Not eating has long been used as an approach to losing weight. People, especially women, starve themselves for periods of time in the hope that they will shed a few (or a lot) of pounds. The truth is that although you can lose weight without eating, you will gain it all back. The science behind it is simple.
When you starve your body you send a message to the brain that there will be periods of starvation in the future. That is why most dieters end up binging and gaining all the weight back – when they are eventually allowed to eat they eat way more than they should because the body is under the impression that it will be denied food at some point in the future. What this means is that no matter how fast you can lose weight without eating you will gain it all back.
So what should you do to lose weight fast?
The best way to know how to lose weight is to know how you gained it in the first place. For most people, it is through consuming sugar. The American diet is saturated with the stuff. It is found in 80% of all foods that are sold in the supermarket.
Manufacturers are using it liberally because they know that it makes things taste better. They are not obligated to list it among the ingredients on the label because there is no law binding them. The most commonplace food items have so much sugar that it is mind-blowing. Ketchup, for instance, contains enough sugar to fill up a quarter of the bottle. Your breakfast cereal is another sugar bomb.
The best way to lose weight is to get rid of sugar. Do your research – manufacturers now have all kinds of names that they use to disguise sugar. You will find it called fructose, high fructose corn syrup, sucrose and many other names. You should be very careful when you shop to avoid all products that contain sugar.
What should you be eating?
Many people are so used to eating junk and sugar loaded foods that they are absolutely clueless when it comes to what they should be eating to stay lean and healthy. In fact, many argue that eating real produce is more expensive than subsisting on junk. There couldn’t be anything further from the truth.
Conclusive research has show that it costs the same to eat healthy as it does to eat junk and sugar loaded foods. In fact, eating junk costs more because in the end you have to pay medical bills – you will develop a chronic condition at some point in your life.
There are many healthy food choices that you can make. Lean proteins are a good example. Visit your butcher and buy chicken, fish, lean beef and any other healthy meats that may be available. You should also buy healthy carbohydrates – pasta, brown rice, oatmeal are just a few examples.
You should stay away from white bread because it is quite unhealthy. In addition to these things you should eat at least 5 servings of fruits and vegetables every day. They provide important nutrients and they will also make you feel sated meaning that you eat less. Drink plenty of water too.
Do sleep and exercise matter?
Yes, it does. Research has shown that people who don’t get enough sleep at night gain more weight than those who do and they also have more problems when they try to lose weight. You should make sure that you get between 6 and 8 hours every night. It has also been proved that stress contributes to weight gain. If you have any issues in your life that are stressing you out then your weight loss efforts may be futile. You should get rid of stress if you want a trimmer, healthier body.
Exercise is also very important. It helps you burn up extra calories but more importantly, it is greatly beneficial for heart health. You should determine a schedule of exercise, working out at least 3 or 4 times a week for at least an hour.
As we mentioned at the beginning, it doesn’t matter how fast you lose weight without eating – you will gain it all back. The best thing to do is use the tips provided here.