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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

6 Unanticipated Weight Loss Strategies That Really Worked

Losing weight and keeping it off can be a burden. No matter how hard we try sometimes not even the healthiest meal plans and most effective routines can help. What can we do in this case? New diets emerge on a monthly basis. These promise us amazing results in the shortest amount of time. As much as we hate to admit this, there’s no such thing as the perfect diet

As human beings we are unique. We have different body types and the same diets don’t apply to everyone. The exact same principle applies when we work out. However, there are unanticipated weight loss strategies that have been proven to work exceptionally well. Here are 6 of them:
  1. Add More Spices to Your Food
Adding spices to your daily meals can help keep the size of your portions under control. Studies have shown that people eat less food when their dish is spicier than usual. The more bizarre the blend the more benefits you garner. The food will be more delicious as well as healthier. That’s because when we add spices we limit the addition of salt. Get out of your comfort zone and don’t be scared of trying new things when it comes to food. Consequently, certain spices have loads of benefits. Cinnamon, turmeric and cumin are packed with antioxidants that speed up the metabolism.
  1. Avoid Snacks
This weight loss strategy is rather surprising, considering that most nutritionists and dieticians do recommend eating 5-6 small meals during the day. According to recent researchers who are focused on the study of the two hunger hormones, gherlin and leptin, snacking during the day might mess up the natural signals your body sends out. Furthermore, regular snacking can also interfere with the calculation of your daily caloric intake. 

  1. Intermittent Fasting
With this strategy you will lose a lot of weight. Intermittent fasting is the newest, trendiest diet in the nutrition environment at the moment. It has numerous benefits, starting from faster metabolism, improved immunity, lower risks of developing cancer, and weight loss. However, in spite of all these benefits, this strategy may be hard to follow for someone who enjoys food and eating often. 
  1. Have Cake at Breakfast
Some would say that this is the worst advice ever, and to some extent it is. And yet several Israeli researchers performed a study on several overweight individuals. They found that obese people who had cake at breakfast were able to adhere to a healthier diet throughout the day much better than those who didn’t have cake. The scientists involved in the study mentioned that treating yourself with high in carbohydrates might curb cravings for other sweets during the day.
  1. Weigh Yourself Daily
This may seem like a crazy strategy to attain your weight loss goals, but it works. When you’re obsessed with the numbers you have a clearer perspective of what you should be eating. Eating a whole pizza during the day will modify the scale; however, eating only one slice and compensating with healthier food will make you realize the difference. Hoping on the scale daily keeps you aware of your weight loss goals; and when you stick to a proper diet and workout routine, the differences you’ll see on that scale will convince you to keep going and work harder.
  1. It’s Not a Crime to Skip Breakfast
They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day. However, this doesn’t mean that eating healthy food in the morning will make your body lose weight. According to a recent study, 90% of Americans have breakfast in the morning; however, 50% are obese or overweight. How can this be? 

Believe it or not, when it comes to food timing is not that crucial. Nothing will happen to your metabolism if you don’t eat something as soon as you wake up. In fact, in some cases an early breakfast can do more harm than good. Early meals create a bigger window for food throughout the day. Ending your day with a snack at 10 pm may be more than you need because rather than burn fat, you will store it.

We don't recommend any of these weight loss strategies without proper advice from a Doctor, Nutritionist or a Personal Trainer. 

By Edward Francis and