Lifestyle Changes For Natural Weight Loss

These simple lifestyle changes have very good, even excellent, proven results in helping you to lose weight naturally. You need not incorporate all of them at one time. Instead, set small goals and integrate them slowly and consistently into your daily life until such time as they automatically become a part of your day-to-day routine:

Take a Walk

While joining the local gym or buying exercise equipment for your home is an excellent idea, if you do not actually go to the gym or you do not actually use the equipment, it will just put a big dent in your wallet, take up space and make you feel like a failure. Instead, start off by walking whenever and wherever possible. Regularly walk the dog or take strolls with your mate or a friend. Don't park closest to the entrance. Instead, park the farthest. Take the stairs instead of the elevator. 

Drink an Adequate Amount of Water

Research shows that water has several health benefits. It flushes out toxins, aids in proper liver and kidney functions and prevents dehydration. Although the "8 x 8 rule" (8 glasses of 8 ounces each) per day is an easy, widely accepted rule by health care professionals, you can get a more precise idea of how much water you should drink in a day based on your weight, level of exercise, alcohol intake, the climate you live in and other factors. Try using this Hydration Calculator (link below) to determine how much water you should drink daily.

Get Enough Sleep

Studies suggest that lack of sleep may affect your appetite by increasing feelings of hunger. Sleep deprivation is also thought to adversely affect your metabolism by interfering with your body's ability to metabolize carbohydrates, thus resulting in storage of fat. So, make certain you get enough sleep. How much sleep do you need? The experts say that if you feel drowsy during any point in the day, even during boring activities, then you are probably not getting enough sleep.

Passive Exercise

Although not a substitute for a regular exercise routine which incorporates cardio and weight training, those individuals who hate or cannot find the time for a formal exercise session can still incorporate some exercises while doing simple household chores or even while sitting on the couch watching television. Doing something is certainly better than nothing and even small amounts of activity, done often enough, can make a difference in the long run.

Drink Green Tea 

In numerous studies, including one conducted by The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, it has been discovered that consumption of green tea extract significantly increases the fat oxidation (the body's ability to burn fat) and boosts metabolism, which may aid with weight loss. Green tea extract also comes in capsule form. Because green tea generally contains large amounts of caffeine, it may not be suitable for individuals who have certain medical disorders or conditions, such as high blood pressure, heart conditions, kidney disease, blood clotting problems, or nervous and anxiety disorders. However, both the tea leaves and capsules are available in decaffeinated form.

Disclaimer: Nothing in this Article is intended or should be construed as medical advise, diagnosis or treatment. All content herein is for informational purposes only. You should consult with and seek the advise of a physician or qualified health professional before starting an exercise or diet program to determine it is right for your individual needs.

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