We’ve heard so many health advices, most of them unsolicited, that we now no longer know which are the genuine ones. Here, we bring to you 10 popular health hacks that actually work and help you lose weight!
- Drink water before your meals
We all know the importance of staying hydrated. But did you know that drinking 1-2 glasses of water before your main meals makes you eat fewer calories, thus aiding weight loss? You’re welcome!
- Be strict with yourself when it comes to sugar
Cutting down on sugar consumption is the best thing you can do for yourself. Your body will thank you for it! This will also keep you away from problems like obesity, Type 2 diabetes, heart diseases etc. While you’re at it, say No to soda and fruit juices also, as they contain added sugars too!
- Pay attention to the food while eating
In a world of Netflix and smartphones, it’s easy to be distracted. However, if you can keep yourself away from those distractions and fully focus on what you are eating during meal times, you will find yourself eating mindfully, properly chewing the food and improving digestion. And as a bonus, you also end up keeping a check on your portion sizes.
- Take cold showers
Renowned Life Coach and Business Strategist, Tony Robins, begins his day every morning by jumping into his pool maintained at 57 degree Fahrenheit (approximately 14 degree Celsius). Cold showers are known to improve blood circulation, tighten pores, and boost metabolism, immunity and alertness. It also increases level of happiness and confidence, as you instantly feel like a winner after a cold shower.
- Take a walk every hour
Alternating between our desk jobs during the week and being a couch potato on the weekends, it is easy to slide into a sedentary lifestyle without even realising it. Force yourself to get up every hour and take a short stroll. You can set up hourly reminders on your phone till you get used to this habit.
- Break away from refined carbs
Move away from refined carbs such bread and pasta, as they are made after removing all the good fibre present in the grains. Instead, switch to unprocessed, whole grains that have their nutritional composition intact.
- Eat in small plates
You may not believe when we say it, but switching over to smaller plates can have significant impact on your food consumption habits. Instead of consuming more calories in the hope of burning them later, why not limit the consumption by reducing the portion sizes.
- Eat more fruits and vegetables
You must have heard this a million times before. But, it works. Fruits and vegetables carry fewer calories but more fibre and water. The high water content in them keeps you full for a long time.
- Choose eating healthy instead of dieting
It’s easy to fall into the trap of diets. While you may succeed in following a certain kind of diet, what usually happens is after a month or two, once you’re satisfied with the diet-induced weight loss, you resume your original food habits. This leads to weight gain, rendering your diet futile. Instead of going after short-term strict diets, follow life-long habit of eating healthy all the time.
- No matter the gender, you must lift weights
There was an argument for a long time that lifting weights made one bulkier. And therefore, women were advised to not lift weights to prevent muscular arms and legs. However, it’s all myth. Lifting weights make you stronger and help you burn fat around your muscles, resulting in toned body. They also improve metabolism, further aiding weight loss.