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6 Things Your Moving Company Might Not Tell You

6 Things Your Moving Company Might Not Tell You

Moving your home or office is a stressful event with many moving parts. Hiring a full-service moving company will help you make sure your items get to their destination in working order and within the right timeframe, but only if you are well prepared. That said, movers do their job every single day. Answer their questions, give them the directions they ask for, and then get out of the way and let them do their job without being micromanaged. You don’t want grumpy movers moving your great-aunt’s antique vanity table with revenge on their mind.

Answer their questions, give them the directions they ask for, and then get out of the way and let them do their job without being micromanaged. You don’t want grumpy movers moving your great-aunt’s antique vanity table with revenge on their mind.

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I’ve been in the moving industry since 2002 and pretty much seen everything. Your moving company should go over every detail with you, but these are some things you might not hear – and you should.

1. Your Property Is Not Fully Insured

In general, moving companies have a certain amount of insurance known as basic liability coverage, but it may not be enough for expensive items or significant loss. Technically your items are covered to a certain amount – 60 cents per pound per item. A reputable moving company should give you clear information on how much insurance they have. If the policy feels insufficient, your homeowner policy may cover personal items. If you are moving a business or office, speak to your insurance broker to find out what your policies might cover, and what is available for specific coverage if you need it.

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2. You Pay A Premium To Move In Summer

The ideal move for a business is usually to pack up Friday night at your old location and be ready to go on Monday morning at your new one. Families often like to move during the summer to avoid making their kids switch schools in the middle of the year. College kids are often moving into and out of dorms during summer. All of this means that if you expect to move during the summer and on the weekends, you’re going to pay a premium for the timing. If you can afford to move mid-week or off-season, you may be able to get a discount on your movers.

3. Your Movers Expect A Tip – Not Snacks

If your friends are helping you move, you can get away with pizza and beer. If you’ve hired professional movers, they expect a tip if they’ve done a good job. The going rate is somewhere around $3-$5 per mover per hour, and you should budget to include that in your payment. If you’re not sure whether your movers will expect a tip, ask the moving company about their policies.

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4. Your Estimate Is Just That

When you get an estimate for your move over the phone, remember that it’s just an estimate. If the movers arrive and you have more to pack than they were expecting, or your pre-packing isn’t completed, or extra materials are necessary to keep your items safe, all of those things can affect your estimate. It’s always recommended to get an estimate in-person at your home to properly estimate the number and type of boxes, obtain an accurate quote, and ask any questions that you might have before the move date.

If you have questions, call the office immediately; once movers have your household items on their truck, you’re basically going to end up giving them whatever money they want in order to get your possessions back, after all.

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5. You Need To Be Home And Be Ready To Move

For your move to go smoothly, you need to be home, and your packing needs to be done right. Your furniture needs to be empty and ready to be loaded, and your boxes need to be well packed, not too heavy, and not unbalanced. Even though you may have hired full-service movers, they still need your guidance. This is especially true at the destination, where they’ll need to know what boxes are going to what locations in the new building.

6. Inspecting Your Property As It Comes Off The Truck Helps Avoid Problems

If you notice any problems with boxes or furniture, report it to the head of the moving team immediately. Document the damage as thoroughly as possible, and if you can, get someone to sign off on the damage. Contact the head office immediately to let them know what’s going on and find out what they want you to do. Making sure that this happens before the movers leave helps eliminate potential confusion about when exactly any damage occurred.

Hiring full-service movers is the right choice if you want a smooth, professional move without damage, delays, or unnecessary heartache. But not all consumers realize how much they influence the outcome of a move. By making sure that they give the moving company all the information they need, follow the company’s directions, and ask all the right questions, they can help make the move completely effortless.

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Last Updated on October 5, 2020

Intermittent Fasting Weight Loss (The Ultimate Weight Loss Hack)

Intermittent Fasting Weight Loss (The Ultimate Weight Loss Hack)

Intermittent fasting weight loss is a type of diet that’s rapidly growing in popularity and becoming the way to lose weight. Scientists and nutrition experts like it, too. New books and articles on the topic are being published daily. Intermittent fasting is also popular with followers of the Paleo diet since our ancestors appear to have eaten this way for thousands of years.

I’ve been following this type of diet myself for 2 years. Doing so helped me lose and keep off 70 pounds without ever having to count calories, limit carbohydrates, or eat 6 to 7 meals a day.

This article teaches you all about intermittent fasting weight loss and details why it is one of the best weight loss diet hacks around. Once you finish, you will be able to implement into your diet and experience the benefits it offers almost immediately.

What Is Intermittent Fasting?

As you may have figured from its name, intermittent fasting weight loss is a diet plan where you set fasting periods during the day. This is usually between 16-20 consecutive hours, but it can be as little as 12 hours or as much as 24 hours (or even 36 hours).

While fasting you can eat and drink low calorie or calorie-free foods. Think coffee, tea, water, and vegetables.

The more time you spend fasting every day, the better your results. You can do these fasts as often as you like. Again, the more often you do so, the better[1].

Getting Started With Intermittent Fasting

Following this diet plan is super simple. All you have to do is choose a period of time during the day that you will fast. This should be between 16-20 hours.

The longer you fast each day, the better. Don’t worry about calorie restriction or measuring carbohydrates. Just focus on going about your day until it’s time to eat.

It’s best to choose a set period of time to conduct your fast. I like to fast from 8 PM to 4 PM the following afternoon. I’ll then have my first meal of the day and a snack or two a few hours later. Once 8 o’clock rolls around, it’s back to fasting.

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My experience with intermittent fasting is that it’s best to start with a 16 hour fast (i.e. 8PM one evening to 12PM the next day) for the first 1-2 weeks. Once you are comfortable with this schedule, you can increase the amount of time you spend fasting. Do this by adding 30 minutes to each fast until you get to where you are fasting for 20 hours at a time.

You don’t have to fast every day in the beginning either. You may be more comfortable breaking in slowly with 2 or 3 days per week, or trying alternate day fasting. Add additional days of intermittent fasting as you become more comfortable with this style of eating.

Tips To Make Intermittent Fasting Easier

1. Drink Plenty of Water

Squeeze a little lemon or lime juice into your water to help get rid of any cravings you experience. You can also drink coffee, tea, or other calorie-free beverages. After a few weeks, you will find that intermittent fasting keeps you from craving sugar entirely.

2. Take in Caffeine in the Morning and Early Afternoon

The caffeine in coffee and tea may actually make intermittent fasting weight loss a little easier since it’s good for curbing your appetite. Be careful not to overindulge as this may lead to you feeling a little too wired. I also recommend these natural energy boosting tips to keep you going during the day.

3. Avoid Artificially Flavored Drinks

One type of calorie-free drink that should be avoided are diet sodas and other beverages that use artificial sweeteners like Splenda and Sweet & Low. Studies show that the can actually stimulate your appetite[2] like a drink that contains sugar and cause you to overeat.

4. Don’t Gorge at Your First Meal

The first meal after your fast should be the amount of food you typically eat. Binging will only make you feel awful and diminish the benefits you get from the fast.

To avoid this, try creating meal plans, at least for the first few weeks. This will help you get into the rhythm of eating regularly portioned meals during your eating window.

5. Minimize Processed Carbohydrates and Sugars

While intermittent fasting does make it possible to eat a little looser than normal, you should still eat as little bread, pasta, rice, etc. as possible.

Focus instead on eating protein from beef, fish, or pork, carbohydrates from vegetables, fruit, and sweet potatoes, and healthy fats from foods like almonds, avocados, fish, and olive oil.

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You can find some carb sources that will aid your weight loss journey here.

How Intermittent Fasting Helps You Lose Weight

Eating this way has many benefits with regard to weight loss. The first is that when you’re fasting, your body will be forced to use its stored body fat for energy. Burning calories this way, instead of from the food you’re eating throughout the day, will help you experience significant weight loss, but specifically lose weight from any excess body fat you’re carrying.

This means that you won’t just be thinner, but you will also look better and be much healthier than if you lose weight the old-fashioned way[3].

Intermittent fasting can help optimize the release of the key fat-burning hormones in your body. This is especially true for the two most important hormones: human growth hormone (HGH) and insulin.

Human growth hormone plays a key role in turning on your body’s fat-burning furnace so that it gets the calories you need to work and play from stored body fat. Studies show that fasting can significantly increase the production of HGH[4].

The influence intermittent fasting weight loss has on insulin is just as impressive and possibly more important. Keeping your insulin levels low and steady is key to losing excess fat and keeping it off.

Diets that are rich in processed carbohydrates (bread, pasta, rice) and simple sugars (candy, cookies, and soda) have the opposite effect. They cause your insulin levels to rapidly spike and then crash every time you eat one of these foods. The net result of this phenomenon is that your body will store more of what you eat as excess body fat instead of burning it off as energy.

Chronically elevating your insulin levels like this can also lead to the development of type II diabetes, obesity, and other chronic health problems. Intermittent fasting easily solves this problem.

One study found that men who participated in intermittent fasting had “dramatically lower insulin levels and significantly improved insulin sensitivity”[5].

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This happens because you’re not giving your body food, so it will not produce insulin, allowing insulin levels to balance out until you eat again. This helps your body stay in a calorie and fa-burning state. You’ll also find that it gives you more energy throughout the day.

Another great weight loss benefit of intermittent fasting is that hunger pangs and cravings that may normally plague you throughout the day will be reduced, if not altogether eliminated. This is probably due to its ability to balance your insulin and blood sugar levels and, in turn, help correct other hormonal imbalances.

Intermittent Fasting Weight Loss FAQs

Now that you know what intermittent fasting is and how to get started, it’s time to answer your other questions.

Below are answers to the questions frequently asked about intermittent fasting. These answers should help you and make getting started a lot easier.

How Much Weight Will I Lose?

The amount of weight you lose with fasting is determined by how often and long your fasts are, what you eat afterward, and other factors. Fasting for 16-20 hours a day can help you safely lose 2-3 pounds of fat every week.

While losing this much weight every week is great, it’s how it makes it happen that’s really cool. Losing weight with intermittent fasting means that you will never have to count calories or plan and prepare several meals a day.

Can I Work out While Fasting?

Yes, you can. In fact, doing the right type of workout while fasting will help you lose weight faster and even build muscle.

The best workouts to do while fasting for weight loss are 3-4 intense strength training workouts weekly. This means anything from standard strength training to kettlebell or body weight workouts.

Focus on doing 3-4 total body exercises per workout with as little rest as possible between sets. Doing this will help you burn more calories during and after your workout. You’ll also build muscle, which will help you look and feel better as the weight comes off.

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Won’t I Lose Muscle When I Fast?

First of all, you aren’t fasting long enough for your body to start breaking down muscle for energy. You have, perhaps, hundreds of thousands of calories from your stored body fat to use before that will begin to happen. Studies actually show that even after fasting for 3 days, no muscle is lost.

Is Fasting Safe?

As long as you are healthy, not pregnant, and aren’t taking medications, fasting is safe. Like all diets, you should discuss it with your doctor before beginning an intermittent fasting style of dieting.

I also feel that it may not be smart to follow this type of diet when you’re especially stressed. Since this diet can be a little stress-inducing at first, doing so when your ability to be relatively stress-free and rested probably isn’t a good idea.

Are There Any Supplements I Can Take to Make Fasting Easier?

As with any other weight loss plan, it’s a good idea to take a few nutritional supplements to ensure that your daily requirements are met. This includes a once or twice daily multi-vitamin, fish oil, and vitamin D.

I’ve also found taking 10 grams of branch chain amino acids before and after my workouts really helps, too. They’re great for giving you more energy during your workout and decreasing post-workout muscle soreness.

For supplements to specifically help with digestion, check out this article.

Conclusion

Now you know what intermittent fasting is and how it can help you lose weight quickly, safely, and pretty much effortlessly.

If you want to give it a try, find a fasting schedule that fits with you lifestyle and give it a go.

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