Friday, April 28, 2017

5 Effortless Ways to Boost Weight Loss

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There are literally thousands of diets to choose from, but you know what? Diets simply don't work for the long-term. Diets are really short-term solutions. Then, when you stop the diet, your body gains back the weight. That's why you need to focus on lifestyle changes. Lifestyle changes are long-term and result in weight loss that lasts. The following are five effortless ways to boost weight loss and make those lifestyle changes.

1. Drink More Water

It's really that simple. When you drink more water, your body is better able to clear out waste. Not only that, but switching some of your drinks to water can massively cut calories. Another reason water boosts weight loss is that dehydration can be mistaken for hunger, which leads to overeating. A good rule of thumb is to divide your body weight by two to determine the minimum number of ounces of water your body needs daily. For example, if you weigh 150 pounds, you need 75 ounces of water.

2. Get More Sleep

It was recently discovered that getting more sleep reduced a person's calorie intake by 400 calories. Over the course of a year, that's 40 pounds. Women need 7 to 9 hours of sleep each night. If you're not getting that each night, you may be eating more. If you're unsure of how much sleep you're getting, invest in a fitness tracker than also tracks your sleep.

3. Eat More Vegetables

This tip is foolproof. If you eat more vegetables, you will lose weight. The trick is eating vegetables that aren't considered complex carbs, such as lettuce, broccoli, mushrooms, tomatoes, and mixed greens. When you fill your body with these vegetables (you can eat all you want), you're less likely to overeat on other foods. Also, these vegetables have fiber and water that will help clear waste from your body.

4. Ditch the Bad Carbs, Eat More of the Good

What people forget is that there are good carbs. Complex carbs are wonderful for your body when eaten in moderation. They're not only packed with fiber, but help you stay full longer. Bad carbs, such as white flour and sugar, are quickly converted to fat, have little to no fiber, and can actually cause bowel problems. Ditch the bad carbs and instead focus on brown rice, sweet potatoes, oatmeal, and other complex carbs.

5. Move

Last, but not least, get up off the couch and move. You don't have to start running a marathon today, but you do have to move. Walking can be a great way to burn calories and boost your weight loss. Pick two times a day to take a break and go for a walk. Also, make it a habit to move more. Park further away from the store, take the steps instead of the elevator, etc.  While doing chores like laundry or the dishes, squeeze in extra movements.  While folding laundry I walk around my house and when brushing my teeth I do squats.  😊

Weight loss isn't as complicated as people make it out to be. All it takes is putting the right foods into your body and moving to burn those calories. That's it. Best of all, you can make these changes right now.

Do you have any good weight loss, er, lifestyle changes to suggest? 💪

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