Diet & Weight Loss
Want some effective strategies to get results ASAP? Here, fitness professionals share their best tips on how to drop weight in two weeks.
Decrease your calorie intake
While you can file this under things you already know to be true, personal trainer Chrissy Lundgren says too many people discount the impact of making simple adjustments. As a general recipe to lose weight, you need to eat less than you burn each day, she says. Meaning the fewer calories you consume, the more weight you’ll lose. “You don’t need snacks in between meals. Your body will fend for itself and burn off excess fat and stored energy in between those clean meals. Cut calorie intake,” she says. Here’s how to figure out how many calories in a pound you need to shed—it’s not what you think.
Take a HIIT
You probably know high-intensity interval training (HIIT) is the basis of most exercise classes. This type of workout challenges you to give full energy for short periods of time interspersed with active rest to allow you to recover. On a walk, every three minutes you could run for a minute, then walk for another three minutes to catch your breath. Then run for a minute again. Not only is this effective for burning fat and calories, but it keeps your metabolism revving for hours after you finish. “To fully reap the benefits of this style training, this cycle should go on repeatedly for 20 to 50 minutes. The body will burn calories during the workout, but will also burn fat post workout due to post-exercise oxygen consumption,” explains fitness expert and professional Cody Patrick.
Stop eating sugar
You’re in a bind on the way to pick up your kiddo from school and you’re on the edge of that dangerous combination of hunger and anger—you’re hangry. What do you turn to? For many overworked folks, processed foods are the fastest and easiest solution. But, if you’re trying to improve your health ASAP, physical therapist Lauren Lobert, DPT, OMPT, CSCS, says cutting back on sugar is step number one: “Our fast-paced, on-the-run lifestyles typically lead to consuming an abundance of processed foods that are easy to make and quick to eat. Unfortunately, these food choices are often packed with empty calories most commonly in the form of sugar or one of its derivatives.” Instead, opt for these weight-loss foods to help you shed pounds fast.