If your is to lose that excess weight and to become a healthier person you need to start eating healthier and getting more exercise.
There are also some unexpected ways to lose weight that I am going to show you in this article.
Method #1 – Stay cool
Did you know that the cooler you are the harder you body will have to work (i.e. burn calories) to keep you warm.
Try drinking some ice cold water during the day. Research has shown that the simple task of drinking 8 glasses of ice cold water can burn as much as 70 extra calories a day.
Keeping your bedroom at a colder temperature has also been shown to aid slimming.
Turn the thermostat to 19C and you will be burning 7% more calories than normal while you sleep.
Method #2 – Get up off your seat
If you want to burn an extra 42 calories an hour stand up. Standing up causes your heart to beat faster, which in turn boosts your metabolism.
No wonder standing desks are becoming more popular in the workplace.
Method #3 – Fidget
You will often hear a parent telling their children off for fidgeting. Yet, fidgeting as an adult could help you to lose weight.
Every time you are moving you are burning calories, so it makes sense to move as much as you can, even when you are supposedly resting.
These small movements will all add up to a huge change in your appearance.
Method #4 – Eat early
The best time to eat breakfast is within the first hour of getting up.
Eating a protein rich breakfast (such as scrambled eggs) will give your metabolism the boost it needs to push you through until lunch.
Method #5 – Cut back on the decaf
According to a study published in the American magazine Physiology & Behaviour, coffee drinkers have a 16% higher metabolism than those who don’t drink coffee or choose decaf.
The reason for this increase in metabolism is the caffeine content of coffee.
However, you need to limit your milk and sugar content, aim for a black coffee instead of those full fat lattes.
For those who do not like coffee, try drinking green tea as this also contains caffeine as well as powerful antioxidants that can improve your overall health.
Method #6 – Make time to laugh
Laughing can raise the metabolic rate by as much as 20%, with just 15 minutes of laughter a day enough to burn an extra 280 calories a week.
This is the equivalent of 4 pounds a year, while also lowering stress levels and strengthening your heart.
Method #7 – Make time to relax
If you are stressed at home or in work you are more likely to want to snack.
The reason for this is that stress causes your body to produce more cortisol, which is a hormone that causes those annoying urges to snack.
By taking the time to relax, perhaps by having a long bath or chatting to a good friend can relieve this stress and keep those cravings at bay.
We all know that diet and exercise is still the most effective way to lose weight and keep it off long term, however maybe these unexpected ways to lose weight can give you a little extra helping hand.