Helene is a freelance researcher, writer and digital marketer.
Do you know there is one secret to effectively shed off that extra weight?
If you find yourself every now and then scrolling through series of weight-loss articles on the internet, wondering the most effective way to lose weight, then you can’t afford to miss these amazing hacks I’m about to share here.
Now more than ever the internet is full of vast resource on the most effective weight loss method, from keto diets and intermittent fasting to workouts, all claiming to be the most effective way to keep fit.
For years I researched and even followed some not-too-healthy advices on weight loss before I decided I was done!
The One Extraordinary Key
It was at this point I incredibly walked into the perfect weight, just by living a normal life.
Yes you read that right!
Normal is master key to weight loss.
You actually do not have to do anything out of the ordinary to maintain a healthy weight, it’s a marketing trick!
Except for certain health issues, which I’d advice you should in your best interest go to see a doctor about, weight loss is very easy to achieve.
First of all there are different body types and body shapes and everyone cannot be a size 6 or 8 or sweet 16 forever.
But if you’re looking to shave off some unhealthy weight, which is usually as a result of an unhealthy lifestyle then you have your answer; change your lifestyle and habits and prioritize good health.
Here are five ways a normal lifestyle can give you a healthy weight.
I call it the pentagonal lifestyle made up of normal activities only this time, you’d have to be deliberate about them.
Eating right simply means subscribing to a balanced diet.
Your meals should contain all the nutrients that make up a balanced diet.
Although we do not need all the nutrients in the same proportion to function, it is dangerous to starve your body of necessary nutrients all in the name of weight loss.
Carbs are the biggest victims and targets of most neo-weight loss experts, but there is reason most foods contain them, your body needs energy!
I decided to share my reference table for a healthy meal plan; it helps me ensure each plate I eat contains the nutrients my body needs.
Whole grains, starchy fruits and vegetables such as unripe plantains, potatoes and cabbage.
Chick peas, fish, lean meat, eggs, dairy products, and kidney beans.
Fats and oil
Fish, avocados, coconut, olives, almonds and nuts.
Citrus, pawpaw, pineapple, apples, banana, and cucumber
Cheese, shellfish, eggs, cruciferous vegetables bones, nuts,
At least 3.7 liters a day for men and 2.7 liters for women.
Research shows that it is best to take water first thing in the morning, last thing at night, and 30 minutes before or after a meal.
Sometimes I snack on a fruit or have smoothies before lunch to reduce hunger pangs and excessive eating.
Select one day in a week to have your processed or sugary treats, if you find yourself craving them.
Eat When You’re Hungry and Stop Eating When You’re Full
One of the biggest enemies of keeping fit is eating more food than your body actually needs.
Chew well and slowly, this will prevent you from eating more than is necessary.
Avoid stress and comfort eating, eat to be satisfied and function properly.
Comfort eating was one of my biggest setbacks in keeping fit.
Make an easy daily routine to keep your body in shape.
Aerobics and a few sets of easy workouts you won’t dread doing regularly would do just fine.
My exercise routine consists of skipping a hundred or two jumps, 50 donkey kicks for each leg and hip thrust or hydrants daily.
Once in a while I add a new exercise routine just to spice things up.
You can also exercise by engaging in active physical activities; take a short walk instead of a drive, use the stairs; move around remember the couch is not always your friend.
Let Your System Rest
I chose Saturdays to fast and just let my system rest, then take water to break the fast in the evening. You can choose any day of your choice to do the fast.
Sometimes when I have lots of physical activities lined up, I do a “water fast” instead, by taking sips of water intermittently throughout the day.
You’d be amazed at how good and light you’d feel in just a short time.
You can also increase your fasting days from one to two as your body adjusts, and always remember it is important to check with a doctor before you begin any kind of fasting!
The whole point is to make these habits a lifestyle. Don’t be in a rush to see results, stay consistent with the four above, otherwise there will be no results and you’d find yourself feeling frustrated all over again.
When you make these habits a daily normal and it becomes a lifestyle, you’d not only shave off that extra weight, but you will keep trim and fit.
The health benefits of being physically fit can never be overemphasized.
Note that, although these hacks are supported by research, this information is not sanctioned by any experts, but this lifestyle has really improved my overall health, by eliminating:
- Recurring migraines
- Difficulty in breathing
- A dull skin amongst many other symptoms I usually develop when I gain weight.
This content reflects the personal opinions of the author. It is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and should not be substituted for impartial fact or advice in legal, political, or personal matters.
© 2022 Helene Dutse