7 Surprising Ways to Lose Weight

losing weight can seem like an insurmountable challenge, but it doesn’t have to

be impossible! If you know the secrets to losing weight naturally and maintaining

your weight loss, you can achieve your goals without having to resort to expensive

weight loss surgery or costly gym memberships. These are some of the best ways

1) Drink water


Water is a calorie-free beverage that helps boost your metabolism and keep you

hydrated. However, drinking too much water can cause hyponatremia or water

intoxication—so be sure to drink plenty of water when eating less food. In fact, if you

eat a meal of 1,500 calories and also drink two quarts of water before every meal for

weight loss, you may actually gain weight. And besides, you don’t have to guzzle

gallons of H2O before meals—that’s a myth. A 2009 study in The American Journal

of Clinical Nutrition found that people who drank two glasses of water before their main

meals lost nearly twice as much weight as those who didn’t pre-hydrate first. (In case

you’re wondering, drinking more than two glasses had no additional benefit.) Drinking

water before meals has been shown to help decrease overall calorie intake by 15 percent

(which can add up fast!). It seems like common sense that sipping on water while eating

will help cut down on how much food you eat—but it’s not just an idle fad. There are actual

benefits to hydrating while dining: You take in fewer calories per bite; chewing takes longer

(which means more time working on swallowing); and there’s even some evidence that

sipping on water reduces overeating by making us feel fuller faster. When it comes to losing weight

, it’s all about feeling full without stuffing yourself silly.

2) Sleep early


Sleep is key to losing weight. Studies have shown that people who sleep less than 6 hours

a night are more likely to be overweight than those who sleep for 7 or 8 hours, even when

other factors such as diet and exercise remain equal. Sleep deprivation not only causes

you to become tired and lethargic, but it can also affect your hormones, making you

hungrier than normal. It’s easy enough to make sure you get at least 7-8 hours of sleep a

night by going to bed early and waking up in time so that you’re rested and refreshed in

time for work or school each day. And if that means skipping out on some late-night TV

sessions then do it! Your health will thank you later!

3) Eat fibrous food


Eating more high-fiber foods will help fill you up and keep you feeling full longer. These

nutrient-rich plant foods are also loaded with disease-fighting antioxidants, which will

help promote overall good health. High fiber diets have been linked to lower cholesterol

l levels, less risk of developing diabetes, and decreased risk of heart disease (source).

Try adding some fruits and vegetables that contain a lot of dietary fiber. Here are a few

examples: berries, beans, peas, bran cereal, artichokes, and broccoli. If you’re unsure if a

food is high in fiber or not, check out Calorie King’s list of common high-fiber foods.

4) Eat your meals frequently


A handful of studies suggest that eating larger, more frequent meals (this is called

‘grazing’) maybe a better alternative to three squares a day. Keep in mind that

these studies were done on people who already had healthy habits, so they are

not necessarily applicable to you if you’re trying to lose weight. On top of that,

your daily caloric intake may vary depending on whether you eat your meals

quickly or slowly. Eating more frequently throughout your day will help keep

your blood sugar steady and may make it easier for you to stay active

throughout each day, meaning you burn more calories overall. Try eating

breakfast within an hour of waking up, then another small meal about four

hours later, and one last meal around four hours before bedtime.

5) Drink herbal tea before meals


Diet experts have long advised people not to consume too much liquid with their

meals—because it can fill you up faster and lead you to take in more calories

than you intended. It’s a good idea, but another way is to keep your mouth busy

by sipping on a cup of warm or iced herbal tea while you eat. You could be

burning extra calories without even trying. Herbal teas can aid weight loss

because they are slightly diuretic and laxative, says Nutritionist Marisa Moore,

owner of Nutrition Starring You in New York City. (Make sure your tea doesn’t

contain caffeine, which can make you feel jittery.) A cup of peppermint tea is

an especially soothing option.

6) Don’t eat unhealthy foods


This seems like a pretty obvious one, but it’s still a mistake that many people make.

Let’s say you have your heart set on eating a bag of chips for lunch. That would be

about 100 calories right there. If you add in another 150 calories in juice and soda,

and then 300 more calories from cookies, later on, you end up with an extra 450

calories—enough to negate any healthy eating throughout your day. When

trying to lose weight, make sure all of your foods are packed with nutrients rather

than empty carbs or sugars.

7) Eat plenty of fruits


Fruits are loaded with water and fiber, both of which will help you feel full. Studies

have shown that drinking two glasses of water before each meal can lead to a

weight loss of about five pounds in six months. In addition, fruits contain more

antioxidants than vegetables and grains, as well as vitamins and minerals that

promote health and wellness. Try to include two servings a day (such as an

apple with breakfast or a piece of fruit with dinner). This simple practice can be

just what you need for natural weight loss.

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