How to Lose Weight without Feeling Deprived
With summer just around the corner, losing weight and toning the body have become popular topics. The following weight loss and exercise tips may help to shape up for bikini weather, while maintaining a satisfied stomach.
Weight Loss BoostersThese tips may assist on the path to a trimmer figure.
- Drink green tea - According to Jennifer Warner in the article, Green Tea Fights Fat, “…substances found in green tea known as catechins may trigger weight loss by stimulating the body to burn calories and decreasing body fat.” Drink anywhere from 3 to 5 cups of green tea a day to assist the body in burning calories.
- Limit carbohydrates and increase protein – For those who have followed the Atkins Diet or South Beach Diet, it’s no secret that cutting carbohydrates will help to shed unwanted pounds. Replace grains with meat, soy, or beans temporarily in your quest to shed pounds.
- Cut coffee from the diet –There is little proof that caffeine actually causes weight loss. However, caffeine is a stimulant that may interfere with sleep patterns, a necessary element of losing weight, which leads to the next tip.
- Get enough sleep – A lack of sleep may cause certain hormone and substance levels in the body to become askew. Levels of cortisol, a hormone that regulates certain body systems, are normally lower at night while the body is sleeping. However, a lack of sleep may cause an overabundance of cortisol in the body leading to an increase in body fat. Additionally, lack of sleep may also increase the presence of grehlin while lowering leptin levels, two blood substances that help control weight as well.
Exercise Tips to Lose WeightOne of the best ways to boost weight loss is to add exercise into the daily routine. Interval training, the practice of alternating short bursts of intense exercise with periods of slower activity, not only burns calories, but improves aerobic endurance. The simplest interval training routine is to alternate walking or slow jogging with sprints.
The Mayo Clinic Staff explains how the muscles respond to interval training in the article, Interval Training: Can it boost your calorie-burning power? “During intense exercise, muscles produce waste products that can contribute to muscle soreness. Too many accumulated waste products can make exercise painful and exhausting. But by alternating bursts of intense exercise with easier intervals, you'll help reduce the buildup of waste products in your muscles.” Less waste in the muscles leads to an ability to exercise more often.
Keep in mind that exercise alone most likely will not shed unwanted pounds. A combination of exercise and diet together will provide the best results.
Finally, be sure to consult with a doctor before beginning any new diet or health plan.