Losing weight is not about achieving the hour glass figure or the perfectly sculpted and toned body. It is more about staying fit and remaining healthy to ensure a long, disease free life. Everybody knows that extra pounds increase the chances of a wide variety of illnesses, from heart disease to cancer to diabetes. This article shows you the top five ways you can lose weight, and fast.
1. Eat Less Junk
Cutting out the junk food that you eat on a daily basis is one of the best ways to not only lose weight, but put you on a path towards vastly increased health and vitality. That means cutting out highly-processed food stuffs like carbonated drinks, crisps, cakes, chocolates and other sweets – all these foods are not only full of sugars and/or fats that will pile on the pounds, they also have virtually no nutritional value whatsoever. They fill you up at the expense of your body and your long-term health.
If junk food forms a high proportion of your diet, cut it out gradually. Stop buying it at the supermarket, and practice walking straight past the aisles that sell this kind of crap.
2. Exercise Frequently
This does not mean that you have to become a workout wonder – it simply means incorporating exercise into your daily life. This can mean something as simple as walking for at least half an hour a day.
Think about how you can do this on a daily basis so that you actually enjoy it. Are you able to walk to work rather than say catching the bus? If so, you may enjoy the fact that you arrive at work with more vitality, and that you seem to have more energy to achieve more with your working day. You may simply enjoy the fresh air, and the sound of the birds in the trees. You may enjoy the fact it gives you some time to reflect, and some time to yourself. Most people also find walking highly therapeutic and a very effective stress reduction technique, all of which will help overcome any psychological reasons that may lie behind your weight gain.
Exercising, whether you walk, swim, run, or go to the gym, will make you feel better about your body, and encourage you further on your path to lose weight.
3. Drink Water
Drink plenty of water. Our body needs a lot of water so give in to water. Water is not just way to flush out toxin but if you have more water in your body you will generally feel healthier and fitter. This it self will discourage any tendency to gorge.
The best thing about water is that is has no calories at all. Start your day with a glass of water. As soon as you wake up, gulp down a glass of cool water. It’s a wonderful way to start you day and you only need a lesser quantity of your breakfast drink after that. A glass of water lets out all your digestive juices and sort of lubricates the insides of your body. You may have your morning cup of tea but have it after a glass of water. It is good for you.
Drink a glass of water before you start the meal. Water naturally needs some space so that you feel fuller without actually having to stuff yourself. Have another glass of water while you are having the meal. Again this is another way of making yourself full so that you can actually rise from the table eating less but feeling full just the same. Instead of drinking it one gulp, take sips after each morsel. It will help the food to settle faster so that you get that feeling that you are full faster.
Water is such a remarkable thing, but seldom do we give it the credit that it deserves. Did you know that over 66% of your body weight is nothing but water? It’s amazing!
4. Eat More Vegetables and Fruit
Go crazy on vegetables. Vegetables are your best bet when it comes to losing pounds. Nature has a terrific spread when it comes to choosing vegetables. And the leafy green vegetables are your best bet. Try to include a salad in you diet always.
If you have a sweet craving, do not reach for the biscuit tin, enjoy a piece of fruit instead – it’s full of nutritional value, and won’t pile on the pounds.
5. Increase Your Fiber Intake
Your body needs a lot of fiber, so increase your fiber intake. This will help your body process the food you eat a lot more efficiently, and give you more energy and vitality too.
Try to include in your diet as many fruits and vegetables as you can. Avoid ‘white’ processed breads like the plague – instead eat wholemeal bread. Try wholemeal pasta too, it tastes little different to white pasta, and is a whole lot better for you.
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