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6 Simple Ways to Lose Weight Painlessly

6 Simple Ways to Lose Weight Painlessly

Losing weight is not an easy task. It can be very stressful. Most people fail to lose weight because they are unable to follow a diet or exercise plan. Trying to fulfill the demands of strict diet plans and intense activities can be painful.

You do not need to go through such stressful diets and painful exercises because there other healthier and painless ways of losing weight as well. By making some small and painless changes in your lifestyle, you can say goodbye to your extra weight and lead a healthy and happy life.

Here are some of the painless methods of weight loss:

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1. Adding Food, Not Subtracting Them

Instead of excluding food from your diet, try to add more healthy foods to it. Select the foods that you like – juicy fruits, peas, cherries etc. and include them in your meals every day. Choose your favorite vegetables and make them a part of your daily meals as well. While adding these products to your diet, do keep an eye on the overall calorie consumption.

2. Switch To Lower Calorie Food

The best way of cutting down the calories in your diet is to switch to the foods with lower calories. Eat your favorite pizza with reduced fat cheese. Cut the calories, but always remember to add more fiber to your diet.

Fibers are essential for keeping the calorie count under check. You can add them to your diet by including a cup of wheat flour to the pizza dough or adding some bell peppers on a pie. Be careful about the beverages you are drinking as well. Switch to diet soft drinks or light beer.

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3. Drink A Lot of Water

Water is an essential part of your diet. Drinking lots of water keeps the body hydrated. Drink a glass of water in the morning and it will help your digestive system.

It also helps in reducing the intake of food: drinking water before meals make you less hungry, so you consume fewer calories. Drinking more water is not harmful to your health in any way, so drink as much water as you can.

4. Importance of size

The size of your eating bowl, plate or mugs can help in losing weight. You can control the size of your meal by changing the size of your plate. It is possible that small portions of food in a big plate can leave you hungry because you know you have eaten less. But serving small portions in small plates will leave you feeling more satisfied as your mind acknowledges that it had a full plate of food.

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It is important that you focus your attention on weight loss first and worry about maintaining it afterward. Focus on one task at a time. It will help in reaping better results.

5. Do Not Worry About Exercising

Another important thing to remember is to add a little physical activity to your daily routine. It does not have to be any strenuous exercise. It can be something simple like a little dancing or a fast walk etc.

If you are intimidated by the word exercising and always fail to follow proper exercising sessions, then do not worry. You can avoid calling it your exercise plan. To lose weight you need to burn calories. You need physical activity to burn calories and it can be any physical activity. You can lose calories by indulging in your favorite physical activities like riding a bike or playing any sport. You do not need to stress out about exercising, just focus on enjoying your favorite activities.

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6. Adopt Strolling

Strolling in good weather is an enjoyable activity. It also keeps you healthy and fit. Try to incorporate strolling in your day-to-day operations. Even if you do not have any right pathways for strolling in your area, you can still do it daily. You can park your vehicle at the back of the parking lot and walk around.

You can do some simple activities that will help in providing you with the physical activity you need every day. You can manually rake the fallen leaves in your house, walk to the shopping centers, take stairs instead of elevators, etc.

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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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