Let’s be honest losing weight is a real challenge for most folks. Between our demanding lifestyles and less than stellar eating habits, the battle of the bulge is one that a good many of us lose.
While a well thought out nutrition and exercise program is the best remedy for getting rid of that spare tire and those thunder thighs, not everybody has the time for that level of commitment. Below I am going to offer some easy to implement tips that you can start following today to start losing weight.
Filtered Water, Green Tea & Lemon Juice
These are the only liquids you should be drinking. Achieving an adequate calorie deficit is hard enough when you’re not drinking calories. Soda, fruit juice, energy drinks, etc. are all loaded with calories and sugars. Even ‘healthy’ beverages like orange juice are very high in sugar and you’d be well advised to avoid them when trying to lose weight.
Take the Stairs
The modern conveniences we’ve all become accustomed to have made us dreadfully lazy. People take any opportunity to conserve their energy when they should be doing the opposite. Moving and walking as much as possible throughout the day will burn a lot of extra calories over the course of a year. Take the stairs, walk to the mailbox, walk the dog anything you can think of that gets you off of your behind for a few minutes will help.
Put the Fork Down and Step Away from the Pasta
Let’s face it we’re all serious ‘carboholics’ these days. Bread, pasta, rice, cereal, oats, corn and the like are loaded with dietary carbohydrates. Carbohydrates require the release of insulin to be processed by the body. Insulin is a storage hormone that facilitates fat storage and halts fat burning. You don’t have to eliminate carbohydrates, but reducing them significantly, especially in the evening meal, is a good idea.
Many of us live fairly stressful lives these days. Stress causes the endocrine system to release hormones many of those hormones increase fat storage. Make some time each day to relax and unwind a bit. This is good for fat loss and for life in general. Stress is the silent killer, and controlling it is crucial to maintain a healthy body weight and a healthy lifestyle.
Sleep On It
Your body (and mind) requires 7-8 hours of sound restful sleep each night to operate efficiently and recover from daily activities. Poor sleeping habits and obesity are very closely linked. If you suffer from insomnia, talk to your doctor about possible solutions. Even if you have to take prescription sleeping pills to get your rest it’s better than the alternative of not sleeping.
Get Fat to Get Lean
For those of you who still think dietary fat is unhealthy it’s time to read some nutritional information that’s not 30 years old. Once blamed for nearly every health condition under the Sun, dietary fat is actually crucial for good health even saturated fat is not the ‘dietary devil’ it has been made out to be. Eating 25-30% of your calorie from healthy fat sources like nuts, avocados, fish, Greek yogurt, olive oil, coconut, palm and similar foods promotes a healthy metabolism, a strong immune system, and healthy hormone levels.