The weight loss industry has become one that is mostly for profit, instead of one that promotes good health. A deluge of “effective weight loss” myths has all but buried real, science-based strategies that not only lead to a healthy weight, but to overall good health for life.
Health and Weight Go Hand in Hand
Having a healthy mindset and healthy goals will naturally lead to effective weight loss. It’s as simple as that. Forget the promises of “weight loss in 10 days,” “a slimmer waist in 3 steps,” or “a flatter tummy with this miracle pill.” Ignore the photos of fitness models and sculpted celebrities that come with these promises. If you take on this endeavor without real and long-term health goals, you will only be setting yourself up for failure.
It may be easier said than done, but living a healthy lifestyle is the key to effective weight loss; more importantly, it is the key to maintaining your ideal weight goals. Would you really be happy seeing a drop in your weight, but only temporarily? Wouldn’t you be frustrated to see the numbers on your scale go up and down, up and down, over and over? Wouldn’t you rather feel healthier and stronger, and see yourself getting fitter than you’ve ever been from day 1 and for all the years ahead of you?
Prioritize your health with this simple health hacks, and effective weight loss will follow.
Drink lots of water. Aside from the obvious fact that drinking water frequently will make you feel full, studies have shown that it also boosts metabolism by up to 30%.
Have a cuppa. Good quality coffee is rich in antioxidants, and it also boosts metabolism by up to 11%. Avoid the sugar and creamer as much as you can as a way of further reducing your calorie intake.
Eat more eggs. Eggs are also filling, and they’re also a good source of quality protein. People who eat eggs for breakfast have been shown to eat less calories throughout the day.
Eat more veggies and fruits. Stock up your fridge with more veggies and fruits than other foods. Fill up a bigger portion of your plate with veggies and fruits. This hack is calculated to limit your options to what is only available. If only healthy veggies and fruits are available to you, then you’ll mostly eat veggies and fruits.
Fast intermittently. Intermittent fasting (IF) promotes effective weight loss in a healthy way through a regular and sustainable restriction of calorie intake. And it does not restrict your diet to certain foods; although avoiding foods that are not good for you is always the smart choice. IF is easy to maintain and can be an effective starting point towards a healthier lifestyle.
Count calories. This is one of those few weight-loss strategies that have been over-promoted but which actually works and is actually supported by science. It’s based on the dietary formula that prescribes eating fewer calories than you burn, or burning more calories than you eat in order to lose weight. Eating fewer calories also makes your body shift to burning stored, excess fats. Of course, eating fewer calories is always healthy.
Get moving. Add at least 10 more minutes of physical activity to your day. Take the stairs instead of the elevator/escalator. Ride the bike to the store instead of driving your car. Invest in a couple of dumbbells and do some simple lifting exercises at home while watching TV. Increasing your daily level of physical activity will boost your metabolism and also builds lean muscles; the latter also requires the burning of calories, so you’ll lose more of those excess pounds.
Move some more. Once you have a regular exercise routine established, take it to the next, but still manageable level. The trick is to only set a goal/task you know you can accomplish, and once you have, then you can set a new one. And keep repeating the process. Add 10 more minutes to your routine, increase the intensity, do more reps, or add a new activity.
Healthy Choices for Effective Weight Loss
Make healthy choices, and losing weight and looking and feeling good will just be the cherry on top of the greater benefit of lifelong good health. Having an ideal weight goal should not just be about a flat tummy, a slim waist, a thigh gap, or fitting into smaller-sized clothes. It should be about choosing to be healthy and fit so you can enjoy more of life – including eating healthy foods and being more physically active.
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