Nothing worth having comes easy. And that goes double as far as weight loss is concerned. It requires sacrifice and unwavering determination. But that’s not the say you can’t make the process a little less painful.
How so? Simple: go for the low hanging fruit first, see some results, and then dive into the deeper waters.
Let me explain…
If you can lose your first 10, 15, even 20 pounds quite fast (and without much effort) you’ll be that much more motivated to keep going until you have that flat stomach and overall toned body.
And here are two simple tips to help you do just that:
1. Stop drinking soda.
2. Sleep more.
Yes, that’s all it takes to quickly start losing fat, and recent studies prove it.
As far as soda is concerned, three new papers were just published in The New England Journal of Medicine highlighting (yet again) the strong link between these beverages and an expanding waistline.
Here’s what Dr. David Ludwig, director of the New Balance Foundation Obesity Prevention Center at Boston Children’s Hospital, who led one of the studies had to say, “I know of no other category of food whose elimination can produce weight loss in such a short period of time.” He went on to add, “The most effective single target for an intervention aimed at reducing obesity is sugary beverages.”
If you don’t already know, sugar is enemy #1 when it comes to weight gain. Naturally, cutting it out of your diet (especially in its liquid form) will lead to near-instant and dramatic results in your body and health overall.
Then there’s the issue of sleep. A 6-year study tracked two groups of people: one that slept 7-8 hours per night and one that slept only 6. At the end of the study, those that slept more had gained 5 few pounds than those who slept less.
Now, that may not sound like a lot, but imagine not gaining that 1-2 pounds per year that most adults do throughout their life. It really adds up. In fact, there are several small things you can do that, as a whole, will make a big difference to your waistline.
But again, start with the low hanging fruit first. Replace soda (and juice) for water and hit the snooze button a little more often. Better still, set the alarm clock one hour later (or hit the sheets a little earlier). And before you know it, you’ll have a host of new habits that will make getting and staying in shape seem almost effortless.