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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 December 18, 2018

Why Do I Have Bad Luck? 2 Simple Things to Change Your Destiny

Why Do I Have Bad Luck? 2 Simple Things to Change Your Destiny

Are you one of those people who are always suffering setbacks? Does little ever seem to go right for you? Do you sometimes feel that the universe is out to get you? Do you wonder:

Why do I have bad luck? Is bad luck real?

A couple of months ago, I met up with an old friend of mine who I hadn’t seen since last year. Over lunch, we talked about all kinds of things, including our careers, relationships and hobbies.

My friend told me his job had become dull and uninteresting to him, and despite applying for promotion – he’d been turned down. His personal life wasn’t great either, as he told me that he’d recently separated from his long-term girlfriend.

When I asked him why things had seemingly gone wrong at home and work, he paused for a moment, and then replied:

“I’m having a run of bad luck.”

I was surprised by his response as I’d never thought of him as someone who thought that luck controlled his life. He always appeared to be someone who knew what he wanted – and went after it with gusto.

He told me he did believe in bad luck because of everything happened to me.

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It was at this point, that I shared my opinion on luck and destiny:

While chance events certainly occur, they are purely random in nature. In other words, good luck and bad luck don’t exist in the way that people believe. And more importantly, even if random negative events do come along, our perspective and reaction can turn them into positive things.

Your luck is no worse—and no better—than anyone else’s. It just feels that way. Better still, there are two simple things you can do which will reverse your feelings of being unlucky and change your luck.

1. Stop believing that what happens in life is out of your control.

Stop believing that what happens in your life is down to the vagaries of luck, destiny, supernatural forces, malevolent other people, or anything else outside yourself.

Psychologists call this “external locus of control.” It’s a kind of fatalism, where people believe that they can do little or nothing personally to change their lives.

Because of this, they either merely hope for the best, focus on trying to change their luck by various kinds of superstition, or submit passively to whatever comes—while complaining that it doesn’t match their hopes.

Most successful people take the opposite view. They have “internal locus of control.” They believe that what happens in their life is nearly all down to them; and that even when chance events occur, what is important is not the event itself, but how you respond to it.

This makes them pro-active, engaged, ready to try new things, and keen to find the means to change whatever in their lives they don’t like.

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They aren’t fatalistic and they don’t blame bad luck for what isn’t right in their world. They look for a way to make things better.

Are they luckier than the others? Of course not.

Luck is random—that’s what chance means—so they are just as likely to suffer setbacks as anyone else.

What’s different is their response. When things go wrong, they quickly look for ways to put them right. They don’t whine, pity themselves, or complain about “bad luck.” They try to learn from what happened to avoid or correct it next time and get on with living their life as best they can. They have this Motivation Engine, which most people lack, to keep them going.

No one is habitually luckier or unluckier than anyone else. It may seem so, over the short term (Random events often come in groups, just as random numbers often lie close together for several instances—which is why gamblers tend to see patterns where none exist).

When you take a longer perspective, random chance is just . . . random. Yet those who feel that they are less lucky, typically pay far more attention to short-term instances of bad luck, convincing themselves of the correctness of their belief.

Your locus of control isn’t genetic. You learned it somehow. If it isn’t working for you, change it.

2. Remember that whatever you pay attention to grows in your mind.

If you focus on what’s going wrong in your life—especially if you see it as “bad luck” you can do nothing about—it will seem blacker and more malevolent.

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In a short time, you’ll become so convinced that everything is against you that you’ll notice more and more instances where this appears to be true. As a result, you will drown yourself in negative energy and almost certainly stop trying, convinced that nothing you can do will improve your prospects.

Not long ago, a reader (I’ll call her Kelly) has shared with me about how frustrated she felt and how unlucky she was. Kelly’s an aspiring entrepreneur. She had been trying to find investors to invest in her project. It hadn’t been going well as she was always rejected by the potential investors. And at her most stressful time, her boyfriend broke up with her. And the day after her breakup, she missed an important opportunity to meet an interested investor. She was about to give up because she felt that she’d not be lucky enough to build her business successfully.

It definitely wasn’t an easy time for her. She was stressful and tired. But it wasn’t bad luck that was playing the role.

Fatalism feeds on itself until people become passive “victims” of life’s blows. The “losers” in life are those who are convinced they will fail before they start anything; sure that their “bad luck” will ruin any prospects of success.

They rarely notice that the true reasons for their failure are ignorance, laziness, lack of skill, lack of forethought, or just plain foolishness—all of which they could do something to correct, if only they would stop blaming other people or “bad luck” for their personal deficiencies.

Your attention is under your control. Send it where you want it to go. Starve the negative thoughts until they die.

I explained to Kelly that to improve her fortune and have “good luck”, first decide that what happens is nearly always down to her; then try to focus on what works and what turns out well, not the bad stuff.

Then Kelly tried to review her current situation objectively. She realized that she only needed a short break for herself — from work and her just broken-up relationship. She really needed some time to clear up her mind before moving on with her work and life. When she got her emotions settled down from her heartbreak, she started to work on improving her business’ selling points and looked for new investors that are more suitable.

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A few months later, she told me that she finally found two investors who were really interested in her project and would like to work with her to grow the business. I was really glad that she could take back control of her destiny and achieved what she wanted.

Your “fate” really does depend on the choices that you make. When random events happen, as they always will, do you choose to try to turn them to your advantage or just complain about them?

What’s Next?

Now that you’ve learned the 2 simple things you can do to take control of your fate and create your own luck. But this isn’t it! These simple techniques you’ve learned here are just part of the essential 7 Cornerstone Skills — a skillset that will give you the power to create permanent solutions to big problems in life — any problem in any area of your life!

If you think you’re “suffering from bad luck”, you can really change things up and start life over with these 7 Cornerstone Skills. It may even be a lot easier than you thought:

How to Start Over and Reboot Your Life When It Seems Too Late

Thomas Jefferson is said to have used these words:

“I’m a great believer in luck and I find the harder I work, the more I have of it.”

Your luck, in the end, is pretty much what you choose it to be.

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