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A dietitian reveals how to lose weight fast, the healthy way

And no, you don't have to give up carbs!

By Rebecca Sullivan
Many of us are on a mission to shift a few kilos, but we know that crash-dieting or being super restrictive for a short period of time just doesn't work long-term.
While we might lose lots of weight initially, depriving ourselves of delicious food just means we'll soon end up bingeing and regain the weight we quickly lost.
So, what is the best way to lose weight quickly, but in a healthy, sustainable way that ensures the kilos won't just stack back on?
We asked My Muscle Chef's sports dietitian Ryan Pinto for his top tips on how to shed fat fast and build muscle at the same time, without having to give up everything we love.
Keep scrolling to read his five brilliant suggestions.
Kim Kardashian (pictured left in 2014 and right in 2018) lost weight by exercising most days and keeping her diet check. Getty

1. Don't completely cut out carbs

Ryan says yes, you can totally eat carbs everyday and still lose weight.
"Most people single out carbohydrate rich foods when trying to lose weight because they are so easy to over consume, however, typically these foods are also high in sugar and fat and lack the important vitamins and nutrients such as fibre," he said.
"Food such as chips, biscuits, cakes, white breads and cereals tend to be overconsumed regularly and if reduced, can generally allow people to lose weight. It is important to be aware of this and either remove these foods from your everyday environment, or make a conscious effort to avoid them."
So, what types of carbohydrates are best to eat for weight loss? Those with a high vitamin and mineral content.
"Carbohydrates which contain a high amount of naturally occurring fibre are great at keeping you feeling full. It's not rocket science - the fuller you feel, the less you will tend to snack," Ryan said.
"Carbohydrates such as sweet or white potato (consumed with the skin on), wholegrain and dark breads and cereals, oats, brown rice and fruit (especially any variety of berries) are a great place to start. You don't need to eat all of these in a day – you could just start by swapping in some in place of the current foods you have in your house."
Eating two slices of wholegrain bread, packed with protein and salad vegetables is a great balanced lunch meal. Getty

2. Load up on protein

Make sure you eat a small amount of protein with every meal, because this is what keeps us feeling full throughout the day.
If you're after a specific amount, well, Ryan says gone are the days where we focus on making sure people consume an exact amount of protein each day.
"Nowadays, we recommend ensuring most people include a protein source at every main meal and in the mid-afternoon, to get you through the 3pm slump," he said.
"The main culprit seems to be breakfast, where most people will consume food which may resemble a dessert, such as a high sugar cereal or pastry, and lack the necessary protein and fibre required to keep you feeling full."
The best types of protein include meat, fish, chicken, dairy and eggs, as well as plant-based proteins including nuts and legumes.
If you're a vegetarian or vegan, or you're simply looking to follow a more plant-based diet, you can still get enough protein without eating meat.
"You can easily consume enough protein from vegetarian sources, however, this needs to be planned quite well by either sourcing appropriate meal options from cafes, restaurants or healthy meal delivery services, such as My Muscle Chef, to ensure the meal contains enough protein to assist with recovery from exercise," Ryan said.
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3. Make sure you're consuming enough fibre

"A dietitian's secret weapon for anyone wanting to lose weight, is to ensure they consume enough fibre per day on a consistent basis," Ryan said.
"This is by far the most effective way to help people lose weight and keep it off. Along with this, consuming enough protein at main meals will additionally keep you full for most parts of the day."
That means loading up on fruits and vegetables, which are packed full of fibre, as well as wholegrains, legumes and nuts.

4. Be consistent

Find habits and routines you can implement into your lifestyle long term, not just for a week or for a month.
"In the modern world of instant gratification, most people want results now! It doesn't matter if it took 10 years to put the weight on, if they don't see results in 1-2 weeks, they'll give up," Ryan said.
"Food habits and routines are hard to break and hence require time to learn new routines and habits. Consistency is the key. UIt generally take 21 days to form a habit.
"Don't fall for the quick fixes such as the pills and potions. As a dietitian, our goal is to help you, so if they worked, we would be shouting it from the rooftops!"
Consuming protein and fibre-rich foods like legumes will keep you fuller for longer, keeping cravings at bay. Getty

5. If you fall off the wagon, just jump straight back on again

It's totally normal - and human - to overindulge every now and then.
But rather than thinking "Oh no, I'm blown my diet", and completely going off-course, Ryan says simply resume your normal healthy patterns.
Particularly around the December silly season, it's easy to have a few too many drinks and greasy canapes. But in the grand scheme of things this is a blip in the ocean.
"Remember, you may have four or five meals during the whole Christmas period where you may go overboard," Ryan explained.
"But most people subconsciously write off the whole Christmas period and don't effectively plan what they will do in between these occasions.
"When you're not attending functions or eating out, my advice would be to try to stick to eating healthy meals to keep your diet balanced.
"If you're struggling to find the time to prepare these yourself in between social engagements, consider healthy, ready-made meals such as My Muscle Chef, which will do all the hard work for you. This way you're guaranteed to eat healthy, balanced meals and ensures you're still fuelling your body with all the necessary nutrients to make up for a few splurges here and there."

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