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How to Lose 50 pounds in 6 Months And Stay Healthy

Aug 15, 2008
This is how to lose 50 pounds in 6 months - you need to be realistic, you need to be motivated, you need to sacrifice some aspects of your lifestyle and you need to know what and where you are doing. Knowing these personally is a good start before you try to make changes to your weight. For one, 6 months is realistic, but why add a time line to your fat loss. Why not just get make gradual changes to your lifestyle, act on it and let time do the rest. If you really want to lose 50 pounds, toss the 6 months away, learn what you have to do, follow the guidelines and let it grown on you. Over time, the new changes will form a solid foundation of your new lifestyle habits that will last a lifetime. Anyways, below are 5 ways to show you how to lose 50 pounds in 6 months and keep it off for good-

1. Get into protein like tuna, salmon, eggs and low fat dairy foods. Not only protein is beneficial for muscle development - protein has a higher satiety ranking. In other words, protein foods will help you stay 'fuller' for longer. Compared to foods that are high in carbohydrate and fat,protein rich foods are more effective at suppressing something called ghrelin, a hormone that is secreted by the stomach to stimulate appetite.

2. Eliminate DEAD processed, empty calorie foods and drinks. So what's empty calories? There are the kind of foods that supply us with calories and little else. The next time you're grocery shopping try to avoid the following : white bread, white rice, cereal, pasta and fried food with breading; Ingredients beginning with the word 'enriched', it has less than 5 grams of fiber and/or more than 8 grams of sugar; ready to eat in a bag or box that comes with ingredients you can't pronounce; lastly, ditch the fizzy drinks. Processed, empty calorie foods and drinks burn less calories, rapidly increase and decrease your blood sugar levels, resulting in hunger and fatigue which will slow your metabolism. Instead choose, wholesome, fresh foods over dead processed foods - you will get full on fewer calories and more importantly you will get loaded with nutritional benefits!

3. Stay away from foods with a high fat content. This is the fact, the more fiber, protein and water a food contains, the longer it will satisfy you, while the higher the fat the sooner your stomach will start crying out to be fed again. But for people who always had a high fat diet, go low fat - buy lean meat (meat trimmed of fat, and chicken without skin), buy low fat dairy, and low fat snacks. The point here is, don't cut out the fat from your meals completely as healthy fats are essential for the body - just eat in moderation and enjoy.

4. This is the obvious point but often misunderstood - but Eating Less makes you hungry! But if you Eat little, but more often, you will control your cravings. The best approach to combating the snack attack is to plan a daily dose of five to six healthy meals a day for sustained energy and better concentration, so tap into your inner bovine and graze away. Eating less, but more often controls blood sugar levels, preventing dips in energy and focus once that 'high' from your loaded lunch has dwindled. You'll also be less likely to gorge at the nearest KFC. The challenge is to keep your mini meals 'mini'. It's critical that at the end of the day, the calorie content of your mini meals does not exceed what you would eat in three larger meals. The best rule is, fill up of your plate with leafy veggies for fiber load.

5. As you improve your fitness - alternate short bursts of high intensity with lower intensity activity. These kind of workout will fry and boost your fitness faster than exercising at a constant, moderate pace. For example, try 30 seconds of sprint interval for every 5 minutes of treadmill time, or in the pool, 1 speed lap after a few slower laps.

Finally, 6 months is a reasonable time to lose 50 pounds, but to reduce the risk of a big let down - add 1 to 2 months onto your time frame, or forget it completely. The last thing you want is to add more pressure. The best approach to this is to look after your body by following the guidelines, sticking to it and allowing time to take care of the rest. Down the road, whilst growing into this new lifestyle, you can lose 50 pounds or more - but more importantly keep the weight off.
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