Quick Way to Lose Weight Without Drugs

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Increase your cardiovascular exercise dramatically.

Losing weight in a pinch takes a bit of dedication as well as some realistic goals. While you cannot lose 20 pounds in one week, you can certainly lose 4 or 5 pounds by restricting your diet and increasing the amount of exercise you perform. The trick to losing weight so quickly is to stay focused and dedicated to the regimen so that once you burn the excess calories, you do not consume them again in a moment of "candy bar weakness." Some people take over-the-counter stimulants in increase their metabolism. However, you can lose weight quickly without those drugs.


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      Restrict your diet. Remove all bread, pastas, rice, crackers, potatoes and high fat foods from your diet. Instead focus on eating lean meats, such as chicken breast, or fish, as well as vegetables such as broccoli, spinach and peppers. Aim to eat between 1,300 and 1,700 calories for the entire day. Eliminate alcohol from your diet. Alcohol must burn off in your body first before any other carbohydrates, proteins or fats are burned.

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      Increase your cardiovascular exercise dramatically. Working out twice during the day will help you burn fat twice instead of just once if you are really trying to lose weight quickly. Aim to perform 30 minutes of cardio in the morning and night. Attempt two sessions of 45 minutes if you are already in good condition and are used to an hour of cardio several times a week. Cardiovascular activities include running, cycling and swimming.

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      Perform resistance training. While boosting your cardio, you need to balance it out with resistance training and work your muscles. Performing solely cardio may cause your body to burn muscle tissue instead of fat, as muscle fibers can be broken down during intense, elongated, aerobic exercise. Perform light resistance training three times per week to counteract that possibility. Light resistance exercise includes sets of push-ups, pull-ups and sit-ups.

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      Drink plenty of water. You must keep your cells properly hydrated if they are going to work properly. Drink eight to 12 eight-oz. glasses of water to help compensate for the extra water weight loss from your exercise regime.

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      Refrain from eating after 6 p.m. Calories consumed late at night tend not to burn because your body goes into rest mode while you sleep. These calories are then converted to fat. Conversely, when your stomach is empty while you sleep, you will burn more calories. Snack on high-fiber, low-calorie foods such as raw broccoli or peppers if you become hungry during the night. You can dip them in plain or spicy mustard for flavor, if desired, as mustard is a low-calorie food. (Avoid honey mustard as it contains a lot of sugar.)

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      Stay the course. This is especially imperative with the diet. Varying from the program when trying to lose weight in a quick amount of time can seriously cut into your results. After you have reached your goal, you can introduce foods back into your diet slowly.

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