Surgery is not the only way to lose the excess weight — quick. There are ways to shed the pounds without undergoing a radical procedure. And you can even have fun in the process, too.
That’s right, weight loss can be fun. It doesn’t have to feel like a prison sentence wherein you deprive yourself of food, which isn’t healthy, by the way. Some weight loss plans are also so severe that you have to drag yourself out of bed at the crack of dawn just to work out, every single day. Not fun at all, and you end up doing this only a few times before you give up.
So here’s how to lose weight quickly in four easy steps.
- Introduce lifestyle changes that will make your body and your life better.
The lack of sleep, the cigarette smoking, the daily fast food meals — all these will take a toll on your body. By eliminating these bad habits, you are beginning your journey to a slimmer and healthier self.
But do it gradually. Take out one bad habit a day. If you get drive-thru lunches and dinner every day, eliminate drive-thru dinner for one week. The next week, eliminate both drive-thru meals and instead pack a lunch, and eat in thrice a week. Gradual, small changes allow you to get used to the new and better lifestyle and improve your chances of maintaining it.
- Skip the processed foods when shopping for groceries.
You’re getting used to the idea of a better lifestyle, now you need better food to keep it up. Look in your fridge and pantry; get rid of anything processed, salty snacks and frozen desserts with refined sugar.
Buy real, fresh foods instead. Make a list of it before heading to the store so you don’t get overwhelmed. Stock up on nuts and seeds, fresh fruits and vegetables, grass-fed or organic meats, and fish or seafood. You may also want to opt for healthier oils like coconut oil and olive oil.
- Run, bike — get fit with a friend.
Work out with a buddy a few times a week. Make it interesting, too, by combining usual exercises with the not-so usual, like Zumba or mountain climbing. You’ll not only lose the excess pounds but also have more energy.
- Relieve stress.
Stress plays a crucial role in adding pounds, especially right around the tummy. Instead of simply clenching your fist or sitting in front of the TV, mindlessly eating salty or sweet snacks, take a moment to breathe. Focus on breathing and it will calm you down. Doing yoga also helps relieve stress. And when you have time, book a massage or spa treatment.
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