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How to Lose Weight Fast and Keep It Off

Irene | June 25th, 2012

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Losing weight is easier said than done. Initiating a plan of action to lose weight takes dedication and a basic understanding of weight loss principles.  To lose weight fast, you need to boost your metabolism, exercise and implement a smart, sustainable diet plan.  Whatever course you choose, motivation and commitment to your weight loss goals is of the utmost importance.

Losing weight with metabolism boosters

Health magazine Contributing Editor Samantha Heller recently sat down with Today to discuss how to lose weight fast. Heller recommended that dieters learn to “trick their metabolism” by eating nutrients that boost the metabolism, snacking right and eating a good breakfast.

B vitamins and magnesium are two metabolism boosters that help the body process food more effectively, thereby aiding weight loss. B vitamins can be found in broccoli, melon, spinach, poultry and eggs. Magnesium is found in halibut, nuts, whole grain cereals, oatmeal and lentils.

Eating breakfast also give a boost. According to Heller, those who eat breakfast may increase their metabolism by 10 percent. Adding metabolism boosters such as B vitamins and magnesium to your breakfast will also help with weight loss.

“Snacking right” as defined by Heller, means eating true snack sized portions — about a handful — to get you through to the next meal. These snacks should be well proportioned and healthy which means they should include fruits, vegetables and a mix of proteins and carbohydrates. If you want to lose weight fast, you have to pay attention to what passes your lips.

Boost your metabolism with exercise

Exercise is a major component of learning how to lose weight fast. Dr. Michael Kaplan, founder and chief medical officer for the Center for Medical Weight Loss (CMWL), agrees with Heller that diet plans need to include an exercise plan that boosts your body’s ability to pump oxygen. Strength training with cardiovascular workouts or a program that hits your target heart rate will help achieve this crucial element and contribute to efficient weight loss goals.

“Subtract your age from 220 to figure out your maximum ideal heart rate, and then aim for somewhere between 60 and 80 percent of that number; 70 percent – called your “target heart rate” – being the most ideal,” Kaplan says about maximizing exercise metabolism boosters. “This will put you right in the calorie- and fat-burning zone where you want to be.”

Diet Plans to Aid Weight Loss

While general principles such as those mentioned by Heller and Kaplan can help a person lose weight fast, people are as unique as their diet plans should be. While eating five small meals a day may work for one dieter, it may cause another dieter to over eat. One way to ensure you develop the right diet plan is to speak with a physician.

Physician-led weight loss plans offer a promising approach to achieve long-term weight loss. In fact, 95.3% of patients who followed a physician-based plan such as the program endorsed by CMWL maintained weight loss one year after starting their diet.

Kaplan and Heller agree that losing weight takes more than just counting calories. It requires some real knowledge about your body, nutrition, and setting realistic goals.

To learn more about physician-assisted weight loss or to find a Center for Medical Weight Loss near you, enter your zip code in the box above. There are over 450 centers across the country. First time bonus offers and other special incentives vary by center.