If you want to lose weight safely there's no doubt that you're looking for a permanent solution to put your excess weight behind you and begin living a more healthy life.

The reasons for your overweight probably comes from a combination of eating too much, eating the wrong foods and not using your body enough.

The 5 best ways to lose weight are safely:

Drink more water

Nothing primes your body more for efficiency than water. Without an ample supply of water your body will be in a sub-optimal state where you will not be able to take advantage of the nutrients you'll be feeding it.

Eat less

With "eat less" I do not mean to go on a starvation diet, but that you look objectively on the amount of calories you feed your body during the day. Most people underestimate the amount of calories they consume, so find an online food diary to enter everything you eat for a week.

After that week you will have a much more accurate picture of how many calories you consume and how much you need to cut back to start losing weight

Resistance train

There's no way out – when it comes to a sustainable and safe weight loss, weight training is a part of the equation. The effect of building stronger muscles is that your Basic Metabolism Rate – or BMR – goes up.

So unlike cardio training you'll actually be burning calories after your workout and not just during it. No gym near you, gym memberships too expensive or you're just not comfortable showing up in a gym does not prevent you from doing weight training. There are plenty of very effective body weight exercises you can do without having to spend a dime on an expensive gym membership.

Gym or no gym – you need a training program to follow so you do not end up injuring yourself.

Sleep more

If you're not getting enough sleep then you're basically setting your body up for sustained weight gains. It's not when you work out that your muscles get bigger and stronger so they burn more stored fat – it when you sleep.
So if you're not getting enough sleep then you're setting yourself up for failure. Not only will your muscles not repair fast enough from the training and cause injuries down the line, but the rest of your body suffers as well.

Get support

If you want to make sure that you stay on track then getting support from your friends, family or coworkers is extremely important. If you're not comfortable seeking support from people near you then find an online community of like minded people instead.

I know it's not revolutionary or some secret ingredient from the latest diet fad, but getting enough water, eating less than you burn, doing resistance training (either in a gym or at home), getting enough sleep and seeking support is the 5 best tips I can give to lose weight safely.