Weight loss isn’t easy – no one can deny that. However, despite being one of the hardest things to do and accomplish in this age of fast food, high fructose ingredients and convenience, it’s still the one thing that nearly 100 percent of woman across the globe think they need to do. If you’ve already started your weight loss journey but have recently hit a plateau, what’s next? Well, we’ve got 10 simple and expert-approved tips that will help you burn fat and boost your metabolism stat.
Tip #1: Manage Your Sugar Habits
Trust us, we love a sweet treat as much as the next person, but we’ve got to admit that sugary foods are nothing but trouble. This is especially true if you’re trying to shed weight fast. While a high-sugar treat might satisfy you in the short term, they’ll lead your body into a downward spiral of cravings. The end result is likely a sugar and fat loaded food binge that will end with you back at square one.
Tip #2: Find Better Ways to Cope with Stress
Stress is one of the biggest contributors to weight gain (aside from plain nasty eating habits) in today’s professional world. Why? The answer is in the hormone known as cortisol. Nicknamed the stress hormone, cortisol is produced when an individual is dealing with high-stress situations. Cortisol is also directly linked to increased fat storage, cravings and binge eating. If you’re dealing with some stressful situations at work or at home, it’s time to find ways to solve those issues or find a better way to cope with the stress. High intensity exercises like boxing are particularly helpful if we do say so ourselves.
Tip #3: Ease Up on the Red Meat
Tons of people talk about how getting a decent amount of protein daily is crucial to a healthy diet, and yet here we are asking you to lighten up on the meat. Well, guess what? Red meat, and meat in particular, isn’t the only way to get your daily recommended amount of protein. Additionally, cutting meat is a great way to lose pounds. In fact, some reason shows that a vegetarian diet can actually boost weight loss. Some easy alternative sources of protein are beans, dried peas, chickpeas and lentils.
Tip #4: Go Loco Over Avocados
If you’re already an avid avocado lover, then you’re going to get a kick out of this one. Avocado tends to get a bad rep because it’s high in fat, but studies show that just adding a serving of avocado to your lunch daily will help keep you satiated for a much longer period of time. This means less junk food munching and decreased cravings. If you’re not too keen on adding it to your lunch, try having half an avocado for an easy and tasty snack. Just grab a nice and ripe avocado, give it a light sprinkle of sea salt then devour with a spoon. So, so good!
Tip #5: Tone Up and Work Out at Home
Gym memberships are probably one of the most wasted commodities out in the market right now. People keep signing up for the gym, thinking that they’re going to be there multiple times a week only to feel excessively lethargic at the end of the day. Not only are these people wasting tons of money, they’re also not reaping any of the benefits that the gym has to offer. One easy way to reverse this and to help with rapid fat loss is to check out some free workout routines on Youtube that you can do at home.
Tip #6: Get A Reality Check
A lot of the times, we women tend to put the real work off because we think that although we need to lose weight, we’re still alright. If this is you, then it could be time for a reality check. There are often times when we think we’re in good health when there are already some pretty serious problems developing. Who better to hear that from than a health care professional. Research shows that patients who hear they need to lose weight form their doctors we’re able to lose roughly 10 percent of their body weight.
Tip #7: Learn to Love Your Body
When it comes to getting healthy and shedding the pounds, attitude can be everything. Therefore, if there were ever a time to start loving yourself and all of your imperfections, now would be the time. Body positive or remaining positive about yourself through the whole process of losing weight, has been shown to actually contribute to weight loss. So, ladies, when you look in the mirror, accept yourself for what you are – flaw some.
Tip #8: Drink Some Green Tea
There’s just something about tea that women tend to gravitate to, and good thing too because green tea has some great health benefits whether you’re trying to lose weight or not. Green tea is known to boost your metabolism and help keep your energized throughout your workouts. In fact, studies show that people who ingested green tea extract with every meal experienced a 4 percent increase in their metabolic rate.
Tip #9: Avoid that Sugary Cocktail at Ladies Night
It should be common knowledge by now that alcohol is pretty bad for our diets – especially when it comes in the form of a cocktail that has all kinds of syrups added to it. While we can’t deny that having a drink is awesome, it’s not awesome at all for your metabolism. As a rule of thumb, if you’re trying to drop pounds, stay away from alcoholic beverages.
Tip #10: Try Some Yoga
If you’ve never tried yoga before, now’s a good time to try and take it up as a new hobby or your new favorite work out. Not only has yoga been shown to burn some serious calories (hot classes, please), but it’s also great at helping you manage your stress. Win-win, right?