Science has helped prove a lot of things – including effective weight loss methods. If you’re ever in need of persuasion on how, or if, something will work in regards to weight loss just remember these five proven methods of losing fat.
1. Eat More Protein
Though this one isn’t that big of a shocker, it may be the most important. Having a high protein diet, or simply adding more protein to your current habits can help boost your metabolism by 80 calories while helping you curb your thoughts to continue eating. Protein is the almighty nutrient and if you’re not sure what to eat, try some of these: meats (chicken, pork, bacon), seafood or fish (salmon, shrimp), eggs, and even quinoa or lentils.
2. Cut Sugars
Yes, this one may seem like another obvious factor to take into consideration, but consuming all of these sugars and starches also means having increased insulin, which is the main fat storage hormone. By allowing your insulin levels to go down, by cutting sugars, you’re allowing your body to get rid of fat instead of carbohydrates.
Along with that, another benefit is having your kidneys shed any sodium or water excess, thus reducing bloating or water weight. If you’re not sure how to start cutting back, begin by reading the labels of certain foods. Even before that, learn what the healthiest amount of sugar you should be consuming daily is, and then from there, begin planning out your meals and learning what you’re putting into your body.
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3. Drink Coffee/Tea
Even though coffee seems like to be an awful drink for you, it’s actually loaded with antioxidants and has other health benefits. True story.
First, the caffeine in good quality coffee can boost your metabolism by 10%, which will increase your fat burning. Along with that, green tea also has numerous health benefits. The antioxidants and caffeine levels found in tea continue to help with fat burning like coffee. Plus, both taste fantastic and give you the energy boost to start your day off right.
4. Portion Control/Calorie Counting
This is a very obvious weight loss helper, but it can also be a scary one. First and most importantly, do not restrict your calories and please do not ever punish or feel guilty if you go over your count or don’t portion something correctly. This is merely an option, and if you do it, please be prepared on some severe consequences that could happen. However, the positive things that come with doing this is an awareness of what you’re eating and how much you’re eating. Try keeping a food diary, or take pictures to help track your meals. To get started with portion control, check out diagrams of proper portions, and even buy some Tupperware that allows you to ration out all of your food for the day.
5. Lift Weights
Sometimes women can be afraid to get into lifting because they’re scared they’ll get bulky rather than that ideal slim and fit look – but have no fear, because unless you’re purposely trying to bulk, chances of that happening are slim. If you’re new to a gym, take a buddy that isn’t or ask a trainer for help. By going to a gym or lifting at home, you’ll be burning calories and keeping your metabolism high. Plus, you’ll gain muscle which is always a nice plus!