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How To Effectively Lose Weight Without Giving Up On Your Favorite Foods

How To Effectively Lose Weight Without Giving Up On Your Favorite Foods

Losing weight is always difficult. And giving up your favorite food can feel impossible. So losing weight by giving up your favorite food? Well, that’s beyond imagination. You can’t just give up your favorite food – it’s your favorite for a reason, after all.

But if losing weight requires that you leave behind your favorite foods, then how are you supposed to lose weight when you can’t master that starting step? Well, studies suggest you might be able to reach your goals without such a steep price. Here are few tips you need to follow in order to lose weight even while not giving up your favorite food.

1. Drink water regularly.

Drinking water regularly can work miracles for your weight –– just by helping your body do what it’s supposed to. That simple change helps you eat less and (coincidentally) lose weight. Research shows that drinking water half an hour before meal helps in reducing hunger. Along with its regular job of flushing toxins and waste products from the body, it also improves digestion of foods. This, in turn, ensures that all of the digestive system, digestive glands, liver, and kidneys stay healthy too.

It’s simple as that. So, keep hydrating your body and you will see the difference.

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2. Protein –rich foods.

While eating carbohydrate-rich foods can be counterproductive in your quest to lose weight, protein awaits as your life savior. Proteins have a pretty big say in your hunger levels. Eating proteins gives you a sensation of being full so that you intake fewer calories, thanks to its effect on appetite controlling hormones (GLP-1 and Ghrelin).

By eating proteins, you restrict calories without your consciousness. So add protein to your diet – fish, yogurt, chicken breasts, almonds, eggs. You can always opt for a protein-rich version of your favorite meal, turning your favorite foods into healthier alternatives. Add egg to your breakfast instead of grain-based products and see the change for yourself.

3. Walk, walk and walk!

Just eating won’t help if you spend all your time in a chair and never give your body chance to burn the calories. So tie your shoelaces and take a walk. It doesn’t have to be some drawn out stroll or a run that leaves you wishing you hadn’t.

Just do some walking at your own pace for at least an hour a day. And if you’re feeling adventurous, it might be an even better choice to have a walk in nature than on a treadmill.

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4. Build lean muscle.

Building lean muscle does wonders in the long run for both your body’s metabolism and your weight. Lean muscle will burn your calories and helps you lose more simply because your body needs more calories to sustain itself. But in order to reap those rewards, you have to invest in turning your body structure from more fat and less muscle to more muscle and less fat.

As you chart your weight initially, it might seem to be unaffected because you’re burning down of fats and building up lean muscle to add to your weight. But after the initial adjustments, lean muscle will burn more calories than you can imagine.

5. Fitness tracker.

Getting a fitness tracker on your cell phone to monitor your physical exercise can also help you reach your goals. The app can record all sorts of data, like how many steps you’ve taken, or how many stairs you have climbed.

Some apps even have challenges to entice you to break your personal records every day and grow daily. You may find yourself having difficulty saying no to it. Track your daily and weekly records and challenge yourself to see better results.

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6. Fiber-rich foods.

Another food tip to do away with your appetite is to intake fiber-rich foods. Fiber-rich foods will give you the sensation of fullness by reducing your hunger. They form gel when they come in contact with water, which allows food to remain in the stomach for a longer period of time.

This also slows down the digestion. Add beans, oats, asparagus, oranges and flax seeds to control your appetite and food intake.

7. Eat without electronic distractions.

Eating without distractions helps you eat less. If you pay attention to eating, you tend to consume fewer calories. Research has shown that people who eat while using electronic devices, like while watching TV or using smartphone or computer, lose track of how much they have already eaten and thus succumb to overeating. So avoid getting distracted while eating and pay attention to eating to eat less and lose your weight.

8. Yoga.

Yoga has lots of benefits, including its effect on body weight. It helps you attain physical, mental, emotional as well as spiritual, well-being. At the same time, it makes your body flexible while also helping you to work up a sweat and burn calories.

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You can start with simpler forms of yoga as a beginner. With regular practice, you can work your way up to complex stances and forms of yoga to help you naturally attain a healthy level of physical well-being. As a bonus, by helping to relieve your stress, it helps in reducing your weight.

9. Using smaller plates.

Using smaller plates helps you eat less by making you believe that you have eaten a full meal, while using larger plates with the same amount of food will make the food amount look insufficient, causing you to add more and eat more.

So if you have some foods that are known to add to your weight, serve them on smaller plates and serve healthy foods known to decrease appetite and hunger in larger plates. This is a trick that you can certainly use to your advantage.

10. Serving unhealthy foods in red plates.

This weird trick has been shown to work well to help you reduce appetite and weight. If not, it works with snack foods ,which are unhealthy for you. Research has shown that people eat less from red plates than from blue or white plates.

Perhaps it’s because of the association of the color red with danger that has been ingrained in our brain that sends us ‘stop’ signals. This stop signal helps us eat less and thus gain less weight. While you can eat your favorite foods, it certainly helps if you can restrict them.

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Last Updated on August 15, 2018

7 Amazing Things That Will Happen When You Do Plank Every Day

7 Amazing Things That Will Happen When You Do Plank Every Day

Bodyweight exercises are gaining ground in the fitness world due to the practicality and simplicity of getting in shape using your own body weight. Planks are one form of bodyweight exercises that will never go out of fashion. Planks are one of the most effective exercises you can do. Why? Because they require a small time investment on your part, and offer the chance to achieve substantial results in a relatively short span of time.

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Why is it important to train up our core strength?

There are numerous sites and blogs which detail ways to build your core muscles or core strength. Often though, these sites neglect to explain what your core muscles actually are, and why building them is important.

This is quite surprising, as core muscles are quite easy to explain. Your core muscles are a series of muscles in your midsection, and are used in most forms of movement. Though they aren’t housed in your arms or legs, your core muscles can help transfer force from one limb to another, or are used in addition to muscles in your arms or legs to increase their effectiveness. As such a strong core will make a big improvement on your ability to move and exercise further.

Also they are great for helping other muscles in your midsection such as your abdominal muscles. Your abdominal muscles are important for supporting your back and spinal column, and as such are important aids in preventing injuries. However for them to be most effective you need to spend a lot of time developing your core muscles.

In short, planking exercises can make a huge improvement in your muscles down your whole body. Making them a hugely effective exercise to perform.

One Exercise, multiple benefits

There are few forms of exercise as effective at building your core as planking exercises. However, planking exercises benefit far more than just your core strength.

By holding yourself in the position for a planking exercise, you’ll notice that your biceps, neck, and shoulder muscles are also being tested and strained. This this encouraging their buildup and development. This is great news if you like to do press ups, developed shoulder muscles will have a big impact on your press up performance.

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When planking, you are holding yourself up through your arms and biceps and so by holding a planking position, your arm muscles are being toned and developed. Making planking a great alternative exercise to other forms of bicep developing exercises.

Moving down your midsection, successful plank exercises actually develop the muscles in your butt! These muscles tend to be ignored by a lot of exercises, so this is another great benefit of plank exercises.

In much the same way as you develop your biceps and arm muscles, holding the planking position helps develop the muscles in your thighs too.

What is even better is that planking exercises don’t take much time at all. In fact you should probably only spend about ten minutes max per day in the planking exercise.

What will happen when you start doing planks every day

    1. You’ll improve core definition and performance: 

    Planks are an ideal exercise for the abdominal muscles exactly because they engage all major core muscle groups including the transverse abdominus, the rectus abdominusthe external oblique muscle, and the glutes. The importance of strengthening each muscle group cannot be underestimated either, for all of these groups serve their own purpose. If you strengthen these muscle groups you will notice:

    • Transverse abdominis: increased ability to lift heavier weights.
    • Rectus adbominis: improved sports performance, particularly with jumping. This muscle group is also responsible for giving you the renowned six pack look.
    • Oblique muscles: improved capacity for stable side-bending and waist-twisting
    • Glutes: a supported back and a strong, shapely booty.

    2. You’ll decrease your risk of injury in the back and spinal column

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      Doing planks is a type of exercise that allow you to build muscle while also making sure that you are not putting too much pressure on your spine or hips. According to the American Council on Exercise, doing planks regularly not only significantly reduces back pain but it also strengthens your muscles and ensures a strong support for your entire back, especially in the areas around your upper back.

      Check out this article if you would like to find out about how doing planks on different surfaces can impact the effectiveness of this exercise in strengthening your core.

      3. You’ll experience an increased boost to your overall metabolism

        Planking is an excellent way of challenging your entire body because doing them every day will burn more calories than other traditional abdominal exercises, such as crunches or sit-ups. The muscles you strengthen by doing this exercise on a day-to-day basis will ensure that you burn more energy even when sedentary. This is especially important if you are spending the majority of your day sitting in front of a computer. Also, making it a daily 10- to 1 minute home exercise before or after work will not only provide an enhanced metabolic rate but it will also ensure that that metabolic rate remains high all day long, (yes, even while you are asleep).

        4. You’ll significantly improve your posture

          Planking exercises have a great impact and improvement on your posture. This is great news as a strong posture brings with it a huge number of fantastic benefits .

          A good posture keeps your bones and joins in the correct alignment which means both your bones and joints will be better maintained and more healthy, but also means the overall effectiveness of your muscles will be improved.

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          A good posture will ensure your back or spine is in the correct position and so you will suffer less back pain.

          On top of everything, someone with good posture looks better, healthier, and more confident.

          5. You’ll improve overall balance

            Have you ever felt that when you tried standing on one leg, you couldn’t stand up straight for more than a couple of seconds? It’s not because you were drunk- unless you happened to be at the time!-  but rather, it’s because your abdominal muscles weren’t strong enough to give you the balance you needed. Through improving your balance by doing side planks and planks with extensions you will boost your performance in every kind of sporting activity.

            6. You’ll become more flexible than ever before

              Flexibility is a key benefit of doing planks regularly, for this form of exercise expands and stretches all your posterior muscle groups – shouldersshoulder blades, and collarbone – while also stretching your hamstrings, arches of your feet, and toes. With a side plank added in to the mix, you can also work on your oblique muscles. This will provide you with further benefits when it comes to hyper-extending your toes, a movement that is crucial for supporting your body’s weight.

              7. You’ll witness mental benefits

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                Plank exercises have a particular effect on our nerves, making them an excellent means of improving overall mood. How? Well, they stretch out muscle groups that contribute to stress and tension in the body. Just think about it: you are sitting in your chair, at home or at work, all day long; your thigh muscles get tight, your legs get heavy due to being bent for several hours; and tension develops in your shoulders due to being forced to slump forward all day. These are all circumstances that put too stress on the muscles and nerves. The good news is that planks not only calm your brain, but they can also treat anxiety and symptoms of depression– but only if you make it part of your daily routine.

                How to hold a plank position

                1. Get into pushup position on the floor.
                2. Now bend your elbows 90 degrees and rest your weight on your forearms.
                3. Keep your torso straight and rigid and your body in a straight line from ears to toes with no sagging or bending.
                4. Your head is relaxed and you should be looking at the floor.
                5. Hold the position for as long as you can.
                6. Remember to breathe. Inhale and exhale slowly and steadily.
                7. When your form begins to suffer, pull the plug. You’re only benefiting from the plank by actually doing the plank.

                Watch the video if you have any doubt!

                Here is a great infographic that shows the best plank variation exercises to evenly target all abdominal muscle groups:

                  How to improve your plank time gradually

                  1. Start with the easier variation if needed. You can start with a bent-knee plank if you can’t perform a regular plank yet. If you can hold a plank for more than two minutes with ease, you can move on to these tougher variations.
                  2. Practise every day. Space your planking exercise throughout the day and do 3-4 times every day. Try to hold the position 10 seconds longer each time.
                  3. Perform other body-weight exercises at the same time. Push-up and squat will improve your core strength too.

                  Are you ready to devote 5-10 minutes of your day, every day, to stay fit, healthy and, most importantly, strong as a bull? Then jump in and make doing plank exercises a part of your life.

                  Who Should Be Cautious Doing The Plank?

                  You need to be cautious doing Planking exercises if any of these risks apply to you:

                  • Prolapse
                  • After prolapse surgery
                  • Pelvic pain conditions
                  • Weak or poorly functioning pelvic floor muscles
                  • Previous childbirth
                  • Overweight

                  Choose an alternative pelvic floor abdominal exercise or consult your doctor before performing plank regularly.

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