We all hear about the new fads out there that claim to help you lose up to 20 pounds in less than a month. First, it is important to remember that losing that amount of weight in that short period of time is not only dangerous, but will cause your body to go into survival mode. This wreaks havoc on your metabolism and overall healthy weight management. Nothing will ever beat good old healthy diet and exercise. Here are some surefire ways to get you losing more weight and being able to keep it off, longer.
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Being well-balanced with protein, complex carbs and healthy fats, breakfast can set you up for your entire day. It revs your metabolism and allows your body to burn calories, easier all day. It also provides you with the energy you need to keep your body and brain functioning at their optimal levels.
Step off that treadmill, Cardio Queens. Not that cardio is not a good thing for you. In fact, you should get at least 30 minutes of cardio activity every day. But, this will not get you to your weight loss goals. Adding weight and/or strength training to your exercise routine will not only help you build muscles for strong skeletal structure, but it will actually make you lose weight faster and keep it off. Muscle actually helps your body continue to burn calories, even when you are not working out. It is also much more dense than fat so it takes up far less space in your body. The result? A more lean and toned figure. Building in super sets while weight training will definitely get your heart pumping and your body sweating.
Eat More Natural Foods
Put away those packaged meals and start eating real food. All the nutrients that are essential to healthy weight management such as protein, calcium, omega-3s and fiber have much better effects on your body when they come from real foods. The natural form is the most ideal way to reap the benefits of each of these nutrients. Plus, you will begin to see a major difference in your skin and stamina. Healthy and natural foods affect your entire body, not just help you with losing or maintaining a healthy weight.
Drink More Water
Your body is made up of at least 70% water. It needs to stay hydrated so you can sustain it at its best levels. Staying hydrated also helps your body from moving particles regularly and can help keep you from snacking. Your mind will sometimes give off the illusion that you are hungry, when it reality, you could really just be dehydrated. Not to mention, drinking a good amount of water will be good for your skin and prevent onsets of dehydrated headaches.
Get Some Sleep
You can try all the different tricks and trades of losing weight but the one thing that will continue to set you back is a lack of sleep. As you push your body through rigorous exercise all day and feed it the right energy, you must also remember to give it the proper rest it needs to recover. Through sleep, your body is able to recharge and metabolize. It is recommended that you get at least 7 to 9 hours of sleep each night in order to fully get adequate amounts of rest. Plus, when you get enough sleep, you are less likely to feel groggy all day which would normally cause you to reach for unnecessary food, thus overeating.
Lose the Stress
When you are stressed out, your body disperses more levels of the hormone cortisol which can cause you to hold on to more fat, especially in your midsection. Practice stress relieving exercises such as meditation, yoga or hiking. Your goal is to allow yourself some alone time and de-stress the everyday tensions. By just simple breathing exercises, you will begin to notice a more relaxed feeling in your mind and body.
By adding in some of these simple strategies, you will start to see a change in the way you look and feel. Your body is a science and once you take the time to understand how it works, you will also understand what it needs to help you lose the weight for good.
Jane is a bookworm who loves to travel and run. She frequently visits popular running destinations together with her husband. When she is not busy travelling and preparing for races, she manages her websites, Nicershoes, Runnerclick, That Sweet Gift and GearWeAre.