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15 Ways For Anyone To Lose Weight Fast

15 Ways For Anyone To Lose Weight Fast

Do you want to lose weight? One of the easiest ways to lose weight is to alter small parts of your life to become healthier. There are many ways to do this, from swapping foods for healthier options to even turning off the TV while you eat.

Check out these 15 ways for anyone to lose weight fast.

1. Eat Eggs For Breakfast

Start your day right by eating eggs for breakfast; they have tons of benefits, including helping to you lose weight.

Swapping from a grain-based breakfast to an egg-based breakfast can help you to eat less calories later on in the day, helping you to lose more weight.

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2. Turn Off The TV

Switch the TV off when you’re eating your dinner; studies show that watching television while you eat means you could be taking in 40% more calories than normal.

Eating while distracted can also cause you to eat more, so put away your phone or any work you have to do and sit down at the table to eat your meal.

3. Start Using Coconut Oil

Coconut oil has lots of benefits, including high quantities of special fats called medium chain triglycerides. These special fats can boost your metabolism by 120 calories a day, while also reducing your appetite.

4. Avoid Alcohol

If you enjoy a drink after work, try to save it for the weekend; alcohol is filled with calories and can really ruin a healthy diet. If you do have a drink, stick to vodka, wine or a light beer as they each only have about 100 calories per serving.

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5. Make Healthy Swaps

Instead of just subtracting unhealthy things from your diet, find a replacement for it, too – this will mean you still have something to eat, so you are more likely to stay motivated and stick to your healthier lifestyle.

Try swapping your usual take-out pizza for a chicken salad, or your favourite crisps for a bag of nuts. These choices are still tasty, but they have fewer carbohydrates and will help you lose weight without even realizing.

6. Snack On Fruit Once A Day

Fruit is a great snack as it takes little preparation, has no fat and is filled with water. The carbohydrates in it are good for your body and filled with fibre, so try to snack on one piece of fruit a day if you’re feeling peckish.

7. Drink Water Before Meals

Drink water before you have your dinner, as it can help with weight loss; studies have shown that drinking half a litre of water about half an hour before your meal will help you to eat fewer calories than usual.

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8. Cook In Bulk

If you find a healthy recipe that you love, cook enough for a few meals and put them in your freezer. When you are feeling tired and you can’t be bothered to cook, you can avoid takeaway temptation by having healthy food in your fridge that simply needs reheating.

9. Do Aerobic Exercise

Cardio is one of the best ways to burn calories, and it is a great way to stay healthy. Aerobic exercise is particularly good for burning away belly fat, which tends to build up around your organs and can cause problems later.

10. Brush Your Teeth After Your Last Meal

Half an hour after you have eaten your last meal, brush and floss your teeth. Even if you are not going to bed yet, this will help to stop you from late night snacking for the sake of it.

11. Don’t Diet, Just Eat Healthy

Diets rarely work in the long term, and studies have shown that dieting is a consistent predictor of future weight gain.

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Realize you are changing your lifestyle, not starting a diet, and regressing to unhealthy food will result in weight gain. Instead, make it your goal to be healthier, fitter and happier.

12. Avoid Pre-Made Meals

If you can, cook as many meals as you can from scratch. Pre-made meals are often filled with preservatives and other unnecessary extras. Cooking from scratch confirms the food you’re eating is healthy and nutritious.

13. Remove Your Food Addiction

A shocking recent study conducted in 2014 has shown that 19.9% of people have a food addiction. If you suffer from non-stop food cravings and you can’t get your eating under control, consider seeking help, as it will be nearly impossible for you to lose weight with a food addiction.

14. Start Using Smaller Plates

A surprising study has shown that using smaller plates can actually help people to eat fewer calories. It may sound weird, but it seems to be effective!

15. Fill Your Meals With Vegetables

Rather than focusing on cutting out pasta, chips, bread and meat, try to think about filling your plate with more vegetables. Make sure half of your meal is vegetables; and keep it on the smaller plate. Good luck!

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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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