“Eat less, exercise more.” While these wise words join the most universally successful diet plan, there are several things you can do without hitting the gym to help your body fuel more efficiently. Here are four tips (plus my personal tip) that will help you reach your weight goal:
CATCH MORE ZZZ’S – Giving your body a full night’s rest is one of the best ways to shed weight. A recent study showed that when participants slept for only four hours consumed an extra 300 calories compared with when they slept a full eight hours! Sleep deprivation also curbs self-control. Plan ahead and wind down your night in time to provide adequate sleep. Its benefits go far beyond losing weight.
HYDRATE, HYDRATE, HYDRATE – The human body is mostly water, which is incentive enough to be sure you’re getting at least eight glasses a day, but did you know water can help your diet? Drinking water helps to keep you feeling full, meaning less snacking. Downing ice water has the added benefit of boosting your metabolism, burning calories in the process of warming the water. A pre-workout hydration session will help your body release muscle-building hormones – and more muscle means a higher basal metabolic rate. If too much water bores you, look for healthy ways to change it up. A number of companies make flavored waters that are packed with helpful vitamins. Green tea has the added benefit of antioxidants and a metabolism boost that can add up to an extra 400 calories or more per week!
WATCH PORTIONS – Being a conscious eater is a good habit to develop, regardless of dieting. It takes the body 20 minutes after eating to recognize it’s full. By knowing what a serving size should be and sticking to it, you’ll be able to avoid that overfull feeling and give your body the right amount of fuel. Remember, you can always come back for more food if you’re still hungry later. When eating out, where meals are regularly double or triple the size of what your body actually needs, it may be wise to ask for half your order to be boxed up to go – it’s a great way to curb mindless eating AND stretch your delicious dish for two meals.
GET FIT WITH FRIENDS – Take positive peer pressure to the next level by checking in with friends or relatives who are also fitness minded. That healthy support system can help you make wiser lifestyle choices, from choosing more active entertainment options to skipping calorie-laden lunches or happy hours. If IRL (“in real life”) relationships won’t cut it, there are a number of free fitness forums online that provide nutrition information along with peer encouragement, from cyclist Lance Armstrong’s LiveStrong to MyFitnessPal, which recently reported a joint weight loss of 20 million pounds among its membership – simply by counting calories, exercising, and comparing notes.
I have found the way for me, I do get my sleep (very important for health in general). Water is about the only thing I drink (well except what I’m going to tell you about in a minute). Watching my portion sizes was something I had to learn (I still ate like I was 20 years old, not just starting middle age at 61).
OK, this is what I have done lately, the company I work for recently brought to market a product for people who can not seem to lose weight with diet, exercise or will power, like me.
It is a meal replacement drink. I drink two shakes a day. This is how I make my shakes. The morning shake I have one scoop of the protein powder, 1/8 cup of goji berries and 1/8 cup of chia seeds that have soaked in about one cup of water overnight, two ice cubes. These I put into a blender and blend till smooth, then I add 3/4 cup of raw cream and blend briefly and then enjoy. I do not get hungry till dinner time and sometimes beyond.
I eat dinner, what ever I want. (usually good food but not always) Then I have the second shake later in the evening, one scoop of protein powder, two ice cubes and water, blended till smooth. Tastes great and is only 140 calories this way. It keeps me all night long.
Let me tell you what happened to me. Before I heard of this product I used to be someone who has always been interested in my health, in eating right and feeling younger than my age. About 13 years ago I started feeling hungry all the time, I put on weight and haven’t been able to lose it.
I started going to the gym, tried diet pills, supplements and hormones, even tried eating like a vegan for a year. My doctor suggested I get my stomach stapled. Nothing seemed to work.
So then I tried this product and almost right away I wasn’t hungry all the time and I started to lose the weight and I’m feeling younger again.
I don’t know if this will work for you or not, but what if it does? What if it works for you the way it did for me? Would you like to try it then? If you might like to try it, give me a call and we will see if it is a match for you. My number is 801-689-6951. SoFit if you want to read about it.
What are some things you have done or someone you know has done, to lose hard to lose weight? Please leave your comments below, this is a huge problem here in the US and we need to share our success stories.
Create the Life You Want to Live,
Juanita ~ Evolving Naturally