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17 Guaranteed Ways to Lose Weight
Copyright © 2005, Johnny Lavot


1. Just Get Started

Many times, you may hear conflicting information from different
sources about how you should go about accomplishing your goals;
confused with information, you attempt to analyze the best route
of action...but then you realize that it conflicts with someone
else's advice. You end up freezing like a deer stuck in
headlights. The best course of action is to just get started
and do something! Believe it or not, that is the hardest part

2. Set Goals

You won't get anywhere if you don't know where you're going.
This is why it is important to set goals because they will help
to show you the correct path to take and will also add further

3. Focus on Body Fat, Not Body Weight

Obviously, this article is entitled "17 Surefire Strategies to
Lose Weight," but this isn't what you really want to focus on.
An increase in muscle mass and fluctuating water weight can
provide you with skewed results. The solution is to measure your
progress by several measures of circumference of your different
body parts or just buy some calipers.

4. Create a Caloric Deficit

Each person burns a certain (changing) numbers of calories per
day; this is known as TDEE. In order to cut down on your body
fat, you must create a caloric deficit. To do this, simply eat a
lower amount of calories than your TDEE. However, you must not
reduce your calories by too much, otherwise you will slow down
your metabolism; it is best to reduce your calorie consumption
by about 750 calories or 20% of your TDEE. You can get more
information about this in the free course at

5. Keep Track of Your Caloric Intake

Creating a caloric deficit requires a bit of planning. You need
to know how many calories are in the foods you eat, and then
tally them up to get a total. Doing this may seem like a hassle,
but as you become better at this skill and memorize certain foods
you can get a better "guess" of how many calories you have

6. Higher Satiety, Lower Calories

A stomach full of Jello and a stomach full of peanut butter feel
the same, but they are worth much different amounts in the world
of calories. One strategy that you can use to create a caloric
deficit is to eat foods that are more filling, but contain a
lower amount of calories.

7. Drink Water

In addition to the numerous amount of health benefits that water
provides, you can also use it as a drink that provides no
calories, but fills you up. Got a craving for that candy bar?
Drink some water.

8. Cut Back on Soft Drinks

Although drinks like water can make you feel full and provide no
calories, they have a low satiety rate because they are easy to
digest. A low satiety rate combined with several calories makes
soft drinks a hazard to the dieter. Even though many diet soft
drinks now contain a low number of calories, the sweeteners can
spike insulin levels and also (opinions differ on this) may
contain to some health related side effects.

9. Avoid Alcohol

Alcohol has a low satiety rate, a relatively high caloric rate
(alcohol contains 7 calories per gram), and can also cause you to
become thirstier or hungrier…ever wonder why the bars always have
snacks likes peanuts?

10. Avoid Fad Diets

Fad diets many times stress a specific part of nutrition without
bothering to go over fundamentals like caloric deficits. In
addition, most of these diets cause a person to go far below the
safety zone in regards to the degree of caloric deficit. This
causes the body to think it is starving; therefore, it lowers
its TDEE. The cycle then repeats and the person becomes a yo-yo
dieter. You can find more information on this in the course at

11. Eat Complex Carbohydrates

Eating complex carbohydrates or carbohydrates with a low glycemic
index will help to keep your blood sugar levels stable. When
blood sugar levels are not stable, the body begins to store fat.
However, eating the type of carbohydrates comes second to
creating a caloric deficit.

12. Eat Healthy Fats

Not all fats are bad and, even, necessarily fattening. You
should strive to avoid fats such as the trans fats or saturated
fats. However, fats such as polyunsaturated and monounsaturated
fats provide numerous health benefits, can help regulate
cholesterol, and can even help to further build muscle since they
are needed in the synthesis of hormones. However, even with the
healthy fats, one should watch the consumption of this nutrient
because it does have a high amount of calories (9 calories per
gram of fat).

13. Don't Buy Junk Food

One easy way to avoid eating unhealthy, caloric dense snacks that
would otherwise put you over your set number of calories for a
health calorie deficit is to simply not buy them – therefore it
takes away the convenience you have at your house of eating these

14. Have a "Cheat Day" Every Once in a While

Having a cheat day every now and then (about once a week or less)
can help to remind you of the habits you are trying to break and
it can also give you a needed break from your regime (not all
health foods taste bad though). Cheat days are usually on a
person by person basis; not everyone does them. It is your
decision as to whether or not you need one.

15. Eat More Frequently

An easy way to boost your metabolism and help to keep more of
your muscle is to eat more frequently. It is usually recommended
to eat roughly 6-8 meals per day instead of the usual three.

16. Aerobic Workouts

One way to create a caloric deficit is to reduce the amount of
food you eat. The other way is to increase your TDEE; you do
this by working out or eating more frequently as stated above.
Creating the caloric deficit only through eating initiates a
primitive response in the body to think that it is starving;
therefore, it is best to create half of your caloric deficit
through working out and the other half through a reduction in
calorie consumption. The most basic and used form of this is
the aerobic workout.

17. Lift Weights

In addition to aerobic workouts, one can lift weights to raise
the TDEE. The actual process of lifting weights burns extra
calories as does the muscle that it builds. Also, muscle will
give a healthier, more attractive, and more toned look compared
to aerobic training alone. It is best to use both aerobic
training and weight lifting in your workout regime.

That's 17 of em'. Remember that following just one of these
methods will not produce results. You must either follow all or
very close to all of them to get the results that you (hopefully)
are looking for. A big thing always results from many little
things added together. You can find more information and get a
free weight loss course at http://www.weight-loss-resources.com.

About the Author:
Johnny Lavot is an avid weight-loss and fitness researcher.
You can find tons more information on these topics at

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