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Losing weight can quickly become overwhelming when you are thinking about your target weight. Some people give up before starting just because of how much work they have to put in. Like many other things, weight loss also starts with a single step in the right direction. Start by taking it slowly in order not to overwhelm yourself.
There are some lifestyle changes you can start making now that will help you potentially lose up to 2 pounds a week. Some regular daily activities for some people. If you do not already do these activities. Consider starting in order to kickstart your weight loss goals.
A pound is about 3500 calories so, in order to lose 2 pounds in a week, you’ll need to target at least 7000 calories. That means if you aim to lose 1000 calories a day you will be able to get rid of 2 pounds each week. In order to achieve this, you will have to combine healthy eating with physical activities. Here are some examples of how to achieve this;
1. Ditch or Replace Your Snacks
Snacking can quickly become unhealthy when you eat them at the wrong time when you eat unhealthy foods. Everyone loves snacks, they are good for in-between meal cravings when it’s not quite time to have a full meal. Snacks can quickly lead to weight gain but you can prevent that by choosing to eat healthier ones. If you currently eat salty snacks and sweets, try to replace them with healthy ones that won’t add on extra pounds or get rid of the habit totally. Another cause of weight gain especially belly fat is late-night snacking; avoid it.
2. Avoid Eating At Bedtime
Piggybacking off number 1 point, going to bed early helps you maintain a strict eating habit. I used to be a night owl and one thing people like that have in common is late-night eating. Because you are spending time awake, you will likely get hungry by midnight. Eating late in the night especially when there is no way for you to burn those calories at that hour will lead to weight gain and muffin tops. Stopping this habit can help you quickly shed those unnecessary calories. Avoid eating when it is close to your bedtime so your body has a chance to burn the calories from your dinner. Eat your dinner between 6 – 7 pm.
3. Go On A Juice Cleanse
Another great idea is going on a juice cleanse or juice fast. This is a detox diet that comprises drinking vegetable and fruit juices that aims to flush out your gut and shed some weight. You will abstain from solid foods and processed sugars. Some juice cleanses detox like this one can help you lose up to 10 pounds in a week. However, you can’t live on a restrictive juice for a long duration. This is just a great and effective way to kickstart your weight loss goals.
4. Drink Apple Cider Vinegar Every Day
Apple cider vinegar has gained a lot of attention over recent years. You know why? Studies have shown how apple cider vinegar can help promote weight loss. Several human studies show that vinegar can increase feelings of fullness. This can lead you to eat fewer calories and lose weight. While most people don’t mind the taste, others (like me) just can’t stand the smell. For such people, you can try ACV gummies. Gummies are fun for everyone and the best part is the ease of consumption. With liquid ACV, you have to dilute it to use it. However, ACV gummies do not require all that process so you can have one the go, literally anywhere!
You need to exercise if you want to see any weight loss happening for the longer term. Cutting back on unhealthy food will help, yes but exercising takes it all to another level. You get to build lean muscles that will turn into a fat-burning machine. Exercising is also a mood booster. It releases happy hormones in your brain and can help you get rid of stress as well. There are people who stress eat and that ultimately leads to weight gain. There so many more ways exercising can help your overall wellbeing.
6. Cut Out Sugar and Soda
Drinking soda can cause weight gain, not because the soda itself is bad for you but more because of the sugar content. A single can of Coca-Cola has 35 grams of sugar and 140 calories. That doesn’t sound like much, but over a year, that can add over a stone to your weight (assuming your diet is otherwise perfect).The alternative is to drink diet soda, but it’s not completely straightforward either. Artificial sweeteners have been known to be even more dangeruos than proccessed sugars in some cases. A better thing to do is use natural sweetneners for your tea and coffee just to be on the safer side.
7. Eat A More Balanced Meal
A balanced meal containd a portion of protein, a bit of carbs and a side of vegetables. Eating a balanced meal helps keep your diet in check so that you are not eating too much carbs. Cabohydrates are not so bad for you, they are relevant for providing you energy to carry out your daily tasks. Howver, eating complex cabohydrates and chosing foods with healthy fats like salmon and avocados are better for your body. A great weight loss tip is adding more vegetables as a side so you don’t have to eat a lot of carbs and stillbe full.
Doing a combination of these things will help you lose weight. The trick to losing weight is burning more calories than you are consuming. Chosing to eat healthier and engaging in more physical activities is all you need to shed all the weight you want.