat regularly and not to starve one’s self or to limit one’s self to just one big meal per day.