Who says that losing weight has to be hard? These simple changes are perfect for those of us looking to speed up our weight loss without adding tons more work. Read on to find out more about these weight loss shortcuts!
Start with Water: While you might feel like you’re starving, there’s a good chance that you’re actually dehydrated. Why? Because your body confuses thirst for hunger.(1)
Researchers studied obese adults and found that those who drank 2 cups of water before each of the day’s 3 meals lost an average of 9.48 pounds over just a 12 week period.(2)
Make Simple Substitutes: It’s often not what we’re eating that’s bad, it’s what we’re putting on it.
Having a salad? Opt for vinaigrette dressing rather than ranch. Eating out? Ask for a healthy side like seasonal veggies rather than french fries to go with your main course. Making a sandwich? Hot peppers pack tons of flavor without the calories and fat you’ll get from mayo.
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Don’t Drink Your Calories: A bad soda habit can ruin your chances of losing weight no matter how perfect you make the rest of your diet and exercise routine.
Worse yet, these high-calorie sugary drinks cause blood sugar spikes, leaving you even hungrier than before.
Up Your Protein and Fiber: If you’re trying to slim down, your diet should focus on foods that are high in protein and fiber.
These help you feel full and satisfied longer, which will make avoiding those diet-ruining binges that much easier. Vegan? Take a look at our list of high protein vegan foods.
Get More Sleep: Now this is one we can all get behind! Running short on sleep doesn’t just make you feel miserable, it can also sabotage your weight loss. When we’re sleep deprived, activity in the frontal lobe of our brain is slowed.(3)
Why is this important? Because this area controls decision-making and impulse control. Researchers have also found that in this state we’re more likely to turn to high-calorie, high-carb foods. Get your rest!
Eat With a Purpose: Nutrition researcher John Barban has long been known for his focus on the inherent differences between men and women and how each responds to diet and exercise. He has recently started emphasizing what he calls the “5 wonder veggies for women.”
Studies showed that when women added these common vegetables to their diet, their metabolisms (and as a result, weight loss) increased significantly, regardless of the woman’s lifestyle or body shape. Learn the 5 veggies in this video (1:05 mark) that explains how it works.
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