Most of us are in a constant battle with those extra pounds, especially with the holiday season. Shedding those stubborn fats can be a real challenge, however, if you know the secrets to it you can lose weight fast from just the comfort of your own home. More than being harmful to one’s self esteem, being overweight is also a health concern… But while diet fads come and go, sensible natural weight loss regime stand the test of time and delivers guaranteed results- other than it being a safe method.
1. Lemon Water
Lemon juice is a popular ingredient to prepare weight loss drinks, because it helps your body get the nutrients it needs to burn fat into energy and stop weight gain. You can sit slices of lemon in water and consume it in the morning on an empty stomach. You can also have a small piece of fresh ginger, a pinch of salt, and a squeeze of lemon 20-30 mins before your meals. This will help to stimulate your digestive juices and help in food digestion.
2. Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar has acetic acid, which stops body fat from building up. Apple cider vinegar also helps your body take in nutrients from the food you eat, treats digestive issues, and fights infections. Drinking a glass of warm water with 1 teaspoon of honey and 10 drops of apple cider vinegar in the morning helps improve metabolism and weight loss.
3. Green Tea Rich In Antioxidants
Switch your regular cup of tea or coffee with a cup of organic green tea, which has a big range of antioxidants that help the body break down foods. The catechins in green tea are excellent for burning fat, because they free fat from cells; they also fight free radicals and stop diseases. You can drink 3 to 4 cups of green tea a day.
4. Increase Your Water Intake
Drinking lots of water throughout the day helps to flush toxins from your system; 8 to 10 glasses of fluids a day is recommended. Water also makes the body burn fat faster. Reduce sodas, sweet teas, highly sugared coffee drinks, processed fruit juices and alcohol… And eat more fruits and vegetables that are full of water.
5. Increase Your Fiber Intake
Fiber is an excellent natural appetite suppressant that helps lower your food cravings. Moreover, most of the foods rich in fiber have low fat content such as fruits, veggies and cereals. Switch to whole grain or whole wheat bread instead of white bread, and a high fiber cereal or oatmeal for breakfast. Also, switch from regular pasta to whole wheat pasta, and from white rice to brown rice. Choose high fiber snacks, such as popcorn or whole grain crackers, instead of candy bars or other high-fat, sugary foods.
6. Get Adequate Sleep
Get 8 hours of good sleep every night. Getting enough sleep is not only important for weight loss, but lack of sleep can stop weight loss efforts from working. Less sleep affects your hunger and fullness hormones, negatively changes the way your body break down materials, and changes the way your genetics impact your body mass index (BMI). Lack of sleep also makes you snack more late at night, crave comfort foods, and leaves you quite tired for regular physical exercise.
Moreover, avoid eating food after 9 pm because the body metabolism rate naturally slows down while preparing itself for sleep and you are more likely to gain weight.
7. Observe A Healthy Diet
Eat more fiber and proteins, but less carbohydrates. Simple carbs- such as flour, sugar, starchy vegetables like potatoes, and most grains- cause blood sugar to spike and the pancreas to release insulin to turn all that excess sugar into fat. Proteins will help you feel full for longer, and lessen cravings. Opt for labels that say “100 percent whole grain”, not just “made with whole grains” or “multi- grain”; and choose fresh fruit juice, instead of packaged fruit juices which are full of sugar and preservatives. Use virgin coconut oil in your diet which is easier to digest and helps your body break down materials faster.
Avoid cold drinks, ice and cold or uncooked foods- these impair digestion and slow down the metabolism.
8. Eat Smaller Meals, More Often
To increase your metabolism, eat 5-6 small meals every 2-3 hours daily. It is scientifically proven that by eating frequently, you will raise your body’s natural metabolism. That means your body will burn more fat naturally, you become a fat burning machine all day long.
9. Eliminate Processed Foods
We all love to eat fast foods, temptations such as sugar loaded treats, foods high in trans fats, and unhealthy heart fats like burgers, pizza, cakes, pastas are all a test of our will power. Make sure you hardly have junk food readily available in your cupboard and get more good carbohydrates such as oats, brown rice and jacket potatoes to ensure that your blood sugar levels are kept even and you have plenty of energy.
10. Regular Exercise/Activity
There is no way to escape from a bit of exercise or some sort of activity if you want to lose and control weight in a healthy way. Studies show that aerobic activities cause your metabolism to stay at an elevated level for a period of time after you have finished exercising. Moreover, exercise helps lessen stress and raise your energy, mood, and sleep quality. From training with weights to build muscle, squats, running, to simple activities such as jumping rope and bicycling which can burn as much as 500 to 1,000 calories an hour.