Every January, you give yourself a promise that you will lose those 5 pounds before the summer season. But, as life happens you are busy with your work, your family, the chores around your house and you find yourself not having the time to go to the gym. However, losing weight doesn’t necessary means countless hours spent on a treadmill or spending all your savings on personal coaches. Sometimes, you can lose weight without breaking a sweat. In fact, here are 12 quick and easy ways to shed that timber, compiled by Hot Mum’s club.
1. Drink water
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As water is an appetite suppressant, drinking it before meals can make you feel fuller, resulting in you eating less. Also, cut off all the iced lattes, and sodas because they are high in calories and full of sugar. It’s recommended to drink at least 8 glasses of water a day.
2. Have a high-calorie breakfast
A good breakfast will fuel you up and will get you ready for the day. You can eat something that is about 300 calories of a healthy mix of protein and whole grains. Plus, it’s fairly simple to make a sandwich with natural peanut butter and apple butter.
3. Clean the pantry
Don’t forget to throw away everything that is in a box. Eating more protein is the best strategy to reduce belly fat. For dinner, you can make chicken breast, which is known to be one of the most popular protein-rich food.
4. Cut on the alcohol
Did you know that one glass of vodka martini with one olive has 210 calories? You might want to substitute it with a glass of water which actually has 0 calories.
5. Fast food
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While we all love ordering some KFC after a difficult day at work, but you might regret it the next day. Fast food is notoriously unhealthy. Try eating something healthier next time, like soy-glazed salmon with cucumber-avocado salad. Sounds delicious.
6. Spread your requirements
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Spread your protein requirements evenly throughout the day, over three meals and two snacks.
7. Go to bed earlier
It’s not just food you should focus on. If you don’t get enough sleep at night, at least 8 hours all your hard work might be for nothing. Because when you don’t get enough sleep, levels of the hormone leptin drop, which increases appetite. Then, you might find yourself wandering around the house at 11 PM looking for a snack.
8. Ditch the low fat
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You might be surprised to find out that even low-fat dairy products are full of sugar. In fact, one study found out that the more high-fat dairy products produced, the lower the risk of diabetes; conversely, more low-fat dairy products might mean a higher risk.
9. Limit the high-fat foods, too
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It’s very important to substitute the Snickers bars with baby carrots, sautéed broccoli, oranges or kale smoothies. While it doesn’t sound very tempting, it’s crucial when it comes to losing weight.
10. Get moving
Don’t forget to get your miles. Running can be very helpful when it comes to losing weight, even if its for 15 minutes a day.
11. Eat an apply a day
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You know the saying: an apple a day keeps the doctor away. But not only are apples healthy, they also contain compounds that promote the growth of good bacteria in your gut which is associated with weight loss.
12. Think positively
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Don’t forget to believe in yourself and your abilities to succeed. In fact, having a positive outlook helps in all aspects of life.
* This information is meant to supplement, not replace advice from your doctor or healthcare provider and is not meant to cover all possible uses, precautions, interactions or adverse effects. This information may not fit your specific health circumstances.