When you think of weight loss, you probably imagine a strict diet or endless, exhausting exercise. So this is going to come as a pleasant surprise – you needn’t go all compulsive on cardio or madly count your calories. You can shed a few kilos and inches without the stress by simply making small, consistent changes to your lifestyle. Try it and watch them build up to pleasing results.
1. Drink Water
Water is the easiest route to health and weight loss. Begin your day with a glass of water to get your metabolism going. This also helps alkalize your body, thereby detoxing your system and burning fat. A glass of water before meals and enough through the day also keeps you from overeating, or snacking unnecessarily. Consuming water before exercise brings about the release of muscle-building hormones, which is a huge plus for your metabolism!
2. Get Enough Sleep
This one’s easy, right? And it’s very important, given the fact that there’s a direct connection between sleep-deprivation and increased food consumption. Sleep deprivation causes a fall in leptin, an appetite-suppressing hormone, and an increase in the levels of ghrelin, one that stimulates hunger. So go on, grab your beauty sleep!
3. Pay Attention to Your Food
Regular mealtimes are important. So also are smart food choices for snacks, and the next time you go snack-searching in the fridge, make sure you choose high protein, high fibre foods like fresh fruit, raw nuts, chickpeas and other nutritious bites. Swap your creamy dips for lighter, low calorie dips like vinaigrette, yogurt and the like.
A light, early dinner had at least 3 hours before bedtime can prevent indigestion and sleep issues.
4. Portion Patrol
It pays to be mindful of how much you’re eating. Choose a smaller plate to control portion size, and measure out snacks so you don’t over-indulge.
5. Don’t Skip Breakfast
You aren’t doing yourself any favours by missing the most important meal of the day. Eat a protein-enriched meal every morning to kickstart your day.
6. Move It
Yes, we lead sedentary lives, but that’s no excuse to not get out of your couch or your office chair and more around a bit. Choose the stairs, park a little farther, or simply stand up and stretch your limbs every now and then, to burn more calories.
7. Drink Green Tea
Green tea boosts metabolism. The fact that it’s also rich in antioxidants is a big bonus!
8. Watch Your Drinks
Empty calories from colas, juices, and alcohol all add up and tell on your waistline. Instead, have water flavoured with lime, mint or cucumber for a hint of freshness.
9. Say Yes to Chocolate
Assuage the cravings of your sweet tooth with decadent dark chocolate, instead of other calorie-heavy goodies.
10. Make The Body Firm Part Of Your Routine
It’s easy, fast and effective… Make The Body Firm part of your routine. You have nothing to lose except stubborn fat.