If you’re trying to burn alll your excess weight in one evening of dramatic thin-inducing activities, stop right now. Real weight loss happens gradually. It’s a long-term thing, like writing a novel or growing an inch. To try and force anything dramatic as a one night fix on your struggling body would just be cruel. Instead, take lifestyle to heart and take a good look at your daily routine. Are you eating the way you should and taking proper care of yourself on a consistent basis? We don’t just mean skipping those pesky carbs either. The trick to improving your weight can be as simple as a good breakfast before work and plenty of water throughout the day. The little things can make or break your journey to a pristine silhouette. The best weight loss techniques aren’t painful, just simple tweaks to help boost your healthy everyday lifestyle.
DRINK UP BEFORE MEALS
Water will keep you hydrated and help with the digestive process during meals. A few glasses before you eat can also fill you up a bit so you don’t feel the need to stuff yourself at dinner.
We know. You’re sick of hearing this over and over again. The problem is, it’s true. Going without breakfast tricks your body into starving all day. When you do finally eat, your metabolism is super slow and any food spikes your blood sugar, leaving you craving even more food shortly after. Obviously, none of that progression is any good if you’re trying to lose poundage.
EAT LESS AT DINNER
Your body digests food more slowly at night, so if you want to trim down your figure, make breakfast or lunch the biggest meal of the day.
EAT TONS OF VEGGIES
Fruits and vegetables are going to give you the nutrients you need to keep full and feel satisfied. Think less about cutting calories and more about eating healthy.
TAKE A BREAK FROM SUGAR
Cokes and Frappuccinos alike increase your caloric intake drastically. Water is much less exciting for your taste buds, but if you’re serious about losing weight, it’s the best option.
SAY GOODBYE TO SALTY SNACKS
Pretzels and chips have similar issues to sugar-filled products. They promote water retention, one of the chief culprits in puffing you up. Grab veggies and some hummus for a nourishing snack that will help you achieve your poundage goals.
In our touch-and-go culture, scarfing down food between activities is a big thing. Problem is, it takes a few minutes for the stomach to tell the brain it’s full. This means you probably won’t feel stuffed until after the damage is done. Take a good 15 minutes to eat your first helping at dinner. That way, if you’re still hungry after you can be sure it’s not a fluke.
WORKOUT AT HIGH-INTENSITY
You burn more body fat alternating between high-intensity exercises and short recovery periods. Make a point of pushing yourself so this can happen.
SCHEDULE YOUR EXERCISE
One of the big things about exercise is that it only works in increments. You’ve got to keep things consistent if you want to develop. Even include days off in your workout calendar for ultimate control.
MAKE YOUR QUALITY TIME MORE ACTIVE
Workout while you watch your Netflix shows and opt for that walk after dinner rather than flopping on the couch for TV time. Quality time is easy to revamp into a healthy chunk of minor exercise time in your day.
GET ENOUGH SLEEP
When you don’t sleep, the hormones that keep your appetite at bay get all confused. Don’t create more trouble for yourself. Give your body the rest it needs to help you transform into a better, healthier you.
Don’t succumb to the myth that weight loss can happen at lightning speed. It can’t and it doesn’t have to be as painful as people say. These tweaks will get you into shape with minimal discomfort and even some fun along the way.
— Julie Grossman