It’s always disheartening when your favourite pair of jeans doesn’t fit you anymore, due to those annoying love handles you’ve acquired due to all that junk food. You may also be unhappy because you have been exercising but that extra fat just doesn’t seem to disappear. Fret not, we’re here to solve your problem. While exercise is necessary for losing weight, you can follow some of our tips to see results faster, possibly even within a week!
15. Have Coffee Before A Workout
Coffee keeps you awake on all those nights before a big presentation, but did you know it’s a big energy booster for your workout? Coffee helps you push yourself harder without you noticing. Have a shot of coffee about half an hour before your workout, and lose more calories due to your extra energy.
14. Eat Five Meals Instead Of Three
We all know about the ‘eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a commoner and dinner like a peasant’ theory to eat healthily and remain thin. But a better theory is to eat five small meals in a day instead of three big meals. This shortens the intervals between your meals and thus helps your body remain full and helps you to not reach out for junk food.
13. Drink Green Tea
Green tea will be your best friend when you’re trying to lose weight. Drinking green tea on a daily basis will help you detoxify your body and will also increase your metabolism. By increasing your metabolism, you won’t have to worry about gaining weight later when you indulge in some delicacy filled with calories.
12. Eat On A Small Plate
While this might seem like a silly theory, it actually works. Seeing food on a smaller plate tricks your brain into thinking that you’re eating a lot, and thus you feel full once you’re finished. Larger plates give the illusion of lesser quantity of food and you remain hungry.
11. Avoid Fried Food
This seems like a given, but any kind of fried food is a strict no-no when you’re trying to lose weight. Instead of fried food, opt for the healthier version of baking the same food item instead. For example, instead of eating crispy potato chips, bake the chips in an oven and you can barely taste any difference!
10. Do Core Exercises
It is possible to do core exercises at any time of the day. In fact, you can do it when you’re reading this article. Simply suck your stomach in and remain in the posture for as long as you can, then release. This simple core exercise will eventually reduce the muffin top area of your stomach and you’ll fit into your jeans better! But avoid crunches when you’re trying to lose the love handles because they tend to expand your waistline while reducing the muffin top.
9. Brown Bread Over White Bread
Those delicious white bread sandwiches that you whip up every morning in a rush are one of the worst things you can have when you’re on a mission to lose weight. Instead, opt for brown bread for the same sandwiches. They taste just as good, and are much healthier and contains more fibre, which helps you reduce your appetite and eat less junk food.
8. Less Sodium
Your daily intake should not include a lot of sodium. Avoid the salt shaker at restaurants, your food already has enough in it. Most fried food items include a lot of sodium so when you avoid them, you automatically avoid sodium as well. When you’re eating a healthier version of potato chips after baking them, adding salt is just going to neutralise the whole point of baking them in the first place.
7. Sleep More
An essential part of losing extra weight and becoming healthier is to get more sleep. A better sleep pattern helps you to remain fresh and energised, while a poor sleep pattern keeps you groggy and hungry. And when you’re hungry, you indulge in junk food. Maintaining at least a 7-hour sleep schedule will help your brain to be active during the day and will also help you remain energised during your workouts.
6. Avoid Sugary Drinks
One surefire thing to avoid during your weight-loss schedule is sugary drinks. Drinks like coke contain a massive amount of sugar which is not good for weight loss and definitely not good for your health as well. Studies have shown that sugary drinks induce you to eat more, so you already are indulging in calories through the coke and you’re adding more calories on top of it. Keep the sugary drinks to a complete bare minimum during weight loss and later on as well.
5. Don’t Skip Meals
This is an important one. Skipping meals is very, very bad for you. Your body adapts itself to its surroundings. Therefore, when you skip a meal, your body goes into hibernation mode and stores food until you eat the next time. This just increases your fat and makes you hungry. Always have your meals on time to ensure that your body is well-fed and doesn’t crave junk food.
4. Do Squats and Sit-Ups
One of the best ways to lose weight is to add squats or sit-ups along with your regular cardio. These two simple exercises have a big impact on your body figure. They reduce the fat around your stomach, and also help give you that perfect hourglass figure that you dreamed of.
3. Do Cardio For 30 Minutes Daily
You don’t need to hit the gym for three hours a day to lose weight fast. Simply do any form of cardio for at least 30 minutes per day for a week, and you will definitely see a difference. You can walk, run, dance, skip rope- anything that will keep your heart rate up to burn the calories away. Always try to do your workouts in the morning, that is when your brain is most active and ready for challenges.
2. Walk More
Choose the stairs over the escalator or the lift. Walking is the best form of exercise that you need, and it is simple to lose weight by simply walking more in your daily routine. Don’t use your bike for short distances, walk. Also, walk for ten minutes after every meal, since this helps you digest your meal and burn some calories almost immediately after your meal.
1. Drink A Lot Of Water
A much-recommended way to lose weight is to stay hydrated. Water helps you feel full, so you don’t feel like eating junk food. Water helps you flush out the toxins in your body. And drinking cold water can be even better when you’re trying to lose weight, because your body will use extra calories in order to increase your body temperature.
While losing weight can be hard, it only takes hard work and determination to reach your ideal weight. Those love handles aren’t going to stay forever! Adding these tips to your regular routine will definitely help you see a difference within a week!