18 Ways To Lose Weight Faster: Proven Weight Loss Tips

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Can you guess America’s number one New Year’s Resolution year after year? If you guessed losing weight you’re 100% correct!

So what is the best way to lose weight and keep it off?

Many believe the key to weight-loss is burning more calories than you eat. But many times it is not so simple. Sure, this works for some people, but often there are other factors to consider, including toxins, motivation, time, health, lifestyle, genetics, and thyroid problems.

Additionally, the quality and types of food we eat can affect whether our bodies tend to shed extra weight or hold on to those last 10 pounds.

I can relate to the weight loss ups and downs because I’ve experienced them at different seasons in my life.

After four pregnancies in six years time, with all the weight changes that come with pregnancy, plus breastfeeding all four babies, my body went through many transformations.

But being a full-time mama to four kiddos under the age of six didn’t leave time for anything outside of prepping and cleaning up after meals, changing diapers, reading to, cuddling and playing with the babies and caring for their needs 24/7.

And I would do it all over again because our children are precious to me and I cherish those times we spent together when they were little.

Being intentional about fitness and eating right was easier when we had our first two babies, but after that it became such a juggling act that most days I was happy to get a shower and brush my teeth. Maybe you can relate? And a good night’s sleep did not come until  later.

I would try to fit in the occasional walk or run and eat healthy as much as possible. But it was a challenge. Some days more than others.

But my story is just one of many examples of challenges we face in life that can make it harder to stay healthy and maintain a healthy weight.

Sometimes we simply need tools to help us meet our goals. If you’re trying to lose weight and have plateaued or just need a boost along your weight loss journey here are some tips that can help accelerate your weight loss.

18 Ways To Lose Weight Faster:

1. Drink a glass of water before each meal.

Our bodies function more efficiently with plenty of purified water. Drinking water helps with the digestion process. The general recommendation is to drink 8 8-ounce glasses per day, or 2 liters, but depending on your size and activity level you might need a slightly different amount. Also, adding lemon to your water can give you some pretty amazing health benefits. To learn more about lemon water you may want to read: 9 Surprising Benefits Of Lemon Water.

2. Include protein with your meals and snacks.

Protein can help you lose weight naturally by reducing hunger pangs and boosting your metabolism.

3. Fill up on fiber-rich vegetables, fruits and other foods.

Eating plenty of fiber fills you and may cut your appetite. Examples of high-fiber foods include:

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Blackberries and other high-fiber foods fill you up and help keep hunger pangs away.
  • blackberries
  • flaxseeds
  • beans
  • avocados
  • almonds
  • figs
  • chia seeds
  • quinoa
  • artichoke
  • acorn squash

4. Get a good night’s sleep.

Did you know that not getting enough sleep can cause you to gain weight? Sleep deprivation disturbs your body’s balance of the hormones leptin and ghrelin, which regulate hunger and fullness.

If you have trouble winding down at night, try taking a hot bath or shower. How much sleep should you be getting? The average adult needs 7-9 hours of quality sleep per night.

5. Only buy healthy whole food.

Stay away from pre-packaged foods that have a long list of ingredients. A long ingredient list usually indicates many artificial additives, preservatives and other harmful chemicals which can wreak havoc on our bodies.

You might also want to consider detoxing to help your system clear the toxins we’re all exposed to. Here are 15 Simple Strategies To Detox Naturally.

6. Find opportunities to move your body throughout the day.

Being sedentary is linked to all sorts of health conditions, including depression, cancer, obesity, high blood pressure and cardiovascular disease.

Plus, the more you move the more calories you burn. Some examples you may want to try are

  • taking the stairs instead of the elevator
  • parking further away from your destination so you can log the extra steps
  • doing crunches (or other exercise) while you watch TV
  • using a standing desk at work instead of sitting in a chair all day

7. Fill up on healthy soups.

Here are some soup recipes you might like to try. They are quite satisfying and lower in calories than other options.

And if you want to go for the double whammy and detox while your filling up on delicious soup, you may enjoy my Delicious Detox Vegetable Soup.

8. Eat nuts.

Nuts are a great on-the-go snack and fill you up. The healthy fats in nuts keep you satiated. My personal favorite is pecans. They’re so rich and delicious! Other healthy options include walnuts, almonds and pistachios.

9. Drink whey protein.

It has many health benefits  and keeps you feeling full for a long time. Just make sure it is all-natural and does not contain harmful sweeteners, like Splenda or Aspartame.

This is our favorite whey protein powder.

10. Eat spicy foods.

They can fire up your metabolism, causing you to burn more calories.

Salsa, curry, peppers, horseradish and many Asian stir fry recipes contain plenty of heat to spice up your taste buds.

11. Chew your food well before swallowing.

We’ve all heard this before but it works, so it’s worth repeating. Chewing your food well takes more time which gives your brain time to process feeling full. This allows you to eat what you need but not more.

12. Eat your meals on a small salad plate instead of a typical dinner plate.

If you’re like most Americans, including myself, you tend to fill your plate with food. So if your plate is smaller, it makes sense that you’ll be eating less.

13. Keep a food diary.

Writing down everything you eat makes you more aware of your caloric intake, as well as whether you’re eating enough fiber, protein, and essential vitamins.

My favorite way to keep track of what I eat each day is myfitnesspal.com. I use the app on my phone. I also love that it syncs with my Fitbit so I don’t miss anything important.

14. Avoid white foods, such as white flour, white sugar, white bread and white rice.

They can dramatically alter your blood sugar and cause weight gain (which, of course, is the opposite of weight loss).

15. Drink green tea.

It has substances that cause fat cells to release fat, especially with exercise. How cool is that? Plus, green tea is so refreshing and delicious! I have a cup each afternoon.

Also, Kombucha is fermented green tea. I just learned how to make it and am loving this flavorful, probiotic-rich tea!

16. Include full-fat foods in your diet.

This includes grass-fed beef, nuts, coconut, eggs and avocados.

And don’t worry, studies have proven that (despite what we may have been told for years) eating saturated fat does not make us fat and does not cause heart disease (1).

In case you haven’t heard a low-fat, high-carb diet is bad for you and has been repeatedly proved ineffective (2, 3).

17. Drink coffee!

It speeds up your metabolism and causes you to burn more calories (4).

You may want to try Healthy Coffee Drink (With Coconut Oil).

18. Intermittent Fasting

Intermittent fasting (IM) is a simple strategy to boost your weight loss and health incrementally. I love IM! You can learn more about it here: The Quick Guide To Intermittent Fasting

The Takeaway

Due to a variety of factors, sometimes losing weight isn’t always as simple as calories in, calories out. 

But, as you can see from this list there are many steps you can take to boost your weight loss. Having the right tools in your toolbox can help you meet your health and weight loss goals successfully.

I hope this list of weight loss boosters helps you meet your goals and become the healthiest version of yourself! Please let me know if I can help you in any way.


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Intermittent Fasting: The Effortless Way To Lose Weight

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Okay, so tell me the truth. Do you think I went too far?

With the title of this article, I mean.

Now before I start getting hate mail (which would never come from you, because you guys are great!) please hear me out.

Yes, I realize using the words “fasting” and “effortless”  in the same sentence may sound like an oxymoron, if not tasteless.

But I do have an explanation for this.

Weight Loss Yo-Yo

First, let me share a little background. I’m no longer the “skinny minny” I was in high school, and I’m thankful for that. Now I’m focused on growing healthier and stronger each day.

As a teenager, and like other young, impressionable girls, I was keenly aware, observing the world around me. Though I heard, “pretty is as pretty does” and “beauty comes from the inside”, I also observed a preoccupation with appearances, diets and physical attractiveness.

This combined with societal pressures that girls act and look a certain way places a world of confusion in young minds. As a result, my relationship with food was not always healthy. (Look for a future post on this as it’s a topic of great importance to me.)

But now, thankfully, I enjoy food as much as the next girl. And I’m no stranger to weight loss programs. As a mama to four beautiful, and now grown, babies my body has morphed from thin and frail from Lyme disease to round and 9 months pregnant, and everywhere in between more times than I can count.

fasting lose weightWith each pregnancy I was extremely nauseated, throwing up, unable to keep food down, the first several months. Needless to say I always lost weight and did not gain in the first half of the pregnancies.

And each time this would alarm my doctor, to which he would prescribe that I eat more and start putting on weight. This sounded like an impossible task until the nausea let up towards the latter half of the pregnancies. Then I would proceed full speed ahead by following my doctor’s orders.

You can probably see where this is going….With Drew, our first child, I ended up gaining 43 pounds in 4 months. For someone who’s only 5’6″ I’m pretty sure that set some sort of record?

After he was born I was so busy nursing and caring for a newborn that I was able to lose all the weight before we found out we were expecting his little brother, Cooper, 15 months later.

And, on it went. The weight went up and down with each little bundle of joy. And as our family grew, at times, so did my waistline. And may I just say, that our children have been the most amazing blessings.

So, thanks for indulging my little trip down memory lane, all to say this….

I understand the frustrations and difficulties of wanting to lose weight and putting it off because… I’m too busy with my job, or my family needs me, or there aren’t enough hours in the day, or I don’t want to spend money on a gym membership, or (fill in the blank with an excuse).

If you’re at all like me, we can come up with a million excuses, can’t we?

I truly understand.

The struggle is real.

If I could go back in time, I would approach my weight loss efforts with intermittent fasting (IF).

Why? Because (for me):

  • losing weight is easier with IF
  • it makes life simpler–less meal prepping
  • doesn’t require you to record what you eat (even though I like to do this anyway)
  • I can eat the healthy foods I want and not have to cut out entire food groups
  • it helps my concentration
  • has helped reduce my body pain (symptom of Chronic Lyme disease)
  • it’s improved my short-term memory (another symptom of Lyme)
  • fewer sugar cravings

Intermittent Fasting, Lose Weight The Easy Way

When you are fasting your body has to use its stored fat for energy. This is a good thing and much more effective than just cutting calories. If you want to lose any excess fat you’re carrying around IF is a great way to do it.

So forget what you’ve heard about eating 6 meals a day and read on.

Sciencey Stuff

When you’re fasting your body releases 2 essential fat burning hormones:

  • human growth hormone (HGH)
  • Norepinephrine (noradrenaline)

HGH can aid in both fat loss and muscle gains (1).

When Norepinephrine is released it breaks down body fat into fatty acids which are burned for energy (2).

Also, during fasting periods, insulin decreases significantly (3). This leads to fat burning.

Fat burning!

And more fat burning!

Simplify Your Life

When you eat less often you have fewer meals to plan for. You have less grocery shopping to do. Not to mention, you spend less money on groceries because you’re eating less food.

Yes, you do need to make healthful choices. But, because you’re making healthy choices when you do eat, there’s no need for calorie counting or point tracking. And attending meetings with weigh-ins and complicated point systems is not necessary.

And that hour-long aerobic workout you’ve done every day for as long as you can remember? Feel free to cut back to 2 or 3 days a week for 30 minutes instead. And you might even replace the aerobics with weight training, such as kettlebells. Stay active, but do something fun.

fasting lose weightI’m not saying counting points or working out every day is bad or that you shouldn’t do it.

I still keep a food diary because it makes me aware of what I’m putting into my body.

Whatever works best for you is what you should do.

I just want to share the success I’ve had with IM and encourage you to try it for yourself and see what you think.

Simply look at this as a chance to try something new.

The Takeaway

Intermittent fasting is a great way to burn excess body fat and lose weight. It’s easy to do compared to many other weight loss plans and has several health benefits.


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22 Essential Tips To Avoid Holiday Weight Gain

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Many people experience weight gain during the holidays.

With colder weather, comfy sweaters and family gatherings it’s easy to pack on a few pounds.

Please tell me I’m not alone here.

But you can still enjoy the holidays and avoid holiday weight gain by following these essential tips.

22 Tips To Avoid Holiday Weight Gain

1. Eat a protein-rich snack before you go out.

If you arrive at a holiday party famished you’re likely to overeat. Avoid mindless snacking by choosing a healthy snack, such as the one of the following:

  • Greek yogurt and berries
  • a handful of healthy fat-rich nuts, such as almonds, pecans, cashews, or walnuts
  • an apple with peanut butter, or other nut butter
  • a protein shake, like My Favorite Peanut Butter Protein Shake
  • hard-boiled eggs
  • string cheese
  • jerky
  • hummus and veggies

2. Stay active.

Many families enjoy sitting around and watching parades, Christmas music specials or ballgames during the holidays.

While there’s certainly nothing wrong with these traditions, all this inactivity can lead to weight gain. This is especially true if we’re also eating too much rich food (1)

Rather than lounging around all day, consider:

  • taking a family walk, either outside or inside a mall
  • going ice skating
  • building a snowman with your kids
  • going sledding

These activities will burn calories while giving you the opportunity to bond with loved ones.

3. Pay attention to portion sizes

With all the delicious foods prepared during the holidays, it can be tempting to overeat.

But, people who eat larger portion sizes tend to gain weight more than those who don’t (2).

Makes sense, right?

Read food labels to discern correct portion sizes. Use measuring cups and spoons to measure your food.

4. Get adequate sleep.

Did you know that not getting enough sleep can lead to weight gain and a slowed metabolism (3, 4)?

When we don’t sleep enough we tend to eat more and exercise less. Our hunger hormone levels increase and this raises calorie intake.

5. Don’t hang out by the food at a party.

If you linger by the delicious dishes and desserts, the temptation to indulge is greater.

But if you step away from the food and focus more on talking to people you’ll save calories, and you just might have more fun. 😉

I’m reminded of the phrase, “Out of sight, out of mind”.

The same thought applies to your pantry at home. Throw out the junk food so it’s not there tempting you to eat it.

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Shake it off! Reduce holiday stress.

6. Keep stress under control.

The holidays are stressful sometimes.

There are people to see, presents to buy and wrap and recipes to make.

But it’s important to keep our stress levels under control.

When we are chronically stressed, our levels of cortisone go up. This can cause us to eat more and gain weight (5).

Focus on activities that reduce stress, such as exercise and deep breathing techniques.

I found an app that helps you focus on reducing stress. It’s called Calm.

7.  Prep a healthy dish to share.

Bringing a healthy dish to holiday gatherings can give you something healthy to eat even if everything else is rich or sugar-laden. This can help you keep your healthy eating goals in check.

It also gives others the opportunity to try a delicious and healthful recipe!

8. Use a smaller plate.

Using large plates often leads us to consume more calories. If not kept in check, this can lead to weight gain (6).

Using a small plate helps you control portion sizes and reduce overeating.

9. Avoid processed food.

This includes most foods packages, boxes or bags of food.

Processed foods are often stripped of nutrients. And most have added unhealthy fats, sugar and preservatives.

10. Keep a food diary.

Write down everything you eat, or use an app to help you.

If you’re like me, I often underestimate how much I eat in a day.  Keeping a food diary helps me stay on track with my goals and be more aware of what I’m putting in my mouth.

My favorite app is MyFitnessPal. You might like to try it.

11. Weigh yourself weekly.

Okay, so there are conflicting viewpoints when it comes to weighing yourself. Some people weigh a few times a week. Some never.

It’s good to keep in mind that weight fluctuations are normal day-to-day.

But, many people find it helps them stay accountable and makes them more aware of their progress if they weigh weekly (7).

12. Watch your beverage and alcohol intake.

Soda, juice, alcohol and other beverages are full of empty calories and sugar. These factors contribute to weight gain (8).

The best thing to drink?

You guessed it….water!

13. Take smaller bites and chew your food thoroughly.

Eliminate distractions, such as electronics, and eat mindfully, savoring each delicious bite (9).

14. Keep a consistent workout routine.

Stick to your regular fitness routine as much as possible. Consistent training produces better results.

And that leads me to tip, #15.

15. Stay positive even if you get off track.

Don’t beat yourself up or stress about it. Simply restart your commitment a healthy life and get back on track.

Simply focus on your health and fitness goals and keep moving forward with your plan.

It might help to use Motivational Quotes And Power Phrases.

16. Drink a glass of water before meals and snacks.

Sometimes we think we’re hungry when our body just needs water. Drinking water fills us up and helps prevent overeating (10).

17. Leave a few bites of food on your plate.

Are you a member of the “clean plate club”?

It’s okay to admit it, I used to think I had to clean my plate too.

Try leaving a few bites of food on your plate. You probably won’t even miss them and the calories you’ve saved add up and can help prevent weight gain.

18. Eat loads of veggies.

Filling up on plenty of fresh vegetables and fruits can help prevent obesity (11). They’re filled with vital nutrients and vitamins as well as healthy fiber.

19. Lift weights.

Building muscle is one of the best ways to increase your metabolism and burn more calories.

A great way to build muscle is by doing a kettlebell workout.

You may want to check out 20 Reasons To Try A Kettlebell Workout to learn more.

20. Fill up on fiber.

Eating more fiber fills you up faster which can prevent you from eating as much and gaining weight (12).

Fiber-rich foods include:

  • fruits
  • vegetables
  • nuts
  • seeds
  • legumes
  • whole grains.

21. Buddy up.

Find a friend who has similar health goals and give each other accountability.

Having someone to work out or swap health recipes can help you stay on track.

22. Avoid sugar and simple carbs.

Eating too much sugar is a common cause of weight gain and obesity (13).

When you come face to face with the desserts this holiday season, focus on selecting only your favorites and leaving the rest.

This will save you from sugar overload and help keep your blood sugar in a manageable range.


What are ways you try to stay healthy during the holidays?

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Extreme Weight Loss And Metabolism: “The Biggest Loser”

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If you’ve ever tried losing weight you might know how difficult it is.

Truth be told, weight loss is often more challenging and complex than the simplified “eat less, work out more” mentality would have us think. Anyone who has tried to lose “those last ten pounds” can attest to this.

Effects Of Extreme Weight Loss On The Metabolism

A recent study published in the medical journal, Obesity, measured the effects of extreme weight loss on the basal metabolic rate (BMR),  resting metabolic rate (RMR) and body composition of fourteen former contestants from “The Biggest Loser”.

If you haven’t heard about it yet, the study focused on where the contestants were six years after losing all the weight. (1) Four of them now weigh more than when they were on the show, and all but one of the contestants have gained a significant amount of the weight back.

One contestant, Danny Cahill, lost an astounding 239 pounds in seven months. I didn’t even know this was humanly possible! But in the years since his extreme weight loss he has gained more than 100 pounds back.

When a person loses an extreme amount of weight it is normal for their metabolic rate to slow down because one who weighs less requires fewer calories to maintain the same weight than someone who weighs more. Makes sense, right?

Normally we would expect the body to adapt to the weight loss and the metabolism to adjust to the new weight. But that’s not what happened with most of the former contestants in the study.

The researchers found even after the contestants gained a significant amount of weight back, their metabolic rate continued to slow. It was lower than other people who weighed the same.extreme weight loss and metabolism

It was as though their bodies were doing everything possible to prevent them from losing more weight, or even maintain their new weight.

What Do We Know About Our Metabolism?

Our metabolism includes all the processes our body goes through to convert the food we eat (calories) to energy our bodies can use.

You may have heard that each of us has a magic weight, or a set point. This is the weight our body wants to stay at. It’s comfortable and easy for our body to stay at this weight, but it makes weight loss very difficult.

When we lose weight our BMR slows down. It reduces the amount of calories we burn when we’re at rest. (2) Some of the former Biggest Loser contestants had a BMR much lower than would be expected of someone who had the same body composition and weight.

This is also why we hear “yo-yo dieting” isn’t good. Each time we gain and lose (and gain and lose) weight it impacts out metabolic rate and body composition.

The Biggest Loser contestants lost an incredible amount of weight. Many of us gain and lose only ten or fifteen pounds at a time, but even so, it can change our BMR. And doing this repeatedly can make it more difficult to lose weight the next time.

Despite these findings, there is hope for anyone wanting to lose weight. In fact there are many things we can do to help increase our metabolism and lose weight.

What You Can Do To Speed Up Your Metabolism

1. Strength Train! extreme weight loss and metabolism

The more muscle you have the more calories you burn.

In addition to lifting weights or using resistance bands, there are so many body weight workouts you can do that will help build lean muscle mass. There are many free workouts available online.

I have a couple of fitness apps on my phone that I love. Most don’t require any equipment and are free. Currently I’m using:

  • Seven – This one is based on the 7-Minute Workout concept. It works all the major muscle groups and only takes 7 minutes to complete.
  • 30 Day Push Up Challenge – Push ups are great for building and toning muscles in the arms, (obviously) core and back.
  • 5 Minute Planks – Call me crazy, but I love planks! There, I said it. 😉 They’re great for building muscle tone in the abs and back.
  • SWORKIT – One of my favorites! This one allows you to choose between strength training, yoga, stretching, or cardio workouts. You can also specify how long you want the workout to last.

I tend to use one for a while, get bored with it, then try another one. (Just keepin’ it real) Do what works for you!

Please keep in mind that your body needs plenty of high-quality protein to build muscle. You might like to try My Favorite Peanut Butter Protein Shake for a delicious and sustaining boost of energy.

2. Eat Whole Foods (And Stay Away From Processed Junk)extreme weight loss and metabolism

Consuming processed foods like prepackaged snack foods, artificial sweeteners (or artificial anything) can slow your metabolism and mess with your thyroid and hormones. The body treats them like toxins, so we need to limit them.

Focus on eating a diet rich in whole foods such as grass-fed beef, eggs, fish, fresh fruits, vegetables, healthy fats, (such as coconut oil) nuts and seeds. These foods have all the building blocks our bodies need to support a strong metabolism.

3. Get Plenty Of Sleep

When you don’t get enough sleep your metabolism slows down to save energy. (3)

Also, when we don’t get enough sleep our bodies aren’t able to regulate our blood sugar as effectively. This can lead to hunger pains and increased cravings for food.

Aim for 7 to 9 hours of sleep per night and keep your metabolic furnace burning.

If you liked this article, you might like to check out 17 Ways To Lose Weight Faster and 5 Health Benefits Of Whey Protein.


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