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How to Lose Weight Fast?

You want it badly, don’t you?

You want to shred off that fat as quickly as possible.
You are tired of sucking that belly in while clicking photographs with friends or family.
You look at your old clothes and wish if you could wear them again since they do not fit you anymore.
If the lift of your building stops working, you get pissed off as you have to climb those stairs.

I know you want to change, you want to become fit again…
You know that burger or samosa or sandwich which you are eating right now is not good for you, but you can’t help it. This has become a routine in your day to day life.

As you are getting closer to your career goals, you are drifting away from your health.
Because of workload, often you skip your meals.
You skip your breakfast (the most important meal of the day) telling yourself that you will have your lunch on time.
Then, even you forget to have your lunch on time and eat it by 3 or 4 PM.

I know you are about to give the most famous excuse, I don’t have time for all this.
Who will handle my work, who will take care of my family responsibilities if I start doing all this?

You know you want to change, but you are waiting for your doctor to give that ultimatum.
Then, you will start looking for quick fixes on the internet or start asking your friends and family about how to reduce this belly fat.

I have one answer to all your questions.
The answer is STOP LOOKING FOR A QUICK FIX.

I will explain in detail why you should not look for a quick fix.

FAST WEIGHT LOSS IS UNHEALTHY
You must have heard this from your elders that what comes easy goes easy.
Unfortunately, it is true in weight loss as well.
Let’s say, you followed some fad diet and lost five kilos in one week.
But what you don’t know is most of the weight you lost is water weight which you will gain back once you come on a normal diet.
It will again hamper your confidence and you will never try losing that weight again.

PEOPLE ALWAYS WANT QUICK FIXES
Have you ever asked this question to you, why do you want to lose weight quickly?
If not, now is the right time.

We all want instant results, instant fix to the problem, instant gratification.
Why have we become like this?
The instant text that you receive from your friend when you feel lonely, the instant likes that you get when you upload your photo on these social media platforms, the instant message you receive from your friends when you remove your DP from these social media platforms.
Are these things causing this instant want in you?
Think…

Here is one more example so that it becomes clear to you that fast weight loss is not an option.
Think of this, did you gain all this weight in a week or in a month or two months?
No, right?
Then, is this sense to lose this weight in one week or a month?
Think about it and answer to yourself.

What should you do then?

Here is what you should be doing,

FOCUS ON THE JOURNEY THAN THE END GOAL
Forget about losing fat quickly and start enjoying the process.
Now you must be thinking, Prasad are you telling me to enjoy running on a treadmill for hours, are you telling me to enjoy that one hour sweaty training in the gym.

No. I am not asking you to do anything against your will.
I am just telling you to take on that one activity which you enjoy and do it every day for thirty minutes or for an hour.
Then, may it be dancing, cricket, tennis, any sport or cycling swimming, any martial art, Zumba anything.
You just pick that one activity and get that butt off the ground.

SLOWER WEIGHT LOSS IS BENEFICIAL THAN FASTER WEIGHT LOSS
As I mentioned earlier in the blog, in faster weight loss, you tend to lose water weight than the actual fat. Once you go off the diet you gain all that weight back.
Instead, you should focus on getting on the diet which you can take for the rest of your life.
Such a diet should help you to learn good long term eating habits.

How can you get on such a diet?
You need to start educating yourself about what food is right for you and what is not.
You should start reading some books on nutrition and get knowledge.
If you can’t do that, take help from a professional.
You can consult a nutritionist for some time and then you will build a habit of making healthy choices.

I hope you will not fall prey to such fad diets gain and start looking for a fast weight loss solution on the internet.

If I can have patience and lose twenty kilos in two years, I am sure you can have some patience too to transform yourself.

Finally, I will leave you on this note,
Stop looking for quick fixes, build patience and remember,
IF I CAN, YOU CAN TOO!

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Weight Loss

How to Start Your Weight Loss Journey?

Whenever you try to lose weight, the first question which comes to your mind is How?. Right?

You tried fad diets, forced yourself to get up early in the morning and go for a walk or a jog.
You took that gym membership but never ended up using it.

After every new year celebration, you make a resolution of becoming healthy, but it never happens.
You keep gaining extra kilos year after year and that dream of becoming fit, remains as a dream.

It’s not just you who are facing this issue.
There are tons of people in the world who are going through the same problem.
first, they become overweight then they become obese.

Here is the recent research published on obesity in India.

Now, you must be thinking, I know all this.
Why are you telling me these things again?
No, I am not here to just introduce you to the problem and go.
I am here to help you!

After losing 20 Kilos, self-educating myself about exercise and nutrition for around 2 years, I am here to help you with an answer.

To lose weight and to become healthy, you need to follow these 6 steps:

1. Choose your Why?

The first thing which is very important in anything that you do is choosing your why.
Why do you want to lose weight? Why do you want to be fit and healthy?
This reason can be anything.
It can be, you want to look good in clothes or you want to play with your kids the way you used to play before or you want to impress girls. It can be anything.
This reason should be strong enough to hold you on this journey of becoming fit.

2. Choose How?
You need to figure out how you are going to start this journey.
You can start running, you can start going Gym, you can learn some dance form which you always wanted to learn, you can learn any martial art form, you can learn yoga, etc, etc.
It is totally up to you, what you want to select and what you enjoy doing.

3. Choose How often?

After selecting how now it is time to select how often you can do this?
If it’s possible, you do it every day. If you cannot take out the time every day, you can do it thrice a week, twice a week. It depends on you, but make sure you show up on the days that you have selected for yourself.

4. Clean your diet

Diet is the most important thing when it comes to weight loss or fat loss.
You know deep down within you what food is good for you and what is not.
Start making healthier choices in your daily routine.

Start with small changes

Start having whole wheat or whole grain bread instead of sugary biscuits for breakfast.
Start eating Upma or Poha or Idli or Vada or Dosa or Oats for breakfast or for an evening snack.

Avoid juices, sugary drinks, sugary cereals, white bread.

Start having 1 teaspoon of sugar in your chai instead of 2 teaspoons.

Reduce your frequency of ordering from online food delivery apps as you are not sure of what kind of oil and substances they put while cooking your food.

Start carrying home-cooked food to your office, college.
Eliminate junk food completely from your diet. If you can’t eliminate it completely, eat once a week.

Control your cravings (This is where your why will help you)

5. Keep a track of your progress

Try keeping a track of your progress.

If you can keep a track of your weight on a weekly basis, that will be great.
You can compare the weight of the first week of the second week.
Though, tracking your weight is not the best way of tracking progress as your weight includes your water weight, muscle mass, and fat mass.
however, for a beginner, it will help.

Another option is using your mirror. You can click a picture of yours every day and after a week or two, you can compare it and see the progress. Don’t compare your first-week picture with the second-week picture as to when you start exercising newly, it takes a while to see results that can be visible to naked eyes.
It will at least take three to four weeks to see good results.

6. Take help from professionals if you need

You can take the help of the following professionals:

Nutritionist- If you don’t want to go through the pain of making healthier food choices by yourself or not sure of what to eat and how much to eat, you can consult a nutritionist.
A nutritionist will take care of what food you are allergic to, what you like to eat. He/She will also take into consideration the medical problems(if you have any) and accordingly prepare a diet plan

Personal Trainer- if you have joined a gym for the first time and not sure of what exercises to do, you can consult a personal trainer.
A personal trainer will help you in designing your exercise program, teaching you the correct form and technique of the exercise. He/She will also motivate you when you don’t feel like working out or doing that extra rep in the gym.

These are the six steps that I followed while starting my own weight loss.
You can follow these six steps and kickstart your journey too.

I hope I was able to help you to take that first step towards being your healthier version.
If you have any doubts or suggestions, you can put it in the comments below.

Thank you & Have a great day ahead!