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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 September 18, 2020

7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

Learning how to get in shape and set goals is important if you’re looking to live a healthier lifestyle and get closer to your goal weight. While this does require changes to your daily routine, you’ll find that you are able to look and feel better in only two weeks.

Over the years, I’ve learned a lot about what it takes to get in shape. Although anyone can cover the basics (eat right and exercise), there are some things that I could only learn through trial and error. Let’s cover some of the most important points for how to get in shape in two weeks.

1. Exercise Daily

It is far easier to make exercise a habit if it is a daily one. If you aren’t exercising at all, I recommend starting by exercising a half hour every day. When you only exercise a couple times per week, it is much easier to turn one day off into three days off, a week off, or a month off.

If you are already used to exercising, switching to three or four times a week to fit your schedule may be preferable, but it is a lot harder to maintain a workout program you don’t do every day.

Be careful to not repeat the same exercise routine each day. If you do an intense ab workout one day, try switching it up to general cardio the next. You can also squeeze in a day of light walking to break up the intensity.

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2. Duration Doesn’t Substitute for Intensity

Once you get into the habit of regular exercise, where do you go if you still aren’t reaching your goals? Most people will solve the problem by exercising for longer periods of time, turning forty-minute workouts into two hour stretches. Not only does this drain your time, but it doesn’t work particularly well.

One study shows that “exercising for a whole hour instead of a half does not provide any additional loss in either body weight or fat”[1].

This is great news for both your schedule and your levels of motivation. You’ll likely find it much easier to exercise for 30 minutes a day instead of an hour. In those 30 minutes, do your best to up the intensity to your appropriate edge to get the most out of the time.

3. Acknowledge Your Limits

Many people get frustrated when they plateau in their weight loss or muscle gaining goals as they’re learning how to get in shape. Everyone has an equilibrium and genetic set point where their body wants to remain. This doesn’t mean that you can’t achieve your fitness goals, but don’t be too hard on yourself if you are struggling to lose weight or put on muscle.

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Acknowledging a set point doesn’t mean giving up, but it does mean realizing the obstacles you face.

Expect to hit a plateau in your own fitness results[2]. When you expect a plateau, you can manage around it so you can continue your progress at a more realistic rate. When expectations meet reality, you can avoid dietary crashes.

4. Eat Healthy, Not Just Food That Looks Healthy

Know what you eat. Don’t fuss over minutia like whether you’re getting enough Omega 3’s or tryptophan, but be aware of the big things. Look at the foods you eat regularly and figure out whether they are healthy or not. Don’t get fooled by the deceptively healthy snacks just pretending to be good for you.

The basic nutritional advice includes:

  • Eat unprocessed foods
  • Eat more veggies
  • Use meat as a side dish, not a main course
  • Eat whole grains, not refined grains[3]

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Eat whole grains when you want to learn how to get in shape.

    5. Watch Out for Travel

    Don’t let a four-day holiday interfere with your attempts when you’re learning how to get in shape. I don’t mean that you need to follow your diet and exercise plan without any excursion, but when you are in the first few weeks, still forming habits, be careful that a week long break doesn’t terminate your progress.

    This is also true of schedule changes that leave you suddenly busy or make it difficult to exercise. Have a backup plan so you can be consistent, at least for the first month when you are forming habits.

    If travel is on your schedule and can’t be avoided, make an exercise plan before you go[4], and make sure to pack exercise clothes and an exercise mat as motivation to keep you on track.

    6. Start Slow

    Ever start an exercise plan by running ten miles and then puking your guts out? Maybe you aren’t that extreme, but burnout is common early on when learning how to get in shape. You have a lifetime to be healthy, so don’t try to go from couch potato to athletic superstar in a week.

    If you are starting a running regime, for example, run less than you can to start. Starting strength training? Work with less weight than you could theoretically lift. Increasing intensity and pushing yourself can come later when your body becomes comfortable with regular exercise.

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    7. Be Careful When Choosing a Workout Partner

    Should you have a workout partner? That depends. Workout partners can help you stay motivated and make exercising more fun. But they can also stop you from reaching your goals.

    My suggestion would be to have a workout partner, but when you start to plateau (either in physical ability, weight loss/gain, or overall health) and you haven’t reached your goals, consider mixing things up a bit.

    If you plateau, you may need to make changes to continue improving. In this case it’s important to talk to your workout partner about the changes you want to make, and if they don’t seem motivated to continue, offer a thirty day break where you both try different activities.

    I notice that guys working out together tend to match strength after a brief adjustment phase. Even if both are trying to improve, something seems to stall improvement once they reach a certain point. I found that I was able to lift as much as 30-50% more after taking a short break from my regular workout partner.

    Final Thoughts

    Learning how to get in shape in as little as two weeks sounds daunting, but if you’re motivated and have the time and energy to devote to it, it’s certainly possible.

    Find an exercise routine that works for you, eat healthy, drink lots of water, and watch as the transformation begins.

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