Obesity is a killer. Many people dealing with this condition take drastic and mostly unhealthy actions to try to lose weight. Remember that sustainable weight loss cannot happen overnight. It is a process, which needs time. Natural and healthy ways to reduce weight often take time to work, but the results are well worth the wait.
Reducing your weight gradually is the best approach to take because if you are looking to lose weight fast, you might end up losing muscle mass, bone, and water instead of the fat in your body, which is not worth it. Avoid extreme diets which border on the verge of starving. Working with a dietician can be a great way to ensure you are healthy through the weight loss process, and you receive all the nutrients your body needs.
Here are some healthy ways through which you can reduce your weight:
Water, water, and more water
If you drink inadequate amounts of water during the day and in between your meals, you will end up having digestive problems. Drinking enough water is key to having a good digestive system. Water acts in a similar way in our bodies as oil works in a car. A well-oiled car is a trouble free car.
In the same way, when your body gets an adequate supply of water during the day, your stomach will be able to digest food easily, and you won’t get bloated and gassy. Drinking at least a couple of glasses of water before you eat will help you feel full, and as a result, you’ll eat a little less food, which is great for reducing those extra pounds.
Don’t skip breakfast
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. When you skip it, your body is tricked into believing that you are starving, and so you tend to overcompensate during lunch and dinner. This is unhealthy and can lead to unwanted weight gain.
Even if you don’t particularly feel hungry in the morning, try to munch on some fiber-rich foods and a little protein, which will help keep your hunger pangs at bay later in the day.
Eat a light dinner
If you are used to eating your largest meal at dinner, that might be the reason why you are gaining unwanted weight. Your body handles digestion differently at different times and works the slowest during the night when you sleep. Due to that, you end up putting on the pounds.
Make the first meal your heaviest meal of the day. Your body will thank you for that.
Eat more fruits and vegetables
Instead of going on a restricted diet and keeping yourself from eating carbohydrates and sugars, try adding more fruits and vegetables to your diet. They have the double benefit of adding more beneficial nutrients to your body, helping it function, as well as keeping you full due to their high fiber content.
Work out more intensely
Go for high energy workout regimes like squat jumps, burpees and alternate between a time of high energy exercises, and a short recovery time. This helps your body burn a lot of fat and keeps you slim and trim. A simple way of putting this into practice would be to replace your walking with running.
As with other things, exercise must be used as a daily habit and not only as a last resort. Over-exercising can be dangerous for your body and heart. Pick a fitness program and stick to it. Commit to it for at least a month if you are looking to see improvements and weight reduction.