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8 Simple Ways to Stop Complicating Fat Loss

8 Simple Ways to Stop Complicating Fat Loss

Losing weight doesn’t have to be a stressful and painful experience.

Seriously.

To lose weight, all you need to do is burn more calories than you consume. For such a simple concept, there seems to be a lot of information out there that confuses everyone.

When I was starting my fitness journey, I suffered from paralysis by analysis. I tried to read everything I could get my hands on. Looking back on those days, I realized that fat loss doesn’t need to be a complicated method to work.

Here are 8 ways I learned to stop complicating fat loss.

1. Realize there isn’t a one size fits all nutrition plan.

Everyone’s body is different. What works for one person might not work for you. Some people prefer to eat breakfast while others prefer intermittent fasting where they opt to skip breakfast.

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Both methods are just as effective, the key to successful fat loss is finding a nutritional plan that will fit seamlessly into your lifestyle without making major life altering adjustments.

2. Become lovers with water.

Water is the easiest way to start losing weight.

Drinking water helps improve your metabolism, along with improving joint health by maintaining proper lubrication and muscle elasticity.

Another huge benefit of water is that it acts as a natural appetite suppressant. Staying properly hydrated allows you to fight food cravings and avoid foods that will slow your progress.

Besides starting your morning off with 16oz of water, here are some other ways to increase your water intake.

3. It’s okay not to count calories.

Counting calories can be stressful.

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It’s difficult and an inconvenience while eating out at restaurants. Adding another stress on top of your busy life isn’t necessary.

A simpler method is to go by portion sizes:

  • 1 portion of protein= the size of your palm
  • 1 portion of healthy fats= the size of your entire thumb
  • 1 portion of carbs= the size of your cupped hand
  • 1 portion of veggies= the size of your fist

4. Eliminate most of the grocery store.

Shopping for groceries is easier if you can avoid the interior of the grocery store and stick to the outside.

The outside isles will have your veggies, fruits, eggs and meats while the interior isles will contain all the processed foods and junk that you should avoid.

5. Commit to a workout routine.

While nutrition is the most important aspect of fat loss, strength training is the other important piece of the puzzle.

Commit to a minimum of three full body workouts and you’ll be on your way to a leaner, healthier, stronger and hotter version of yourself.

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6. Sleep is your new best friend.

Sleep is a pivotal piece of successful fat loss.

Without adequate sleep, the likelihood of weight gain increases as well as the increase in cortisol levels. Cortisol is a stress hormone, which slows fat loss down when its levels are elevated.

Aim for a minimum of 7 hours of sleep per night.

7. Keep your eating crazy simple

When it comes time to eat, think of dividing your plate into three sections.

One section is protein, which will be included with every meal along with the second section for vegetables. The last section is where you can add carbs or healthy fats depending on your goal.

8. It’s okay not to be 100% adherent with your diet

There’s no reason to stress yourself out trying to eat perfect every single day.

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Enjoying life and achieving successful fat loss can go hand in hand. Fitness doesn’t have to take over your life in order to achieve your goal.

Do you have an important family dinner, are your friends in town, or is there an upcoming office party?

Enjoy yourself by indulging in those two pieces of cake guilt free. Two pieces of cake will not ruin your goals if you normally stay consistent with your eating habits.

In the grand scheme of things, if you eat four times a day, that’s 28 total meals a week. If you indulge on 3-4 of those meals, you’re still eating at 85% adherence, which is excellent.

What are some ways that you make weight loss simple and stress free? Comment below, I’ll love to hear your responses

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Last Updated on December 9, 2019

5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

Everyone experiences mental stress at one time or another. Maybe you’re starting a new career, job, or business, or you feel incredibly overwhelmed between work, parenting, and your love life (or a lack of it). It could even be that you simply feel that you have way too much to do and not enough time to do it,  plus, on top of everything, nothing seems to be going the way it should!

Yup, we all experience mental stress from time-to-time, and that’s okay as long as you have the tools, techniques and knowledge that allow you to fully relieve it once it comes.

Here are 5 tips for relieving mental stress when it comes so you can function at your best while feeling good (and doing well) in work, love, or life:

1. Get Rationally Optimistic

Mental stress starts with your perception of your experiences. For instance, most people get stressed out when they perceive their reality as “being wrong” in some way. Essentially, they have a set idea of how things “should be” at any given moment, and when reality ends up being different (not even necessarily bad), they get stressed.

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This process is simply a result of perception and can be easily “fixed” by recognizing that although life might not always be going as YOU think it should, it’s still going as it should—for your own benefit.

In fact, once you fully recognize that everything in your life ultimately happens for your own growth, progress, and development—so you can achieve your goals and dreams—your perception works in your favor. You soon process and respond to your experience of life differently, for your advantage. That’s the essence of becoming “rationally optimistic.”

The result: no more mental stress.

2. Unplug

Just like you might need to unplug your computer when it starts acting all crazy, you should also “unplug” your mind.

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How on earth do you unplug your mind? Simple: just meditate.

It isn’t nearly difficult or complicated as some people think, so, if you don’t already meditate, give it a try. Whether you meditate for 5 minutes, 30 minutes, or 2 hours, this is a surefire way to reduce mental stress.

Meditation has been scientifically proven to relax your body (resulting in less mental stress), while also reducing anxiety and high blood pressure.

3. Easy on the Caffeine

Yes, we know, we know—everyone loves a nice java buzz, and that’s okay, but there’s a fine line between a small caffeine pick-me-up and a racing heart and mind that throws you into a frenzy of mental stress.

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Try giving up caffeine for a while and see how you feel. And, if that’s completely out of the question for you, at least try to minimize it. You might find that lots of your mental stress mysteriously “disappears” as your caffeine intake goes down.

4. Attack Mental Stress Via the Back Door

That’s right: your body and mind are part of the whole being, and are constantly influencing and affecting each other. If you’re experiencing a lot of mental stress, try to reduce it by calming your body down—a calm body equals a calmer mind.

How do you calm your body down and reduce physical stress? A  great way to reduce physical stress (thereby reducing mental stress) is to take natural supplements that are proven to reduce stress and anxiety while lifting your mood. Three good ones to look into are kava-kava, St John’s wort, and rhodiola rosea:

  • Kava-kava is a natural plant known to have mild sedative properties, and you should be able to find it at your natural health food store or vitamin store. It’s available in capsules or liquid extract form.
  • St John’s wort is a natural flower used to treat depression. Again, it’s found at your local health store in capsules or liquid. Because it uplifts mood (enabling you to see the brighter side of all experiences) it helps relieve mental stress as well.
  • Rhodiola rosea is a natural plant shown to reduce stress and uplift mood, and Russian athletes have been using it forever. Like the other two supplements mentioned, rhodiola rosea can be found at your natural health store in capsule or liquid form.

While these supplements are all natural and can be very helpful for most people, always check with your health care provider first as they can cause side-effects depending on your current health situation etc.

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5. Good Old-Fashioned Exercise

This tip has been around forever because it works. Nothing relieves mental stress like running, kickboxing—you name it. Anything super-physical will wipe out most of your mental stresses once the exercise endorphins (happy chemicals) are released into your brain.

The result: mental stress will be gone!

So, if you’re feeling overwhelmed or just plain stressed, try using some of the above tips. You can even print this out or save it to refer to regularly.

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