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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 March 25, 2020

How to Live Longer? 21 Ways to Live a Long Life

How to Live Longer? 21 Ways to Live a Long Life

When it comes to living long, genes aren’t everything. Research has revealed a number of simple lifestyle changes you can make that could help to extend your life, and some of them may surprise you.

So, how to live longer? Here are 21 ways to help you live a long life

1. Exercise

It’s no secret that physical activity is good for you. Exercise helps you maintain a healthy body weight and lowers your blood pressure, both of which contribute to heart health and a reduced risk of heart disease–the top worldwide cause of death.

2. Drink in Moderation

I know you’re probably picturing a glass of red wine right now, but recent research suggests that indulging in one to three glasses of any type of alcohol every day may help to increase longevity.[1] Studies have found that heavy drinkers as well as abstainers seem to have a higher risk of early mortality than moderate drinkers.

3. Reduce Stress in Your Life

Stress causes your body to release a hormone called cortisol. At high levels, this hormone can increase blood pressure and cause storage of abdominal fat, both of which can lead to an increased risk of heart disease.

4. Watch Less Television

A 2008 study found that people who watch six hours of television per day will likely die an average of 4.8 years earlier than those who don’t.[2] It also found that, after the age of 25, every hour of television watched decreases life expectancy by 22 minutes.

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Television promotes inactivity and disengagement from the world, both of which can shorten your lifespan.

5. Eat Less Red Meat

Red meat consumption is linked to an increased risk of heart disease and cancer.[3] Swapping out your steaks for healthy proteins, like fish, may help to increase longevity.

If you can’t stand the idea of a steak-free life, reducing your consumption to less than two to three servings a week can still incur health benefits.

6. Don’t Smoke

This isn’t exactly a revelation. As you probably well know, smoking significantly increases your risk of cancer.

7. Socialize

Studies suggest that having social relationships promotes longevity.[4] Although scientists are unsure of the reasons behind this, they speculate that socializing leads to increased self esteem as well as peer pressure to maintain health.

8. Eat Foods Rich in Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Omega-3 fatty acids decrease the risk of heart disease[5] and perhaps even Alzheimer’s disease.[6] Salmon and walnuts are two of the best sources of Omega-3s.

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9. Be Optimistic

Studies suggest that optimists are at a lower risk for heart disease and, generally, live longer than pessimists.[7] Researchers speculate that optimists have a healthier approach to life in general–exercising more, socializing, and actively seeking out medical advice. Thus, their risk of early mortality is lower.

10. Own a Pet

Having a furry-friend leads to decreased stress, increased immunity, and a lessened risk of heart disease.[8] Depending on the type of pet, they can also motivate you to be more active.

11. Drink Coffee

Studies have found a link between coffee consumption and longer life.[9] Although the reasons for this aren’t entirely clear, coffee’s high levels of antioxidants may play a role. Remember, though, drowning your cup of joe in sugar and whipped cream could counter whatever health benefits it may hold.

12. Eat Less

Japan has the longest average lifespan in the world, and the longest lived of the Japanese–the natives of the Ryukyu Islands–stop eating when they’re 80% full. Limiting your calorie intake means lower overall stress on the body.

13. Meditate

Meditation leads to stress reduction and lowered blood pressure.[10] Research suggests that it could also increase the activity of an enzyme associated with longevity.[11]

Taking as little as 15 minutes a day to find your zen can have significant health benefits, and may even extend your life.

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14. Maintain a Healthy Weight

Being overweight puts stress on your cardiovascular system, increasing your risk of heart disease.[12] It may also increase the risk of cancer.[13] Maintaining a healthy weight is important for heart health and living a long and healthy life.

15. Laugh Often

Laughter reduces the levels of stress hormones, like cortisol, in your body. High levels of these hormones can weaken your immune system.

16. Don’t Spend Too Much Time in the Sun

Too much time in the sun can lead to an increased risk of skin cancer. However, sun exposure is an excellent way to increase levels of vitamin D, so soaking up a few rays–perhaps for around 15 minutes a day–can be healthy. The key is moderation.

17. Cook Your Own Food

When you eat at restaurants, you surrender control over your diet. Even salads tend to have a large number of additives, from sugar to saturated fats. Eating at home will enable you to monitor your food intake and ensure a healthy diet.

Take a look at these 14 Healthy Easy Recipes for People on the Go and start to cook your own food.

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18. Eat Mushrooms

Mushrooms are a central ingredient in Dr. Joel Fuhrman’s GOMBS disease fighting diet. They boost the immune system and may even reduce the risk of cancer.[14]

19. Floss

Flossing helps to stave off gum disease, which is linked to an increased risk of cancer.[15]

20. Eat Foods Rich in Antioxidants

Antioxidants fight against the harmful effects of free-radicals, toxins which can cause cell damage and an increased risk of disease when they accumulate in the body. Berries, green tea and broccoli are three excellent sources of antioxidants.

Find out more antiosidants-rich foods here: 13 Delicious Antioxidant Foods That Are Great for Your Health

21. Have Sex

Getting down and dirty two to three times a week can have significant health benefits. Sex burns calories, decreases stress, improves sleep, and may even protect against heart disease.[16] It’s an easy and effective way to get exercise–so love long and prosper!

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Featured photo credit: Sweethearts/Patrick via flickr.com

Reference

[1] Wiley Online Library: Late‐Life Alcohol Consumption and 20‐Year Mortality
[2] BMJ Journals: Television viewing time and reduced life expectancy: a life table analysis
[3] Arch Intern Med.: Red Meat Consumption and Mortality
[4] PLOS Medicine: Social Relationships and Mortality Risk: A Meta-analytic Review
[5] JAMA: Fish and Omega-3 Fatty Acid Intake and Risk of Coronary Heart Disease in Women
[6] NCBI: Effects of Omega‐3 Fatty Acids on Cognitive Function with Aging, Dementia, and Neurological Diseases: Summary
[7] Mayo Clinic Proc: Prediction of all-cause mortality by the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory Optimism-Pessimism Scale scores: study of a college sample during a 40-year follow-up period.
[8] Med Hypotheses.: Pet ownership protects against the risks and consequences of coronary heart disease.
[9] The New England Journal of Medicine: Association of Coffee Drinking with Total and Cause-Specific Mortality
[10] American Journal of Hypertension: Blood Pressure Response to Transcendental Meditation: A Meta-analysis
[11] Science Direct: Intensive meditation training, immune cell telomerase activity, and psychological mediators
[12] JAMA: The Disease Burden Associated With Overweight and Obesity
[13] JAMA: The Disease Burden Associated With Overweight and Obesity
[14] African Journal of Biotechnology: Anti-cancer effect of polysaccharides isolated from higher basidiomycetes mushrooms
[15] Science Direct: Periodontal disease, tooth loss, and cancer risk in male health professionals: a prospective cohort study
[16] AHA Journals: Sexual Activity and Cardiovascular Disease

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