Losing weight is difficult even when it seems like everything that’s out there is geared towards people trying to drop only a couple of pounds, or that aren’t worried about their future health. Without sacrificing your health or sanity you can lose more than 50 pounds!
Stay Away From Diet Soda
The most important step you should take on your weight loss journey is to not drink your calories. You know that regular soda or calorie-packed Starbucks drinks are bad for you, but did you know diet sodas are as well?
For beginners, they slow your metabolism which means your body will burn less calories each day. Despite being zero calorie and sometimes zero carb diet sodas are highly processed foods.
In fact your body does very little work digesting them, meaning you don’t get the benefit of turning on your body’s fat-burning engines that eating more natural foods provides you.
Consuming diet soda also turns on your “fat genes,” increases stomach fat, and triggers your sweet tooth. Check out article on why diet sodas are bad for you to learn more about those, and what you should be drinking instead.
Try Some Coconut Oil
For beginning positive change you can make is adding coconut oil into your diet because is popular among people who have successfully lost 50 pounds or more, this oil provides many benefits including boosting your metabolism and reducing abdominal fat.
By having participants supplement their diets with just two tablespoons of coconut oil per day two studies proved these theories. The high amount of fatty acids in coconut oil are processed differently by your body than other fats.
Coconut oil leads to a thermogenic, or fat-burning, effect which boosts your metabolism by as much as 5% per day. Just by having a couple of tablespoons of the oil a day translates to roughly 120 calories per day.
The fatty acids reduce study participants’ appetites, to the point that some were taking in as many as 256 fewer calories each day.
Get Your Fluid Magic Weapons
Because you now know that soda isn’t an option, let’s talk about what you should be drinking. Begin with having a glass of water 30 minutes before each meal. It will make the pounds fall off.
It was found that people who did this lost an average of 9.48 pounds over just 12 weeks — without making any other changes to their lifestyle. Another notch is drinking green tea! You should have some green tea two hours after eating and you’ll raise your resting metabolism by 4%, meaning you burn an additional 80 calories every single day. That boost your body’s ability to burn fat by 17%!
You should avoid drinking green tea on an empty stomach, as this causes an upset stomach for many people. Also avoid it during meal times, as it will inhibit your body’s absorption of iron.
Be Lazy and Stay in Bed
You probably wondering, how sleeping more help you to lose weight? It is linked to higher stress levels as well as slowed metabolisms.
In situations when you’re stressed, your body produces more of a hormone known as cortisol which increase appetite! If you want to lose weight and keep it off you’ll see why getting plenty of sleep is absolutely vital.
Start Planning and Prepping
When starting a new diet we’re all ultra-motivated. Instead of having a healthy sandwich or salad for lunch we hit the burger joint, promising ourselves it’s just today that we’re going to do this. And then it happens everyday.
You can avoid this happening by planning and prepping your meals! You should pick a time each week where to make healthy lunches and snacks for the week. You should portion them out into containers so there’ll be no temptation to overeat.
In situations when we’re stressed, our willpower goes out the door. And by having a healthy meal already to go, the easiest option will also be the healthiest one! In case you need some ideas to get you started, check out our article on healthy snacks.
Eat With a Purpose
John Barban focus on the inherent differences between men and women when it comes to getting results from diet and exercise. He emphasizes what he calls the “5 wonder veggies for women.”
It was found that when women added these common vegetables to their diet their metabolisms (and as a result, weight loss) increased significantly, regardless of the woman’s lifestyle or body shape. You can learn the 5 veggies in this video (1:05 mark) that explains how it works.
If you have a setback here and there don’t worry — those happen to us all. Get back on the right track! You should pin this so you can remind yourself later!