Time is a commodity that’s seems to be growing in value. That’s the reason why keeping healthy and trying to stave off those extra kilos is becoming more difficult.
Fear no more. These steps will help get to your perfect goal weight and save plenty of precious time in the process:
1. Just breathe
It sounds strange, but even the act of breathing can help you to lose weight. The way that you breathe can help.
For former Japanese actor Miki Ryosuke, shedding pounds was as easy as breathing. Inhaling and exhaling helped the now turned dieting guru lose 28 lbs. and 5 inches in just 50 days, according to Medical Daily. Ryosuke found out this weight loss technique while he was practicing breathing exercises to lessen back pain.
The “Long Breath Diet,” which involves more exercising than actual dieting, claims fast weight loss comes by spending just two to five minutes a day taking long, deep breaths and then exhaling while you contract all the muscles in your body.
2. Drink water
The majority of the human body is made up of water, so using this wonder tonic to help drop a dress size seems logical.
In a recent study, researchers at the University of Birmingham in the UK found that, people who drank water 30 minutes before their three meals a day lost between 5 and 9 pounds over the course of about three months.
The researchers think that it could be chalked up to the obvious: Drinking water fills up your tummy, making you feel fuller and less hungry.
3. Drink Lemon Water
It’s a tried and tested method of dumping the unwanted flab by many celebrities, including Jennifer Anniston, Beyoncé, and supermodel Miranda Kerr. Add this to your regimen to ensure the best results.
At the start of each day, simply prepare a glass of warm water and add the juice of half a freshly squeezed lemon. How does this wonder drink work? A study by the Journal of Biochemistry and Nutrition found that lemon polyphenols suppresses weight gain and fat accumulation. In addition, polyphenols control high blood sugar levels and insulin resistance. Which means lemon water cannot only help with curbing obesity, but also assist in controlling diabetes.
4. Be Happy
Stress hormones are released into the body when you’re in a “fight or flight” situation. High levels of adrenaline decrease appetite at first and for a short time. Cortisol helps replenish your body after the stress has passed, and lasts longer in your system.
The problem with this, according to Sean Talbot Ph. D., is that “today’s response to stress is to sit and stew in our frustration and anger, without expending any of the calories that we would if we were physically fighting our way out of a wild animal hunt (as our ancestors did).”
So when making healthy changes in your life, keeping your happiness levels high is essential. Watch your favourite comedy program, play with your dog, and surround yourself with positive people. Which rolls into the next hint…
5. Talk to someone about it
The battle against the bulge can be a difficult journey if its one taken alone. While some can achieve success by themselves, others may need a support network to help lose weight and keep it off.
To ensure that you have the best results, don’t keep your intentions a secret. Make sure you tell those people around you that can offer their support and encouragement to achieve your goals. This can be as simple as a call to one of your family members or a conversation with a colleague you feel comfortable sharing your intentions with.
There are many online resources out there that can help you – just type into a search engine “online weight loss support groups” and you will find forums, articles and words of inspiration to give you the kick-start to success and get in contact with other like-minded people.
6. Snack on particular foods
Of course, a big part of a healthy lifestyle is about what goes into your mouth. We all know how delicious a chocolate éclair can be or how cheap that pizza coupon can make your dinner plans, but it will hinder any plans you harbour of healthy living.
The following foods have nutritional qualities that can be easily substituted for the fatty crisps or sugary cookies:
- Walnuts: Contain a high level of Vitamin E in the form of gamma-tocopherol, which can help prevent heart problems. Research has also shown that walnuts reduce cholesterol levels in the blood stream.
- Chickpeas: A grain that helps to keep dieters on the right track. In a study published by the journal Appetite, those who ate half a cup of chickpeas a day consumed fewer calories from high fat, low fibre foods; but once they stopped eating the beans, the participants began to snack more on less healthy fare.
- Avocado: Two-thirds of the calories found in avocados come from oleic acid, which is utilized by the body as a slow burning energy source.
- Sunflower Seeds: This tasty snack can help to keep you feeling full for longer due to its high levels of fibre and protein. Also, according to a 2013 study published by “JAMA Internal Medicine,” plant-based diets that are high in proteins may produce better weight-loss results than diets that include meat.
Time is the most precious commodity and for many of us it can prove to be a huge hurdle in our weight loss and healthy living endeavours. These tips will help to find the new and improved you, saving time in the process.