How to eat the cheesecake recipes you love and not let it stick to your waist. Our good friend Cassandra the webhost at Healthy29.com has once again given us a great read concerning weight loss and health!
Weight Loss Tips that have Nothing to do with Diet or Exercise!
written by Cassandra Gout- Webhost of Healthy29.com
Of course we all know that in order to lose weight, we are supposed to eat healthy and be active. However, these 2 activities are not the end all, be all to weight loss.
There are a few simple things that we can do in our everyday lives that will help increase energy and metabolize fat, without counting or burning a single calorie.
1. Sleep!– Our bodies actually burn fat while we are sleeping. Unfortunately, many people don’t get enough sleep per night, especially quality REM sleep. Although eight hours of sleep per night is the accepted standard, anywhere between 6 and 10 may be ideal for you. Here are some tips to help cut down on tossing and turning:
a. Make sure the room is dark and quiet. Light and sound confuse the brain making it difficult for the body to engage in full rest. (if you need the television to fall asleep, set a timer so it turns off automatically)
b. If a quiet sleep environment isn’t a possibility due to a snoring partner or living on a busy highway, invest in some soft ear plugs.
c. Avoid caffeine in the afternoon. It may be difficult at first, but by getting better sleep, your body will have more natural energy.
d. Try not to eat within 3 hours of bedtime as your body breaking down the food in your system disrupts sleep. If you must eat something, choose a healthy protein, such as low-fat milk, or almonds.
e. Stick relatively close to a sleeping schedule.
2. Stay Hydrated– By drinking plenty of fluids, your body is constantly burning calories and you don’t feel as hungry throughout the day. Sometimes, your brain doesn’t know the difference between hunger and thirst, and you feel like you need to eat, when all you’re really lacking is fluids.
3. Get a Hands-On Hobby– It sounds silly, but idle hands tend to wander. And many times they wander into the cupboards or refrigerator hunting for snacks. Instead of flipping through channels on your couch, popping M&Ms, learn how to do something that will keep your fingers busy. Need ideas?
a. Learn to play guitar, piano or ukulele
b. Paint, sew or craft
c. Start a blog
4. Eat!– Starvation only confuses the body, so when we deprive ourselves of food, we go into Fat-Storage mode. Then, we typically over eat once food is finally presented. The body thinks, “Fantastic, more to store away in the thighs and tummy!” If you’re hungry in between meals, find a snack to tide you over so that you don’t pig out come mealtime. So unless you plan on becoming anorexic (which is a terrible plan) you’re going to have to feed yourself to lose weight.