Throughout the summer season, most people try to focus harder on their weight-loss efforts so they can look and feel great in summer clothing, such as bathing suits, shorts, skirts, and tank tops. By eating a healthy diet, exercising regularly, and perhaps even undergoing weight-loss surgery if diet and exercise fail to work, you should be able to lose weight and become healthier in no time.
However, if you’re anxious to lose weight at a slightly faster pace, here are six practical tips you can follow to maximize and drive weight loss without having to take extreme measures.
If your summer vacation involves lying poolside or at the beach drinking margaritas and daiquiris, then your sugar intake may be far higher than you might suspect. Nearly all alcoholic beverages contain an excessively high amount of sugar, and can trigger insulin resistance -- in turn, promoting weight gain. Take a break from consuming alcohol of any kind for about six weeks to help drive your weight-loss efforts. If you do feel tempted to have a few drinks, follow each drink up with a glass of water and try to go light on mixers.
Coffee could be a major part of your daily routine that is contributing to weight gain. Do you take your coffee black, or do you add sugar and creamer? If you usually add extras to your daily coffee order, try taking your coffee black. If you can’t stand the taste of black coffee, swap out coffee for other sources of caffeine, such as green or black tea. Green and black teas contain compounds and antioxidants that can help drive weight loss.
White carbs such as bread, pretzels, pasta, and all other processed foods made with white all-purpose flour are usually considered highly-refined carbohydrates, and are packed with sugar and other additives that will spike your blood-sugar levels. Stop eating refined carbs and start eating more unrefined carbs, such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and beans, which are far healthier and just as filling.
According to a study conducted by researchers at Penn State University, soup is effective at suppressing your appetite because its liquid-solids combination can lower your overall calorie intake by as much as 20 percent compared to solid meals. Eat a bowl of vegetable soup for lunch or dinner to lower your daily calorie intake while also increasing your intake of vegetables.
When preparing your meals, make sure that 75 percent of your plate is comprised of vegetables, and that 25 percent of your plate is comprised of meat. Consuming less meat and fewer sides such as breads will accelerate weight loss and result in fat-burning at a faster rate.
Research shows that most Americans will eat 92 percent of all food that we serve ourselves, so it makes sense to serve smaller portions. Most individuals will also continue eating even when they’re full just for the sake of cleaning off their plates. Start managing portion sizes more wisely by using smaller plates, which will eventually result in less food intake throughout the day.
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