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7 Ways To Lose Weight Without Even Trying

7 Ways To Lose Weight Without Even Trying

If you think that losing weight is always following a merciless diet and/or doing exhausting gym sessions, you are wrong! Yes, these ways are effective but there are also lots of other hacks you can use every day to reinforce your weight loss regime without all the hassle of counting calories and all that sweat.

Here are 7 ways to lose weight that you can implement straight away.

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1. Use smaller plates

This is an easy way of eating less. Researchers at the University of Groningen found that dishes which are about 70% full are preferred when eating. So, just using smaller dishes works and you can lose up to 18 lbs a year, just by doing this. Plates of 9/10 inches in diameter are ideal.

2. Drink some water before eating

How about zero calories before you even start? This is what happens when you drink 16 ounces of water about half an hour before eating so that your stomach will feel fuller during the meal. This is another great way of eating less and losing weight. It worked in an experiment with obese people, according to a study published on the WebMD site.

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3. Choose healthier swaps when you want

You can easily reduce the amount of calories you are consuming by making a few savvy swaps. Did you know that almond milk has only about one third of the calories that skim milk has? One cup of almond milk has 30 calories while the same quantity of skim milk has 91. Raisins have double the amount of calories as grapes so go for the grapes when you want a snack. Go for leaner meat when you can. For example, a 4 ounce turkey patty has only 150 calories. Compare that to its beef counterpart which has 319.

4. Choose dark chocolate for your dessert

Forget all those cookies and try to cultivate a taste for dark chocolate. You will be cutting your sugar and calorie intake. Dark chocolate really is a healthier option. I am a chocoholic so you have to believe me! One ounce of dark chocolate (75% cocoa) has 170 calories. One cookie of a similar weight has 220 calories and double the amount of sugar that chocolate has.

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5. Move your body

How often do you walk? How many times do you take the stairs rather than the elevator for a few floors up? Another good idea is to find parking space for your car which is further from your office or supermarket, provided the weather is good. If you build more movement into your daily routine, you can burn off those extra calories at a steady rate over the whole year. It all adds up and helps.

6. Eat smaller meals more often

If you cannot burn off all those calories after a big meal, then you have little chance of losing weight. The main reason is all those extra calories will be stored somewhere visible on your body as fat. Overdo it on the lips, forever on the hips! The best solution is to eat smaller meals and to eat more often. By doing that you are burning fat faster and you are also keeping your blood sugar levels steady. Doctors now recommend that you can have 6 light meals evenly spaced throughout the day. The basic premise is that the longer you have to wait for food, the hungrier you are going to be. That will not help your waistline at all.

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7. Sleep well

Science has it. Researchers at Columbia University have found that if you sleep less than 7 hours a night, you are going to put on more weight and getting rid of those extra pounds will be all the harder.

How can sleep be so important in the weight loss battle, you might wonder? Well, first you are awake for fewer hours so the risk of snacking is cut down. Also, people who are well rested and get a good night’s sleep can burn up to 20% more calories after eating than their insomniac friends. There are lots of studies that show when you are tired, you have more cravings, you eat more and you also tend to buy more fattening food when you go to the supermarket.

So, there you have it. And the best tip of all? If you really have cravings, try sniffing peppermint every two hours. One study in the Journal of Neurological and Orthopaedic Medicine found that people who did that were able to lose 5 lbs a month. So easy!

Featured photo credit: It is happening again/ Daniel Oines via flickr.com

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Robert Locke

Author of Ziger the Tiger Stories, a health enthusiast specializing in relationships, life improvement and mental health.

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Last Updated on January 21, 2020

The Best Way to Create a Vision for the Life You Want

The Best Way to Create a Vision for the Life You Want

Creating a vision for your life might seem like a frivolous, fantastical waste of time, but it’s not: creating a compelling vision of the life you want is actually one of the most effective strategies for achieving the life of your dreams. Perhaps the best way to look at the concept of a life vision is as a compass to help guide you to take the best actions and make the right choices that help propel you toward your best life.

your vision of where or who you want to be is the greatest asset you have

    Why You Need a Vision

    Experts and life success stories support the idea that with a vision in mind, you are more likely to succeed far beyond what you could otherwise achieve without a clear vision. Think of crafting your life vision as mapping a path to your personal and professional dreams. Life satisfaction and personal happiness are within reach. The harsh reality is that if you don’t develop your own vision, you’ll allow other people and circumstances to direct the course of your life.

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    How to Create Your Life Vision

    Don’t expect a clear and well-defined vision overnight—envisioning your life and determining the course you will follow requires time, and reflection. You need to cultivate vision and perspective, and you also need to apply logic and planning for the practical application of your vision. Your best vision blossoms from your dreams, hopes, and aspirations. It will resonate with your values and ideals, and will generate energy and enthusiasm to help strengthen your commitment to explore the possibilities of your life.

    What Do You Want?

    The question sounds deceptively simple, but it’s often the most difficult to answer. Allowing yourself to explore your deepest desires can be very frightening. You may also not think you have the time to consider something as fanciful as what you want out of life, but it’s important to remind yourself that a life of fulfillment does not usually happen by chance, but by design.

    It’s helpful to ask some thought-provoking questions to help you discover the possibilities of what you want out of life. Consider every aspect of your life, personal and professional, tangible and intangible. Contemplate all the important areas, family and friends, career and success, health and quality of life, spiritual connection and personal growth, and don’t forget about fun and enjoyment.

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    Some tips to guide you:

    • Remember to ask why you want certain things
    • Think about what you want, not on what you don’t want.
    • Give yourself permission to dream.
    • Be creative. Consider ideas that you never thought possible.
    • Focus on your wishes, not what others expect of you.

    Some questions to start your exploration:

    • What really matters to you in life? Not what should matter, what does matter.
    • What would you like to have more of in your life?
    • Set aside money for a moment; what do you want in your career?
    • What are your secret passions and dreams?
    • What would bring more joy and happiness into your life?
    • What do you want your relationships to be like?
    • What qualities would you like to develop?
    • What are your values? What issues do you care about?
    • What are your talents? What’s special about you?
    • What would you most like to accomplish?
    • What would legacy would you like to leave behind?

    It may be helpful to write your thoughts down in a journal or creative vision board if you’re the creative type. Add your own questions, and ask others what they want out of life. Relax and make this exercise fun. You may want to set your answers aside for a while and come back to them later to see if any have changed or if you have anything to add.

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    What Would Your Best Life Look Like?

    Describe your ideal life in detail. Allow yourself to dream and imagine, and create a vivid picture. If you can’t visualize a picture, focus on how your best life would feel. If you find it difficult to envision your life 20 or 30 years from now, start with five years—even a few years into the future will give you a place to start. What you see may surprise you. Set aside preconceived notions. This is your chance to dream and fantasize.

    A few prompts to get you started:

    • What will you have accomplished already?
    • How will you feel about yourself?
    • What kind of people are in your life? How do you feel about them?
    • What does your ideal day look like?
    • Where are you? Where do you live? Think specifics, what city, state, or country, type of community, house or an apartment, style and atmosphere.
    • What would you be doing?
    • Are you with another person, a group of people, or are you by yourself?
    • How are you dressed?
    • What’s your state of mind? Happy or sad? Contented or frustrated?
    • What does your physical body look like? How do you feel about that?
    • Does your best life make you smile and make your heart sing? If it doesn’t, dig deeper, dream bigger.

    It’s important to focus on the result, or at least a way-point in your life. Don’t think about the process for getting there yet—that’s the next stepGive yourself permission to revisit this vision every day, even if only for a few minutes. Keep your vision alive and in the front of your mind.

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    Plan Backwards

    It may sound counter-intuitive to plan backwards rather than forwards, but when you’re planning your life from the end result, it’s often more useful to consider the last step and work your way back to the first. This is actually a valuable and practical strategy for making your vision a reality.

    • What’s the last thing that would’ve had to happen to achieve your best life?
    • What’s the most important choice you would’ve had to make?
    • What would you have needed to learn along the way?
    • What important actions would you have had to take?
    • What beliefs would you have needed to change?
    • What habits or behaviors would you have had to cultivate?
    • What type of support would you have had to enlist?
    • How long will it have taken you to realize your best life?
    • What steps or milestones would you have needed to reach along the way?

    Now it’s time to think about your first step, and the next step after that. Ponder the gap between where you are now and where you want to be in the future. It may seem impossible, but it’s quite achievable if you take it step-by-step.

    It’s important to revisit this vision from time to time. Don’t be surprised if your answers to the questions, your technicolor vision, and the resulting plans change. That can actually be a very good thing; as you change in unforeseeable ways, the best life you envision will change as well. For now, it’s important to use the process, create your vision, and take the first step towards making that vision a reality.

    Featured photo credit: Matt Noble via unsplash.com

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