Lose Weight Easily With These Small Changes

Monday, December 10th, 2018, 8:33 pm

Nobody associates the words “weight loss” with “easy.” For most people - maybe yourself included - weight loss is a challenging journey blocked by obstacles of all kinds. But dropping pounds and staying healthy shouldn’t be hard!

The truth is that there are plenty of small, simple steps you can take to reach your weight loss goal. And even though you won’t find “eat chocolate cake in bed” on that list, really are easy enough to work into your regular routine without upending your sense of balance and comfort.

Sleep More, Period.

You probably weren’t expecting to see sleep on a weight loss tip list. Believe it or not, your quality of sleep has a huge impact on your ability to lose weight, because sleep gives your body the chance to recover, heal, and rebuild.

Two of the hormones that get released as you sleep are the hormones that helps burn through fat and the hormones that signals satiety after eating. If you are only sleeping three or four hours a night, your body will not be able to release those hormones efficiently, and your extra weight will continue to stick around. More sleep equals more weight loss!

Learn to Lift

When it’s time to work out, you may be tempted to stick solely with cardio routines since they burn calories and get your heartrate moving. While cardio, like running or spinning, is undoubtedly an important piece of any exercise routine, you can’t forget to participate in resistance training as well.

Resistance training, like lifting weights, gets your metabolism elevated and allows your body to burn calories more efficiently throughout the day, not just in the gym. Better yet, muscle burns 50 calories per pound more than fat, so building strong, lean muscles will help you drop weight quicker.

Remember Lean Protein and Fiber

By far, one of the hardest parts of losing weight is knowing exactly what to eat. While there are plenty of options out there, lean protein and fiber are always good choices. Lean protein has a high thermic effect that helps boost your body’s metabolism after digestion. Fiber helps you feel fuller longer so you are less likely to overeat. Between the two, your body will run at optimal levels and you will cut out unnecessary snacking that can compromise progress.

For more help improving your health and learning about simple weight loss strategies, call (727) 232-4409 to make an appointment at Suncoast Urgent Care in Trinity or Spring Hill, Florida.

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