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7 Things You Can Do Before Noon To Shed Extra Pounds

7 Things You Can Do Before Noon To Shed Extra Pounds

All of us appreciate our sleep, especially if we have children. But if I told you that getting up early actually helped you shed some pounds, would you get up earlier? You probably would. Although there’s nothing quite like sleeping in on day when we can, there’s something about getting up early and accomplishing tasks first thing. Down below we’ve listed seven moves you should add to your morning routine that will help you lose that extra weight you’ve been trying to lose.

1. Hit the snooze…once

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    I know I said that getting up early was important in reaching your goals however, you don’t want to be depriving yourself of sleep either. Did you know that lack of sleep actually messes with certain hormones, which can have a negative impact on your metabolism? When we are deprived of sleep, the metabolic system will be out of whack. Lack of sleep causes us to crave more carbohydrates. In fact, studies have shown that sleep deprivation plays a part in obesity in teens and young adults.

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    2. Get in the sun

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      The first thing you should do when you get up is open up your blinds or curtains and let the sun shine through. Exposing yourself to light early in the morning as opposed to later in the day synchronizes your internal body clock, which means that you’re more likely to have a natural and steady sleep schedule. By having a steady sleep schedule, it helps your metabolism run more efficiently which in turn, will help in weight loss.

      3. Eat your protein

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        A lot of people skip breakfast and blame on “not being a breakast person”, but you should know that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Something that I’m sure all of you have heard before. Eating breakfast actually gives you a little jolt to start your day and can help you resist cravings throughout the day. For some quick ideas I recommend eggs whites with some whole wheat toast. Or, for something to grab quick if you’re running late, greek yogurt and some fruit.

        4. Drink your water

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          I recommend drinking ice cold water the second you get out of bed in the morning. It helps get rid of bloating and rev’s up your metabolism. Some of us like to drink juice in the morning with our breakfast such as OJ. I recommend flavoring your water with a lemon or lime instead. There’s roughly 100 calories in an 8 oz glass of orange juice. A study has shown that drinking a large, cool glass of water after you wake up has been shown to fire up your metabolism by a whopping 24% for 90 minutes.

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          5. Morning workout

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            If you’re one of those people who get in their workout first thing in the morning, keep it up; it boosts your metabolism. Whether it’s going to the gym, going for a run, or doing some type of workout at home, keep doing it. If you’re not a morning workout person, it definitely has its perks. Two being that it helps you feel more accomplished and positive. I have found that having a friend work out with you can help you stay focused and motivated when you feel yourself falling off track. Work out buddies make it more fun anyway.

            6. Pack your snacks

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              If you have the time, pack yourself a healthy lunch. If you’re running low on time, plan to pack several healthy snacks that will last you throughout the day. This will help fight to urge to go out and grab fast food, which is always packed with tons and tons of calories. Below I’ve listed some healthy options:

              1. Almonds
              2. Granola
              3. String cheese
              4. Protein bar
              5. Dried fruit
              6. Whole wheat crackers and peanut butter
              7. Instant oatmeal
              8. Mini pitas with hummus
              9. Veggies with ranch

              7. Walk to work

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                This one is kind of obvious. We tend to always park as close to our destination as possible so we don’t have to walk as far. Try parking a few blocks away from work or parking in the back of your parking lot to burn some extra calories.

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                Last Updated on December 9, 2019

                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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