A lot of people struggle to lose weight. A reason they struggle is because the idea of diet is too daunting and they tend to lose focus and motivation just a few days into it. After which, they tend to quit, and then lose hope that a diet, or change of their food choice, will do anything to help them lose weight. But a lot of times what people get wrong is that you don’t a massive overhaul -early on- to completely alter your body and lose the weight. Just a few simple changes can help you do just that. And at times where the motivation may be missing, then you will have to push through, for the benefits waiting on the other side. And not to sound like a motivational speaker hitting you with all these motivational quotes but it’s true. A little perseverance can go a long way. With just a little patience with your diet, the progress will ultimately show, and you will want to continue. But how do you get to the progress? By applying a few simple changes to your diet, that will get you motivated to expand and grow. Here are 7 easy ways to losing weight.
#6- Up Your Water Intake
The first thing you should do when you want to lose weight is up your water intake. But don’t completely drown yourself with water. You should aim for anywhere between 3 liters to 4 liters of water every day. That may seem difficult but I’m going to give you an easy, and secret tip to doing just that. When you wake up in the water, drink two glasses of water on an empty stomach. Then, before every meal, drink two more glasses of water. Once you’ve finished eating, drink two more glasses after a meal. That a total of 14 glasses of water, if you’re having 3 meals. There are many key benefits to drinking water. First, water helps boost your metabolism, thus helping you burn more calories. Second, if you follow the strategy above, the water will help fill you up, which will in turn make you eat less. Just applying this small change to your diet will yield massive change within the first two weeks. Give it a try and see for yourself.
#5- Switch to Stairs
Taking the elevator is easy, but it’s lazy. Instead, switch out the elevator for some stair climbing. This is another simple change you can make to your lifestyle, that will help you burn those extra calories throughout the day. Remember, it’s the unconscious and simple changes that we’re going for, the ones that don’t require mental breakdown or life-changing decisions. Now obviously if you’re trying to get to the twelfth floor of a building, then I don’t expect you to climb 12 flights of stairs. But if it’s a maximum of 3 floors, then why not walk them up. It might be like a tough choice, but it won’t be once you notice that those extra flights of stairs equal fewer holes on your belt.
#4- Cut Out the Carbs
Carbs are mostly useless food intake unless you’re trying to build heavy muscles or undergo extreme exercise and workout. But for breakfast or lunch on any other day, carb serves no purpose other than they taste good. That’s why you should cut out the carbs, and replace them with something else to keep you full and satisfied. Some good carb replacements are veggies, lentils, beans, or just add more protein. Although, my advice would be to go with the regular side salad. That’s a great way to stay satisfied and lose the excess weight.
#3- Start Exercising
There is no beating around the bush of losing weight. If you genuinely want to lose weight, you need to start exercising. You can start it slow and pick it up. Start with morning walks, then turn those walks into a jog, then slowly start to run. Once you get into the habit of exercising and working out, consider signing up at a gym, or signing up for some exercise and fitness classes. Slowly but surely you will start to notice the positive effect exercising has on your body and weight loss, that you will become obsessed with the idea of working out.
#2- Cut Out The Junk Food
Lose all connection you have to junk food like fast-food restaurants, chocolates, candy, potato chips, and any sort of greasy, starchy, fatty substance. I know this might sound like a lot but it’s not all bad news. Cutting out the junk food doesn’t mean stop snacking. You can still snack! Just don’t snack on anything that will be harmful to your body or the weight loss process. Try snacking on dry nuts, fruits, vegetables, and yogurt. If you really have a sweet tooth and can’t fight off the urge, then go for a tiny amount of dark chocolate. Try not to ease into this one, try to cut it out cold turkey. The faster you come to terms with not having junk food, the faster you will get accustomed to life without it, and the faster you will notice the impact on your body.
#1- Cut Out the Soft Drinks
Along with cutting off junk foods, cut out the junk drinks. Consider going for juices instead of sodas. Juice has a lot of positive benefits to your body. Needless to say, juicing has become a popular diet amongst many fitness fanatics. No one is telling you to go full-on juicing, but replace your soda drinks with juice and you should be all right.
There you have it. 5 easy ways to lose weight. These are seamless and simple changes that you can make to your diet and everyday life. Small effortless changes that will have major impacts. So go ahead and give them a try, and see how your body reacts to the changes of a healthier diet and lifestyle