A GUIDE TO LOSING WEIGHT THE WAY NATURALLY
There are several natural methods you can adopt to lose weight. These natural methods have been tested and found true. What more, they have no side effect on your body the way some weight loss medications may do. The only thing you’ll lose when you adopt these natural methods is the weight.
Here they are:
Sleep, by all means, sleep
The adult body needs about seven or eight hours of good sleep every day to function optimally, and lack of adequate sleep does more than gives you bags under the eyes. It is also known to mess with the hormones that regulate hunger. This is why people who are sleep deprived tend to overeat and pile on the pounds. You will do yourself a whole lot of favor by getting in some quality hours of sleep every night. If you can, resolve to start going to bed one hour earlier than you previously did. Your waistline will thank you.
Drink water, lots of water
When you are hydrated, you increase your body’s ability to lose the weight naturally, so you will do yourself a world of good by upping your water intake. This generation seems to be averse to drinking water and would rather drink soda and processed energy drinks. Don’t be like that. Drink water to suppress appetite and to avoid overeating. If you can, aim for one full glass of water before any meal.
Breakfast is a must
Never, ever skip breakfast. This is the number one rule if you are on a dieting journey. When you skip breakfast, your metabolism slows down and you tend to eat more throughout the remainder of the day. For breakfast, replace a grain-based breakfast with whole eggs and other good proteins that help you eat fewer calories for the remainder of the day, causing you to lose more weight and body fat in the process.
Slow down, you
There is always a difference between the time that your stomach is full and the time that your brain tells you it is. If you pay attention to that gap, you will stop overeating. And the best way to pay attention to this time gap is to chew your food thoroughly. Take your time eating and chewing, and give your brain the time to process that you’ve had enough to eat. Chew your food well. It makes you eat more slowly, and you end up with a decreased food intake. Fast eaters are more likely to be obese.
A healthy serving size is what it takes
A lot of us don’t have a sense of proper portion sizes, and have no portion control, going back to scoop just a little more. There is a trick to counter balance this, and it is using smaller plates. Using a smaller plate will help you eat less because the portion served will actually look larger. Conversely, if you use a bigger plate, it will make your serving/portion look small and you may be tempted to add more food to your plate. It is a trick of the eye. Always choose the small plates.
Live the vegetarian lifestyle one day a week
It is no news that a vegetarian lifestyle is linked to reduced calorie consumption and a lower body weight. While not everyone has the fortitude to go vegetarian, you will do well to live vegetarian at least once a week. Ditch the meat and fill up on leafy greens and cruciferous vegetables as they tend to be lower in calories, but are as just as filling as the meaty meals.
Eat whole, single ingredient foods
Diet plans that utilize a lot of whole, one ingredient foods are very effective. This is because you have managed to eliminate the added sugar and fat of most processed food. They set a limit on your calories intake as they are very filling. This means foods such as fruits, vegetables, beans, seeds and nuts, meat, eggs, and other foods that occur in nature. Your guide to choosing whole, single ingredient foods is to remember that if it was made in a factory, it is most likely not a single-ingredient food.
A cup of unsweetened coffee, please
A cup of coffee that is unsweetened may further your weight loss goals by jacking up your energy levels and improving the way you burn calories. Unsweetened caffeinated coffee has been found to increase the body’s metabolism while reducing the risk of developing type 2 diabetes. What more, it is full of beneficial compounds such as antioxidants.
Eat some chili
Capsaicin is a naturally occurring compound in chili peppers and jalapenos, which is famed for its ability to boost metabolism and intensify fat burning. It is also known to suppress the appetite and lower your calorie intake. Just think about it; when you eat a plate of very hot food, you tend to eat less and fill up on water to ease the fire in your mouth. This is nature’s way of telling you to go for chili to lose weight.
Brush after meals
When you brush your teeth after dinner, you won’t be as tempted to have a late-night snack. And not only for night meals, try to brush after eating all meals as you are less tempted to grub on an unnecessary snack afterwards.
Keep healthy food around for snacks
Keeping healthy food close by for snacks will help prevent you from eating unhealthy snacks. These healthy snacks include almonds, carrots, a handful of nuts etc.
Put emphasis on changing your lifestyle
Don’t concentrate so much on dieting or on diet plans or on the best diet to lose weight. Rather, let your first focus be on nourishing your body with healthy food and living in optimal health. This way, you won’t only concentrate on losing weight through dieting and/or exercising, but on living a good, healthy life and in a body that serves you well.