Trying to lose weight often proves difficult. Head to the web and start looking for helpful information and you’ll quickly find conflicting information that proves confusing. The truth is that each person is different. This means what works for me may not work for you.
Of course, while everyone is different, you’ll still find that a few fundamentals generally work well for everyone. Here’s a look at some essential tips for natural weight loss. Try them out. You’ll probably find that some work better than others, but each option offers a healthy, natural way to support your weight loss efforts.
① Start Your Day With Warm Lemon Water
One tip for natural weight loss is to start your day with warm lemon water. When you wake up, mix about ¾ cup of boiling water with ½ cup of cold water. Take 1/4 or 1/2 wedge of a lemon and squeeze the juice into the water. Drink it down in the morning to wake up the digestive system. It will improve digestion, which will help improve your weight loss results.
② Increase Your Protein Intake
Make sure you increase your protein intake, and this is especially important when you eat breakfast. Protein keeps you feeling full because the body digests and absorbs it slower. Protein also helps keep your blood sugar levels stable, ensuring your body burns fat instead of glucose.
③ Boost Metabolism by Eating Regularly.
Boost your metabolism by eating regularly (breakfast, morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea, dinner). It’s generally better to eat 4-5 smaller meals than to only eat 2-3 large meals. Those smaller, regular meals help give your metabolism a boost and keep you feeling satisfied, so you avoid binging.
④ Control Portion Sizes
You don’t have to give up your favorite foods, but you do need to control portion sizes if you’re going to lose weight. For each meal, half or your plate should include veggies, ¼ of the plate should include complex carbs and ¼ of your plate should include protein.
Measure out serving sizes until you are able to identify them visually. Be mindful in consuming carbohydrates at dinner, since our body rarely needs this amount of energy before going to bed.
⑤ Eat Plenty of Veggies and Some Fruit
Make sure you eat plenty of veggies and some fruit each day. Focus on veggies when you eat lunch and dinner. Add fruit to breakfast or have a piece of fruit for a snack. Since fruit has fructose, avoid eating more than a couple pieces each day. Avoid having fruit after a meal or on a full stomach because it can ferment in your stomach. Fruit is actually best enjoyed on an empty stomach.
⑥ Drink Two to Three Liters of water EVERY DAY
Every day you need to make sure you drink plenty of water. In fact, you probably need to drink 2-3 liters of water each day. If you’re not a big water drinker, this can be hard to get used to, but it’s important to follow this tip. Drinking plenty of water helps ensure you stay hydrated and reduces cravings. It also helps to eliminate toxins and excess weight, reducing bloat.
⑦ Avoid Processed and Artificial Foods
You’ll also need to avoid eating processed or artificial foods, since they include toxins. Those toxins may cause problems with your body’s insulin levels. For this reason, cut back on or completely eliminate artificial sweeteners, processed carbs, chocolate bars and soft drinks, white rice or bread.
⑧ Limit Your Alcohol Intake
Although you may not want to completely eliminate alcohol from your life, you do need to limit your alcohol intake when you’re trying to lose weight. Save alcohol for a weekend treat and only have 1-2 drinks. Your liver is responsible for processing alcohol, and when you drink, it keeps your liver from its important detoxifying job.
⑨ Exercise Regularly
Eating right is important, but you also need to exercise regularly if you’re going to lose weight. You need at least 30 minutes of exercise about 4-5 times weekly. Mix up your workouts, including strength training and cardio sessions.
⑩ Get Your Rest
When you’re trying to lose weight, your body needs plenty of rest. You should get 7-8 hours of sleep very night. Enjoying enough sleep will help keep hunger hormones in control and will ensure your body has enough time to heal itself.