The problem with losing weight is this – everything has been morphed out of proportion. Weight-loss companies are constantly under pressure to stand above their competitors in the industry that they are bending backward to come up with the latest hypes, leading to unfounded assumptions. Talk about cutthroat competition! The truth is, losing weight isn’t as nutty as they make it sound. It is relatively simple – things we are already aware of. They are also extremely effective if you follow through to the end. All it takes is a little tweak here and there in your daily lifestyle. Nothing major. “Swap the all-or-nothing approach for one or two healthy switch-ups in your daily routine,” says Jessica Girdwain. Here are four easy tweaks to your lifestyle that can completely transform your body.
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Save your fees to the gym
Exercise has become synonymous to weight loss. However, according to Samuel Klein, MD at Washington University’s School of Medicine, cutting calorie intake is much more effective as opposed to increasing physical activity. One slice of pizza contains 200 – 300 calories and most gym sessions burn 300 calories in about an hour. Your choice is as simple as giving up a slice of pizza instead of following that elaborate 30 days weight loss exercise regime endorsed by some anorexic celebrity. Of course, both together would work effectively better.
Lose 20 pounds eating out
Most diet plans in the market fail because it is impossibly difficult to make people give up eating out. Reverse psychology makes us do the opposite of what we are told to do. Experiments show that people become more likely to eat fatty foods that come with labels explicitly warning against them. As Mark Twain wrote, “Adam was but human… He did not want the apple for the apple’s sake, he wanted it only because it was forbidden.” Instead of avoiding restaurants all together (which probably won’t last more than a week or two), start ordering healthier meals. After all, the chef’s grilled chicken salad is way better than the one you make at home!
A 300-calorie breakfast to stay slim
The reason why people can’t lose weight is because giving up food is just so difficult. Kathy Freston, the author of “The Lean: A Revolutionary (and Simple!) 30-Day Plan for Healthy, Lasting Weight Loss” suggests that instead of focusing on a strict diet that tells you what not to eat, a better way is to “crowd out instead of cut out”. Focus on the healthy food that you should eat and don’t think about the junk food that you are not supposed to eat. For starters, you can begin your day with a healthy 300-calorie breakfast of proteins and whole grains that will make you snack less throughout the day.
Motivate yourself with loss, not gain
Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania found that people are more motivated when they are threatened with losing something they already have, as opposed to gaining something new. By simply reframing an incentive, the motivation level increases by 50 percent. So instead of treating yourself to a fancy dinner for sticking to your weight-loss plan for the week, simply give the money to a friend or partner and ask them to keep it for themselves if you fail.