Try These 8 Things To Lose Weight Faster
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Written By: Suzanne Kvilhaug
Maybe you’ve gained some weight over time and you’re ready to focus on losing it and losing it quickly (and safely!). Or maybe you are determined to lose the last 5-10 pounds that haven’t budged in what feels like ages.
Weight loss can be tricky because everyone is different and everyone has different genetics. What works well for someone else may not work for you at all and vice versa. Eating healthy and exercising is a no-brainer when it comes to weight loss but sometimes you get stuck and need to change things up to experience results. Be flexible about changing your approach when it’s no longer working and be open-minded to trying new things.
1. Don’t cut out fruit, eat more of it!
Fruit has actually been tied to weight loss, not weight gain according to research. Fruit has vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and fiber which help to manage your weight. Plus, who really wants to give up fruit? It just feels wrong and will likely send you into a major junk-food binge and sabotage your eating. If anything, try adding more fruit in and cut back on processed snacks. Watermelons, pears, oranges, blueberries, strawberries, and peaches are great fruits to eat if you are looking to lose weight quickly.
2. Incorporate using essential oils
Sometimes weight loss isn’t entirely about what you eat and how much you move. Considering that cravings, stress, and our moods are the main factors that determine our food choices, essential oils can help in several different aspects. Lavender, grapefruit, lime, and peppermint essential oils are four good oils to start off with. If your downfall is eating when you’re stressed, lavender oil helps bring overall calm and ease to your mind. Lime essential oil can help to suppress your appetite if overeating is your arch nemesis. Experiment with grapefruit essential oil if you feel like your metabolism is too slow or needs a boost. And if you are on the go constantly, peppermint essential oil has an uplifting and energizing quality that helps with concentration and alleviating mental fatigue.
3. Begin using a food diary
Mindful eating can be a game changer and keeping a food diary is one of the best ways to start. In this study, people who kept a food diary helped to double weight loss. Double! I wouldn’t recommend writing in a food diary every day for the rest of your life, but it’s a great way to connect with your behaviors and patterns. When you start to write down everything you eat, you can get an overview of what’s really going on. You’ll notice things you didn’t before, and with awareness comes the ability to change sabotaging habits and unhealthy choices.
4. Skip the gym membership and join a yoga studio
When you want to lose weight and lose it quickly, the motto “go hard or go home” comes to mind. But before you burn yourself out at the gym, consider taking a whole different approach. You’ve most likely tried going hard to lose weight, but did it work and if it did, did it last? Going too hard can backfire and you can end up with injuries or burn out fast and end up back at square one. Yoga is a lower impact workout than most and it is entirely possible to lose weight by practicing yoga. As someone who’s been working on getting in top shape and trying many different workouts, I can say that some of the yoga classes that I take are by far the most challenging. There isn’t as much of a recovery time like other classes either so you can commit to practicing every day too. Vinyasa, Ashtanga, and Power Yoga are three of the best styles to take if you’re looking to lose weight.
5. Spruce up your workout wardrobe
The smallest things can make the biggest difference. If your workout clothes are old and blah, feeling frumpy could be hindering your progress. It may sound silly but looking good means feeling good and it can be the motivation you need to commit to physical activity on a daily basis. When you feel your best you are more likely to stay on track, push harder and make great things happen.
6. Increase your magnesium intake
Magnesium has been called the miracle mineral and one of the reasons is its ability to help with weight loss and muscle recovery. Magnesium is responsible for over 300 enzymatic reactions in our body and we need magnesium for our cells to make energy, to help our muscles relax and more. It also helps to keep digestion regular and reduces insulin resistance. If you’re magnesium deficient it could be contributing to your weight gain or preventing you from losing weight. Consider taking a magnesium supplement and eating more magnesium-rich foods like dark chocolate, avocados, whole grains, and bananas.
7. Put cayenne pepper on it
If you prefer spicy food, cayenne pepper could be your secret weapon for losing weight fast. The spicy taste of cayenne pepper comes from capsaicin, which is known to boost metabolism. Research shows that after eating foods with capsaicin, the body’s metabolic rate can increase to 10-15 percent for up to two hours. Cayenne pepper is versatile and can be used on rice, sprinkled on salads, and added to water.
8. Eat bigger meals earlier in the day
Small breakfast, a medium-sized lunch, and a big dinner could be one of the reasons you aren’t losing weight. Researchers found that eating a big breakfast can be key to losing weight. When you think about it, eating a lot of food late at night and going to bed soon after doesn’t really make sense. It’s the end of the day, activity is limited and now that food is going to sit in your stomach overnight. Waking up everyday signals the end of a fast and you are more apt to burn off food and use the energy more efficiently. If you’re thinking of trying this, don’t assume eating a big breakfast means eating traditional breakfast foods. Skip the pancakes and hold the bacon. Salads, healthy meals, smoothies, and other nutritious choices are a great way to nourish the body to begin the day.