Losing weight is actually far easier than you may think. Shows like “The Biggest Loser” seem to say that the only way to burn fat is through monk-like dedication, when in fact you can do so with a fraction of the effort pictured. Unless you have a hormonal disorder or other similar problem, losing weight is really a fairly straightforward process.
If you expend more calories than you take in, your body will naturally shed fat. If you expend less, you will gain it. Understanding this formula is just half of the equation, and the other half is acting on it. Listed below are some tips on how to cut the calories that you consume whilst increasing the amount that you expend.
No Drastic Diets
Here is a scenario to consider… you commit to losing weight and outline a long list of changes to your diet. Next thing you know, you’re feeling sluggish and miserable that you can’t consume your favorite foods. Few people can sustain such a lifestyle for more than a week.
Perhaps this is why one of the best indicators that a person will gain weight in the future is that they are currently on a diet. When you make drastic changes to your diet (like cutting too many calories abruptly), your metabolism essentially crashes. It will go into scarcity mode and begin storing calories as fat far more readily than it used to.
You should make small adjustments on a gradual basis. This will not only ease your metabolism into your new diet, thus making it more efficient and less apt to take a nosedive, but also ensure that you have a far better chance of sticking with your new regimen. Losing weight is a marathon and not a sprint. Treat it accordingly.
Eat Six Meals a Day
Don’t suddenly double the amount of food you’re eating on a daily basis. Eat the same amount but more spread out throughout your day. Your body is essentially a very complicated engine powered by food. If you eat three large meals every day each five hours apart, your metabolism will oscillate tremendously. Instead, you want it to have a constant supply of fuel. This will help you keep your blood sugar levels stable, thus preventing your body from acutely storing fat.
Eat three smaller meals and three snacks in between, and you’ll find that you feel better and begin losing weight in the process. Not eating large meals will also prevent your stomach from permanently expanding, thus making it more difficult for you to feel full in the future.
Exercise While You Kick Back
The mental block that most people have about exercise is that they must take time out of their busy schedules to do it. It’s not uncommon to hear “I work eight hours a day and only have two to relax and watch TV”.
Well, the good news is that the two are not mutually exclusive. Put a treadmill in your TV room and run for twenty minutes while you watch your favorite sitcom. This can even be as simple as performing calf raises while you do the dishes. Believe it or not, the little things add up quick.