For most people, losing weight is a struggle. However, you don’t have to make drastic changes in your life to boost your weight loss potentials. There is absolutely no need to invest in pricey fitness machines (unless you are building a gym) or sticking to a soul-sucking rapid weight loss program to achieve your ideal weight. In today’s post, we are listing down important lifestyle changes that could impact your weight loss efforts in a big way:
Swapping Calorific Drinks for Water
A can of soda is one of the most satisfying ways to end a meal, especially if you are eating out with friends. But did you know that a can of soda, soft drink or fizzy drink contain more calories than an entire meal? Instead of drinking your calories away, stick to plain water. Unlike artisanal coffee, sweetened iced tea or soda, plain water does not contain any calories at all. It will fill you up without causing unwanted weight gain! Drinking water also speeds up the metabolic rate, promoting faster weight loss. Even better, water flushes out toxins in the gastrointestinal tract, enhancing nutrient absorption.
Make Your Own Meals
It is tempting to eat out but dining at your favorite restaurant could be one of the reasons why you are not losing weight as fast as you’d like. Most restaurants offer generous portions, fatty foods, and equally fattening side dishes. And when you are extra hungry, you are more likely to order a calorific meal.
Instead of dining out, make your own meals. Making your own meals give you control over the portions, the calorie content, and the kind of ingredients you need. For instance, if you suffer from celiac disease, making your own gluten-free lunch ensures that your meal will not trigger an upset stomach. The same thing goes if you are lactose intolerant, making your own meals ensures that you are using ingredients that are good for you. Even better, homemade meals are low in calories and trans fat compared to fast food and restaurant meals.
Perform 10 minute Mini Workouts
Dieting alone is not enough to achieve a slimmer frame. You have to combine a healthy diet with regular exercise to ensure consistent fat burning. Unfortunately, not all of us has an extra one to two hours to spare for regular exercise.
If you don’t have the time to exercise for an hour or two, try performing 10-minute workouts every day. Spend 10 minutes every day alternating between cardio and strength training exercise. 10 minutes is all you need to burn extra calories. The key here is to keep your body moving to burn calories and speed up the metabolic rate. And after seeing great results from your everyday 10-minute workout, you’ll be more motivated to spending more time working out!
Contrary to popular notion, snacks are not bad for you. In fact, snacking help staves off hunger, allowing you to stick to your diet program with ease. The key is to snack right. You want to be selective of the kinds of foods you will snack on so you don’t consume more calories than you should.
We recommend snacking on fresh fruits, veggies, and nuts. If you can, leave sliced fruits and veggies in the fridge. When the hunger strikes, just nosh on your prepared snacks. When healthy snacks are prepared, you are less likely to reach for a bag of chips.