Easy ways to shed 5 pounds, fast!
Whether you are looking to kick those weight loss resolutions into high gear, jump start a new weight loss plan, or finally shed those lingering few pounds, these 5 tips to drop 5 pounds will help get you to your goal and feeling great.
Eat breakfast. Studies have shown that people who eat breakfast regularly consume 100 calories less per day than those who skip it and breakfast eaters have been able to maintain their weight loss for longer periods of time than non-breakfast eaters. So start your day off right and make sure your breakfast is a mix of protein (like eggs, Greek yogurt, nut butters) and fiber (whole grains, fruit, or vegetables).
Pack in the produce. The fastest way to shed pounds is to double (or even triple) the amount of veggies you have per day. They are mostly made of water, so you can eat a lot of them without adding calories and they are high in fiber that fills you up and curbs your appetite throughout the day. They can be fresh or frozen, and you can get creative and colorful, try yellow and orange peppers, purple cabbage, eggplant, black kale, spinach, artichokes, asparagus, Brussels sprouts, or any other veg that looks good to you.
Sample more seafood. Fish and seafood are low in calorie and high in lean protein, a double win for weight loss. Researchers have found that lean protein can speed up your metabolism, helping you burn more calories throughout the day, while also keeping you satisfied and less likely to overeat at meals. Fish and seafood are also high in omega-3 fatty acids, healthy fats that have been linked to improved cognition, fighting inflammation and improving heart health, plus healthy fats can actually help your body burn fat too. Aim to eat at least 12 ounces of fish per week (thats about 2-3 entrees worth).
Add in calcium-rich foods. Some researchers have linked calcium-rich foods to suppressing calcitriol, the hormone that increases fat storage and enlarges fat cells. Adding in foods (not supplements) that provide good amounts of calcium can help prevent this hormone from storing fat and speed up your weight loss. An added bonus of calcium is that will also keep your bones strong and prevent osteoporosis. Get your calcium from dairy (milk, Greek yogurt, cheese), tofu, spinach, collard greens, beet greens, broccoli, and sardines.
Drink more. Aim to drink at least 64 ounces (or 8 glasses) of water a day and two cups of green tea (hot, iced, or matcha-style). Staying properly hydrated is important for keeping your metabolism at full speed and green tea has been linked to boosting metabolism, speeding up the rate at which you burn calories. Water also prevents you from feeling sluggish throughout the day, so that you have enough energy to make it to the gym after work. And our bodies often mistake hunger for thirst, so staying properly hydrated will help prevent you from adding unnecessary calories to your day.