How To Lose Weight And Still Be Healthy

Losing weight is good, but it must be done in a safe and healthy manner. Remember, losing weight does not mean you starve. Contrary to many gimmicks, your body needs nourishment. You need to feed your body with the right kind of food, like vitamins, minerals and various nutrients. It is not how much you put into your body that counts, but what you put into it. Look at losing weight as a long term goal. It doesn’t happen overnight. What you need is to burn more calories, and here’s how to do it.

Green tea

According to research, green tea drinkers burn around 70 calories within 24 hours. That’s a lot of calories to get rid of in your attempt to lose weight. It is also one of the most effective ways to shed excess fat. Additionally, tea has metabolism enhancing antioxidants.

Calories in a glass

This should be avoided at all cost. Scientists now say the body doesn’t absorb liquid calories like solid calories. For example, if you are drinking a cup of mocha coffee at the local coffee shop, you will not feel satiated which means you will end up ordering a second cup. Compare this with a bowl of pasta, which will leave you feeling full. The little unknown fact, mocha coffee contains more calories than pasta. So unbeknownst to you, you will be consuming liquid calories more than you should, and you are still hungry.

Lift some weights

Investing in a few weights allows you to exercise at home, according to your space and time. Strength building helps burn calories and builds lean muscle. Working out on a daily basis is not only healthy for your overall fitness but it also means you shed those pounds. You can do some push-ups, lunges or squats. The more you exercise the more you will see an improved physique.

Cut down on salt

Salt or sodium leads to water retention making you seem bloated. If you consume too much salt, studies recommend it is best you cut it down. The daily intake should be no more than one teaspoon. It doesn’t mean you have to ditch the saltshaker; it only means you have to keep track of how much salt is put into your food.

Sleep well

You may think sleep has nothing to do with weight loss, but it does. Sleep depravation can lead you to gain weight as a result of late night snacks. And once you get into the habit of snacking it would be hard to give it up. Additionally, if you have fewer sleep hours at night it can lead to a slow metabolism. So don’t skimp on sleep.

Eat well

Listen up; do not skip meals under any circumstances. You will not lose weight fast by skipping out on regular meals. This is a strategy that backfires most of the time. When you skip on meals your body conserves energy which slows the metabolism rate. The result is not healthy. As your body gets into the habit of conserving energy, there is a backlog on the food you consume, leading to weight gain. Even in the midst of a hectic day, have an energy bar or two.

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