How to Lose Weight Fast with a Healthy Diet Plan

I am an avid reader of Men's Health magazine. There are always new (or old) tips on losing weight, fitness exercises, how to get a flat stomach or how to get motivated to lose weight in those two hundred or so, pages. And although I would class myself as someone who eats and lives a healthy lifestyle, I don't have the ego (even at 40!) so say I know everything there is to know about nutrition and weight loss. But I don't always agree with everything they print in Men's Health.

An article was featured, titled 'The 100 greatest weight loss tips' (you'll find the first fifty below) and a lot of them seemed as if they were just stuffed in to fill up the content of the '100 Best Tips' monthly category, and I am interested in your opinion.

I have detailed only the nutrition section, which was the first 50. After the 'tip', I have given my thoughts, good, bad and ugly! (I have kept the introduction short, as the article is quite long). If you have any thoughts on these fifty, please leave a comment below.

1. Eat vitamin filled melon followed by protein rich egg for the perfect fat fighting breakfast. The eggs even break down the melons carbs.

-- Melon? I'd be hungry about 15 minutes after this breakfast recipe!

2. Swap your regular cheese for goats cheese. It's 40% lower in calories than cheese made from cow's milk.

-- Why eat cheese at all, if you are trying to lose weight?!

3. Eat chilli con carne once a week. An enzyme in kidney beans tells the body to break down stored fat instead of carbs for energy, while mince boosts your metabolism.

-- I am going to add this to my diet! I love chillies and if they burn off my belly fat, I'll eat more!

4. Choose spinach ahead of other greens. It packs double the fibre, which helps your body process fats more efficiently.

-- I'm not Popeye! My preference is broccoli.

5. A daily glass of red wine can stop you putting on fat, especially around your belly. Resveratrol from the grapes inhibits the development of fat cells around your waist.

-- Can you really stop at just one glass of a smooth merlot? Not me!

6. Eat more berries to lose weight. Other fruits contain fructose, which can combine with carbs to add body fat.

-- All fruits contain sugar. They may have a low sugar count, but it's still sugar!

7. Eating a bowl of muesli two hours before training increases fat burning during your session. Muesli is a slow digesting carbohydrate and is less likely to be transferred to the body as fat when training - but it still offers a good energy boost.

-- I'd rather eat a banana and a bowl of oats.

8. Eat 'good' fats to burn fat. Eggs, walnuts, rapeseed oil and the dark meat in chicken are all good or this and also help cut the risk of heart disease.

-- This all depends on what kind of diet you are using to lose weight!

9. Eat Camembert after a meal to boost fat burning. It contains fat burning calcium and sleep-inducing tryptophan.

-- But it's still cheese!

10. A salad of black beans, peppers, tomatoes, onion and sweet corn with a homemade olive oil and lemon dressing encourages weight loss. The combination of fibre, hunger suppressants and fat-burning chemicals will shed the pounds.

-- I am going to try this. I eat tons of salad, but am always looking for alternative, quick weight loss tips and I've not tried this kind of salad before.

11. Eat avocado. This will supply oleic acid that aids weight loss and helps to stave off hunger pangs.

-- I am going to try this.

12. Eat two scrambled egg whites and two slices of bacon for breakfast. The protein will keep hunger at bay for longer.

-- Bacon is a massively bad idea, unless you are using Atkins! Fast weight loss tip or get fat tip?!

13. Drop a few pounds by switching to red cabbage with your lunch each day. It aids weight loss by increasing your bodies production of fat burning adiponectin and appetite suppressing leptin.

-- I would throw up eating red cabbage for my lunch. Better to eat a chicken breast and salad, and a small amount of rice.

14. Want to lose weight but love pork? Gammon or ham taken from the loin end of the hind leg packs the most protein, with minimal fat marbling.

-- Who eats pork when you're on a diet? Again, unless you're using Atkins.

15. Drink juice with 'bits' in. The fibre is processed more quickly, making you feel fuller for longer.

-- Great diet tips.

16. Eat high fibre, low starch carbs such as raw nuts, quinoa, barley and oats. These will regulate your insulin levels and reduce hunger pangs throughout the day.

-- I would add cinnamon to the oats, to regulate it further.

17. Eat pineapple. Not only a great snack to spark your metabolism, it contains bromolina which helps to break down protein.

-- Great diet tips.

18. Sprinkle cinnamon into a yogurt each day to burn fat. The spice is a powerful metabolism raiser; half a teaspoon a day is enough to burn an extra kilo a month.

-- I would add cinnamon to oats, and wouldn't eat a yogurt because they're full of sugar (most of them)!

19. Swap rice for grated cauliflower to shave your gut. It's non-starchy and the vitamin C hit helps you burn body fat for fuel during physical activity.

-- Are you kidding me? I'd be way too hungry.

20. Add chilli to your meals. The fires up your metabolism to process fats faster.

-- Nice.

21. Add paprika to meals. It's ground red peppers contain six time the vitamin C of tomatoes, crucial for helping your body to turn fat into energy.

-- It builds your immunity to cancers too.

22. Dilute full-fat milk in your cereal with water. This reduces the absorption of sugar and decreases fat intake.

-- Why not use skimmed milk?

23. Fish and natural yogurt will help boost your metabolism. They are great sources of iodine, which encourages the thyroid glad to burn fat.

-- Great idea.

24. Sip green tea. It contains a compound that reacts with caffeine to boost fat oxidization and resting metabolism by 20%.

-- I've just added green tea to my own diet.

25. Putting tomatoes in your sandwiches will keep your feeling fuller for longer and make you less likely to gorge on post-lunchtime snacks.

-- Use whole meal or rye bread.

26. Drink milk. Calcium prevents fat storage at the cellular level.

-- I would look at other sources for my calcium.

27. Eat blue corn tortilla chips. They are half the fat of standard crisps and also release sugar more slowly into the bloodstream, which controls insulin levels and slows weight gain.

-- You don't eat any type of crisps or chips on a diet, surely?

28. Red meat can help you lose weight. It packs a lot of the proteins that help you maintain muscle mass, and muscle burns four times as many calories as fat.

-- I would only eat red meat once or twice per week, MAX.

29. Vinegar-based food dressings contain acetic acid, which speeds up the rate at which your body burns fat. Add a few glugs of vinaigrette or vinegar daily to salads and sauces.

-- I am going to try this.

30. Drizzle a little olive oil on salads. It's 'good' fatty acids trigger a protein that tells the body it's full, to help prevent you from over eating.

-- I already do, but it doesn't stop me eating. Maybe I'm not using enough.

31. Swallow conjugated linoleic acid capsules every day. Taking it will mean you lose 9% more fat over the course of a year.

-- Get it naturally in many different types of nut and seed oil.

32. Eat three 250 calorie protein rich snacks a day. Those who do so are 30% more likely to lose weight.

-- Eh? Have a protein drink instead!

33. Eat pomegranates. Their seed oil reduces the bodies ability to store fat, and they're so sweet they'll curb your desire for sugary snacks.

-- I'd rather not bother with the hassle of pomegranates!

34. Eat red pepper. They contain capsaicin, the chemical that gives them their taste and which boosts hour resting metabolic rate by up to 25%.

-- I eat lots of red peppers in salads, but I found conflicting studies about this idea.

35. Drink oolong tea instead of water. This will burn 12% more body fat.

-- I actually just started drinking green tea!

36. Take a tablespoon of coconut oil a day. This will raise your metabolism and reduce body fat.

-- I am going to try this.

37. Go nuts with 70 almonds a day. You'll lose 8% body fat in six months. Their protein and fibre keep you feeling full.

-- 70 almonds! I'd throw up.

38. Eat beans. People who add them to each meal are 22% less likely to become obese.

-- A great source of fibre, but leave the baked beans alone please sir!

39. Add lentils to each meal to lose 7kg in 10 weeks. The pulses are packed with the amino acid leucine which burns fat fast.

-- I hate lentils! And wouldn't every meal have a 'thick' consistency by adding them?

40. Sink a daily borage seed oil capsule to stay slim. 80% of people found it helped keep off weigh lost through exercise.

-- Seed oils are great, but we already covered them above!

41. Eat an apple 15 minutes before a meal. You will consume 187 fewer calories if you do.

-- I don't like apples.

42. Can't face breakfast, but want to kick-start your metabolism? Blend 200g of strawberries, 125ml soya milk and two teaspoons vanilla extract for a belly-banishing smoothie.

-- I gotta have eggs for breakfast.

43. Grab a handful of peanuts a day. This is to get heart healthy folate's and fibre, plus a higher satiety level than other foods.

-- Yes peanuts have lots of health benefits, but they're still going to make you fat! Leave them for the monkeys.

44. Get the right percentage of body fat. Eat 1.5g of protein per kilo of body weight; only 20-30% of your total calories should come from fat.

-- That's too much math's for me!

45. Add spring onions to your post workout meal. They metabolize carbs for fuel, and are full of fibre, which aids weight loss.

-- I eat them sometimes, but I can't be bothered with 'stripping' the skins every time!

46. Drink grapefruit juice. You'll lose 2kg in 12 weeks, thanks to insulin lowering enzymes.

-- Grapefruit juice will help prevent cancer too. I'm off to the fridge, back soon.

47. Eat eggs for breakfast. They contain low calorie protein, perfect for weight loss, plus they'll keep you full all morning.

-- Now we're talking my language, I eat at least 6 a day.

48. Eat a portion of dairy every day. Doubling calcium intake increases the rate your body metabolizes fat by 50%.

-- I eat too much cheese, I should switch to the cottage design for less fat content!

49. Eat bread with lupin seeds. It will keep you feeling fuller for longer.

-- Who eats bread on a diet?

50. A glass of carrot juice a day will help you lose 4Lbs over 12 weeks, compared to non juice drinkers. It's high in fibre and nutrients that help burn fat.

I'll leave the carrots to the rabbits, thank you very much.

Author's Bio: 

Andy James is a fat loss and muscle building nut who enjoys spreading the good word about all things fitness. He has a huge fascination with the best ways to burn fat, and loves dispelling the myths which surround cardiovascular workouts. His website, QBX Fitness discusses the topics like the best cardio to do if you only have fifteen minutes free per day, and what is the best diet to eat to gain muscle at the same time. Follow Andy on Google+.