Wary of going through daily 3-hour workouts and eating only cabbage soup? If you want to lose weight but willpower is not one of your strengths, let us offer you some tips to help you shed pounds fast and for good.
#1. Sleep more
According to a 16-year study by the University of Alberta, sleeping less than 5 hours per night leads to 30% higher weight gain than if you sleep at least 7 hours per night. Sleeping more helps your organs stay healthy, and reduces your stress levels.
#2. Drink the right amount of water
Drinking enough water daily sounds simple, but most of us don’t actually do it. Adults need about 2 liters of water (not sodas or alcohols) daily to maintain good health. Water is very important for a good digestion and food absorption. If these processes don’t happen right, the body will go on storing the food in the fatty tissue, for later use.
#3. Don’t work out for too long
Like with anything else, taking your workouts too far will not have the desired effect. Workouts are not meant to burn the excess fat directly, but to speed up your metabolism and to better oxygenate the body. You need to maintain a healthy diet to be able to lose weight efficiently.
#4. Make sure to have a healthy snack available at all times
The easiest way to sabotage your weight-loss progress is by giving in to the temptation of sugars and saturated fats when you are tired, stressed and hungry. For those moments, you need to be able to take out the healthy snack and munch on it instead of going to the closest fast food outlet or picking up a candy bar.
#5. Laughter really is the best medicine
It’s been scientifically proven that laughing for 10 to 15 minutes burns about 40 calories and elevates the heart rate by 10 to 20%, which, in turn, speeds up the metabolism. Laughter is also a powerful stress reliever and, as we all know, stress is one of the main factors causing weight gain.
#6. Keep a food journal
A study on 1700 participants found out that people who had diligently kept a food journal managed to lose 50% more weight than those who had not. Taking the time to think about and write down everything you eat makes you really pay attention to your food choices.
#7. Take time to unwind
One of the most important consequences of stress is the impulse to overeat. It happens because we try to soothe ourselves by eating and, when it does not have the desired effect, we keep eating, hoping that the food will calm us down. Add to this the fact that stress slows your metabolism down and you have the perfect recipe for disaster. So, do take time to quiet down, and not by stuffing yourself full.
#8. Get professional help
If the above tips seem too complicated to you or too difficult to use, then you need the help of a professional, who can prescribe a custom-made, well-structured program to help you with your weight loss. Don’t hesitate, because all you’ll accomplish is to postpone the inevitable. If you really can’t do it by yourself, don’t be afraid to seek help.
The BetterMe Team wants you and those close to you to live a healthy, happy life! Your health is a valuable thing; look after your body and your mind so that you can live your life to the fullest – Remember you only get one!
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