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Need to lose weight? Drop pounds quickly and easily with the diet tips in this Howcast video series about cutting fat and calories.
You Will Need
- Nutrition almanac
- Measuring tape
Track every gram of fat, protein, carbohydrate, and calorie you consume. Keep a nutrition almanac and a calculator in the kitchen to help you stay on track.
Remain consistent. A haphazard approach to any diet, whether to gain muscle or lose fat, kills any chance of success or quickly discourages any motivation.
Avoid processed sugars and saturated fats, and get the calories you need from clean foods like chicken, fish, and turkey -- don't forget the fruits and vegetables. Shoot for one and half grams of protein per pound of bodyweight.
Calculate your basal metabolic rate using your height, weight, and age. Multiply that number by 1.9 to determine about how many calories you should eat per day.
Opt for good fats
Opt for good fats found in fish, nuts, seeds, and olive oil as these help maintain hormone levels. A completely fat-free diet can actually inhibit muscle growth.
Use supplements wisely
Use supplements like creatine and whey protein powder wisely. They can't take the place of hard work and dedication, but they can help boost performance in the gym and facilitate muscle repair and recovery.
Be patient with your diet and avoid drastic changes. Ease into things over a few weeks, adding more calories and supplements until you start seeing results.