How to Jumpstart Your Weight Loss
Everyone wants to lose weight quickly, but there is no magic pill that can make you thin in a month. From someone that has battled with weight all her life, trust me I have tried dozens of diets and even pills. You may lose weight, but when not done properly you gain pounds back and then some. As I mentioned in my last post, I gained weight, when I fell off of my vegan, high raw food diet. However, as I recommit to myself and a plant-based diet, I know I can get my weight back under control. There are several ways that you can jumpstart your weight loss by increasing your metabolism. Let’s do this together.
Keep yourself hydrated:
This is the most basic and easiest way to jumpstart your weight loss. Drinking a lot of water and detoxifying herbal teas will help you flush all the harmful toxins from your body, boosting your metabolism by improving the efficiency of your thyroid functioning. Drink five glasses of water daily at the very least to keep your body at its best. Drinking a lot of water and herbal teas, especially first thing in the morning and before meals, will also curb your hunger and prevent you from binge eating.
Get enough sleep:
Your diet, your workout, and all the water that you consume will go to waste if you fail to get enough quality sleep. Good sleep helps to keep your hormones and your mood balanced. If your hormones and your mood are balanced, then your body will function more efficiently and will keep all your unnecessary cravings at bay. Make sure to give yourself a peaceful night of at least eight hours.
Hot lemon water:
One of my favorite go-to’s. Drinking hot lemon water early in the morning before breakfast helps fire up your metabolism. Lime water works well too.
Another way you can fire up your metabolism is by having a healthy shot of lemon, honey, ginger, and turmeric first thing in the morning. It might not taste the best, but it has a dramatic impact on your metabolism.
Drinking loads of water or green tea before a workout is an easy and efficient way to burn twice the amount of calories that you usually do.
Exercises that keep your heartbeat up are another way to burn a lot more calories and jumpstart your weight loss. You can add exercises like planks, burpees, and jumping jacks to get your heart pumping.
Some studies have shown that people who have a habit of fidgeting or bouncing their knees can burn up to 500 more calories a day. I’m not necessarily saying to start fidgeting, the point is to get moving!
Spice is the key:
Spicy food burns more calories during digestion because it can fire up your metabolism. Add a few more spicy foods, like hot peppers, to your diet. You can add jalapeno in almost any dish you like, even in your juices. Spices also add a ton of flavor with little to no calories. Consider these herbs to heat up your body; cayenne, cinnamon, ginger, turmeric, and cloves.
Graze throughout the day:
Another trick is to eat five or six small meals throughout the day instead of eating three large meals. If you keep eating small amounts, your body will be constantly functioning to break down that food into energy. Your body will learn to work more efficiently and will burn more calories.
Drink black coffee once a day:
Drinking pure black coffee at least once a day will boost the rate at which your body burns calories.
Losing weight is not meant to be an expeditious activity; your body does not function that way. These tips should be practiced along with a healthy diet and exercise for best results, but they may be able to give your body that little extra boost it needs to power into weight loss mode.
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Yours in health and wellness,