There are few things in life more physically and mentally draining than trying to lose weight and get in shape. If losing weight was as simple as gaining weight then we’d all be happy, and we’ll all be walking around with bodies we’ve always dreamed of. Unfortunately life can be a little cruel in that respect, which is why it is much, much, much tougher to lose weight than it is to gain weight. If you’re sick and tired of seemingly living your life constantly on a diet, only to see the scales barely move in your favor at all, perhaps it’s time that you shook things up and tried something new? Losing weight is not easy, and if anybody tries to say otherwise, they’re either lying through their teeth or are very fortunate indeed. Despite it being tough, it needn’t be quite as tough as some people would have you believe. To help prove this, we’ll now be sharing a few weight loss tips and tricks proven to work, which you can start putting into practice right this very second.
Try to eat every three hours – Skipping meals may seem like a smart move for somebody looking to shed body fat, but in reality, it isn’t. A lot of people will make the error of skipping several meals throughout the day, and perhaps only eating one large healthy meal late at night. This however, will actually make losing weight much tougher. You see, when you skip meals, you are literally starving your metabolism so it won’t have enough fuel to function properly. This means your body will enter starvation mode and will begin preserving calories and burning less of them off. This will result in you having less energy, storing calories easier, and finding it much harder to lose weight. Instead, you should aim to eat a small and healthy meal every three hours or so.
Get more exercise – We’re probably stating the obvious here, but it’s so important that we feel the need to say it anyways. A healthy weight loss regime should come in the form of a healthy diet and plenty of exercise. The exercise you perform doesn’t have to be strenuous or physically demanding, as it can come from pretty much any physical activity you can think of. If you want to go to the gym and exercise, then by all means go train at a gym. If however, this doesn’t appeal to you, something as basic as taking the dog for a walk, or walking to the shops instead of driving, will burn calories and will help get you fitter, slimmer, and healthier.
Increase your fruit and vegetable consumption – Losing weight isn’t simply about trying to lose as much fat as possible, it should also be about improving your health and well-being as well. To help ensure that you lose weight in a healthy manner, try to increase the amount of fruits and vegetables that you consume each day. Veggies for example, are low in calories and fat, and are full of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, which will help your body to function correctly. Not only that, but they also contain fiber which helps to keep you feeling full for longer, so you eat less. Fruit is also very good for you, but be careful of too much, because it does contain a lot of naturally occurring fructose sugars, which could make it much harder to lose weight.
Get inventive in the kitchen – When people start diets and weight loss regimes, often they will consume the same foods day in and day out, and will wonder why they feel miserable. Please do not think that you need to eat salad, steamed cod, boiled chicken, and vegetables for every single meal if you wish to lose weight, because this is not true at all. Ideally you should cook healthy and delicious versions of foods you know and love, as this way you get to enjoy healthy food which keeps you in a caloric deficit, without making you feel hungry and miserable in the process. Look for healthy recipes online, stock up your fridge and cupboards, and try new things.
Ditch the diet sodas and drink more water – Just because you see the word ‘diet’ printed on a beverage, please do not think it will provide any real weight loss benefits at all – because it won’t! Diet sodas contain chemical sweeteners to replace the sugar found in regular versions of them, and whilst they are low in calories, they are very bad for you indeed. Many artificial sweeteners have been linked with cancer, dementia, and depression, and not only that, but they have also been found to suppress the metabolism. Instead, drink plenty of fresh water which will hydrate your muscles and your body, ramp up your metabolism, and do you a world of good in the process.