Life’s hectic these days, and you know that better than anyone. But with all the positive things you have in your life right now, there’s probably some negatives too. As with many young women, that extra weight you just can’t seem to get rid of is probably one of the biggest.
Unfortunately, many of the quick ways to lose weight we see being touted out there involve dangerous pills or other unhealthy options. Well, the good news is that despite all the misinformation, there are fast ways to lose weight that are healthy too! Keep reading for the full list!
Eat Regular Meals: Your first instinct when you’re trying to lose weight is probably to cut down on the amount you eat. And while you do want to watch your calories, that doesn’t mean you should be starving yourself either. That’s unhealthy for many reasons.
Starving yourself will lead to increases in your stress levels, and also to binge eating later when you do finally give in and have a meal. Women, regardless of their lifestyle, report significantly rates of binge eating (leading to weight gain, not loss) when they skip meals.
Eat More, Smaller Meals: With how hectic your schedule is right now, you’re probably finding yourself having only a few large meals during the day. A quick and easy weight loss fix is to instead spread your meals out throughout the day, eating smaller portions at each.
This has many benefits. For starters, you won’t have that gross, bloated, heavy feeling we’ve all had after a big meal. But you’ll also speed your metabolism by eating more regularly, and will be less prone to snacking on unhealthy treats.
Stay Hydrated: Be sure that you’re getting 8-10 glasses of water per day. Ensuring that you’re getting plenty of water each day will speed up your weight loss and also help your body to flush out the toxins in your system.
Drinking plenty of water has been proven to boost your metabolism, which means that your body will be burning more calories on a daily basis. It has also been shown to be a great way to naturally suppress your appetite. Try having a tall glass 30 minutes before each meal.
Get Your Sleep: Finding enough time to get plenty of sleep can be easier said than done when you’re dealing with a busy life, but you should still do your best to get as much sleep as possible. Try to find little times during the day to take a quick power nap if you’re not getting much rest at night.
Getting enough sleep won’t just improve your mood and remove that constant “am I zombie?” feeling, it will also reduce your stress levels in a big way. Higher stress is linked with higher appetites, so it’s important to keep an eye on it if you want to lose weight fast.
Creative Weight Training: No time to hit they gym? No need! You’ve got plenty of unintended dumbbells right there in your house. There are many different exercises you can do that make use of things around the house while also giving you a terrific, safe workout.
One of our favorites is to do lunges while holding a heavy book or something similar close to your chest. You can also try lying on your back on the floor, then holding this object and pressing it up and down. And when it gets too light, you get to go shopping for something heavier! 😉
If you’re not quite familiar with lunges, or just want to get use to the motion, this video demonstrates how to do them without holding anything:
Lower Your Stress: You’ve seen already in this article that higher stress is linked with higher appetite levels, now let’s go over a few simple ways you can combat it. Start by making sure you’re scheduling at least an hour once or twice per week to do something for yourself.
This can be spent doing practically anything you enjoy, like taking a nice bath to going for a walk around the block with a friend. Whatever you choose, just look for something that will relax you and give you a nice refresh before getting back to your regular, hectic life.
It’s Dance Time: Dancing is a terrific way to burn calories that can be fun for both you and your partner, and there’s not much to it. Just put on some music that you’ll both enjoy and get to moving!
Your ability doesn’t matter, and I’m sure your special someone won’t be judging. Just hold them close and have a ball moving around the room. What’s important is that you both have fun while you burn some calories in the process.
Eat Your Veggies: Nutrition researcher John Barban has long been known for his focus on the inherent differences between men and women when it comes to getting results from diet and exercise. He recently started emphasizing what he calls the “5 wonder veggies for women.”
Studies showed that when women added these common vegetables to their diet their metabolisms (and as a result, weight loss) increased significantly, regardless of the woman’s lifestyle or body shape. Learn the 5 veggies in this video (1:05 mark) that explains how it works.
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