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Drinking Right- 5 Healthy Drinks for Rapid Weight Loss

Drinking Right- 5 Healthy Drinks for Rapid Weight Loss

Many people watch what they eat but neglect what they drink, especially when they are on a diet. What a mistake! Drinking right helps you cut calories, reduce food cravings and tweak your metabolism.

Taking time to ensure that what you drink is right for you in no way means you are paranoid, as many people have been made to believe. Americans consume about 355 calories of extra sugar daily. This extra intake could largely be in the form of beverages, like the so-called vitamin-enriched waters that are actually full of sugar.

There are so many beverages out there that you should stay far away from. There are also a few that are recommended for your well-being, provided they are taken in moderation; these include are milk, fruit juice, and diet drinks. Although alcohol has its own health benefits when taken in moderation, it doesn’t work for everybody.

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Beverages to limit

These beverages are to be limited mainly because of their sugar content. Taking drinks high in sugars can lead to gout, cardiovascular diseases and weight gain, which could put you at a higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Try to stay away from energy drinks, sport beverages, soda, and the like.

On average, a can of soda or fruit punch gives you about 150 calories. Imagine what would happen if this continued daily. Sport beverages are meant to give athletes fluid, carbs and electrolytes during high-intensity workouts, especially exercises that are to last for more than hour. Taking these is just another way of taking in calories and sugar. The sugar level in energy drinks is just as high as the sugar level in soft drinks. The caffeine they contain also raises your blood pressure. Most of these beverages contain additives, which can come with long-term health effects.

So, what should you drink?

If you are not sure about what to drink, you can choose from a variety of healthy drinks, listed below:

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Water

If you are privileged to have access to clean drinking water, then go for it. Water is the best option, as it does not have any calories and is cheap.

Water provides everything your body needs. It can help you restore fluids that might have been lost through your metabolism, sweating, breathing and the removal of waste. Water is the perfect beverage for re-hydrating your system.

How much water do you need? According to the Institute of Medicine, about 15 cups of water would be great for men, while women need about 11 cups. For people who have gotten used to taking sweet beverages, water might taste a bit too bland for you initially. It is recommended that you combine a few water-based beverages to add flavor. You can add either sliced citrus fruits, crushed fresh mint, fresh ginger (sliced or peeled), sliced cucumber or crushed berries to a pitcher or a cold glass of water.

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Organic, 100% grass fed milk

Grass-fed or organically-raised cows have high levels of omega-3 fatty acids, more than cows fed with grain or corn. Grass-fed cows also have thrice the level of CLAs (conjugated linoleic acids) as other cows. CLAs are a group of chemicals that can provide a variety of health benefits, such as inflammatory and immune system support, blood sugar regulation and improved bone mass. They can also help you maintain a lean body mass while reducing body fat and the risk of developing a heart attack.

Chocolate milk

To restore energy, build lean muscles and boost metabolism, drinking a combination of protein and carbohydrates after workouts can go a long way. According to a 2009 article published in Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism, a study showed that after taking part in a vigorous cycling session, cyclists who took chocolate milk rode 51 percent longer that those who drank a typical recovery beverage. Besides this, chocolate milk is tasty and cheap.

Oolong tea

While there are many kinds of tea one can choose from when it comes to weight management, oolong tea is the best for a lean look. Oolong is a light, floral tea, fully loaded with catechins, just like green tea. It assists in promoting weight loss by boosting the ability of your body to metabolise lipids (fat). According to a study in the Chinese Journal of Integrative Medicine, participants who sipped oolong tea regularly were able to lose six pounds over a period of six weeks.

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Mango lassi smoothie

Lassi is a popular drink made from fermented yogurt. It originated in Pakistan and India. It has the ability to cool the digestive system, hence it assists the functioning of the gut. From a medical perspective, lassi contains many healthy bacteria, which decrease bloating and further help to reduce inflammation. Although you can make use of any fruit when making lassi smoothies, mango lassi seems to be one of the best.

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Last Updated on September 16, 2019

How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

You have a deadline looming. However, instead of doing your work, you are fiddling with miscellaneous things like checking email, social media, watching videos, surfing blogs and forums. You know you should be working, but you just don’t feel like doing anything.

We are all familiar with the procrastination phenomenon. When we procrastinate, we squander away our free time and put off important tasks we should be doing them till it’s too late. And when it is indeed too late, we panic and wish we got started earlier.

The chronic procrastinators I know have spent years of their life looped in this cycle. Delaying, putting off things, slacking, hiding from work, facing work only when it’s unavoidable, then repeating this loop all over again. It’s a bad habit that eats us away and prevents us from achieving greater results in life.

Don’t let procrastination take over your life. Here, I will share my personal steps on how to stop procrastinating. These 11 steps will definitely apply to you too:

1. Break Your Work into Little Steps

Part of the reason why we procrastinate is because subconsciously, we find the work too overwhelming for us. Break it down into little parts, then focus on one part at the time. If you still procrastinate on the task after breaking it down, then break it down even further. Soon, your task will be so simple that you will be thinking “gee, this is so simple that I might as well just do it now!”.

For example, I’m currently writing a new book (on How to achieve anything in life). Book writing at its full scale is an enormous project and can be overwhelming. However, when I break it down into phases such as –

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  • (1) Research
  • (2) Deciding the topic
  • (3) Creating the outline
  • (4) Drafting the content
  • (5) Writing Chapters #1 to #10,
  • (6) Revision
  • (7) etc.

Suddenly it seems very manageable. What I do then is to focus on the immediate phase and get it done to my best ability, without thinking about the other phases. When it’s done, I move on to the next.

2. Change Your Environment

Different environments have different impact on our productivity. Look at your work desk and your room. Do they make you want to work or do they make you want to snuggle and sleep? If it’s the latter, you should look into changing your workspace.

One thing to note is that an environment that makes us feel inspired before may lose its effect after a period of time. If that’s the case, then it’s time to change things around. Refer to Steps #2 and #3 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity, which talks about revamping your environment and workspace.

3. Create a Detailed Timeline with Specific Deadlines

Having just 1 deadline for your work is like an invitation to procrastinate. That’s because we get the impression that we have time and keep pushing everything back, until it’s too late.

Break down your project (see tip #1), then create an overall timeline with specific deadlines for each small task. This way, you know you have to finish each task by a certain date. Your timelines must be robust, too – i.e. if you don’t finish this by today, it’s going to jeopardize everything else you have planned after that. This way it creates the urgency to act.

My goals are broken down into monthly, weekly, right down to the daily task lists, and the list is a call to action that I must accomplish this by the specified date, else my goals will be put off.

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Here’re more tips on setting deadlines: 22 Tips for Effective Deadlines

4. Eliminate Your Procrastination Pit-Stops

If you are procrastinating a little too much, maybe that’s because you make it easy to procrastinate.

Identify your browser bookmarks that take up a lot of your time and shift them into a separate folder that is less accessible. Disable the automatic notification option in your email client. Get rid of the distractions around you.

I know some people will out of the way and delete or deactivate their facebook accounts. I think it’s a little drastic and extreme as addressing procrastination is more about being conscious of our actions than counteracting via self-binding methods, but if you feel that’s what’s needed, go for it.

5. Hang out with People Who Inspire You to Take Action

I’m pretty sure if you spend just 10 minutes talking to Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, you’ll be more inspired to act than if you spent the 10 minutes doing nothing. The people we are with influence our behaviors. Of course spending time with Steve Jobs or Bill Gates every day is probably not a feasible method, but the principle applies — The Hidden Power of Every Single Person Around You

Identify the people, friends or colleagues who trigger you – most likely the go-getters and hard workers – and hang out with them more often. Soon you will inculcate their drive and spirit too.

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As a personal development blogger, I “hang out” with inspiring personal development experts by reading their blogs and corresponding with them regularly via email and social media. It’s communication via new media and it works all the same.

6. Get a Buddy

Having a companion makes the whole process much more fun. Ideally, your buddy should be someone who has his/her own set of goals. Both of you will hold each other accountable to your goals and plans. While it’s not necessary for both of you to have the same goals, it’ll be even better if that’s the case, so you can learn from each other.

I have a good friend whom I talk to regularly, and we always ask each other about our goals and progress in achieving those goals. Needless to say, it spurs us to keep taking action.

7. Tell Others About Your Goals

This serves the same function as #6, on a larger scale. Tell all your friends, colleagues, acquaintances and family about your projects. Now whenever you see them, they are bound to ask you about your status on those projects.

For example, sometimes I announce my projects on The Personal Excellence Blog, Twitter and Facebook, and my readers will ask me about them on an ongoing basis. It’s a great way to keep myself accountable to my plans.

8. Seek out Someone Who Has Already Achieved the Outcome

What is it you want to accomplish here, and who are the people who have accomplished this already? Go seek them out and connect with them. Seeing living proof that your goals are very well achievable if you take action is one of the best triggers for action.

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9. Re-Clarify Your Goals

If you have been procrastinating for an extended period of time, it might reflect a misalignment between what you want and what you are currently doing. Often times, we outgrow our goals as we discover more about ourselves, but we don’t change our goals to reflect that.

Get away from your work (a short vacation will be good, else just a weekend break or staycation will do too) and take some time to regroup yourself. What exactly do you want to achieve? What should you do to get there? What are the steps to take? Does your current work align with that? If not, what can you do about it?

10. Stop Over-Complicating Things

Are you waiting for a perfect time to do this? That maybe now is not the best time because of X, Y, Z reasons? Ditch that thought because there’s never a perfect time. If you keep waiting for one, you are never going to accomplish anything.

Perfectionism is one of the biggest reasons for procrastination. Read more about why perfectionist tendencies can be a bane than a boon: Why Being A Perfectionist May Not Be So Perfect.

11. Get a Grip and Just Do It

At the end, it boils down to taking action. You can do all the strategizing, planning and hypothesizing, but if you don’t take action, nothing’s going to happen. Occasionally, I get readers and clients who keep complaining about their situations but they still refuse to take action at the end of the day.

Reality check:

I have never heard anyone procrastinate their way to success before and I doubt it’s going to change in the near future.  Whatever it is you are procrastinating on, if you want to get it done, you need to get a grip on yourself and do it.

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