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9 Weird Ways to Change Your Life by Losing Weight

9 Weird Ways to Change Your Life by Losing Weight

In today’s modern life, easy access to fast food and drinks makes it difficult to keep the weight in check. There is not a lot of physical activity to counter the calories that people intake. It results in weight gain. It is not easy to lose weight once gained. Several people choose diet as a tool for losing weight. Diet is a useful tool, but it is important to choose the diet that suits you and works for you. Every individual body reacts differently to different diet plans. Once you achieve the weight loss, it is harder to maintain it.

Here are some effective tips for losing weight and leading a healthy lifestyle:

1. Remembering The Weight Loss Equation

People always want immediate results when they are looking to lose weight. You can use a simple equation to understand when you will lose weight. The simple equation to remember is that you are taking in fewer calories than you are burning. Several other factors come into play as well, but it is the easiest way of keeping a check on the loss of weight. You can remember that one pound of fat is equal to almost 3,500 calories. So if the calorie deficit is 3,500, then it means you lose one pound.

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2. Keeping Track of Daily Calorie Intake

There is no need to get obsessed over the calories count. Keep a simple calorie chart to keep track of how much you are consuming each day. There are several methods of calculating the daily calorie consumption. The number is useful in creating a meal plan. You can include exercise in your daily schedule as well.

3. Predefining Hours of Eating

Defining the time of eating your meals is important to practice for a healthy lifestyle. It is good for health to eat at the same time daily. It helps in synchronization of biological clock with the brain and stomach. It helps in better digestion. Changing the eating time can have adverse effects on metabolism which is not good for health. Eat your meals at least two to three hours before sleeping so that food gets enough time to digest before a body goes into sleep mode.

4. Significance of Water

Seventy percent of the human body is water, and it is important that, that percentage is maintained. It helps in proper functioning of organs, and lack of water can cause tiredness, dehydration, and dry skin. Water is essential for weight loss as well. Water helps in detoxification of the body and also assists in removing useless toxins from the skin and body. It keeps the stomach full decreasing hunger and helps the stomach in digestion. If you are drinking enough water every day, then your daily calorie consumption will decrease.

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Starting the day with a glass of fresh water is good for health. Drink a glass of water before meals and it will help in reduction of calorie intake. Whenever you feel the need of eating a snack, just drink a glass of water, and you will not feel hungry anymore.

5. Use Safe Ways to Lose Weight

Following steady steps is always a better way to lose weight. Going for crash diets is not good for health. These foods are also not good when it comes to keeping the weight off. Often after crash diets people end up gaining more than they lose. Healthy ways of losing weight take time. But there is no denying the fact that they are more efficient. Before starting a diet plan, it is important to get familiar with the basic concepts of weight loss.

6. Following One Diet Plan at A Time

If you are choosing a commercial diet plan, then follow just one at a time. Same goes for the weight loss programs. There are different phases of each program. Each step has its distinct starting and finishing a goal. If you do not follow the guidelines of the program, carefully you will not get the results. Mixing more than one program is also a mistake because you will not get the best result and all your effort will go to waste.

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7. Wise Selection of Food

If you are not following any formal plan, it is important to be selective about the food you eat. The selection of food is crucial for weight loss. Make sure that the diet is well balanced. The diet should include fruits and vegetables along with healthy fats. Fruits and vegetables provide fibers to the body which are essential for a healthy body.

8. Do Not Skip Breakfast

Always start your day with a good and healthy breakfast. Skipping it is not good for health at all. A healthy breakfast activates the digestive system, and digestion is very fast in the morning. Include proteins such as cheese, yogurt, fresh juice, eggs, etc. in your breakfast.

9. Exercising and Physical Activity

Staying active and getting involved in physical activity is not just good for losing weight but also maintaining it. It is not essential to join a gym for exercising. You can choose your favorite sport or just walk. To get motivated to exercise you should get prepared for the workout or sports. Buy proper kits for your favorite sports, track suits, MMA gloves, running shoes, etc. Having these things in front of you will motivate you to exercise. It will help in leading a healthy and active life.

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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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