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How to Lose Inches Off Your Body in Eight Weeks

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Lau Hanly runs Fierce For Life, a nutrition and fitness company that helps young women start with healthy eating and smart training without overwhelming them. She has a certificate of nutrition, and provide individual coaching, standard fitness and nutrition programs, and group training.
How to Lose Inches Off Your Body in Eight Weeks
Increasing your daily activity is an important part of losing fat. Photo Credit: Stewart Cohen/Digital Vision/Getty Images

Losing inches off your body requires a concerted overhaul of your entire lifestyle, particularly when trying to do it in such a short time frame. A safe rate of fat loss is 1 to 2 pounds of body fat per week. Have realistic expectations and understand that it's not simply a question of drastically cutting calories or hitting the gym for two hours every day -- you have to manage every part of your lifestyle.

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Step 1

Create and follow a sensible eating plan. Get rid of junk food, take-out and sugary drinks. Focus on eating natural foods at every meal in sensible portion sizes. Each meal should have at least a fist-sized serving of protein, such as lean meats, eggs, poultry, fish or protein powder, and half a plate of vegetables. Include small servings of carbohydrates, like whole grains or fruit, and fats such as nuts or dairy. Cook for yourself as much as possible to control exactly what you are eating and the portion size.

Step 2

Start exercising regularly. Do a combination of cardio workouts and resistance training to increase your rate of fat loss. Good cardio workouts include sprints, cycling and playing sports. These are all examples of interval training -- intense periods of work followed by short rests, which have been found to be highly effective for reducing overall body fat. Resistance training uses weights to build your strength and endurance while also cutting body fat, or can also be done with simple body weight routines. Do one or two cardio sessions per week and two or three resistance sessions for the best results.

Step 3

Prioritize your sleep -- a lack of sleep has been directly linked to higher levels of body fat, along with a host of related health problems. Harvard School of Public Health published findings that showed that getting less than seven hours of sleep per night led to an increased risk of obesity, and greater difficulty with fat loss. Getting enough sleep means you have more energy and mental acuity, which in turn helps you to make better food choices and more likely to follow through on your workouts.

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