Being fit and healthy is quite a challenge in today's fast-paced world. Weight loss should be treated as a change of lifestyle, not just a short-term change of eating habits. You can loose 40 pounds in a little over a month if you follow some basic steps rigorously, but you should keep eating healthy and exercising even after you achieve your goal, or you run a risk of gaining it all back.
Add nonstarchy vegetables to your diet. Nonstarchy vegetables are all vegetables apart from peas, corn, potatoes, squash and yams. They have a lot of fiber, have low sugar and calorie levels, and are mostly built out of water. All in all, they are the ultimate diet food.
Stop eating at least three hours before you go to sleep at night. When you sleep, you don't use much energy, and your metabolism slows down. Your body will store the majority of whatever you eat in the evening as fat. This is a very bad eating habit.
Cut sugar out of your diet. Sugar gives you the feeling of being full for a very short time, and when the sugar levels in your blood drop you will feel hunger again. Sugar that you don't burn off goes directly to your fat cells. If you need a kick of sugar after your meal, try a bar of black chocolate. For four to six weeks you should stay away from all sugar, including fruit and dried fruit.
Make exercising a part of your routine. Pick something that is at least mildly entertaining for you, but try to find a combination between cardio exercise and weights. Do it at least three times per week, but ideally you should work out five times for an hour every week.
Keep your meals small and eat six to eight times a day. This trick will make your stomach smaller, which will enable you to eat smaller portions, and sustain your blood sugar levels, so there will be no drastic ups and downs, which result in your craving bad foods.
Eat a lot of things that keep you feel full for a long time, such as meat, fish, and wholegrain carbs. Don't eat things that are white, such as white sugar, pasta, white bread, etc. which are usually the foods your body devours quickly. Replace them with their dark or wholegrain alternatives.
Drink only water. Juices and fizzy drinks have a lot of sugar in them. If you are a tea or coffee person, put nonfat milk in them and drink them without sugar. For motivation, calculate how much sugar you eat only with your cups of coffee every day.