We all know that losing weight may be daunting — but doing it is still worth it, especially when it comes to your overall health.
Research shows that losing weight can help reduce your risk of breast cancer. One study found that overweight women who lost weight after reaching age 50 had a lower risk of developing breast cancer than those whose weight stayed about the same.
Also, according to the American Heart Association, carrying excess weight can also increase your risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and stroke.
This article will reveal the three most effective ways to shed pounds, whether you have a little or a lot to lose.
Follow these tips, and you may find yourself shedding pounds and feeling more energized and confident.
Practice walking everyday
A lot of fitness trainers say they walk for one hour in the evening, but they still haven’t shed that fat.
It’s because they are not implementing the correct steps to burn calories. For example, when you go for a walk, instead of walking for an hour in the evening or any other time during the day, try taking a twenty minutes walk in the morning on an empty stomach.
Avoid eating anything carb in the morning. You can have a glass of water, ginger tea, turmeric tea, or black coffee without milk or sugar.
This step is important because when you go for a walk without eating anything, your body will need energy. Since you ate nothing, your body will be forced to convert the fats in your body into energy. This will help cut fat faster than it would if you ate something.
Trust you can do it
Having a commitment to yourself is better than forcing yourself to avoid eating a certain diet or workout when you don’t feel like it.
Just like children, when you restrict yourself from doing something, the more you feel the urge to do that thing. This is why most weight trainers fail their goal. They fight their willpower to stay on a specific diet instead of building the commitment to do what their heart desires.
For example, instead of saying, “You will not drink sugar-loaded coffee,” you can promise yourself that “You will drink ginger tea or black coffee every single day.”
By promising yourself to do something, you are shifting your mind from a place of guilt. You will no longer see not drinking sugar coffee as a threat, and slowly you will stop feeling the urge to eat sugar completely.
Don’t push hard on one diet
Most food diets mean changes in all eating habits and routines. When people try to restrict their diets and eat small portions that leave them hungry, they give up on dieting very easily.
This is because sometimes, the new diet comes with a feeling of guilt and shame. And that is when losing weight becomes uninteresting.
Instead of restricting your diet, try intermediate fasting. I have successfully stayed fit for over ten years since I lost 40 pounds of postpartum fat.
Intermediate fasting tells you when to eat rather than what to eat. It works better than most popular diets because it gives your the flexibility to eat anything you want in moderation.
Intermediate fasting aims to starve your body long enough to trigger fat burn. However, contrary to popular belief, starving your body doesn’t mean you should stay hungry for sixteen hours and then eat anything you like.
You need to plan your workout routines and the daily exercises your body needs to ensure you are burning fats in that eight to ten hours window to see the result.
Intermittent fasting helps me enjoy life while staying in shape. I have incorporated it into my lifestyle as well. I do twelve hours of intermittent fasting twice every week. And every January and July, I go on 21-day and 7-days dry fasting for six hours daily. This habit helps keep my agility and focus intact from year to year.
Most people struggle to lose weight because of poorly designed fitness plans. Practicing these tips helps to build your confidence to reach your goal.
Jessey Anthony is a motivational speaker, fitness coach and relationship expert who helps people become confident in themselves in any challenges they face in life. Sign up to my newsletter & more cool stuff.
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