If you’re looking to lose weight, you’ve probably done some research and heard all the conventional pieces of advice, right?
“Make sure you drink enough water” and “be sure to get 8 hours of sleep every night” may spring to mind. And the thing is – they’re right.
There is a certain set of guidelines which will help you lose weight, and they work for everyone. Eat in a caloric deficit, stay hydrated, exercise and get enough sleep.
However, if you’re already living a healthy lifestyle and you want the weight to come off as fast as possible while keeping your body in a healthy state, there are definitely some surprising, lesser-known tips which will give you an edge.
In this article, I’m going to be explaining 9 unusual steps to fast weight loss – some cool pointers which have had a significant effect on my own progress in the past.
Let’s get into it!
1. Eat an early dinner
For years, people have argued as to whether meal timing matters or not but recently, a study was published in the journal Obesity which determined that there’s a solid link between people eating late and people consuming more calories.
Adults who eat after 8pm consistently eat more calories and carry more body fat than their early-night counterparts.
I would recommend you don’t eat for at least 3-4 hours prior to going to bed. This way, by the time you hit the hay, your body is already in fat-burning mode and will remain as such throughout the night.
2. Weigh yourself every day
This kind of goes against what all these modern ‘gurus’ say about weight loss – that you should chuck out your scale etc, but this is quite simply nonsense.
As much as there are other indicators of how your progress is coming along, for example how you look in the mirror, or how you ‘feel’, but nothing is as good of an indicator of weight loss as getting on the damn scale and being lighter!
It’s a great way to face your fears and can actually be quite motivating if you’re following a good plan and losing weight consistently.
Scientists at the University of Minnesota found that people who weighed themselves every day lost almost twice as much as those who didn’ weight themselves often. This seems to be because it keeps you ‘aware’ of your choices throughout the day, making you less likely to give in to bad habits.
3. Reward yourself
No, this doesn’t mean reward yourself with a tub of ice cream after one solid day of dieting. However, once you’ve got yourself into a healthy routine and the weight is coming off steadily, you can establish a system you can use to reward yourself.
I like to reward myself with a small dessert each day, as long as I’ve strictly stuck to my diet. I recommend a small portion of a food of your choice, totalling no more than 200 calories. This could be a couple of spoonfuls of ice cream or a few squares of chocolate.
This is a great little trick you can use to stay committed and disciplined to your diet, but remember – you don’t get to eat the reward if you’ve strayed from your diet!
4. Read about dieting and exercise
Studies have shown that if you read about diet and exercise advice on a regular basis, you’re more likely to make smarter diet and lifestyle choices.
A great place to start would be to regularly read something such as Men’s/Women’s Health or to check in regularly to this blog in order to ensure that health is always on your mind.
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5. Eat spicy foods more often
The British Journal of Nutrition found that eating spicy foods helps to promote weight loss. Participants in the study who are a spicy appetiser before meals ate significantly less than people who consumed a non-spicy appetiser.
The reason for this is that spicy foods contain a compound called capsaicin, which acts as an appetite suppressant! It has also been shown to boost metabolism and fight inflammation.
The moral of the story is: adding spicy foods to your diet is a super tasty way to stay lean!
6. Take the stairs
Sometimes, it really is the smaller things which can make all the difference. Simple lifestyle choices like taking the stairs instead of the elevator or walking instead of driving can be the driving force of your weight loss.
It has been proven on several occasions that people who move more throughout the day as they go about their business find it much easier to maintain their body weight than those who were more sedentary, even when both groups do the same amount of exercise.
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7. Go for a walk after dinner
Another great tip for fast weight loss is to take a walk after you’ve finished your dinner, and not just because of the calories burned.
Taking a stroll post-meal can actually help lower your blood sugar, and prevent your body from unnecessarily storing fat.
If you don’t have time to specifically go out and take a walk, try your best to remain active. Do the housework or something similar – anything is better than sitting straight down!
8. Keep healthy food in plain sight
The best way to achieve fast weight loss is to make sure you have minimal naughty food in your cupboard and to ensure that you have as many healthy options as possible.
However, to take this to the next level, I recommend actually preparing these healthy foods and even keeping them in plain sight if possible.
Keep healthy snacks such as nuts on your desk at work, and keep fresh fruit in a bowl in the kitchen at all times. This will make it much easier to eat a healthy snack when you begin to feel peckish.
Whatever you need to do in order to stick to a healthy diet, go ahead and do it!
9. Avoid distractions while you eat
There are tons of things around us today which can grab out attention: televisions, laptops and the big one – the smartphone!
It was recently stated that in the western world, our attention span has dropped to an average of 5 seconds. An average goldfish has an attention span of 6 seconds. We literally have less ability to stay focused than a goldfish!
When you’re eating, try your best to sit, relax and focus on what you’re eating. Go out of your way to enjoy it. When you pay attention to the food you’re eating, your hunger is satisfied far more than it would otherwise be if you were eating while doing a million other things at the same time.
And that’s it!
There we have it – 9 unusual steps to fast weight loss!
Implement some of these small changes into your routine and watch how significant your weight loss results can improve!
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