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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 September 16, 2019

How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

You have a deadline looming. However, instead of doing your work, you are fiddling with miscellaneous things like checking email, social media, watching videos, surfing blogs and forums. You know you should be working, but you just don’t feel like doing anything.

We are all familiar with the procrastination phenomenon. When we procrastinate, we squander away our free time and put off important tasks we should be doing them till it’s too late. And when it is indeed too late, we panic and wish we got started earlier.

The chronic procrastinators I know have spent years of their life looped in this cycle. Delaying, putting off things, slacking, hiding from work, facing work only when it’s unavoidable, then repeating this loop all over again. It’s a bad habit that eats us away and prevents us from achieving greater results in life.

Don’t let procrastination take over your life. Here, I will share my personal steps on how to stop procrastinating. These 11 steps will definitely apply to you too:

1. Break Your Work into Little Steps

Part of the reason why we procrastinate is because subconsciously, we find the work too overwhelming for us. Break it down into little parts, then focus on one part at the time. If you still procrastinate on the task after breaking it down, then break it down even further. Soon, your task will be so simple that you will be thinking “gee, this is so simple that I might as well just do it now!”.

For example, I’m currently writing a new book (on How to achieve anything in life). Book writing at its full scale is an enormous project and can be overwhelming. However, when I break it down into phases such as –

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  • (1) Research
  • (2) Deciding the topic
  • (3) Creating the outline
  • (4) Drafting the content
  • (5) Writing Chapters #1 to #10,
  • (6) Revision
  • (7) etc.

Suddenly it seems very manageable. What I do then is to focus on the immediate phase and get it done to my best ability, without thinking about the other phases. When it’s done, I move on to the next.

2. Change Your Environment

Different environments have different impact on our productivity. Look at your work desk and your room. Do they make you want to work or do they make you want to snuggle and sleep? If it’s the latter, you should look into changing your workspace.

One thing to note is that an environment that makes us feel inspired before may lose its effect after a period of time. If that’s the case, then it’s time to change things around. Refer to Steps #2 and #3 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity, which talks about revamping your environment and workspace.

3. Create a Detailed Timeline with Specific Deadlines

Having just 1 deadline for your work is like an invitation to procrastinate. That’s because we get the impression that we have time and keep pushing everything back, until it’s too late.

Break down your project (see tip #1), then create an overall timeline with specific deadlines for each small task. This way, you know you have to finish each task by a certain date. Your timelines must be robust, too – i.e. if you don’t finish this by today, it’s going to jeopardize everything else you have planned after that. This way it creates the urgency to act.

My goals are broken down into monthly, weekly, right down to the daily task lists, and the list is a call to action that I must accomplish this by the specified date, else my goals will be put off.

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Here’re more tips on setting deadlines: 22 Tips for Effective Deadlines

4. Eliminate Your Procrastination Pit-Stops

If you are procrastinating a little too much, maybe that’s because you make it easy to procrastinate.

Identify your browser bookmarks that take up a lot of your time and shift them into a separate folder that is less accessible. Disable the automatic notification option in your email client. Get rid of the distractions around you.

I know some people will out of the way and delete or deactivate their facebook accounts. I think it’s a little drastic and extreme as addressing procrastination is more about being conscious of our actions than counteracting via self-binding methods, but if you feel that’s what’s needed, go for it.

5. Hang out with People Who Inspire You to Take Action

I’m pretty sure if you spend just 10 minutes talking to Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, you’ll be more inspired to act than if you spent the 10 minutes doing nothing. The people we are with influence our behaviors. Of course spending time with Steve Jobs or Bill Gates every day is probably not a feasible method, but the principle applies — The Hidden Power of Every Single Person Around You

Identify the people, friends or colleagues who trigger you – most likely the go-getters and hard workers – and hang out with them more often. Soon you will inculcate their drive and spirit too.

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As a personal development blogger, I “hang out” with inspiring personal development experts by reading their blogs and corresponding with them regularly via email and social media. It’s communication via new media and it works all the same.

6. Get a Buddy

Having a companion makes the whole process much more fun. Ideally, your buddy should be someone who has his/her own set of goals. Both of you will hold each other accountable to your goals and plans. While it’s not necessary for both of you to have the same goals, it’ll be even better if that’s the case, so you can learn from each other.

I have a good friend whom I talk to regularly, and we always ask each other about our goals and progress in achieving those goals. Needless to say, it spurs us to keep taking action.

7. Tell Others About Your Goals

This serves the same function as #6, on a larger scale. Tell all your friends, colleagues, acquaintances and family about your projects. Now whenever you see them, they are bound to ask you about your status on those projects.

For example, sometimes I announce my projects on The Personal Excellence Blog, Twitter and Facebook, and my readers will ask me about them on an ongoing basis. It’s a great way to keep myself accountable to my plans.

8. Seek out Someone Who Has Already Achieved the Outcome

What is it you want to accomplish here, and who are the people who have accomplished this already? Go seek them out and connect with them. Seeing living proof that your goals are very well achievable if you take action is one of the best triggers for action.

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9. Re-Clarify Your Goals

If you have been procrastinating for an extended period of time, it might reflect a misalignment between what you want and what you are currently doing. Often times, we outgrow our goals as we discover more about ourselves, but we don’t change our goals to reflect that.

Get away from your work (a short vacation will be good, else just a weekend break or staycation will do too) and take some time to regroup yourself. What exactly do you want to achieve? What should you do to get there? What are the steps to take? Does your current work align with that? If not, what can you do about it?

10. Stop Over-Complicating Things

Are you waiting for a perfect time to do this? That maybe now is not the best time because of X, Y, Z reasons? Ditch that thought because there’s never a perfect time. If you keep waiting for one, you are never going to accomplish anything.

Perfectionism is one of the biggest reasons for procrastination. Read more about why perfectionist tendencies can be a bane than a boon: Why Being A Perfectionist May Not Be So Perfect.

11. Get a Grip and Just Do It

At the end, it boils down to taking action. You can do all the strategizing, planning and hypothesizing, but if you don’t take action, nothing’s going to happen. Occasionally, I get readers and clients who keep complaining about their situations but they still refuse to take action at the end of the day.

Reality check:

I have never heard anyone procrastinate their way to success before and I doubt it’s going to change in the near future.  Whatever it is you are procrastinating on, if you want to get it done, you need to get a grip on yourself and do it.

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