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9 Weird Ways to Change Your Life by Losing Weight

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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 November 22, 2021

Thanksgiving: It’s About The Simple Things

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Thanksgiving: It’s About The Simple Things

Thanksgiving, a day of pure gluttony, football, and possible uncomfortable situations with family members that you may or may not like. Oh, yeah, and the whole “know and reflect on what it is to be thankful and grateful.”

During the holiday season many people forget what this time of year is bout and are too worried about getting the “early-bird” deals on Black Friday and making sure that they have the perfect gifts for their loved ones. I am sort of a “Grinch” when it comes to the holiday season, mostly because of that mentality by many of the poeple around me.

But instead of being grinch-like this holiday season, I decided to simplify things and get back to what this time of year is actually is about; being thankful for what I have and what I can give.

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Simplify

I’m not a “minimalist” in any real sense, but in the last few months the talks of Patrick Rhone and others have got me to rethink my stance. Can you really have too much stuff?

Absolutely.

And with all that stuff comes the burden and the weight of it on your back.

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If you feel that the things around you are out of control, maybe it’s time to simplify and be thankful and grateful for what you have and use. Here are a few things that you can do to simplify:

  • You know those gadgets in the drawer that you said you were going to sell? Well, time to get the listing on eBay and sell them. Or, send them to a place like Gazelle. Even if they are old and won’t get money, you can at least recycle them.
  • Get rid of things you don’t need. Like old books, clothes, tools, etc. Have something that’s been laying around forever with no use? Donate it to a charity or church. If you aren’t using it, someone else could be.
  • Find your productivity tools and stick with them. Use tools and gadgets that serve multiple purposes so you can simplify your tool set.

Be Mindful

You don’t have to be a master Buddhist or meditator to be mindful (although, it can definitely help). Being mindful comes down to being cognizant of the present and not keeping yourself in the past or future. It’s about living in the moment and being aware of yourself and everything around you. It’s just being.

Without getting too “California” on you, it is super important to be mindful during the holiday rush. Rather than worrying about the things that you forgot at your house on the way to relatives or thinking about the next stop in your endless holiday travels, just breath and think about what you are currently doing.

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Spend the time with your family and friends and don’t crush the moment. Try not to concentrate so hard on getting the perfect photo of the “awesome moment” of the day and actually miss the awesome moment.

Being mindful over the holidays will help you be with your families, friends, and yourself allowing you to enjoy your time.

Reflect

As the year is coming to a close (yes, it really is that close!) it’s a great time to start reflecting on what you have accomplished and what you haven’t. Within the next few weeks we will have a more throrough reflection article here at Lifehack.org, but reflecting every now and then over your holiday break is a great way to see where you have been doing well in your life and where you need to improve.

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Reflection shouldn’t be used to “get down” on yourself. Reflection should be used to take an honset inventory of what you have accomplished, how you handeled situations, and what you can do better. If you journal everyday (a daily form of reflection) it may be a good time to start going over some of the things that you have written and start to put together a year’s end journal entry. I mean, how else will you write your autobiography?

But, seriously, reflecting on yourself makes you aware of your successes and faults and helps you plan and make goals for the coming year. It makes you a better person.

So, while you are stuffing your face with bird, stuffing, and mashed taters’, remember that the holidays are much more than the superficial things. Use this holiday to become a better person.

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