There are so many diet and exercise plans circulating around, many of which claim that you must spend extra time in the gym to get the body you’ve always dreamed of. But how many of us actually have all that extra time in our day in between work, school, meetings, social engagements and everything else going on in life? The fact is, you can lose weight and maintain a great body with just a moderate amount of exercise (just 30 minutes, 3-4 times a week!) And that doesn’t have to be in a gym, either; simply go for a walk, bike ride, a hike on the weekend or another sport you enjoy. The number one way to lose weight is through your diet, so in the meantime, implement these simple diet tips to slim down your body:
Stop Comfort Eating
Are you familiar with the late-night fridge run? You know, the one where you stand in the kitchen scooping out ice cream to eat covertly in bed because obviously, late-night calories don’t count. Or how about that movie binge where you pig out on popcorn, chocolate and soda right before bed? The fact is, late-night eating can be fun but it’s a nightmare for your waistline. The problem here is that when you eat late at night, you do no activity afterwards so all those calories just sit in your gut when you go to sleep. Your body must work extra hard to burn those off and when you wake up, chances are you gulp down breakfast before you even have a chance to burn off everything you ate the night before. It’s a straight shot to weight gain. So stop eating after dinner, preferably 2-3 hours before bed, and you’ll start to notice you’re feeling and looking healthier.
Alcohol is a huge source of empty calories, and the worst part is, most of them go straight to your belly as fat! So if you want to slim down quickly, simply cutting out alcohol for awhile will make a huge difference. When you do bring it back, just drink in moderation. Not only is alcohol full of empty calories, but it reduces your inhibitions which makes you binge out on totally unhealthy foods (drunken munchies, anyone?) So skip the cocktails, leave the nachos and late-night burger and slim your waistline fast.
Avoid Artificial Sweeteners
It might sound counterintuitive, but the fact is that people who regularly drink diet soda weigh more on average than those who drink no soda at all. But why? It shouldn’t matter, since diet soda has no calories…right? Well aspartame and other artificial sweeteners trick your body into thinking it’s getting calories. When those calories never come, your body begins to crave them elsewhere, and you grab for empty carbohydrates anywhere you can. So diet soda and other drinks don’t save you calories at all; they simply make you binge out on junk food later. Besides, artificial sweeteners have been linked to cancer and other horrible outcomes… so why not avoid them completely! Choose honey or agave for a natural sweetness if you must have a bit of sugar.
Use Herbal Supplements
When used in conjunction with a diet rich in whole foods, herbal supplements can be a great way to help your body slim down. Green tea extract, for example, helps boost your body’s metabolism and burn extra calories. Take a supplement each morning to boost health right away. From vitamin supplements to herbal supplements designed for weight loss, going the natural route can have great results for your body and overall health.