Considering the increasingly hectic nature of modern day life, it does not come as a surprise that we put our job first instead of ourselves and our well-being. And when we do that, we almost unknowingly impact our health in various ways. One negative consequence is putting on a few extra pounds – too much work and little room for healthy activities can result in excessive weight gain. So, let’s see how we can get rid of that weight.
We are aware that you’ve most likely heard this one before, but it is still one of the best tips when it comes to losing weight. The biggest problem for most people who are trying to slim down is eating snacks and harmful, fattening food that their bodies don’t even need. When that becomes a habit we have a real problem on our hands. Increase your water intake and you’ll regain control of your appetite: you’ll be less hungry and you’ll burn more calories. Water is also particularly important if you decide to start a training regimen, since you’ll have to be well-hydrated.
Avoiding junk food is a must. Okay, you’ve indulged in junk food a bit, but it needs to stop now. Consider eating a home-cooked meal every single day. Make sure that your daily menu is full of fruits, vegetables, lean meat, seeds, nuts and whole grains. That way you can lose weight quickly and efficiently. Stay away from unhealthy fast food! Replace pork with chicken or fish, eat beans and add spinach. If you crave a snack, you can pour yourself a glass of lemonade or eat an avocado or an apple. There are so many healthy food options, so don’t be lazy and start eating healthy!
Training is as important as eating right. You can lose weight if you eat right, but with a bit of exercise, you can do wonders to your body. First of all, you need to find the right fitness program for your goals and lifestyle. If you really want to just cut weight, you should do cardio. Running and cycling are great cardio exercises. Your heart rate increases and you start sweating – that’s when you really start burning calories. However, if you want to build some muscle, head for the gym and start lifting weights. Just remember to buy some quality gym wrist straps so that you don’t hurt yourself while exercising. Strength training will help you define your muscles and you’ll also burn calories. But we have to note, again, that wearing proper clothes and having proper equipment is obligatory. We don’t want you to get injured.
According to many, sleeping is the absolute laziest way to lose weight. It is proven that people who are sleep deprived crave food more. That happens due to an increase in the production of the hunger hormone called ghrelin. On top of that, lack of sleep can also slow down the rate at which calories are burned. That’s why you always need to have a good night’s sleep. Sleeping 7 to 8 hours a night is optimal. You’ll get your metabolism back on track which will aid the process of losing weight. If you exercise on a regular basis, you’ll feel energized after 7 hours of sleep. Remember to turn in on time each night and please, refrain from using your smartphone at least 30 minutes before bed. We don’t want you to have difficulties trying to fall asleep.
Exercise on your way to work
Have you ever considered walking or cycling to your workplace? Riding your bicycle to work is a great cardio exercise and it is also fun. You’ll save money and you’ll also shed weight. On top of that, you can’t get stuck in traffic and your bike most likely won’t break down. And even if it does, you won’t have to pay through the nose to fix it. Walking to work is also awesome, but it isn’t as fun as riding a bicycle. In any case, the bottom line is that you need to stay active. Instead of the elevator, you can take the stairs whenever you have the chance. These are quite simple tips that could do wonders for you. On top of that, walking and cycling are good for your heart too, so bear that in mind next time you head for work.
We hope that you found this article useful and that you’ll follow these steps on your fitness journey. Even though it seems hard to lose weight, it really isn’t. You just need to start – that’s the hardest part.
Peter Minkoff is a guest writer.