Are you petrified of weighing your weight? Do your old clothes don’t fit you anymore? The problem of weight gain is rampant. It not only diminishes one’s self esteem but also increases the risk of major health problems i.e. heart disease, stroke, diabetes and gallstones. There are no “quick fixes” available to lose weight. All those claims from slimming centers about instant weight gain are bogus. Dieting or crash diet has an ill effect on one’s body and in turn leads to weight gain. A sustained weight loss takes time and patience.
Ways to Lose Weight
1. Burn Fat
Eating and eating will definitely turn you into a couch potato. It is important to do strenuous physical activity to burn excess flab and calories. Go for stroll or any other exercise (gym, yoga, zumba, aerobics) both in the morning and evening as it revs up the metabolic rate thus there less chances of gaining weight. Make sure you do at least 30 mins of exercise daily to ward off extra kilos.
2. Eat Healthy
Eat a protein laden breakfast as it keeps your gratified throughout the day thereby limiting unnecessary craving to gorge on food. Eating after every two hours keeps hunger pangs at bay and keeps you satiated. But that doesn’t mean you can binge unhealthy options. Avoid saturated fats like butter, cheese and cream. Eat a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, dairy products, whole grains and beans. Shun sugar laden foods like chocolates, cakes, cookies and substitute it with natural fruits and dry fruits.
3. Drink Green Tea
Replace your sugar loaded tea with green tea. Drink 2-3 cups of green tea daily. Green tea is packed with antioxidants and nutrients which boosts metabolic rate and helps in burning fat. People who are obese can also go for combination of green tea with coffee helps boost metabolic rate and leads to substantial weight loss.
4. Cut Your intake of Salt
Too much intake of salt is bad for health and leads to weight gain. Curb your consumption of salt as it causes water retention hence thereby aggravating the problem of weight gain.
5. Drink Plenty of Water
Keeping yourself hydrated reduces your craving for food and keeps you full. Drink 8-10 glasses of water daily. Drinking two glasses of water before meals minimizes your intake of calories thus contributing to weight loss.
6. Get Adequate Sleep
Sleep is nourishment for brain. Lack of sleep affects hunger regulating hormones like leptin and ghrelin which stimulates the intake of calories thus leading to weight gain. It is recommended to have 7-9 hours of sleep as it keeps you agile and helps you to slim down.
Constantly monitor your weight so that you don’t deviate from your exercise and diet routine thereby keeping weight loss at check. Stay Healthy and Stay Fit!