By Linda Hiss
It is extremely frustrating when you are trying to lose weight and you can’t seem to make any progress, despite the fact that you are working hard. If this happens to you, you can supplement your weight loss regimen with these helpful tips.
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Water is the best hydrator and an ideal weight loss tool too. In a recent survey conducted in the US, people who drink 17 oz of water three times a day before every meal, lose around 5 lbs in 12 weeks. Lisa Renn, the dietician says, “The noticeable thing in this study is that the people who shed weight were the ones who were drinking water prior to eating. This is to reduce the capacity of stomach by eating smaller portions of food”. Therefore, drinking more water before meals will help you eat less.
#2 Do not munch the whole day
Are you always keeping an eye on the cookie jar or sipping on a soda? If so, you should remove this from your daily routine. Eat a balanced diet with a gap of two to three hours between meals. Consume meals in small portions and take lesser quantities, as it keeps levels of blood sugar stable. Eating meals this way makes you recognize true hunger and forces you to eat healthier. If you are snacking all day, you will put on extra useless calories you don’t actually need.
#3 Start Resistance Training
Body muscles are ultimate fat burners which cannot be built on the treadmill. The slimmer your tissues are, the more calories you are likely to burn. Surprisingly, such tissues can be built only through resistance training. To lose weight, move every day. Do both high intensity interval training and resistance training two times a week.
#4 Add Protein and Ditch Wrong Carbs
Sweets, white breads, pasta, processed food and high GI carbohydrates reduce digestion power and produce insulin, which is not good. Too much intake of these foods and production of insulin makes you gain weight and could lead to type-2 diabetes in extreme cases. Instead, consume wholegrain breads, fruits and oats to keep fats away from the body. These foods are low GI carbs so they are good for you. Renn says, “Add protein to your diet like tuna, four bean mix, light ham and chicken etc.”
#5 Get 8 hours of sleep
Getting 8 hours of sleep is a perfect key to weight loss. In one study researchers found the following, “The body is active during sleep in terms of metabolism. So the more we sleep, the more our fat burning ability gets turned up”. Lack of sleep is destructive for leptin and ghrelin, which are hunger controlling hormones. If you don’t get enough sleep, ghrelin increases and leptin decreases, which makes you crave food. As a result, you eat more sweets, baked foods, chips and soda, thus making you gain weight.
While some of these tips seem simple, being diligent and sticking to them every day can be a challenge. Adopting these simple strategies will help you lose weight in a healthy and natural way. These weight loss strategies can be implemented in addition to any other weight loss programs you are using. These are some simple steps to introduce into your lifestyle to make you look smart and fit.