If you are trying to lose weight you will probably be willing to try any method to start seeing results.
Here are 5 weight loss methods that you probably wouldn’t think would work, but the truth is they are actually effective:
#1: Surround yourself with food
When people attempt to lose weight they are often afraid of food and go out of their way to avoid it, often skipping meals and drastically cutting their intake.
While this may initially result in a few pounds being lost the results will soon stall as your body desperately clings to your fat reserves.
Instead you should embrace food, just make sure that you make better food choices.
Eat more fresh fruits and vegetables, eat more healthy fats and make sure to start eating more protein such as chicken, turkey and eggs.
Also, instead of stressing about how much you are eating and when just focus on what you are eating.
#2: Lift heavier
If you go to the gym and only focus on cardio, or only use the lowest weight possible when lifting then stop.
To burn calories you need to start lifting heavier weights.
While cardio will burn calories, they are only burnt while you are at the gym. Lifting weights on the other hand will burn calories while you are working out and for up to 24 hours afterwards.
You will also find that the more muscle you carry the more calories you will burn, even at rest.
Don’t worry about becoming too muscular or manly though. Most women will not produce enough testosterone for those huge muscle gains.
#3: Don’t push yourself too hard
While it is important to try as hard as you can when you visit the gym, you do need the occasional rest days.
Otherwise you will not only become bored with the constant gym routine, but risk over-training and injury.
#4: Don’t deprive yourself
If you want to lose weight you shouldn’t starve yourself or deny yourself the occasional treat.
Cutting your calorie intake by too much can be disastrous and will result in a slow metabolic rate that will make it almost impossible to lose weight.
Treats are essential too, as we all experience cravings from time to time.
If you are constantly denying yourself these treats then you will get bored with your diet and will probably quit.
Allow yourself the occasional treat, just make sure they don’t become a normal part of your day.
Remember you don’t need to be good 100% of the time, but if you want to be successful then you need to try and be good 80% of the time.
#5: Stop thinking about your weight loss
If all you do is worry about your weight and how you are going to lose those excess pounds then you could be hindering your efforts.
When you are stressed your body will start to produce more cortisol, which is a hormone that causes food cravings to occur.
Try to relax using yoga or another method, and remember as long as you are eating better and getting more exercise you will be making progress. The weight wont disappear overnight, but with patience you will reach your weight loss goals.