While you might be aware that fad diets are not always the answer for those who want to keep off weight, there are some ways you can quickly shed kilos – and stay that way.
Australian nutritionist, Susie Burrell, recently shared the fastest ways to lose weight – and they include cutting carbs, ditching liquid calories and switching one meal for soup, salad or a shake.
Here, FEMAIL reveals some of Susie’s top tips. You’ll be in shape for summer in no time.
Australian nutritionist, Susie Burrell (pictured), recently shared the fastest ways to lose weight – and keep it off
CUT THE CARBOHYDRATES
Top of Susie’s list for quick and healthy weight loss is carbs – or rather a lack thereof.
While carbohydrates are necessary for proper metabolic and brain function, Susie said in general we eat far too many of them – and a quick way to shift kilos is to cut back:
‘Overall a slightly lower carbohydrate intake, where we keep our fuel low at night by focusing meals around protein and vegetables is a safe and sustainable weight loss strategy,’ she told news.com.au.
Try salmon with zucchini noodles for a nutritious but filling dinner option.
According to Susie Burrell, in order to shed kilos fast, you do need to cut down on the amount of carbs you’re consuming – as often we have far too many for our activity levels (stock image)
Instead, we should be focusing on limiting at least one meal to just 200-300 calories – which will inevitably cut down your daily intake (stock image)
QUIT THE SNACKING
While you might think that a snack here and there has little effect on your ability to lose weight, Susie said that often we underestimate the impact snacking has on our daily calorie intake.
‘In general the message of small regular meals has been translated into large regular meals with us frequently enjoying milk coffee, fruit, nuts and snack bars throughout the day, or an extra 400-600 calories,’ she told the publication.
The nutritionist said that unless you are training for an hour or more each day, you only need one or two small snacks.
Alternatively, cut out the smaller things altogether, in favour or slightly bigger or more protein-rich meals.
Greek salads – or other salads – can also be good options for your low calorie meal (stock image)
SWAP OUT A MEAL
If you want to lose weight quickly, Susie said you need to keep at least one mealtime’s calories low.
But whether you choose a meal replacement shake, soup or salad is up to you.
‘In each of these cases, calorie intake at one meal is cut to just 200-300 calories, which can be half of that of regular meals which keeps your overall calorie intake lower without you even realising it,’ she said.
Susie recently shared a recipe for her Spring Reset Detox Soup.
According to Susie, not only does drinking liquid calories mean we will automatically eat less, but it also ‘plays havoc with our natural hunger and fullness signals’ (stock image)
SPRING RESET/DETOX SOUP
2 teaspoons of olive oil
1 leek, thinly sliced
1 onion, finely chopped
2 cups salt-reduced vegetable stock and 3 cups water
410g can chopped tomatoes
1 carrot, peeled and cut into 1cm cubes
500g pumpkin, cut into 1cm cubes
1/2 celery, chopped
1) Heat the olive oil with onion in a large saucepan. Add the leek and gently cook over a low heat until soft, then add the stock, tomatoes, carrot and pumpkin.
2) Bring to the boil, reduce the heat and simmer for 30-40 minutes.
Keep your liquid calories to a minimum in order to shed fat – this includes wine (stock image), coffee, smoothies and juice
QUIT THE LIQUID CALORIES
Lastly, it’s a case of ditching the coffees, wines, smoothies and liquid sugars if you want to shed fat.
According to Susie, not only does drinking liquid calories mean we will automatically eat less, but it also ‘plays havoc with our natural hunger and fullness signals’.
Susie recommends keeping your liquid calories to a minimum. If you find it hard to give up coffee, at least choose a piccolo. Alternatively, drink herbal tea or water.