Strategies to Lose Weight

Losing weight is big business. There are so many weight loss programs, ranging from fitness regimens, miracle supplements and fad diets, all promising fast weight loss. Unfortunately, fast weight loss has its drawbacks, including fast rebound when the weight loss program is no longer being followed. Here are some effective strategies for losing weight fast and keeping it off for good.

  • Ditch the Gluten

A gluten-free diet can help reduce your waistline, insulin resistance, and inflammation. It doesn’t mean that you need to go out and replace all your favorite foods with gluten-free varieties. Simply start cutting back on the amount of gluten you consume, and try to be more aware of what you are eating that may contain gluten.

  • Swap Out 2 Meals a Day for a Protein Shake

A meal replacement shake can greatly aid in losing unwanted body fats. Follow the basic recipe of blending a protein powder with almond milk, unsweetened coconut milk, fresh ground flaxseed or a green leafy smoothie.

  • Limit Fruit Consumption to 1 to 2 servings a day

While fruit is an essential part of a healthy diet, too much consumption of fruits can actually hinder fat loss. Excess fructose, the natural sweetener in fruit, can increase weight gain and leptin resistance. Leptin is a hormone that signals your brain to stop eating; if your brain becomes resistant to it, you are more likely to go after those second helpings.

  • Switch Your Carbohydrates for Green Vegetables

Vegetables, raw or cooked can provide you with antioxidants, nutrients, and fiber for fewer calories than starchy carbohydrates such as rice and potatoes.

  • Slowly Increase Your Fiber Intake

Fiber consumption is associated with weight loss. Some high-fiber foods include quinoa, legumes, lentils and avocado.

  • Try an Appetite-Curbing Technique

About 30-60 minutes before eating your meal, add a teaspoon of fiber-blend supplement powder or fresh ground flaxseed to one glass of drinking water. Drink the whole glass and then gauge your hunger level.

  • Get 7 to 9 hours of Quality Sleep

Poor or inadequate sleep can affect your fat-burning hormones. It can also cause you to add a muffin to your coffee in the evening. Increased appetite or cravings for sugars and carbs are often signs of fatigue.

  • Do Intervals to Blast Fat

Repeatedly exercising or burst training for just half an hour makes you a fat-burning machine.  Burst training can greatly increase the rate of fat loss.

  • De-stress

Psychological stress, including life events stress and perceived stress, is often associated with weight gain. The simplest way to de-stress is to meditate, breathe deeply, and gently massage your arm or hand for a few minutes. It is very important that you know what works best for you in order to deal with stress effectively.

Losing weight can be a long journey; however, it doesn’t have to be difficult, and it doesn’t have to be temporary. Trying just a few of the practices above

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