Losing weight feels good. Losing weight faster feels better. I don’t endorse crazy crash diets that put your health at risk. Most of them don’t even perform the way they’re supposed to anyway. On the other hand, I enthusiastically promote shortcuts proven to speed up the weight loss progress that help you feel great. Here are 3 shortcuts to thin that work every time.
Are you already doing this? Turning to food is a common and weight-loss-destructive way to cope. Many people find highly palatable food the quickest way to forget about what’s bothering them and what do they get for it? Something else that causes stress – weight gain. Use your mouth to talk out your feelings. Find a non judgemental ear you can trust to put your mouth to work talking about what’s bothering you. Get rid of your stress and uncomfortable emotions instead of stuffing them.
We spend too much time sitting. All this sitting builds a large base to support our seated bodies. In other words, sitting a lot expands our middles and butts and that’s not all sitting does. It decreases the activity of an enzyme called lipoprotein lipase (LPL). LPL helps burn fat. Spending more time on your feet – standing, walking, running, skipping, hopping, dancing – increases the LPL activity, which in turn makes the most of all of your weight loss strategies.
Late-night snacking is associated with weight gain for several reasons. Food choices for late night snacking typically are high-calorie, added sugar and/or fat processed foods. When you’re tired you’re less inclined to pay attention to how much of these kinds of foods you’re eating.
Things like serving sizes are hard to gauge when you eat directly out of the package, which also is a typical late-night snacking habit. In addition to the food late-night snackers commonly eat, there is a connection between lack of quality sleep and increased body weight.
Getting quality sleep helps your body respond normally to the hunger hormones, ghrelin (the one that makes you feel hungry) and leptin (the one that tells your body you’re full). Going to sleep instead of eating is a double-whammy shortcut because you avoid all those extra calories and you help keep your hunger hormones working the way they should.