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15 Unconventional Ways To Lose Weight Quickly

15 Unconventional Ways To Lose Weight Quickly

Despite what some people try to tell us, weight loss is a difficult process that requires plenty of time and effort, particularly if you want to do it right. In fact, your goal should be to lose fat, not merely weight, as a lot of crash diets will make your body lose plenty of water weight and even catabolize a significant amount of muscle in the process. You actually want to maintain as much lean muscle mass as you can, as the more muscle you have the faster your metabolism will be and the more calories your body will burn just to maintain all the muscle mass.

So, we need to look at slow and steady weight loss tactics, but it doesn’t just boil down to going to the gym and counting your calories, as there are variety of both physiological and psychological factors involved. It is possible to significantly contribute to your overall weight loss in a number of unexpected ways, and get excellent results without getting stuck in a rut and feeling miserable.

1. Get or make a standing desk

Most people think of full-blown exercise when it comes to burning calories, but the mere act of standing up instead of sitting can help you burn an additional 50 calories per hour. Using a standing desk in your home will make you spend an additional 3-4 hours standing up, which means up to 200 extra calories burned daily.

2. Drink some more black coffee

Black coffee is great because it has virtually no calories to worry about – don’t add any sugar – so it can be a great substitute for high calorie drinks. It also supresses your appetite to an extent, and consuming a fair amount of caffeine can make you restless, which causes you to fidget and move around more. This spontaneous light physical activity can help burn some 100 more calories a day.

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3. Don’t leave any drinks sitting on your living room table or work desk

Now, you’re already standing more and fidgeting from the energy boost the coffee gives you, but it’s a good idea to add some more movement throughout the day, as it will burn calories and help prevent aches and pains form too much sitting. A simple tactic is to go to the kitchen and pour yourself a glass of water or get a drink form the fridge each time you get thirsty – don’t have extra drinks sitting around on the table near you. You’ll eventually get thirsty and will have to move.

4. Spend more time in the kitchen and cook most of your meals

We can never be sure what to expect from the food we get in fast food restaurants, and only one thing is certain – they are high in calories and fat. When you cook for yourself you can control what goes into your food, and you can make it to your liking. Forget about boring weight loss recipes, and just focus on adding plenty of vegetables and lean meat to your meals, and throw in a good amount of healthy fats such as olive oil or butter. The extra work spent moving around and preparing the food also means a few more calories burned.

5. Eat more protein

Protein is a key building block of muscle tissue, and you need to eat enough of it to allow the body to keep most of the muscle as you diet down and start burning more calories. However, the old bodybuilding recommendations are not valid, and you can get optimal results with 1.5 to 1.8 grams per kilogram of bodyweight. Another good thing about protein is that it has a high thermic effect – some of the calories are burned while digesting it – and can make you feel more satiated compared to high fat or high carb meals.

6. Go to bed early

Going to bed earlier has two main purposes:

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  • It stops you from eating additional snacks at night
  • It ensures that you get plenty of sleep

A good night’s sleep will actually help the body function properly, which leads to improved weight loss, compared to losing sleep on a consistent basis.

7. Dance to some music every night

Music has a significant influence on the human psyche, and can help us relax. Not only will dancing to some music when you have a few minutes of alone time help reduce stress, which helps control emotional eating, but it is also the most fun you’ll have while burning a decent amount of calories. Let yourself go and break a sweat listening to a few of your favourite toons each night, as it will make a big difference.

8. Start meditating for 10 minutes a day

One of the best ways to get stress and anxiety under control is through regular meditation. This is an excellent option for those who don’t really enjoy dancing, although you will be losing out on the calorie-burning benefits. Some ten minutes of meditating per day can help you stay on track with your healthy dietary habits and stay motivated to lose weight.

9. Spend less time in the gym

It sounds a tad bit counterintuitive, but hear me out on this one. A recent study has shown that shorter sprint-type exercises can burn the same amount of calories as a long and drawn out run at slower pace. However, there’s a catch – cutting down on workout time means that you will have to increase the intensity. You may need to use some sort of dietary supplement to help give you the energy to get through a gruelling exercise, preferably something with natural and proven ingredients, but you can also just eat more carbs before the workout and have a cup of strong coffee.

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10. Do your best to keep your home spotless

While the previous point requires a bit of mental and physical preparation, as it really is hard work, there are lighter physical activities that won’t really seem like exercise, but will still help keep you in shape. Household chores burn a decent amount of calories, are more dynamic than using a stationary bike, and have additional benefits, i.e. your house stays neat and tidy, which in turn helps improve your focus.

11. Drink a couple of glasses of water 10 minutes before a meal

Drinking plenty of water throughout the day is important for good health, but studies have also confirmed that old bit of weight loss wisdom – drinking a couple of glasses of water before a meal makes you eat less.

12. Try to mimic a skinny friend’s eating patterns

A very peculiar weight loss strategy that has worked for me in the past, and for many others as well, is to mimic the eating patterns of one of your skinny friends. Choose a friend who has physique that is close to where you want to be and try to eat like they eat. Pro tip: never mimic a friend who is more than 20-30 pounds lighter than you, as you’ll risk dropping your calories way too low.

13. Stop watching TV or playing with your phone while eating

We all know how easy it is to get carried away and eat a lot while watching TV or scrolling through your Facebook feed, but there have been multiple studies that show a clear connection between distracted eating and gaining weight. By eating in silence and focusing on what you are doing, you’ll be able to eat up to 69% less food than if you were watching TV.

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14. Fill your fridge and pantry with low calorie snacks

Here’s a simple fact that will do wonders for your weight loss efforts: you can’t eat high-calorie snacks at random if you don’t have them readily available. It is too much hassle to go to the store just because you have a bit of a craving, and you’ll end up eating much healthier snack alternatives because they happen to be lying around when you got hungry.

15. Switch to hard liquor

Now, don’t take this as an excuse to go ahead and drink yourself silly, but it is a much better idea to drink hard liquor if you are on a diet. Even those drinking in moderation are looking to get a bit of a buzz, and stronger alcoholic drinks like whiskey, tequila, vodka or rakia will get you there with much less total liquid consumed. Tequila is a particularly good choice, as it has been shown to contain ingredients which can aid weight loss. This means that you can shave a couple of hundred calories off your total intake during party night – just avoid cocktails and drink your liquor straight, and in moderation.

All these nifty little tips can be effectively utilized to enhance your weight loss efforts, as they help keep you in a calorie deficit without you really giving it much thought, i.e. you don’t have to do much planning or calorie counting, and it simply doesn’t feel like you’re doing any extra work. Commit to a few lifestyle changes outlined above and you will definitely have a much easier time getting rid of those extra pounds.

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Last Updated on May 22, 2019

10 Simple Morning Exercises That Will Make You Feel Great All Day

10 Simple Morning Exercises That Will Make You Feel Great All Day

There are lots of studies that show if you do some exercise in the morning, you will be in a better mood all day long. You will have more energy and you will certainly be a better colleague, friend or partner.

One psychologist at Duke University has researched the effects of exercise on depressed patients and he has come to the conclusion that exercise has a definite role in treating this condition and has an important role in preventing people from relapsing.[1] According to the New York Times, scientists have now established that exercise also boosts your brain power.[2]

In addition, there are studies from the Appalachian State University which show that blood pressure can be reduced by doing regular morning exercise.[3]

Here are 10 simple morning exercises that will help you feel great the whole day long. You can include some of them in your morning exercise routine or do them all at home without having to enrol in a gym. Consult your doctor before starting any form of exercise routine if you are new to this.

1. Cat Camel Stretch

Stretching exercises are useful for muscle toning and also preventing arthritis. They can either be dynamic or static.

Dynamic ones such as the cat camel stretch, are particularly useful for doing other exercises in the morning. They are also beneficial at other times of the day, especially after long periods of sedentary work. This one is great for spinal flexibility and is a good warm up exercise.

Kneel down on all fours. Start by rounding your back just like a camel so that your head will try to meet your pelvis. This is the camel position. Then lower and lift your head so that your lower back is arched. This is the cat position. Do these movements slowly and smoothly. About 4 or 5 times.

Here’s a video to guide you through:

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2. Go for a Walk or a Run

This is better done outside so that you can connect with nature but running inside on a treadmill is almost as good. You can time yourself and increase length and time according to your fitness program.

Always have new goals to reach. Start with brisk walking and work up to running. At my age, I am still walking!

The health benefits are considerable. You can build stronger bones and you can help to maintain your weight.

Also, you are helping your heart to stay healthy and keeping your blood pressure low.

Learn more about the benefits of running here: 8 Benefits of Running 5 Minutes Every Day You Didn’t Know

3. Jumping Jacks

Michelle Obama is a great fan of this exercise and has become “Jumper in Chief.”[4] They are great for cardiovascular health and also for toning muscles especially the calves and the deltoids.

Stand with feet together. Jump while spreading your arms and legs. Return to first position and keep going! You can start with doing these for 1 minute and then gradually build up to the number you are comfortable with. Here’s how:

4. Abductor Side Lifts

Watch the video below to see how to do this exercise. These muscles are important because you use them everyday to run, get into the car or onto and off a bicycle. They are very important also for your core stability and prevent the pelvis from tilting.[5]

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Do about 10 to 15 raises for each side like this:

5. Balancing Table Pose

This is a classic yoga pose. It benefits the spine, balance, memory and concentration.

Start with the table pose (hands and knees). Breathe in before starting each movement. As you exhale, raise your left leg parallel to the floor as you raise the right arm, also parallel to the floor. Breathe in as you lower arm and leg. Repeat for the other side. 10 repetitions on each side is a good starting point.

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    6. Leg Squats

    Not just legs are involved but also hips and knees.

    Stand with your feet a bit further out from your hips. Arms are out in front of you. Then lower yourself as if you wanted to sit down until you reach a 90 degree angle. You can go down further if you want to. Then return to the starting position. Repeat 15 times for 2 sets for beginners.

    The benefits are that these exercises help with knee stability and can benefit the leg muscles such as quadriceps, hamstrings and calves.[6]

    7. Push Ups

    You start lying down (face down) but with your body held up at arm’s length. Your hands should be in line with your shoulders. Breathe in as you lower your body. That is fairly easy. Now, as you exhale, you have to get back up to the starting position.

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    An easier version to start with is to bend your legs at the knees so you do not have to lift your whole body.

    Beginners may take up to a month to be able to do 100 push ups so you will have to start with a very small number and gradually increase it.

    This exercise is great for strengthening the chest, shoulders and the triceps. It is a great strengthening exercise for many muscle groups. In fact, most muscles from the toes to the shoulders are being used.

    8. Bicycle Crunches

    There are numerous crunch exercises targeting the abs. The bicycle crunch is a variation where you work more muscle groups. Aim for 15 to 20 reps to start off with.

    Watch the video to see how this is done correctly:

    9. Lunges

    Stand with feet shoulder width apart. Place your hand on your hips. Take one giant step forward with the right leg. Make sure the knee does not go too far forward, that is, past your toes. The left knee will go down to almost floor level. Alternate the legs as you go on.

    Try to do a set of between 8 and 12 reps for each leg. It is important to allow for a day of rest, so this exercise should be done on alternate days, especially if you are using weights.

    This exercise is great for strengthening and toning the quadriceps, glutes and hamstrings.

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    10. Bicep Curls

    You can do this sitting down so if you spend a lot of time on the phone, this is a great exercise to do.

    Choose suitable dumbbells or another household object that you can easily hold. Sit down with the dumbbell in your hand. You need to sit forward a bit so that your triceps can lean on your thigh to give you support.

    Then bring the weighted arm up to shoulder length and then down again. Exhale as you lift the weight and inhale as you lower it.

    Here’re some important notes before you start doing this exercise:

    Try to do one or two sets of about ten repetitions for each arm and then switch arms.

    These exercises are really useful for toning the arm muscles.[7] In addition, they can strengthen and tone the brachioradialis muscle located in the forearm. These are the muscles we use to pick up things when we flex the arm at the elbow so we use these muscles countless times a day.

    You may have to build in a rest day for the heavier exercises, numbers 6–10. On the rest days, you can do gentler stretching exercises and also some walking or running.

    Morning exercise is not only a great mood booster, but will help you keep your weight down and also sleep better![8] Start including one or some of these exercises in your morning routine!

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