Are you down to those last few pounds you need to lose but the scale just isn’t budging? Putting in a lot of hard work without reaping the rewards is extremely demotivating and frustrating. However by making some really simple changes you can get back to your ideal weight – or at least your ideal form or figure. Follow these tips on four little tweaks to your weight loss program that could make a big difference in terms of losing less than 10 pounds.
You know what they say: 80 to 90% of effective weight loss starts with your diet. So if you are determined to lose that last bit of weight you should start by looking at what you are buying and the meals you are preparing. Finding a new way to look at the calories you are consuming is important. Reducing calories is not always the best way to lose weight and blaming fat will hardly ever work. Recent research has revealed that there is no one-size-fits-all approach. Rather than counting calories and opting for low fat foods, try incorporating clean, whole foods in a combination of fats, proteins and carbs in a way that works best for your body type and weight loss goal. It may be that high fat/low carbs works well for you; then again the overall healthy Mediterranean diet or low FODMAP might work best. Change things up for a few weeks and see what a difference it makes.
Get Up and Move More
By now, you’ve surely heard the research that says sitting for the majority of your day is almost as bad for our health as smoking! So, whatever type of activity you enjoy, spend time getting up and moving around each and every day. A brisk walk around the shopping mall. 30 minutes of yoga stretching or even 20 minutes dancing to your favorite music are all ways to expend energy and keep your body supple. Whatever exercise it is that you enjoy make sure that you get a minimum of 20 minutes solid exercise a day to keep you on track to your health goal – and maybe even rearrange the problem areas in your body. Plus, you can’t eat when you are exercising!
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Drink More Water
Sometimes our stomachs grumble not just because we are hungry but because we are thirsty. Keeping yourself hydrated with at least 1.5 liters of water a day, not only has major benefits to your skin, body and overall health, but it can also help to keep those pesky hunger pangs at bay too. Instead of opting for a coffee drink or diet soda (which is really harmful to your health), reach instead for a big glass of water and sip on it frequently throughout the day. And by adding subtle flavor, such as a squeeze of citrus fruit and an herb infusion, it tastes more like an indulgent beverage, without the calories or chemicals.
Combining all of the above weight loss tips together should have you well on your way to your goals and will have you looking and feeling fabulous again, in no time at all.