Ready to lose weight? Here's how to cut calories, curb cravings, and get the body you want—without making yourself crazy or turning to fad diets.

Sunday, September 2, 2018

Four Major Weight Loss Strategies You Should Be Using

There is an overwhelming amount of information on how to lose weight available everywhere you turn. You almost can’t watch TV, surf the internet, listen to the radio, or read a magazine without some mention of the next “miracle weight loss plan or product”. Well forget the fancy stuff and let’s get back to some fundamentals that have been proven to work for virtually everyone. The following four strategies have been time tested through rigorous studies and written about in everything from the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, New England Journal of Medicine and many other highly trusted sources.

1 – Green Tea – It’s a common ingredient in many fat burners these days and can even be purchased in pill form itself. It does have natural fat burning capabilities due the fact that it contains many metabolism boosting enzymes. Green tea will also keep you from storing fat as it aids in purifying and cleansing the arteries and blood stream. Chinese medicine has known about and used it for its benefits for centuries. Fresh tea leaves or tea bags are always a better choice than most of the bottled kinds as many of them contain additional ingredients not beneficial to weight loss like sugars or artificial sweeteners.

2 – Sleep & Stress Reduction – These two really do go hand in hand. You can become stressed much more easily from sleep deprivation and getting enough sleep will help to reduce stress levels. Lack of sleep can contribute to weight gain. If you’re sleep deprived the appetite regulating hormones in the brain get thrown out of wack and can tell you you’re hungry when you’re really not. In addition, being stressed causes poor judgment in food choices and you can easily overeat because of the hormones being in chaos. This is usually when those “comfort foods” come in to play. We all need a different amount of sleep but usually between 7-9 hours per night is a good range. Try it and find what number is right for you.

3 – Portion Control – We’ve heard about it for years now but how do you really know what the right portion is. First of all, forget about weighing and measuring your food. This is simply ridiculous. Eating is meant to be a joyful experience done either alone or with others and I can’t think of anything that would suck the joy out if it more. All you need to do is take the size of your fist and that is your portion size of carbs and veggies or fruits. For proteins, you’ll use the size and thickness of the palm of your hand. That’s it, it really is that simple.

4 – Move Your Body – You may be just starting out trying to lose weight or have been trying for awhile and go to the gym every other day. Either way, if you make it a point to move a little more you’d be pleasantly surprised at how the pounds will slide right off. There are plenty of ways to do it if you just keep an eye out for the opportunities. Some great examples are parking towards the back of parking lots, taking the stairs, walking before or after dinner for 20 minutes instead of just plopping down in front of the TV or computer right away, home workout DVDs, playing with the kids, walking the dog or going to the gym. Any possible way you can get your body moving for at least 30 minutes a day is ok, just do it and stick with it!

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