Fast: acting, moving, or capable of acting or moving swiftly.
Speedy Gonzalez is very fast.
The Road Runner is very fast.
A cheetah is awesome fast. It can run next to your car on the highway, when you are driving at about 70 mph. If a cheetah raced Usain Bolt, the fastest man in the world, in the 100 meter dash, it would be waiting at the finish line for about 4 seconds before Usain got there, and Usain runs 100 meters in about 9.6 seconds! You do the math.
But when I say “How to lose weight, fast”, I am talking about the other definition of fast. Fast: Abstain from some or all types of food or drink. (Don’t worry, you won’t die)
No, this is not a starving diet, or an “eat like a rabbit” diet. I am talking about learning to not eat at certain times of day or night.
Remember, if you are trying to lose weight, it takes sacrifice. You must make choices that are contrary to what your body and mind want to do. For the most part, your body is very content sitting around in an inactive state. Sitting on our nalgas (butt cheeks) for hours a day, is probably not the best thing for us physically, but the human body will happily oblige. Ready my M.Y.A. post for attacking the inactive body. Today I am focusing on the food consumption facet, or lack thereof, regarding weight loss.
I have news for you. HUMANS LOVE TO EAT. HUMANS ALWAYS WANT TO EAT. HUMANS THINK ABOUT FOOD CONSTANTLY BECAUSE WE NEED IT TO SURVIVE. If this was not true, weight loss wouldn’t be such a challenge. Hunger is so powerful that I bet you can eat something right now.
Here is some more tough news. There is no magic pill that will help you lose weight, and KEEP IT OFF. I don’t care what Dr. Oz says. Ultimately, it is our food choices and their quantities that dictate our weight in the long run.
If you are trying to lose weight, like 50 pounds or more, you must learn to fast between meals and at night. Remember, this advice is for people trying to lose weight and are serious about it. If you have blood sugar issues, diabetic or pre-diabetic symptoms, talk to your doctor before taking my advice. If your doctor is overweight, tell him or her about my blog and ideas so they too can set an example.
Here is how the fast works. If you get up and have breakfast, hopefully a healthy breakfast, that you cook at home and does not conclude with you saying “thank you” to an I-Hop or Denny’s waitress, you should wait about 4 to 5 hours until your next meal. For most people, this is called lunch.
There is no need for you to have a snack between breakfast and lunch. You are trying to lose weight remember. You don’t need those extras calories. “But I get so hungry before lunch” I often hear from friends and clients. You should get hungry before lunch, that’s why you’re going to have lunch, so you can satisfy that hunger. If you are trying to lose weight, you must learn to be hungry for chosen and controlled periods of time. You must also learn that you don’t have to satisfy your slightest feeling of hunger every time the hunger bell rings.
I know that allowing yourself to be hungry is a tough concept to understand and even more difficult to implement. But remember, you are only allowing yourself to go hungry for a few hours between breakfast and lunch, lunch and dinner, and dinner to breakfast. The fast between dinner and breakfast is tough, but you will sleep during most of it. You will probably dream about food.
On a side note, fast food establishments and their convenient drive thru’s capitalize on the human need of constant food. They understand very well that if a person is hungry, it is very difficult for them to drive by many fast food establishments and make it home to eat. It is easier to stop and eat, but it is healthier to not stop and eat at home.
If you are trying to lose weight, and are serious about it, your emotion for your weight loss and how you want to look and feel should be the driving force behind you not eating often and plenty. If fast food is one of your weaknesses, I hope the following helps. Fast food establishments do not care about your health. They care about your money; don’t let them win. Now back to fasting.
The most difficult fast I recommend is the following one. After dinner, do not eat anything else, but you can drink water. In many parts of the world this is called life. I have heard it all when it comes to this advice. “Hector, I feel like am starving after dinner. I get so hungry”, or my favorite, “I get so ravenous”. I had to look ravenous up in the dictionary when I first heard that word because I am not college edgumicated. Don’t worry, technically you’re not starving. And although you may feel ravenous, you are just hungry.
Humans have been having dinner and not eating anything until the next morning for eons, and they did just fine. In the weight loss battle, you can’t have dinner, and then have another meal later. In some countries that is called “two dinners”. Please don’t get offended or think “What an ass Healthy Homeboy is”. Well, I am an ass sometimes. But today, I am a helpful ass that is trying to help you lose weight.
I have now given you a powerful tool in your weight loss journey, fasting between meals. Have breakfast, and then eat nothing until lunch. Have lunch and have nothing until dinner. Enjoy your dinner, and then have nothing until the next morning. Combine this with moving a few hours per week and drinking water instead of sugar drinks, and the weight will come off gradually. Please be patient.