Are you having trouble losing stubborn weight? Or maybe you just want to lose a few pounds a little faster. Plus Brand has got your back! Check out these great weight-loss tips that will make a big difference, without making the mistake of simply trying to eat less. The path to weight loss needs to be a sustainable one if your goal is to have long-term success with it!
Be wary of advice that advocates cutting way back on eating and working out more as the primary solution for weight loss. That type of approach will just lead to frustration and quitting early when you aren’t able to sustain the hunger and get frustrated the first week that you don’t end up training 3 or 4 times. Exercise and being active is important, but a balanced approach is required in order to get healthy and then stay healthy.
EAT WHOLE FOODS
Don't fall for trendy diet marketing campaigns that change with the wind. The best way to experience a move to your healthy weight is a diet based on real foods. You can choose from a variety of foods like vegetables, eggs, fish, meat, fruits, and healthy fats. Think of it as shopping the outside of the grocery store (the perishables) and staying away from the middle (the preservatives)!
Also, accompany your meals with water more often and avoid sports drinks, alcohol, and artificial sweeteners. Here's an article about how to spice up your water to add that flavor you need.
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SLEEP MORE, WORRY LESS
Stress and lack of sleep are bad for your health in general and that includes weight loss efforts. We recommend finding ways to relieve stress like active hobbies, going to the gym and daily walks, all of which will also help you to get enough sleep every night and avoid the chronic stress that can lead to an increase of stress hormones (cortisol) in your body. Daily activity will make it easier to fall asleep quicker at night in order to help ensure that you get at least 7-8 hours of sleep.
This is a great secret weapon and as its name says, it means not eating during a specified time interval. It will train your body to use fat stored in your cells as fuel so that you are burning fat rather than storing it.
A common interval is to avoid eating for 15 hours and then eat all of your regular meals inside of the remaining 9 hours. A practical example of this would be eating between 10 am and 7 pm. By avoiding eating after 7 pm, you also give your body an appropriate amount of time to digest your food before going to bed, which will also provide you with less restless night sleep. This can be worth it simply from a sleep perspective, let alone the potential weight loss benefits.
STAY ACTIVE AND DRINK WATER
As mentioned by sleeping, activity is important. Try to incorporate some type of daily activity into your routine. If you enjoy the gym, go to the gym. If you don’t, find an active hobby that you enjoy and would happily do for 30 minutes or more per day like hiking, swimming, playing a sport or walking. While doing whatever activity you enjoy, make sure to stay well hydrated so that your body can function optimally during the exercise. Drinking water also has direct benefits outside of hydration like boosting your metabolism, cleansing your body of waste and keeping you feeling full!