The trouble with dieting is that it takes too long! Agree? Sadly, slow and steady does win the race but wait, there are sneaky ways to rev up your metabolism so that you burn calories and lose weight quickly. Presenting eight quick, never fail jump starts.
Drink green tea
Did you know green tea drinkers burned an additional 70 calories in 24 hours. It may not sound like much but it totals to 3 kg per year! It’s not magic, its science; thank the metabolism-enhancing antioxidants called catechins that are found in green tea. We personally love slurping True Elements Spearmint Green Tea because it also fights the bloat!
Avoid calories in a glass
Did you know the body doesn’t register liquid calories the way it does solid calories? So drinking a calorie laden cup of hot chocolate won’t fill you up like a sandwich or bowl of pasta. So while the steaming cuppa has more calories than the sandwich you’ll still want another one an hour later. The trick therefore is to monitor your intake of wine, juice, sodas and cappuccinos. Think of it this way, if you were to have one of each every day, you’d have consumed 800 extra calories by night time! And you’ll still be hungry!
Forget what friends have to say about lifting weights. You won’t bulk out. Just buy a set of five pound weights and devise a daily routine. Strength training builds lean muscle tissue, which burns more calories — at work or at rest — 24 hours a day, seven days a week. How will this help? The more lean muscle you have, the faster you’ll slim down. Still not convinced? Try push-ups, squats and lunges using your own body weight to start with and feel the difference.
Ditch the salt
We all know sodium causes water retention, making you look and feel bloated. The average person needs about one teaspoon daily but most of us consumer far more. Hidden sources include chips, pizza, pickles, ready soups and pre-packaged food. Instead have unsalted nuts, seeds and fruit for mid meal cravings.
Spice things up
It’s well known that eating hot peppers can boost your basal metabolism. Why? Capsaicin, a compound found in chillies and cayenne peppers speeds up your metabolism and your ability to burn calories. Even better, eating hot peppers reduces your appetite, so you eat less.
Go for a walkabout
Just get up and get moving. Exercise—even if it is short bursts of ten minutes at a stretch—is good for you. Going for a walk in the evening is even better because our metabolism tends to slow down towards the end of the day. Just 30 minutes of cardio before dinner can increase your metabolic rate and keep it elevated for another two or three hours, even after you’ve stopped moving. So how will that help? Those dinner calories are less likely to settle on your hips.
Don’t skip meals
Missing meals won’t make you lose weight faster. In fact, it will trick your body into thinking food is in short supply so it slows down your metabolism to conserve energy. Then when you start consuming the same foods as before your body will be slower to consume those calories. The result: unwanted pounds creeping up on you. So thumb rule: Never go hungry! Keep a fruit or a high fibre snack like Unived Fybur, Instant Health Soup, 5g Hi-Fiber -7 Sachets handy.
Don’t go for gimmicks
There are so many fad diets and weight loss hypes around that promise 10 kg weight loss in 30 days. Just save your money and sanity and get real. If you feel you need a supplement to control hunger pangs in early days only opt for proven and safe herbal formulas like Unived Minus Healthy Weight Loss (60 Caps) or WOW Garcinia Ultra Plus Capsule. And remember to drink plenty of water before meals to feel fuller faster.
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