Just as I get a lot of e-mails and phone calls on how to gain weight, I get even more asking how to go about losing weight effectively and safely. When attempting to lose weight you must take into account three factors, and they are as follows.
Lose Weight Quite simply, if you do not eat correctly, you can take all weight loss supplements you want, but you will not maximize your weight loss efforts. For starters, cut out 500 calories of your daily diet. Over the course of a week, that equals exactly a 1lb weight loss. Low carbohydrate diets are extremely popular right now, and for good reason – they work. The downside is they are very difficult to follow, and only the most strict of dieters can manage to follow it successfully. What I suggest is a more practical approach, yet still very effective. Attempt to eat the large majority of your carbohydrates in the morning and early afternoon. This will give your body the energy it needs to sustain you through the rest of the day.
The reason you want minimize your carbohydrate consumption in the evening is you will build up all that energy, and you will not put it to use. You will go to to sleep with all this stored up energy (carbohydrates) and it will not be put to use. What this means is that those carbohydrates (essentially sugar) will be converted to fat – not what you desire, obviously. When choosing your carbohydrates, be sure they are complex carbohydrates – not simple.
Examples of complex carbohydrates are fruits, whole wheat bread & vegetables. Things like soda, candy, & cookies are simple carbohydrates. The difference is complex will fuel you for a longer, more sustainable length time. Simple will give you a sudden burst of energy that lasts only for a very short time, then you'll feel tired and out of energy. Keep your protein intake high, and your fat intake moderate. A great protein powder to take before bed is 100% Whey Protein This protein is ideal for those wanting to lose weight. Each serving contains 23 grams of protein and only 3 grams of carbohydrates. Absolutely perfect for the late evening.
Lose Weight Exercise
I think it goes without saying, but I will say it anyways – you must exercise! I suggest walking or running, and/or weight training. Try and fit in some sort of exercise 4 times a week when on a weight loss program. One suggestion I might make is interval training.
Running steadily is often to difficult for a lot of folks, yet continuous walking does not provide a challenge great enough to feel like you've really put in a good workout. This is when I instruct people to incorporate interval training, which is simply walking and running in the same exercise session. The way I suggest starting is using a walking to running ratio of 3:1. Walk for 60 seconds, then run for 20 seconds. Doing 15 of these cycles will give you 20 minutes of fairly intense exercise which will allow you to work up a good sweat.
Supplementation, if used correctly and responsibly, can help you greatly in your weight loss efforts. Besides the 100% Whey Protein I mentioned above, I would recommend a thermogenic weight loss product.
The particular product I recommend is Hydroxycut Hardcore Pro Series This is enormously popular right now, and the results our customers have been experiencing are fantastic. This product is not recommended for women who are pregnant, those with high blood pressure, or people under 18 years of age. Follow the instructions on the bottle and you will not be disappointed with this product.
Good Luck and stick to it!