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10 Easy Things You Can Start Today To Lose More Weight

10 Easy Things You Can Start Today To Lose More Weight

Let’s face it, losing weight is great but the process of making it happen absolutely sucks.

Whether you’re just losing a few pounds, or planning an entire body transformation, diet and exercise is always key.

But what kind of diet and exercise, and what else can you do to speed the process along?

Lots of things – and we’re going to give you 10 of the best.

In this short article we outline a combination of the best 10 diet, exercise and lifestyle hacks you can incorporate into your weight loss plan to start seeing the results you deserve, in a much faster time frame – this is what you need to know:

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    1. Cardio Sucks – High Intensity Training Doesn’t

    Running on a treadmill for hours on end is literally one of the worst experiences you can have. If you don’t want to go to the gym today, this is probably why.

    But what if we told you that you can burn fat with just 10 minutes of hard work?

    It’s true. There’s an easier way to do this – High Intensity Interval Training.

    It’s essentially just sprinting and stopping for a small amount of time – but it is tough stuff.

    A good example of this is to imagine being on an exercise bike:

    • Set it to the lightest setting and pedal for 30 seconds
    • Increase the resistance to as high as you can handle and tough it out for another 30 seconds
    • Rinse and repeat for 10 – 15 minutes
    • Enjoy the burn!

    This is a great way to burn fat fast, and the science is there to prove it. For example, a 2013 study compared a group of men who cycled 40 – 60 minutes five times a week at a pace of 65% intensity to a group that did less than 12 minutes of HIIT 3 times a week.

    The fat and weight loss results were strikingly similar with the HIIT group only taking up a fraction of the time compared to the other groups long slow grind.

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    There’s even a evidence that shows those that train HIIT actually enjoy it more, and there’s a lot more benefits than just weight loss.

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      2. Clever Calorie Counting – Math Yourself Slimmer

      This one’s pretty obvious, but sometimes it can be hard to keep track of exactly what you’ve eaten, so we suggest keeping a log.

      Calories in vs. calories out is your ultimate weapon in losing weight quickly.

      Think about it. If your body needs X amount of calories to maintain its current weight, then X – 200 calories will shrink it down as it doesn’t have enough to maintain your current size.

      It’s straight forward as long as you keep track of your calories – but don’t go overboard.

      200 calories is a safe place to start – test it out for a few weeks (because you’ll be taking in 1400 calories less a week!) and see where your body stabilizes. If you want to lose more, take more out of your diet and little by little you’ll get closer to that body you deserve.

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        3. Alcohol is out – Green Tea is in

        Booze is fun, but it’s packed with calories. The second liquid fun gets taken out of the equation you take a big step towards less calories in your overall intake.

        But you can take all that one step further.

        Booze will make you gain weight, but did you know there are drinks that will help you lose it? We’re not kidding, enter: Green Tea.

        Green Tea is one of the best fat burners around. Packed with catechins, Green Tea helps by inhibiting the enzyme in your body that suppresses norepinephrine – this is your body’s fat burning hormone, and the more of that circulating in your system the better.

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        There’s so many benefits regarding this herb. It’s so effective in fact that green tea has even been seen in one study to burn up to 5.7g of fat in a single cup. You go Green Tea!

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          4. There’s nothing Sweet about Sugar

          Sugar is one of the worst nutrients in your diet – if you can call it a nutrient.

          Although it tastes sweet, and makes any dessert pretty darn incredible – it will work against you in the long run.

          One of the main reasons sugar is just so bad is the nutrient profile. It literally has no benefits; no minerals, vitamins, amino acids or otherwise – it’s literally just powdered calories.

          On top of that it’s also addictive. Studies have shown sugar releases dopamine in your brain – the reward hormone, making you subconsciously wanting to take more of it. It works in the same way a drug does, and the end result is stubborn fat.

          Go after something sweeter than sugar, go get that body you’ve been working for.

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            5. Lift Heavy – Get Lighter

            Contrary to what you may have heard, lifting weights is actually a good way to lose weight.

            One of the main things working out does besides building muscle, is increase muscle metabolism – and the faster your metabolism the more overall calories you’ll lose.

            The best exercises to get these results are squats and deadlifts. These work the bigger muscles in your body, like your back and legs which creates the most metabolic benefit – and the most weight lost!

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              6. Snack Strategically – Veg Out

              Snacking is one of the only things that is amazing and awful at the same time.

              Although it feels good to treat yourself between meal times, the extra calories aren’t going to do you any favors. There needs to be a middle ground – and vegetables are the best way to get there.

              Here’s the great thing about vegetables – they’re low calorie, full of vitamins minerals and fiber, and guess what? They’re filling!

              The next time you feel yourself itching to get the snack draw, why not serve yourself a full bowl of steamed veggies? Healthy greens like broccoli, cabbage and beans are great choices, and they all help stave off hunger.

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                7. Wake Up Earlier

                If you love lie-ins you’re going to hate this section because guess what? Waking up earlier helps you lose weight.

                In an interesting study by Northwestern University found that in a group of 54 volunteers, those that were exposed to the most light during the day from waking up early saw a bigger reduction in their overall BMI.

                And plus being awake and moving around more than when you do usually can’t hurt either.

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                  8. Freeze off the Fat – Cold Showers!

                  Nobody likes a cold shower, but everyone like losing weight – and studies have shown that the two are pretty connected.

                  When you put your body in a colder environment – like a freezing shower, it compensates to warm you up – and the main way it does that is by burning fat.

                  A study from 2009 showed that cold showers can increase fat burning by up to 15 times as much as a warm shower – they did the math and it worked out (based on average shower time) around 9 lbs a year in fat loss through cold showers!

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                    9. Punch the Clock on Weight Loss – Intermittent Fasting

                    Another tip for fast dieting results is to remember it’s not always what you eat, but when you eat it.

                    Intermittent Fasting is an incredible example of that. By giving yourself a window throughout the day of when you’re allowed to eat, you can rapidly speed up your weight loss journey. That means for the rest of the time you’re taking in absolutely no calories, only water.

                    There are several ways you can do this, but the most popular is the 8 hours off, 16 hours on. That’s 16 hours of fasting with only 8 hours to eat all your daily calories.

                    It’s an interesting approach and has been seen to reduce insulin levels, preserve muscle tissue (while burning fat), lower blood pressure and improve metabolism.

                    It’s also incredibly convenient if you prepare your meals in advance.

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                      10. Start to like it Hot

                      Lastly, chili pepper is a great nutrient to have in your diet if you’re looking to lose more weight.

                      This all boils down to the capsicum in the nutrient – this is the compound that give the fruit its ‘heat’. These hot foods help achieve a state of thermogenesis in your body – which causes your body’s core temperature to rise.

                      This is where you lose more weight. With a higher core temperature, your body kicks into gear and starts to cool and regulate itself. This process requires a lot more calories to perform, allowing you to burn more calories without lifting a finger! It couldn’t get any easier.

                      Summing Up

                      So there you have it, 10 easy tips you can start today to lose more weight.

                      We think there’s a lot to be said for cutting out the booze and sugar, those calories really add up. But what about you? Which do you think are the best tips up here, and can you think of any more that you think should be on this list?

                      Let us know in the comments below, and be sure to like us on Facebook for more fitness tips.

                      Featured photo credit: Bikini Colors/Rafael Antonio via flickr.com

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                      5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

                      5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

                      Everyone experiences mental stress at one time or another. Maybe you’re starting a new career, job, or business, or you feel incredibly overwhelmed between work, parenting, and your love life (or a lack of it). It could even be that you simply feel that you have way too much to do and not enough time to do it,  plus, on top of everything, nothing seems to be going the way it should!

                      Yup, we all experience mental stress from time-to-time, and that’s okay as long as you have the tools, techniques and knowledge that allow you to fully relieve it once it comes.

                      Here are 5 tips for relieving mental stress when it comes so you can function at your best while feeling good (and doing well) in work, love, or life:

                      1. Get Rationally Optimistic

                      Mental stress starts with your perception of your experiences. For instance, most people get stressed out when they perceive their reality as “being wrong” in some way. Essentially, they have a set idea of how things “should be” at any given moment, and when reality ends up being different (not even necessarily bad), they get stressed.

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                      This process is simply a result of perception and can be easily “fixed” by recognizing that although life might not always be going as YOU think it should, it’s still going as it should—for your own benefit.

                      In fact, once you fully recognize that everything in your life ultimately happens for your own growth, progress, and development—so you can achieve your goals and dreams—your perception works in your favor. You soon process and respond to your experience of life differently, for your advantage. That’s the essence of becoming “rationally optimistic.”

                      The result: no more mental stress.

                      2. Unplug

                      Just like you might need to unplug your computer when it starts acting all crazy, you should also “unplug” your mind.

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                      How on earth do you unplug your mind? Simple: just meditate.

                      It isn’t nearly difficult or complicated as some people think, so, if you don’t already meditate, give it a try. Whether you meditate for 5 minutes, 30 minutes, or 2 hours, this is a surefire way to reduce mental stress.

                      Meditation has been scientifically proven to relax your body (resulting in less mental stress), while also reducing anxiety and high blood pressure.

                      3. Easy on the Caffeine

                      Yes, we know, we know—everyone loves a nice java buzz, and that’s okay, but there’s a fine line between a small caffeine pick-me-up and a racing heart and mind that throws you into a frenzy of mental stress.

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                      Try giving up caffeine for a while and see how you feel. And, if that’s completely out of the question for you, at least try to minimize it. You might find that lots of your mental stress mysteriously “disappears” as your caffeine intake goes down.

                      4. Attack Mental Stress Via the Back Door

                      That’s right: your body and mind are part of the whole being, and are constantly influencing and affecting each other. If you’re experiencing a lot of mental stress, try to reduce it by calming your body down—a calm body equals a calmer mind.

                      How do you calm your body down and reduce physical stress? A  great way to reduce physical stress (thereby reducing mental stress) is to take natural supplements that are proven to reduce stress and anxiety while lifting your mood. Three good ones to look into are kava-kava, St John’s wort, and rhodiola rosea:

                      • Kava-kava is a natural plant known to have mild sedative properties, and you should be able to find it at your natural health food store or vitamin store. It’s available in capsules or liquid extract form.
                      • St John’s wort is a natural flower used to treat depression. Again, it’s found at your local health store in capsules or liquid. Because it uplifts mood (enabling you to see the brighter side of all experiences) it helps relieve mental stress as well.
                      • Rhodiola rosea is a natural plant shown to reduce stress and uplift mood, and Russian athletes have been using it forever. Like the other two supplements mentioned, rhodiola rosea can be found at your natural health store in capsule or liquid form.

                      While these supplements are all natural and can be very helpful for most people, always check with your health care provider first as they can cause side-effects depending on your current health situation etc.

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                      5. Good Old-Fashioned Exercise

                      This tip has been around forever because it works. Nothing relieves mental stress like running, kickboxing—you name it. Anything super-physical will wipe out most of your mental stresses once the exercise endorphins (happy chemicals) are released into your brain.

                      The result: mental stress will be gone!

                      So, if you’re feeling overwhelmed or just plain stressed, try using some of the above tips. You can even print this out or save it to refer to regularly.

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