Eat less and exercise more—that’s the simplistic answer to anyone asking about how to lose weight and shed excess body fat. But if it were really that easy—there will be no overweight women in this world—and all of us would be in great great shape. It turns out, some of your other behaviors also play a big role in losing fat. Here are 16 things you need to do— including several unusual ones—to fire up your metabolism and get your body skinny and sexy quickly—with these tips, you can lose anywhere from 20 to 25 pounds in just 2 weeks. Good luck.
1. YOU NEED TO HAVE A PLAN
As the adage goes: “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.” Have a goal and set specific targets for your week to reach that goal. But, make sure that you don’t end up being too strict with yourself. Life is not just about losing weight and getting sexy (at least it’s for me!). So be sure to find that balance between reaching your goal and enjoying your precious life moments.
2. YOU NEED TO SLEEP MORE
Sleep is not just about getting your body to recover after a long day—it actually helps you fight fat. Researchers at the University of Alberta reported that sleeping less than seven to eight hours a night can increase your appetite, forcing you to overeat; slow your metabolism, causing you to burn fewer calories, and ultimately your body will retain more abdominal fat. If you lack sleep, you’ll also have bad workouts. So, do yourself a favor and get some rest. Your body will thank you.
3. YOU NEED TO PICK THE RIGHT SNACKS
Yes, some people benefit from eating four to six meals per day and enjoying snacks. But researchers from Yale University found that how you snack could be sabotaging your efforts. You may not know this but there’s a high probably that the total calories from your snacks each day can be anywhere between 500 calories to 600 calories—as a reference, an average handful of peanuts has over 120 calories. If you’re a big snacker, choose healthier options so that you’re snacks are nutrient-rich and contains less calories or better yet, cut down on your calorie intake during dinner.
4. YOU NEED TO KEEP TRACK OF HOW MUCH YOU’RE EATING
To successfully lose weight, you need to watch what you eat and how much you eat. But unfortunately, most people do very badly with this. Research has shown that most people grossly underestimate how much they are eating, sometimes by up to 50 percent! So, keep track of your food intake and make sure the calories you consume in everyday is less than what you expend—that’s the true way of losing weight.
5. YOU NEED TO MOVE A LOT MORE
This is, essentially, the second half of the equation—the calories-out side. Unfortunately, most people struggle with this process. In today’s society, we’re largely sedentary: We travel in cars, we work in front of computers all day and we relax in front of the television. Add incidental exercise (like talking the stairs or tapping your foot) in addition to formal activity (such as playing sports, lifting weights, running) to see the greatest benefits.