5 Practical Ways to Lose Weight
Weight Loss is not about long arduous workouts at the gym or unbearable, boring fad diets. The only successful way to shed unwanted fat effectively and permanently is a to make small but permanent lifestyle changes. Most people find that weight loss during a diet or extreme exercise is quickly put back on once the diet or activity is stopped.
If you really want to lose weight and keep it off, then you must adjust your lifestyle. These 5 simple changes can have a major impact on your life, health, fitness, and body shape. They will help to promote effective weight loss. By altering a few critical patterns in your eating habits and exercise you can quickly and effectively lose weight and start to see the body shape you always wanted.
Try making these 5 simple common-sense changes and let us know how you get on…
Walk for 30 minutes each day.
Walking reduces stress, more about that later, but walking is also very effective in encouraging your body to burn fat and lose weight. In fact, a 30-minute walk is better at inducing weight loss than a 30-minute jog. Jogging helps you burn calories and quickly tone leg muscles. It also increases the heart rate to aerobic levels and once you stop the heart rate quickly drops. Walking, on the other hand, increases the heart rate to the fat-burning level. This has a longer lasting impact as it tends to stay elevated at this level even after you finish the exercise. With walking you will continue to burn fat longer and continue to lose weight.
When eating, cut the portion in half.
Whatever you sit down to eat, divide the portion on the plate in front of you in half. If you are tempted to nibble on more then throw it away. Alternatively, give it to someone else, or if you are out, have it wrapped up to take home. Cutting your meal in half will reduce your calorie and fat consumption dramatically. At the same time, it will get your body accustomed to smaller portions.
Get a full night’s sleep.
All Doctors will tell you what a lot of us realise instinctively; a full night of uninterrupted sleep leaves you energized for the new day. But what you may not realise is: Sleeping helps your body to digest your food and burn excess fat much more efficiently. When the body is asleep, it works a lot harder to process energy. Far harder than it does when you sit on the sofa watching television. And as a bonus, after a good nights rest, you will be a lot more active and energetic the next day. You will use more calories and burn up excess fat. So, get that beauty sleep (7 to 8 hours if at all possible).
Reduce Stress – Make that call.
Take care of the long-fingered items on your to-do list before they become a problem. Stress adds weight! Unnecessary stress has an adverse physiological effect on your body and causes fat to be stored in your cells. Reducing stress even by small amounts can quickly and easily reduce fatty deposits, especially in the stomach area.
Drink plenty of Water.
Water hydrates your body’s cells and helps them to process harmful toxins more efficiently and eliminate them from the body. By drinking plenty of fluids, especially water (at least 8 glasses per day), you will help your cells to function at their best.
Tea, Coffee, and a lot of diet sodas contain caffeine This can increase your metabolism while it is in your system. This is helpful in moderation but remember the caffeine will leave your system and then your body will slow down. So, don’t overdo the caffeine! Too much and the come down can have a negative effect on your weight loss plans. Be sure to take an extra glass of water when drinking caffeinated beverages. Caffeine can have a diuretic effect on some people.
Despite what all the advertising and marketing says, weight loss is about lifestyle. Sustaining effective and permanent weight loss is about motivation and lifestyle changes. These changes as already discussed do not need to be drastic. They do need to be sustained so it is essential that you have help from family and friends to motivate you and keep you on the straight and narrow.
Good luck and please let us know how you get on!