How to Lose 50 Pounds in 2 Months: Ultimate Guide

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This content has been Fact-Checked by a Certified Nutritionist in our Publishing Team. Learn more here. Always consult a medical professional before commencing any diet.

It’s the ultimate goal, isn’t it? To find that miracle diet and not only lose all of your unwanted weight, but shed it fast!

If you want to know how to lose 50 pounds in 2 months, (and once for all get rid of those love handles) keep reading because I have some great tips for you.

Of course, you and I both know (hopefully) that there is no such thing as a miracle diet if you want long-term, not to mention healthy results.

If you didn’t know that, I’m sorry to break it to you, but diets are hard work if you’re serious about achieving healthy and long-lasting results.

Losing Weight Too Quickly

If you do manage to shed a lot of weight in a short amount of time, the likelihood of it staying off is debatable, because our bodies simply aren’t made to react positively towards crash dieting.

Your body just wants to protect you after all, and so if you starve yourself.

For example, your body may start to prepare you for a period of famine and start storing all the food you put into your body as fat reserves – eek!

That is certain to wreck all of your dieting efforts. However, it is possible to trick your metabolism and it is possible to lose up to 50 pounds in 2 months if you really want to.

In this article, we are going to explore some safe and healthy ways of shedding weight quickly and having fun while you diet!


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What Is the Best Way to Lose 50 Pounds in 2 Months?

The most effective way of losing weight fast is to be strategic and consistent, but also to be realistic.

Remember that if you set yourself goals that are too extreme or specific you are much less likely to stick to your new eating regime because the pressure is way too high.

A good starting point is to adopt healthy eating habits that you enjoy. It is important to approach your new diet with a positive mental attitude.

Here are some good ideas to set you off on the right path:

1. Count Calories To Cut Calories

Keeping track of what you are consuming by counting the number of calories you eat allows you to analyze what the best foods for you are.

Calorie counting will give you a better understanding of how each type of food you eat contributes to your diet – carbs, fat, fiber, protein, etc..

In a way, counting calories provides you with the opportunity to design your own diet on a day-to-day basis.

Here are some popular apps to help you count calories:

My Fitness Pal.
Lose It!
FatSecret.
Cron-o-meter.
SparkPeople.

2. Reduce The Amount Of Fat In Your Diet 

Fat is one of the three macronutrients in your diet, along with protein and carbohydrates.

Fat is an essential part of a healthy diet, it is a great source of energy and it keeps us feeling fuller for longer.

It helps your brain to function well, and it helps to absorb fat-soluble vitamins and minerals, among other things. There are a lot of popular diets nowadays that recommend a higher consumption of fat such as OMAD Keto.

However, too much fat is just no good for our body, heart, cholesterol and digestive system. Everything in life needs to be in moderation!. And I mean by fat here, the good unsaturated fat that is found in nuts or some fruits such as avocado, not the trans fats or saturated fats which are bad fats that could be found in french fries and junk food.

Good and bad fats: Have a look at this article to get a better understanding of unsaturated fats (good fats), trans fats (bad fats) and saturated fats (bad fats).

To make it easier for you, we have put together a list of the good fats you can include in your diet – in moderation of course.

good fat

10 High Fat Healthy Foods:

  1. Avocado
  2. Nuts such as Walnuts, Almonds, Tecan, Pistachios, Cashews
  3. Whole Eggs
  4. Coconut and Coconut Oil
  5. Dark Chocolate
  6. Nut and seed butter
  7. Greek Yogurt
  8. Fatty Fish: Wild Salmon, tuna, trout, mackerel, sardines, and herring.
  9. Olives and Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  10. Ground flaxseed and Chia Seeds

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How to reduce bad fat intake?

1. Always go meat cuts that are lower in fat such as chicken breast (no skin) and fish fillets

2. Prepare your meats in the oven to avoid frying.

3. Eat veggies either raw, steamed or roasted.

4. Switch to skimmed or low-fat milk.

5. Switch to low-fat yogurt and choose low-fat cheeses like cottage cheese which is also high in protein.

6. If you do eat out, always ask for the healthy meals that are low in calories away from the fried foods or high-carb meals

7. Avoid butter and margarine – Use avocado dressing or hummus chick pea as an alternative healthy spread. If you want something sweet go for nut spreads that have not added sugar.

8. Go for healthier oils, such as coconut, canola, olive and sunflower oils.

9. Check the saturated fat and trans fat % on all products when shopping.

10. When grocery shopping, always check the product nutrition label and stay way from products that are high in saturated fat. If you do not know how to read the nutrition labels, check this video.

3. Eat More Fruits and Vegetables 

And talking of veggies, fruits and vegetables are not only brimming with healthy vitamins, minerals and fiber. They can also be a delicious and filling alternative to high-carb foods like bread and pasta.

It is so easy to fill your plate up with vegetables, which are good for you, instead of stodgy white rice, noodles or potatoes.

Veggies have a bad reputation for being less desirable than meat and potatoes. However, the more you experiment and fill your plates with the vegetables you actually enjoy. You may end up finding that the vegetables become the main attraction of your meal.

If you want to start eating more fruits and vegetables, a good way to get into it is to buy fresh from the market. You will be eating the tastiest and ripest food, which will obviously make it much more palatable.

Try to add different kinds of veggies with different colors to your plate in order to be attractive for you to eat it, you can also add some healthy sauces or dipping to them to be more palatable.

Buying fruit and veggies from a farm market is also just so much more earthy and exciting than buying it from a supermarket. Where the food is wrapped up in plastic, which is bad for the environment, and probably costs so much more. If you can get organic fruit and veg… even better!

Remember, the more fruit and vegetables you eat, the less unhealthy food you are eating. There is only so much space in your stomach, so fill it up with the stuff that is good for you, and that your body will use to help it to function more efficiently.


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4. Be More Physically Active

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If you want to make your dieting efforts even more effective you can try to incorporate more physical activity into your life.

This will help you to burn off extra calories, speed up weight loss.

Exercise will help you get toned while you lose weight so that the dress you are aiming to fit into looks even better!

If you are not used to exercising you should start with light exercises such as walking around the block for 30 minutes daily.

Simple things like getting off the bus, a few stops earlier, and walking the rest of the way to your destination can make a big difference to your overall fitness so try to use your legs instead of your car.

Housework is another effective way to incorporate regular exercise into your week. Using the stairs instead of lifts and escalators and picking up your walking pace so that you raise your heart rate a little.

Joining a Yoga or Pilates class can be a great way to take your fitness to the next level in a controlled way while boosting your social level and psychological health plus making friends with similar interests or goals.

Alternatively, swimming is a good way to give your whole body a workout and leave you feeling invigorated and toned.


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5. Cut Sweets Out

It goes without saying that cutting out sweets can greatly improve your chances of losing the weight you want to lose quickly. In fact, one of the most effective ways to see a visible loss of weight is to cut sugar out of your diet completely.

You might be surprised just how much sugar you are consuming throughout the day once you start to consciously cut it out.

Even a couple of sugars in your tea or coffee can add a significant number of calories to your drink, and if you are drinking several hot beverages throughout the day that can quickly add up.

Sugar does not come only from the plain sugar you add in your drink, there is also the added sugar which you can find it on the nutrition labels of the processed foods according to the FDA. So you have to avoid any packaged foods, the foods that do not have nutritional labels are always the best healthy choice.

If you have a serious sweet tooth and find that you simply can’t enjoy life without a bit of added sweetness, you can try to get the sweetness from alternatives to sugar.

I find that eating a single date before drinking a cup of sugarless tea can greatly impact the sweetness of my drink!

6. Eat Smaller Portions

Another great way of cutting down on calories, fat, carbs or whatever else you are trying to reduce, is to actually reduce the size of your meals.

Choose a small plate or bowl and say to yourself that for the next two months at every meal you are only going to eat what you can fit onto that plate or into that bowl. Trust me, this could be a game-changer.

At first, you might think that it won’t be enough food to satisfy you, but the trick is to plan your meals carefully and make sure that whatever you put in your bowl is filling or will release energy slowly.

The second trick is to eat slowly and mindfully, making sure that you thoroughly chew your food, and make sure that your mouth is completely empty before you refill it. Eating slowly is associated with a lower body mass index according to this research.

This is effective because it can take up to 20 minutes after you begin eating before you actually begin to feel full, no matter what or how much you eat.

So if you eat slowly, you are more likely to consume less food by the time you feel satiated and can choose to stop eating.


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How To Lose 50 Pounds In 2 Months – Diet Plan

You should go for a diet plan that looks healthy and balanced. Get inspired by some of our low calorie recipes here.

Fad diets that cut out major food groups are not sustainable, so if you are looking for long term results you should go for a diet that resembles the kind of diet that you might be happy sticking to after you have lost the weight so that you are able to keep the pounds off.

Your diet plan should include food that you enjoy eating. This is so that you develop a healthy attitude towards food.

There is a risk for people to develop eating disorders because they can become afraid to eat certain types of food after a fad diet comes to an end.

Low carb diets are a prime example of this. If after you have lost the weight you wanted to lose you are literally afraid to go near bread, you may have a problem!

Food List/Foods to Eat

healthy plate

To help you devise your own healthy diet, here is a list of foods you can add to your shopping trolley.

Whole Foods

Stay away from anything that is processed and stick to whole foods that are more nutritious and don’t contain any hidden ingredients that could end up sabotaging your weight loss efforts.

Organic vegetables, lean cuts of meat, eggs, salad, and fruit are all great whole food choices.

Nuts and seeds

Nuts are highly nutritious, just be careful of how much you eat because they do contain a lot of fat. You can enjoy eating them in moderation.

Don’t be afraid to eat them because of this though, just measure out a portion and you should be fine. Seeds are also a great healthy addition to salads, cereal, and yogurt.

Water

Stay away from fruit juices because they contain a lot of sugar!

It’s much better to eat the actual fruit. When in doubt go for plain water, or add a squeeze of lemon or cucumber. It is important to drink enough water throughout the day to stay hydrated.

Drinking water before your meals can help to fill your stomach so that you don’t eat as much as stated by The American Chemical Society research.

Sometimes during the day, you might think you are feeling hungry, but if you have a drink of water instead you may realize that your body was actually trying to tell you it was thirsty!


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Foods to Avoid

pastries

Here is a handy list of foods that you should try to avoid if you want to lose weight fast.

Sugar

This is my number one ingredient to stay away from. Don’t forget that fruit can also contain a lot of sugar such as dates, mango, grapes, banana, figs, so don’t overdo it.

Chocolate, sweets, and cake are all obvious high-sugar foods but don’t forget that sugar can be found hidden in so many other kinds of foods, like tomato ketchup and BBQ sauce, breakfast cereals, tinned foods, and low-fat packet foods.

White Bread

If you want to lose weight faster cut down the amount of bread you eat dramatically.

It will have a huge positive effect on your diet. If you do want to eat bread, make sure it is a whole meal, seeded variety, and don’t eat too much of it.

High-fat cheese

I’m afraid that high-fat cheese is probably one thing you are going to have to cut right back on if you want to lose weight faster, instead you can eat cottage cheese which is low fat.

Unless you are following a specific type of diet like a keto diet where you cut out the carbs and increase the protein and fat in your meals. Make sure you do your research well before trying that one out.

Pasta

You can substitute spaghetti for spiralized veggies like courgette or carrot.

Pastries

These are absolutely forbidden. Just kidding, but if you’re sensible you’ll steer clear of pastry while you are trying to shed those pounds.


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Bonus Weight Loss Tips

 

  • Try losing weight with a friend or a group of people. It can be more encouraging when you have other people to share the experience with. They can cheer you along, challenge you and support you when you are feeling those moments of weakness.
  • Keep a record of your progress. You might choose to weigh yourself, measure yourself with a tape measure, keep a journal to track how your clothes fit you or even take photographs of your body each week to keep track of where you are in your diet. It will help to spur you on if you can find a way to measure your success.
  • Don’t forget to reward yourself. Set yourself milestones and reward yourself for successes along the way!

Warnings

Don’t forget that it is very important to approach dieting with a healthy mind as well as a healthy diet plan.

Every person is different and every person’s body and overall health and fitness vary, so what will work for one person may not necessarily work for you.

Before trying out any fad diet you should always do all of your own research and consult a health professional.

This content has been Fact-Checked by a Certified Nutritionist in our Publishing Team. Learn more here.

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