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10 Simple Natural Hacks To Help You Lose Weight Fast

10 Simple Natural Hacks To Help You Lose Weight Fast

Losing weight is not actually a big deal. But many people find it a demanding task. With some dedication and practice you can easily achieve your goal of being slimmer and looking good.

The problem of roaming different shops in the city to find your size will be gone forever. With some simple tasks that you can do at your home, you can easily lose excess weight.

Most people start their weight loss regime but can’t continue it in the long run. And that’s the major reason most people find it difficult to lose weight. It doesn’t matter the extent to which you are prepared but rather how dedicated you are to losing your excess weight.

1. Drink plenty of water.

Drinking more water keeps you hydrated which makes losing weight easier. Keeping the body hydrated helps the heart to pump blood more easily to the muscles through the blood vessels. As a result, it helps the muscles work efficiently which causes fat to dissolve in the body resulting in a slimmer body shape.

Instead of having juice or soda throughout a day, focus on water. Drinking water before a meal can reduce hunger which can be a way to reduce your consumption. Consuming less is key to becoming slimmer.

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2. Lift, throw and move.

Lifting some weights in your home shouldn’t be a very difficult task. You can find a bucket full of water to lift. You can practice lifting some kind of weight on a regular basis after you wake up in the morning, and after not too many days you will notice weight changes.

Throwing objects around your yard such as football or a volleyball can be another drill you can take on. It energizes your muscles and helps your movements to become more agile. Doing these workouts at home can not only make you thinner but also healthier.

3. Morning walk.

Going for a walk every day, especially when it involves leaving your warm bed on a cold morning, is a difficult task to do. But it’s very important if you are really focused on losing your excess weight. Walking every day helps you burn extra calories. It’s more efficient if you walk before your breakfast.

Scientific research shows that walking before breakfast burns more calories from your body fat than after breakfast helping you to lose weight faster. Researchers found that walking at 2mph for around 30 minutes can burn around 75 calories of your body fat while 150 calories can be burned at 4mph.

4. Consume more vegetables and fruits.

Consuming more fruits and vegetables can be beneficial for you in losing weight. As fruits and vegetables are naturally lower in calories, they can be a highly effective addition to your diet. Fruits and vegetables provide fiber that can help you to feel fuller quicker while also helping to keep your digestive system healthy.

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5. Eat at home/avoid pre-packaged food.

Don’t buy food items that list sugar, fructose, glucose and corn syrup as their major ingredients. The food served at restaurants on large plates can also contain high calorie levels. If you are willing to cook more, a better option is to prepare the meal at home.

Also, avoid junk food from the supermarket. Those foods contain high calorie counts that can increase your weight. They can also cause problems for your digestive system. Consuming this sort of food should be minimized as soon as possible if you are wanting to lose weight. You should also be careful about trying weight loss supplements, such as Garcinia Cambogia.

6. Stare at the blue color.

Have you seen any restaurants that were painted in blue, or featured blue on their walls or dining table covers? Researchers have concluded that blue is the color that makes you feel like you are full; the color is considered an appetite suppressant. Hence staring at blue can be a way to consume fewer calories.

Avoid red, yellow, and orange in dining areas as studies have found that these colors boost eating.

7. Watch less TV.

When you spend more time watching TV, there is a greater chance that you will eat more. A bunch of researchers have found that people eat more while they are watching TV. The people who spend more time watching TV eat more often while watching TV and also at other times.

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So, if you manage to watch TV less, there is a chance that you will consume fewer calories which can be a significant factor in losing weight.

8. Avoid white food.

White foods such as white bread and white flour contain large amounts of simple carbohydrates which consequently can lead to weight gain. Instead of having these sorts of sugary products, you can eat plenty of grains or cereals and brown rice.

Research by Harvard University on 74, 000 women showed that those who ate more than two daily portions of cereals were 49 percent less likely to be overweight than those who ate white items such as those listed above.

9. Sleep properly.

Your quality of sleep can also influence your weight. Normally you need 7-8 hours of sleep in a single day. To enjoy sound sleep, soft and clean sheets are a must. Good quality sheets will make a difference on how you feel lying on them.

Sleep problems can contribute to mental health conditions like depression, which in turn have an adverse effect on weight control. So proper sleep and the cure of mental health problems, if any are present, also can have a positive impact on weight loss.

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10. Grab ordinary coffee.

Special coffee drinks from fancy stores can contain several hundred calories. Hence, such items must be avoided. A cup of regular coffee with skim milk has just a small fraction of those calories.

Also you can try non-fat powdered milk in coffee. The skim milk is high in calcium and low in calories and thus it can be beneficial to you in terms of losing weight.

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Published on February 14, 2019

15 Fitness Goals That Will Help You Live a Healthier Life This Year

15 Fitness Goals That Will Help You Live a Healthier Life This Year

Starting such a journey is never easy and you must remember this is not a crash diet, it is a lifestyle. Don’t panic and think you have to do it all at once as this will most likely overwhelm you. You may also find yourself giving up because crash diet are not sustainable.

The best approach is to make simple changes to your daily habits and over time, you will notice all your bad habits have turned into good habits.

Accordingly to a study by Phillippa Lally, a health psychology researcher at University College London, on average, it takes more than 2 months before a new behaviour becomes automatic — 66 days to be exact.[1] And how long it takes a new habit to form can vary widely depending on the behavior, the person, and the circumstances.

Here are 15 fitness goals to help you on your journey:

1. Drink More Water

W.H.Auden said it best when he said ‘Thousands Have Lived Without Love, Not One Without Water’. With any diet, the most important thing to remember is to stay hydrated. Drinking water will support your body with digestion, transporting nutrition to your body and even help improve cognitive function.

Ideally, you want to drink about half your body weight in ounces per day i.e. if you weight 150 pounds, you should drink 75 ounces of water a day.

Hopefully, by following this rule, you will be able to maintain a consistent consumption of water per day.

2. Add Some Lemon & Apple Cider Vinegar to Your Water

It is recommended we sleep for about 8 hours a day, this means we spend about 8 hours per day dehydrated. Therefore, hydrating your body first thing in the morning is absolutely necessary.

The best way to achieve hydration is by starting your day with a glass or even two of water. For that extra boost, add lemon juice and ½ teaspoons of apple cider vinegar. The lemon and apple cider vinegar will help your body with detoxifying, cleansing and digestion

3. Stop Drinking Your Calories

Yes, keeping hydrated is important but try to avoid high calorie drinks such as soft drinks, speciality coffee and juices as they are full of fast acting sugar.

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Really push yourself to stop drinking such drinks and before you know it, you will notice the benefits.

4. Start Stretching More Often

Always remember to stretch! The benefits are vast and the repercussions of failing to stretch can be dramatic.

Do yourself a favour and always stretch before and after a workout. This will promote a healthy cool down, improve flexibility and reduce next day aches. Failure to stretch can lead to injures and muscle damage.

So, the next time you work out, don’t forget you dedicate a few minutes to stretching before and after your workout. You will thank me for it later!

Here’re some simple stretching exercises you can start trying:

15 Static Stretching Exercises to Totally Enhance Your Workout Routine

5. Add in Some High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT)

You may have heard about HIIT training because it is the big thing right now and believe me when I say ‘It works!’.

The benefits include lower body fat, increased stamina, leaner muscles and fantastic hormonal benefits.

HIIT is where you perform an intense exercise, for a very short time frame (about 30 seconds) followed by a slower exercise for about 90 seconds.

Performing a HIIT routine for 1-3 times a week will lead to great results.

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6. Focus on Your Breathing When You Work Out

For the most part, breathing is second nature to most of us. But when exercising, you may find yourself holding your breath and this is not good.

It is important to consciously take deep breaths in through your nose and out through your mouth, this will fill your lungs with oxygen.

7. Build More Lean Muscle

We all want to have lean muscles because not only does it look good, it has great health benefits:

  • Improved posture
  • Reduced body fat
  • Improved metabolism
  • Strong bones
  • Protects and improves joint health
  • Improves stamina

Learn more about building muscle in this guide:

How Long Does it Take to Build Muscle and Increase Fat Loss?

8. Decrease Body Fat

This may seem like an obvious one but it is one of the most important steps to a healthier you. Reducing your body fat has a lot of benefits such as:

  • Improved joints and tendons
  • Lowered risk of diabetes
  • Reduced risk of heart disease
  • Reduced inflammation
  • Better performance and endurance
  • Improved appearance and confidence
  • Better hormonal profiles in your body

Remember, it is not a race to see how quickly you can decrease your body fat, a healthy weight loss is around 1-2 pounds a week.[2]

Crash dieting or pushing yourself too much in the gym can lead to you achieving an unrealistic target, and you may find yourself gaining all the weight you have lost.

Think of it as a lifestyle and take it slow and steady.

9. Eat More Greens

What you eat is the most important factor in a healthier living plan. It is important to ensure you are getting as many nutrients and vitamins from the food you are eating as possible.

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Focus on dark, leafy greens as they will provide you with a wide array of vitamins, minerals, nutrients and antioxidants – all of which you body needs!

Don’t forget to avoid processed and manufactured food. They are usually high in fat and have minimal vitamins.

10. Start Eliminating Sugar

Another top goal you can start immediately is reducing the amount of sugar you consume. It also won’t cost you anything, save you money and improve your health in the long run.

There’s no surprise we eat too much sugar and this should be one of your top goals moving forward (eliminating or drastically reducing sugar).

Cutting out liquid calories is a great way to start. If you’re looking for something sweet, turn to fruits or even dark chocolate.

11. Allow Yourself to Rest and Recovery

The workout is where you go to breakdown the muscle tissue and it builds back through proper nutrition, rest and recovery. It might be tempting to go to the gym for two hours every day as hard as you can to achieve your goals but that’s not the most effective approach.

If you don’t allow for proper rest and recovery, it can set you back a few steps. Your body is more prone to injury and even illness as you can weaken your immune system from all the progressive intensity the body is facing.

12. Get More Sleep

When you are deprived of sleep, you make it next to impossible to achieve your health and fitness goals. Lack of sleep can increase stress hormones in your body and over time these can lead to a lot of inflammation and chronic diseases.[3]

Make sleep a priority to let your body heal and rejuvenate. A good approach is 7 to 8 hours. Also, allow yourself some wind-down time and a pre-bed routine to help get more consistent sleep every night.

13. Focus on the Habit and Not the Result

It’s easy to get caught up in trying to achieve a certain look or shed time off of your mile, but the more important focus is on the habit that will bring you those goals.

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Don’t look at the scale, the tape measure, or the body fat percentage. Focus on the habits that will lead to those achievements.

Don’t compare yourself to where others are, you’re right where you need to be.

14. Take Your Fitness Outside

This may be hard depending on the weather you experience, but the more you can be outside exposed to fresh air and sunlight, the better.

Being stuck in the gym doing cardio while staring at a wall won’t do much for your mental stimulation.

Try to challenge your body more by getting outside. Hiking is great and also just running and walking. Give yourself more mental stimulation and a constantly changing environment. It also beats breathing in that recycled gym air.

15. Do at Least One Pull Up

This is a great last goal to focus on because it’s a great test of strength and to see how you are progressing with your fitness.

If you haven’t been able to do one, you know what a challenge it can be. Having the goal of doing at least one pull up will not only show you how far you’ve progressed but is a great way to become dedicated and motivated.

The Bottom Line

It will become more attainable through the year if you’re consistent with your fitness. Set yourself a concrete timeline as when you want to accomplish some or all of these goals. In fact, start making one of these goals happen this month!

This guide on achieving goals will be helpful for you:

How to Set Goals and Achieve Them Successfully

Featured photo credit: ivan Torres via unsplash.com

Reference

[1] Phillippa Lally: How are habits formed: Modelling habit formation in the real world
[2] Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Losing Weight
[3] Unity Point: The Scary Truth About Sleep Deprivation and Chronic Diseases

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