A modern malady today in every nook and corner of the world and in every family is the growing tendency of obesity and weight. Thus, most of the time, we are stressed out, sleep deprived leading an undisciplined life with all the unhealthy fast food as our savior.
What our system craves is a balanced life with healthy proportionate diet, which we lack. The result is a gradually increasing weight issue, which refuse to leave us no matter how much hard we try.
There is today hardly a soul who has not tried a number of methods to lose weight, some effective others just banal. This brings us to the point that more often than not we end up believing a lot of stuff regarding weight loss which are hardly true and which do us more harm than good.
Let us go through this 5 item list of myths to learn more:
- Snacks are not good for health: Not all snacks are fattening and in fact, fat is necessary for the body.
- Supplements can help lose weight: They might seem to be working at first but they do no good to the body and are not at all a healthy option.
- More exercise means more weight loss: this is not always true, since nutrition is also a key factor. Exercise alone could not help you lose weight if your calorie intake is greater than your expenditure.
- Skipping meals can help lose weight: On the contrary it can make you fat as it will lower your energy, which in turn will make you crave for more high sugar food.
It is probably unheard of or outrageous to many people, but it is possible to drop a few extra pounds by drinking water. The truth is that the body is made up of mostly water, so the idea that water can play a role in helping you lose weight is not so far-fetched. How then, can you use water to help you shed those extra pounds?
- Drink water whenever you feel like having a snack
Have you ever felt like snacking and then felt differently after a glass of water? Sometimes you may simply be thirsty and you don’t know it. Make it a habit to always take some water whenever you feel like a snack, to avoid unnecessary snacking that would lead to excessive weight gain.
- Drink water before any of your meals
It is a good habit to drink some water before you have any meals. This is because the water settles in the stomach giving you a feeling of fullness that will keep you from eating too much. Have a tall glass of water before any of your meals and with time you will notice the difference.
- Swap the sweet drinks with water.
It can be difficult to commit to drinking water when there are so many sweet drinks out in the world. From sodas to juices of every kind, it can be hard to swap it for water, but water is what helps you lose the weight, so if the taste of water is too plain, try flavored water. Cut up some fruit pieces and put them in your water bottle, shake it up and drink.
Who said that losing weight involves boring porridges and other kinds of not so tasty food? We break this stereotype by presenting several recepies of quick, cheap and tasty super snacks.
Slow-Churned Ice Cream
It might be surprising, but ice cream is a low-calorie snack. Consume only the slow-churned or double-churned assortments. Due to this process, the ice cream reduces fat and calories, at the same time containing a creamy texture of a regular ice cream.
- Saturated Fat: 2 g
- Sodium: 45 mg
- Cholesterol: 20 mg
- Carbs: 15 g
Popcorn is a snack, which can be consumed in large amounts and it’s not harmful to your health. Of course, I’m talking about microwave popcorn, which is specially designed to have a low content of calories. Doctors recommend chewing it; it relaxes.
- Saturated Fat: 0.5 g
- Sodium: 220 mg
- Cholesterol: 0 mg
- Carbs: 24 g
Although cheese quesadillas are not the best example of low-calorie snack, check this one out. Sprinkle a bit of low-fat cheddar cheese over a corn tortilla, fold in half and microwave for 20 seconds.
- Saturated Fat: 1.3 g
- Sodium: 182 mg
- Cholesterol: 6 mg
Cottage Cheese and Cantaloupe
1/2 cup of cottage cheese includes 14 g of protein. Also, it is rich in fiber, and it keeps you full longer. You may consume low-fat cottage cheese alone or with fruits.
- Saturated Fat: 0.7 g
- Sodium: 468 mg
- Cholesterol: 5 mg
Here are some simple tips to achieve a flat belly:
If you keep a straight back, your shoulders at the back, and a tight belly you have already improved your image to the outside.
It is best to drink water instead of thick juices and refreshments which will save you hundreds of calories! Try also to consume two glasses of water before eating.
Go to the toilet as often as possible, preferably at least once a day. If you have difficulty, try to integrate cereals, dried fruits, legumes, vegetables and fruit in your diet.
Eat a snack containing protein between 15:00 and 16:00. Select one protein bar, an egg, a piece of low fat cheese or a few almonds and an apple.
Prefer to use natural sea salt or Himalayan salt. Try also to reduce the salt you put on food.
No need to go jogging, no need to run. Walking is not a strenuous form of exercise, it is just a way to boost your metabolism.
- “A Mochachino with extra whipped cream and 700 calories please”
The coffee when it is not accompanied by sugar and other additions, has no calories. Change habit and choose to drink your coffee plain, with no sugar.
When you feel stressed and depressed, your body reacts negatively affecting the digestive system. Do something that relaxes you for a few minutes every day, sleep enough and you’ll be very happy with the results.