However, most of them will make you hungry and cranky.
If you are not very determined, the negative effects will cause you to give up on these plans quickly. When trying to lose weight fast, your focus should be on how to lose weight fast while boosting your metabolism and reducing appetite and cravings.
A simple video that explains it all
Step 1. Drastically reduce your intake of simple sugars
One thing all crash diets agree on is cutting down intake of starch and simple sugars. When you cut down simple sugars, it lowers your insulin levels, your hunger levels go down and you end up eating much fewer calories.
Now instead of burning carbs for energy, your body starts utilizing stored fat for energy. For those of us with sensitive stomachs, it also helps to shed unnecessary water weight resulting in reduced bloating.
Step 2: Eat Protein, Fat, Vegetables, and Fiber
Each one of your meals should include a protein source, a fat source, low-carb vegetables, and fiber.
When each of your meals contains a protein source, a fat source, low-carb vegetables, fiber, you practically have all the macronutrients in one plate and this will help you to lose weight fast, boost metabolism while keeping hunger at bay. For more on how to lose weight on a Nigerian diet, click here!
Protein is super important because it keeps you full for longer and about 30% of its calories is utilized while it is being digested. Fat is also amazing because it helps in balancing your hormones. In fact, within 10 minutes of eating a meal with a balanced amount of protein and fat, your body stimulates a hunger-regulating hormone called Glucagon-like peptide 1 which tells you that you’re full and keep you fuller for longer.
Does it make sense? Let me know in the comment section below how often you go for a second serving after eating a well-portioned meal. I’m sure your answer will be rarely. Going for second serving is a common phenomenon with simple sugars and processed foods where we have this uncontrollable urge to keep eating more despite being full.
Step 3: Stock Up on Healthy Foods and Snacks
If you really want to lose weight fast, clear out the junk in your house and stock up on healthy food and snacks.
Don’t rely on willpower. There’s no point buying chocolate with the intent of not eating it. It rarely works. if ever.
By having healthy food and snacks readily available at home, you reduce the chances of you or other family members falling into temptation.
Go shopping preferably with a list and make sure you cater for all macronutrients.
Protein sources include Salmon, Mackerel, Shrimp, Beef, Chicken, Turkey, snail, pork, lamb, eggs etc.
Fat Sources include Olive oil, Coconut oil, Avocado oil, Butter, Avocado, Coconut, Almond nut etc.
Low-Carb Vegetables include Pumpkin(Ugwu), Broccoli, Cauliflower, Spinach, Tomatoes, Kale, Cabbage, Lettuce, Cucumber
Fiber sources include Beans, Brown rice, Oats, Nuts, Vegetables, Chia seeds, Flax seeds etc.
Additionally, there are many healthy and natural snacks that are easy to prepare and take with you on the go.
These include yogurt, fruits eg apple, nuts, carrots, and hard-boiled eggs.
You don’t have to buy everything listed here, they are just examples. Stick with foods you’re comfortable with as shown in the video above.
Remember that half of your plate should be filled with low-carb vegetables. You can eat massive amounts of them without going over 20–50 net carbs per day.
Step 4: Reduce Salt Intake
A high salt intake, usually due to a diet with lots of processed foods, may increase water retention. This is particularly true if coupled with low water intake and no exercise.
When trying to lose weight fast, you need to reduce your salt intake to the barest minimum and completely cut out seasoning cubes aka Maggi.
That doesn’t mean you have to eat bland meals though. To enjoy your meals all you need to do is add natural spices such as ginger, garlic, nutmeg, cinnamon, turmeric, thyme, rosemary, cumin etc.
Most of these natural spices contain compounds which may boost metabolism, increase the burning of fat, reduce appetite and calorie intake while still making your food taste delicious. How cool is that?