Weight loss is not easy. “Unless you hit the gym, sweat or starve yourself, you are not going to lose a pound.” This is what we believe or rather what the fitness industry wants us to believe. But the truth is that if you have a weight loss goal, achieving it doesn’t have to be difficult. Even for the laziest people on earth, there are tips and tricks that can help them shed the extra pounds. Let’s take a look at the top ten lazy ways to lose weight.
1. Drink water before every meal
Water contains no calories but your food does. So drinking one or two glasses of water before you start your meal will make you feel fuller instantly. This will prevent you from overeating and it will also keep you hydrated.
2. Make some changes in your diet
Making little changes to your diet can help you cut down on calories. For example, if you are having salad for lunch, opt for a healthy dressing instead of those that will turn your salad into fat bombs. Stay clear of ridiculously unhealthy dressings like Creamy Caesar, Buttermilk Ranch Dressing, Creamy Italian Garlic Dressing and others. Going for fresh fruits instead of dried fruits can also save you some calories.
3. Control your portion size
If you are planning to lose weight, you must control your portion size at every meal. Do not eat snacks from the bag and stop only when you feel like eating no more. Measure your snacks and foods beforehand so you know how much you are supposed to eat. Use small plates during mealtimes so you are in control of how much you eat. Read more
With the increase in the number of people becoming overweight and obese today, more and more people are looking for ways to burn more calories faster. Running is a good way to burn calories and lose weight and a large number of people have found that running does really help them get rid of the extra pounds. While running is convenient and does not require any equipment apart from a good pair of running shoes, there are many other exercises which can really help you burn more calories. Here’s a look at some of the exercises that burn more calories than running.
Whether you cycle on the road or on a stationary bike, you burn more calories than running. Depending on your resistance and speed, you will be able to burn about 480 calories in an hour. You can even consider taking indoor cycling classes to lose weight faster.
2. Jet skiing
When you take part in water sports such as jet skiing, you burn about 390 calories in an hour. According to experts, water sports engage your hamstrings, core, quads and upper body because you are required to keep your body upright and maintain a constant balance. Jet skiing helps burn more calories than horse riding. Read more
When you are on a weight loss plan, one of the most important things that you must do is to eliminate junk foods. You may want to think again even if you think you are eating healthy. There are some foods that pretend to be healthier than they actually are. These nutritionally value foods are surprisingly high in calories and fat. Here’s a look at 8 healthy foods that could ruin your diet.
Smoothies are a cool treat, but not all of them are made equal. In fact, you can’t always know what you are consuming when you don’t make it yourself. Smoothies can be a costly diet mistake and if you consider store bought options, then you must know that these contain ice cream, flavored syrups and even milk that has high fat content.
2. Granola Bars
Most people believe that granola bars are a convenient way of getting protein and fiber, but they don’t realize that these bars are often packed with fructose corn syrup, saturated fat and added sugar. Not only they do have higher calorie content, but they are also not good for the hearts health. Read more
Sugar is the most common ingredient used today when it comes to adding sweetness to a dish. But, this ingredient has gained bad reputation and it is also believed that it can be as addictive as alcohol. There are different types of sugar out there and they are not created equal. One is added sugar and the other one is natural sugar. Too much sugar is not good for anyone, but is it true that one type of sugar is healthier than the other? Let’s take a look at the difference between added and natural sugar.
Added sugar is any sweetener that is added to foods when they are prepared or processed. This could be granulated white sugar, raw sugar or even corn syrup. The degree of sweetness usually varies and so does the flavor depending on the source of the added sugar. Added sugar is a pure source of carbohydrate and one teaspoon of added sugar can have about 15 calories. When a person consumes large amounts of added sugar, they can put on weight drastically. They will also often have a poor control on their blood sugar levels. The most significant amounts of added sugar can be found in energy drinks, sports drinks, soft drinks, baked goods, ice cream and candy. Read more
Metabolism has always been a topic of debate among both men and women. It is believed that some people have fast metabolism while some have slow metabolism. We all know someone who eats junk food and still stays slim. We all also know someone who doesn’t grow a beer belly no matter how many beers he drinks. These people cannot be superhuman, so what is it exactly that is preventing them from gaining weight?
In order to understand this fact, we need to understand what metabolism is. Metabolism is basically the rate at which the body burns calories. Metabolism can be affected by many things such as what you eat, how much you workout, the kind of exercises you do and so on. Metabolism has one rule and that is if the amount of calories taken in is the same as the amount of calories burned, then the person will remain the same size. Weight gain occurs when the consumption is more than what the body is able to get rid of and weight loss occurs when the body burns more calories than that has been taken in. Read more
In everything that we do, there is a fact of time that we all need to watch on. As a matter of fact, we all try our best to ensure that we carry out most of the activities within the shortest time possible. In relation to working out, it can be so discouraging if you take a year to lose a few pounds that you would have lost in weeks. Certainly, this happens to those that do not know how to burn calories in an efficient manner. The last thing that should happen to you is to visit the gym on a regular basis without seeing any results or any improvement.
Experts always claim that there is a solution to every problem. Indeed this is true considering the fact that there is perfect strategy that would help you in losing calories within a short period of time. This implies that by employing this strategy, chances are that you would obtain your goals hence preventing any form of frustration.
First and foremost, the main thing that you need to work on is your metabolism rate. This should be high to ensure that you burn any calories that you gain throughout the day. In addition to this, the way you workout should also be altered to match with your calorie-burn demands.
Before getting into detail, it is worth pointing out that losing weight is a gradual process and you should adjust your goals to ensure that they are realistic. Remember, the idea behind losing weight is also psychological and you need a well-motivated attitude to ensure that you succeed in this.
Speed and alertness
If you have been working out for close to 2 hours you need to reduce this to 1 hour but the intensity of the workout should be increased. This will ensure that you focus on your speed of training and alertness in the routines that you perform. If this poses to be a daunting task your trainer should offer you training routines that suit your abilities. For example, if you are used to training legs alone and heading home, you should adjust to train legs within 30 minutes and add in cardio workout for the next 30 minutes. Rest assured that by adjusting your workout and focusing on speed, you would be burning a lot of calories within a short period of time. Read more
Probably you have been working out for close to a month or a year now and yet there are no results gained in terms of losing weight. If this is the case then chances are there are certain things that you are doing and you should not be doing them. Failing to achieve set targets is one of the discouraging things that people go through each day and quit trying. Please do not quit while on the right track. All you need to do is to avoid the mistakes that are singled out below:
Failing to drink water regularly
8 glasses of water is the recommended water intake that one should drink in a day. The good thing about taking water is that it ensures that the body is kept hydrated. As a matter of fact, research proves that taking water before eating reduces the amount of food that one would have eaten. This means that eventually there would be a reduction in weight since food portions are reduced.
Dieting and forgetting about resistance training
One of the most famous ways of losing weight that women try is crash dieting. Unfortunately this does not work at all. The only thing that occurs during crash dieting is that muscle weights are lost. This implies that you might have the impression that you weigh less and yet you are the flabby person that you used to be. Read more
The first thing that comes to mind when exercising is mentioned is losing weight. Well, this is true considering the fact that regular exercise will ensure that your heart beats faster hence increasing the metabolism process. There are different techniques that people will opt for in losing weight. Some of the weirdest tricks are as discussed below:
Eating while facing the mirror
Eating while facing the mirror will make your mind alert to the foods that you would be taking in. Certainly, by looking at yourself eat will bring in a lot of questions about the type of food that you are eating. For example, chances are that you might ask yourself whether you are eating healthy foods. This awareness will ensure that you consume less and thus help in reducing weight.
Eating with men
This is somewhat funny but it is very true. Ladies, what do you try to do when eating next to a man? You try to show out that you are a ‘lady’ by eating less right? Indeed ladies would try their best to prove to men that they do not eat a lot. This eventually would lead to a reduction in the food intake and in the end also help in reducing weight. Read more