Friday, October 23, 2009

The Easiest Way to Lose Weight Fast

Have you ever looked into a mirror and hoped that you’d be a bit thinner, but then remembered how though it is to be on a diet and how useless you felt when you noticed that you had gained all that weight back pretty soon after going off the diet? Do you think you are a lost case when it comes to losing weight? Luckily that does not have to be true. Read on to find out more about the easiest way to lose weight fast without having to starve yourself and face another failure.
Most of the diets fail for two reasons, which are hunger and strict diet limits. You can have all the willpower in the world, but the longer you suffer from hunger or have to keep saying no to all your favorite foods, the bigger are the odds that you will fail in your dieting efforts. However, there is one diet plan which doesn’t cause these problems. It is the carbohydrate conscious lifestyle, which basically means avoiding sugar in (almost) all its forms. It is easier than it sounds and actually quite enjoyable.
If you want to limit your carbohydrate intake, avoid starches, grains and sugar. Stay away from packed foods which are often full of unwanted ingredients, like food additives. Instead, eat food high in nutrients. Shop fresh products and prepare them at home. Buy foods with as few ingredients as possible (meat, eggs, vegetables…).
When you reduce the amount of carbs in your diet, you need to get your energy from somewhere. That’s when it is time to start eating more natural fats. Fats are a great source of energy and also something your brain, skin and heart need to function properly. Fats have another benefit: they keep you satisfied for longer, which is great if you are trying to lose weight. Once you have eaten a proper breakfast you will not get hungry right away, which is the case when you eat a meal high in carbohydrates. Get natural fats from butter, cream, olive oil, coconut oil and the meats you eat. Avoid trans-fats. Also take care of your protein intake. Proteins are our body’s building blocks and also important for the immune system.
Granted, the low-carbohydrate diet is not the easiest diet to get started with. You will have to study it a bit before giving it a shot, or at least buy yourself a book with a detailed low-carb diet menu plan. There are several good ones around, and that’s probably the easiest way to get started with this lifestyle. It might help to use a low-carb cookbook like the Stella cookbooks in the beginning to learn more about the diet, but soon when you get used to it, you can start improvising in the kitchen again.
If you want to plan your diet yourself, it is a good idea to start a food diary where you list everything you have eaten or are planning to eat to see how the macro-nutrients are broken down. A food diary will teach you a lot about different foods and their nutritional values. Get ready for some surprises: you will notice that some foods you thought as healthy ones are actually sugar bombs (cereals being a good example). The best food diaries out there can even suggest you foods to eat to keep your nutrient intake within the limits you have set.
The carbohydrate conscious lifestyle is a sustainable lifestyle you can keep up for the rest of your life. It is a great way to keep your weight in control without having to worry about your calorie intake. The people following the diet are saying that they eat less than they used to, because there is no more constant hunger nor cravings. At the same time they eat when they get hungry and until they feel themselves satisfied. That doesn’t sound that bad, does it? Give it a try!

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