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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 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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