Burning fat and getting in shape can look like a huge and threatening task but it does not have to be. There are simple changes that can be incorporated into everyday life that can result in big changes with time.
Mood and its Effects on Weight Loss
Looking great begins with a positive self-image. Mood affects many aspects of lifestyle including the energy to engage in physical activity and what and how often one eats. Low moods make one vulnerable to comfort eating; a condition that often involves consuming foods that are loaded with sugar. One is also likely to lack the energy to engage in physical activity. Low moods just sap out body energy and make one have no motivation to do anything.
Cut Out Stress
The effort to burn fat and look great has a lot to benefit from addressing stress factors in one’s life. Stress and the inability to lose weight seem to go hand in hand. It is like they reinforce each other. Undergoing prolonged stress has an impact on the hormone cortisol which is known to increase appetite as well as make the body store fat especially around the abdominal area.
The journey to burning fat therefore needs to take into consideration the stress levels and to deal with the stress correctly. Bringing about change in stress levels does not have to take drastic change in lifestyle but is more about becoming aware about stress factors and making better choices.
Steps such as establishing healthy boundaries with family and friends, saving oneself time and energy by saying no when it needs to be said, changing one’s circles and kicking out toxic people from one’s life goes a long way in bringing down stress levels.
Low Carb Diet
Replacing white starches a few times a week with low carb substitutes, increasing protein and vegetables can improve metabolism and burn more fat.
Cutting out excess calories helps in the body become more efficient in burning fat. This takes some self-discipline such as serving food in smaller portions and avoiding second servings even if one does not feel full. Putting away leftovers right away minimizes the temptation for second servings.
Increased Water Intake
Drinking more water during the day not only keeps one more hydrated but gives the feeling of being full without eating anything. It is a great way to get rid of the craving for high calorie snacks and other unhealthy foods.
Sipping green tea during the day helps burn fat. Not only does it contain less caffeine but it is loaded with antioxidants that are beneficial for health.
Increase Physical Activity
Making a conscious effort to increase physical activity every day has a direct impact on the ability to burn fat. This does not have to be anything drastic. Small changes such as walking 15 to 20 minutes, taking the car, or using the stairs instead of the elevators eventually add up.
Why sit on the couch while talking on phone? Walk instead. Doing some household chores daily and engaging in some short workouts at home goes a long way in helping the body burn fat.
For a person who is lazy to go to the gym, there is nothing to worry about. 5 to 10 minutes of workouts done at home eliminate the need for gym time. Doing just 10 push-ups and 10 sit-ups every day builds endurance and burns fat. You can also take a look at best home gym ideas that can help you avoid that expensive gym membership.
Helping the body to burn more fat does not have to be boring. Watching TV does not have to result in a sedentary lifestyle. Dancing while watching a favorite TV program or playing some uplifting music while working out takes the boredom out of working out. Music and dancing make daunting tasks more fun.
Having strength training just twice a week can speed up the burning of fat. Those who do it more times do not necessarily get better results so lazy people are not at a disadvantage.
Rest and Recovery
The body repairs itself during rest so it is important to incorporate rest days. These are days without much strenuous physical activity. Stretching, light gardening and normal household chores should take care of such days. Meditation and yoga can bring more value to these days.
Improve Quality of Sleep
Getting adequate and quality sleep every night helps the body burn fat more efficiently. Some simple choices result in improved sleep. Engaging in physical activity during the day, taking a relaxing shower in the evening, not taking drinks that contain caffeine at bedtime, keeping the room quiet and staying away from electronic devices an hour before sleep are just but a few changes that will improve the quality of sleep.
Burning fat and getting in shape is possible no matter how lazy one is.
Author: Jane Austen