With most people in the US being either overweight or obese, almost everyone wants to lose weight fast. However, losing weight is a lot harder than piling on the pounds. Even if you hit the gym for two hours straight, it still cannot compensate for the weight that you gained by binge eating for 10 minutes.
While there are no easy methods to burn fat, there are some small diet and lifestyle changes that can eventually help you in weight loss.
1. Bask Under The Morning Sun
The Sun has been worshipped by almost all ancient civilizations for a good reason. It has some miraculous powers. Besides availing your dose of vitamin D, a few minutes exposure to the early morning sunlight can do wonders for you. Research shows that exposure to morning sunlight is linked to lower body weight and reduced appetite.1 But, avoid exposure to direct sunlight between 11 and 3, especially if you live in the tropics, as you will be exposed to the harmful UV rays of the Sun.
2. Meditate And Do Yoga
Yoga and meditation yield fantastic benefits for weight loss aspirants. Yogic postures are calorie burners and when clubbed with deep breathing and meditation, they can be a really effective approach to weight loss. Meditation relaxes your mind and prevents the release of the stress hormone cortisol, which drives you to eat more fatty, sugary foods. Certain breathing techniques generate so much heat within the body that fat melts like butter in an oven! OK, that was an exaggeration. But, it really works.
3. Lift Weights
Hitting the gym doesn’t mean limiting yourself to the treadmill or the cardio. Though these can burn calories, there are far more effective ways to lose weight. Enter weights! Resistance training converts fat into lean muscle tissue and lifting weights burns more calories and fat. You don’t have to do a deadlift – pick up the dumbbells and do your regular squats, or place some weights on your back while doing push-ups. Adding weight to your regular work out can accelerate weight loss.
4. Use Stevia
Sugar and other artificial sweeteners contain tons of calories and are unhealthy. Cutting down on unwanted calories is a giant step towards weight loss. Instead of using regular sugar, consider stevia.
In the US, high-purity stevia glycoside extracts are generally recognized as safe and permitted as ingredients in food products. Studies show that, unlike refined sugar, the natural, no-calorie
5. Use Bright Lights
Spend your snack break under bright lights. If your dining area and the kitchen has dim lights for ambiance, remove the bulbs and use brighter lights. Studies show that well-lit spaces make people 24% more likely to opt for healthy food. This, in turn, helps you in your weight loss program. Evidence suggests that people tend to eat less healthy foods when the lights are dim because ambient light luminance influences mental alertness, which in turn influences food choices.3
6. Eat Quinoa
Quinoa is gluten-free, and the flour is an excellent substitute for wheat flour. Containing almost twice the amount of protein found in oats, quinoa is also rich in fiber and iron. Quinoa contains heart-healthy fats that help increase the good cholesterol in the body. Since it is filling and contains many nutrients, consuming a small amount will easily satisfy your hunger.4
Also, it’s among the quickest cooking whole grains that can help you burn an extra 100 calories daily.5
7. Operation Clean-Up