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6 Easy Ways To Lose Weight Other Than Exercise and Pills

6 Easy Ways To Lose Weight Other Than Exercise and Pills

Exercise and pills are the most common methods people use to lose weight, but other methods are just as effective. No, I am not talking about cutting any foods or undergoing into a strict meal plan. Here are six ways you can lose weight without resorting to pills or exercising yourself into the ground. You’ll find them extremely helpful when you put them to use.

1. Lower cortisol levels with adequate sleep

“Weight management is more than what you eat or counting calories”, says Robin Coale at nutrition myths debunked. Even exercise doesn’t necessarily help. Stress and sleep play a significant role in weight maintenance. If there are high levels of stress in your life, you’re not going to be able to lose weight. This fact is true whether the stress is from work, family, inadequate nutrition, too much exercise, not enough sleep or other stressors. This phenomenon occurs because of high levels of a hormone called cortisol. Until your cortisol levels come down, you’re out of luck losing weight and highly likely to gain more.

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2. Increase metabolism rate through water therapy

Drinking a liter to a liter and a half of water every morning is considered an alternative remedy for losing weight. Even if it doesn’t help, it shouldn’t hurt. Just don’t overdo it. Drinking too much water can make you sick, so please stick to a litre or two each day as recommended.

3. Relax with a massage

Massage and relaxation also encourage weight loss. Human touch is an excellent way to decrease your cortisol levels. Relaxing activities are also great at lowering your body’s stress. Don’t feel the need to go out to a Spa, though if you can it’s a great experience and I highly recommend it. You can get similar benefits at home by allowing a friend or partner perform the massage. While you’re relaxing, keep in mind that positive stress is still stressful on your body. Even if you’re having fun, it’s not as helpful if it’s not calming.

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4. Clean your house

“Netflix and chill” is not recommended if you’re trying to lose weight. Cleaning and decluttering the house yourself is a great light activity almost anyone can do. The less you’re sitting on the couch, the more calories you’re burning. Get everyone in the family involved in house cleaning and make it as a habit, for a more fun and wholesome bonding. You may have to ban electronic devices to get some of the heavier screen addicts off their butt.

5. Get out of your seat

Walking from place to place is an excellent way to shed more pounds. If you need to buy something in the nearest local store, just walk instead of driving your car. Hand over that file to your co-worker sitting on the next end of the hall instead of sharing it on a cloud drive. The activity is light, but that’s okay because it’s not the primary source of calories burned. The walking increases your metabolism all day long, not just during the walk itself. The more active you are overall, the more calories you burn even when being still afterwards.

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6. Take a swim

Swimming is an excellent way to lose weight. First, your body is continuously cooled by the water around you, so it doesn’t feel like as much work. Second, the feeling of weightlessness while resting allows you to relax more efficiently and get right back to the fun. Don’t know how to swim? No problem, just enrol in swimming lessons at your local indoor pool.

Everyone has their preferred methods for working out. While it’s true that exercise programs and weight loss pills work, you can, however, drop them and start implementing these six tips, which will help lower your weight in no time. Just give them a try and you’ll see, they’re ideal for weight loss.

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Featured photo credit: Susan Burrell via news.com.au

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Last Updated on January 11, 2021

11 Hidden Benefits of Using Oil Diffusers

11 Hidden Benefits of Using Oil Diffusers

Affordable, relaxing, and healthy, oil diffusers are gaining popularity with people everywhere due to their extensive benefits. Oil diffusers work through the simple process of oil diffusion, which uses heat to turn oil into a vapor that is then spread around a living space. Diffused oil can have several relaxation and health-related benefits, including safe scent-dispersion, mosquito and mold defense, stress relief, and more!

Read on for 11 hidden benefits of using oil diffusers.

1. Safe Scents That Make Sense

Unlike candles or air fresheners, oil diffusers release cleansing molecules into your air that work to purify it, not overload it with unhealthy chemicals. Electronic diffusers also do not pose the fire risk that candles do. Plus, they contain the added feature of interchangeability, which means you change oil types for different scents and health benefits.

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2. Stress Relief

Several lab studies have confirmed that diffusing essential oils like lavender have been shown to reduce stress and help relieve anxiety in medical patients. Preliminary studies have also shown that oil diffusers can help alleviate symptoms of depression.

3. Improved Sleep

Diffused oil has relaxing properties that can help people of all ages fall asleep quicker and sleep more soundly. Electronic diffusers not only have the option to mix and match different oil blends (Try a lavender, Bulgarian rose, and Roman chamomile blend to help with insomnia), they also run at a gentle hum that helps relax an agitated mind. Many also come with an auto shut-off feature to help conserve oils once you have fallen asleep.

4. Appetite Control

Much like gum, oil diffusers can help stimulate the senses in a way that works to curb appetite. New research has shown that diffused peppermint oil can help curb appetite by inducing a satiety response within the body. Diffused peppermint oil has also been shown to increase energy.

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5. Bacteria and Mold Killing

When essential oils are diffused in the air, they break down free radicals that contribute to the growth of harmful bacteria. Eucalyptus, thyme, and tea tree oils are especially good for this purpose. Diffused oil is also highly effective when it comes to combating fungal yeast threats, as the oil help makes the air inhospitable for yeasts such as mold. Pine and red thyme essential oils are best for combating mold.

6. Decongestion and Mucus Control

Ever tried Vick’s Vapo-Rub? Its decongesting powers come from active ingredients made from the eucalyptus tree. In principle, oil diffusers work the same way as Vapo-Rub, except they diffuse their decongesting vapor all around the room, not just on your chest or neck. Oil diffusers have been known to cure pneumonia in lab mice.

7. Mosquito Repellant

Nobody likes mosquitoes — but when the trade-off means using repellants full of DEET, a toxic chemical that can be especially harmful to children, mosquito control can often seem like a lose-lose. However, scientists have shown that oil diffusers can be used as a safe and highly effective mosquito repellant. Studies have shown that a diffused oil mixture containing clove essential oil and lemongrass essential oil repelled one type of Zika-carrying mosquito, the Aedes aegypti mosquito, at a rate of 100%.

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8. Pain Relief

While applying oils directly to areas of your body may be the most effective way to alleviate pain, diffusing essential oils can also be an effective means of pain relief. When we inhale healthy essential oils, they enter our blood stream and can help internally relieve persistent pain from headaches, overworked muscles, and sore joints.

9. The New Anti-Viral

Research into the anti-viral effects of oil diffusion is now just gaining steam. A recent study showed that star anise essential oil was proven in medical experiments to destroy the herpes simplex virus in contained areas at a rate of 99%. Another study showed the popular DoTerra oil blend OnGuard to have highly-effective influenza-combating powers.

10. Improved Cognitive Function

Diffusing essential oils has also been shown to improve cognitive function. Many essential oils have adaptogenic qualities, which can work twofold in soothing us when we’re stressed, and giving our bodies a pick-me-up when we’re feeling down or sluggish. By working to level out an imbalanced mood, diffused oils also help us to focus. There are also several essential oils which have been shown to help balance the body’s hormones. With prolonged use, these oils can work to repair the underlying causes responsible for hindering cognitive function.

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11. Money Saving

With ten clear benefits of oil diffusers already outlined, there is one more that should now be obvious: using an oil diffuser will help you to save money. As an anti-viral, bug repelling, and stress-relief solution rolled into one safe product, an oil diffuser used with the proper oils will save you money on products you might otherwise be buying to help cure those pesky headaches or get your kids to fall asleep on time. If you’re wondering just how affordable oil diffusers can be, check the buyer’s guide to the best oil diffusers — you’ll be sure to find one that fits your budget!

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