The summer is creeping up on us and if you are like most people, you don’t feel like your body is quite ready to put on full display. That’s okay – there are ways to lose weight fast without compromising your health (or your sanity).
You can lose weight fast, but in an all-natural, healthy way with these tips, but like any weight-loss regimen, be sure to complement these suggestions with a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, nuts/seeds, legumes and lean meats as well as exercise. And always consult with your primary care physician before embarking on any weight loss plan.
1. Drink Fruit-Infused Water
Water may just be your best tool in losing weight. It is free of calories and helps to alleviate water retention, which otherwise leads to bloating and puffiness. Studies show that water consumption increases weight loss and reduces how much calories you consume in meals. However, as much of a savior as water is, it can get kind of boring. To remedy this, simply infuse your water beverages with fruit! The water absorbs the essence of the fruit and gives you a more delicious (and calorie-free) experience. Pour a pitcher of water and add in chopped strawberries, blueberries and mint. Let the water sit at room temperature as such for about an hour before consuming. Fill a water bottle with the fruit-infused water and carry it around with you all day long to make sure you’re drinking plenty.
2. Sit out in the Sun
Scientists discovered that early morning light helps to lower body fat and jump start the body’s metabolism. What does this mean for you? Wake up early and sit outside in the sun for 20-30 minutes between 8 and 10 a.m. Researchers have found that morning light triggers the body’s internal clock that regulates circadian rhythms, which also control energy balance. Getting light in the morning helps to synchronize your body clock and put your metabolism on the right track for the day.
3. Take Cold Showers
A long, hot and steamy shower is quite the amazing ritual, but as the days get longer and hotter, you may soon be begging for a wash down in cold water. And it turns out you may lose weight while you are at it too! White fat in the body is a result of eating more calories than your body needs to function – this fat isn’t burned for energy. Brown fat, however, is the good fat, which is burned for energy and essentially used to keep our bodies warm. Brown fat is activated when we experience extreme cold. Cold showers promote brown fat activity. In a 2009 study, it was observed that exposure to extreme cold temperatures stimulated brown fat and implicated that one could lose up to nine pounds per year if they continued to take cold showers.
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