Many of our patients are looking for quick weight loss solutions. However, effective and long term weight loss does not happen overnight. Our medical weight loss plans are designed to help you lose weight safely and with a gradual process*. However, there are many steps that you can take in order to jump start your weight loss progress. In addition to trying the steps below, be sure to contact our office to schedule a consultation so that we can help you add some helpful tools to your weight loss progress, such as lifestyle nutritional counseling and medications.
Skip Fad Diets
Losing weight is a great accomplishment, but you want to be able to keep it off. Although you may be tempted to opt for quick fixes and fad diets, these are not your best options.
One reason to skip fad diets is because they do not offer sustainable long-term solutions. What good is losing weight if you are going to gain it back in two weeks? Another reason fad diets are not good is because they can be hazardous to your health. If you seriously restrict your caloric intake, your body may have adverse reactions.
Fad diets can also lower your metabolism. Over a period of time, you will notice that your body is not able to burn off calories that way it used to. Instead of turning to fad diets for quick weight loss, eat healthy food.
One of the latest health initiatives involves eating a ‘clean diet’. Eating clean means that you should only eat natural foods such as vegetables, fruits, whole grains, fish, seafood and lean meats. When you adopt a clean diet, your goal is to eliminate all processed and unnatural foods. You should eliminate packaged cakes, cookies, fried foods, fast food, chips, pies and candy. Not only will clean eating help with quick weight loss, it provides a healthier way of eating. By eliminating junk food from your diet, your digestive system will improve. Other benefits include better sleep patterns, increased energy levels, improved skin and reduction and belly fat.
When you are carrying extra pounds, it is likely that a good amount of the excess weight is water weight. Carrying water weight is an indication that you are not providing your body with enough water.
Water is not a magical weight loss remedy, but it is one of your greatest allies when you are trying to shed the pounds. Drinking water helps your body to release the water it is carrying. Drinking water before your meals helps you to eat less food. By eating less food, you will jump start your weight loss regimen.
Keep a Food Journal
Many people eat several times throughout the day without giving their food consumption a second thought. If you mindlessly eat, you could be consuming hundreds of additional calories per day. One way to be mindful of your food consumption and achieve quick weight loss is to keep a food journal. A food journal forces you to pay attention to the types and amount of foods you are consuming.
Anything that you eat during the day should be recorded in your food journal. Even if you eat one piece of candy, you should record it. This activity will cause you to reconsider your food choices.
Practice Portion Control
If you are like most busy people, you eat at restaurants during the week. Most restaurants sell their meals in large portions. Some of the servings can feed two or three people. A great way to quickly get rid of the pounds is to reduce the amount of food you eat. You can easily control your portions with a few strategies.
One strategy is to use small plates as you are dining. Another strategy is to fill your plate as you normally would, and then remove half of the food from your plate. This idea may seem counterintuitive, but you must eat small portions of food regularly in order to achieve quick weight loss. Eating frequently provides your body with the necessary dietary requirements. Make it a habit to eat at least six small meals a day.
To learn more about quick weight loss methods and to get help from our educated and trained professionals, contact our office today. We can set you up with a medical weight loss plan that is effective and safe in order to help you reach your weight loss and health goals*. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.