Sometimes it feels like the science of losing weight is the most confusing part. Is a calorie always a calorie, or what? (Hint: not really.) There is always conflicting information on the internet and in magazines. It can make it all seem a lot harder than it has to be. So, rather than following the old wives’ tales on weight loss, follow these five easy ways to lose weight. There’s no point in giving advice that can’t be followed!
5 Weight Loss Strategies For Sustained Success
1. Aim for a plant-based diet.
Words like “vegan,” “vegetarian,” and even “hipster” turn people away from many healthy food lifestyles. The truth is, eating a plant-based diet can prevent and even reverse scores of severe health conditions. And, since you’re not calling it a “vegan” diet, you can always cater your lifestyle to fit your needs. If you love chicken, there’s no need to completely cut it out of your life. Simply limit yourself to chicken as a seasoning, like putting a few ounces on top of a salad. The most important thing to keep in mind, according to Dr. Joel Fuhrman, author of Eat to Live, is to optimize nutrition per calorie. So, you can eat as much as you want when it comes to nutrition-packed food like vegetables and fruit. As for nutrient-deficient food like chocolate cake, you can have a little, but keep it to a minimum. If you still feel tempted to binge on dessert, try always starting your meal with vegetables and salad. You naturally eat more of your first course. Still unsure if you’re eating well enough? Considering taking a multi-vitamin or a natural weight loss supplement to cover all your bases.
2. Relax a little.
Your body relies on you getting enough sleep in order to function properly. Countless problems can arise from sleep deprivation. The right amount of sleep is somewhere between six to eight hours a night; too little sleep and too much sleep can both be detrimental to overall health. In terms of weight loss, sleep helps you control your appetite and also gives you more energy to do activities throughout the day. On top of sleep, you might want to consider doing meditation or deep-breathing exercises, which can reduce cortisol (your stress hormone). Cortisol can lead to excess fat around your middle. So go ahead and chill out!
3. Plan some exercise each day.
It’s okay to do your physical activity in manageable parts. If you make a goal to go to the gym for an hour, three days a week, you’re going to psych yourself out and maybe not even go. But, if you plan to do twenty or twenty-five minutes of exercise every day, you’re going to be more likely to do it because it seems more manageable. Go on a walk every day after work, or start off your morning with some energizing yoga. It’s far easier to do twenty minutes of exercise than you think.
4. Spend time outside.
Do you ever feel that rush of endorphins when you’re outside that makes you want to run around and play? It’s not uncommon. People tend to be happier walking and exercising outdoors than they do indoors. And, you often push yourself more outside but feel less fatigued afterward. Perhaps it’s the fresh air or the deep-seated sense of exploration and wonder that many of us have. In any case, if you live next to a park or a natural area, use it to your advantage! And don’t shy away from outdoor exercise just because it’s wintertime. Skiing, sledding, and snowball fights can all burn calories.
5. Drink water.
Nobody can possibly be surprised that water is good for you. Humans are mostly water, after all. Being hydrated can help you stay focused and will prevent thirst signals from getting confused for hunger signals. And, reaching for water when you are thirsty will keep you away from sugary soda and high-calorie beverages like beer. Getting is certainly a process, but anyone can do it if they do it the right way. It just takes a little time and effort, and soon you’ll realize you can fit back into those skinny jeans again.