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10 Easy Ways to Lose Weight

10 Easy Ways to Lose Weight

Losing weight takes focus, discipline and dedication, and the HCG diet can certainly be helpful for those who struggle with the requirements of weight loss as it doesn't take much time and can be beneficial for people who struggle with sticking to long term diets and exercising.

There are also a few "shortcuts" that can help you lose weight without having to expend much energy. If you'd rather skip the lengthy gym sessions, following these ten easy ways to lose weight  will set you down the path to a healthier and lighter you.

Method #1 -  Drink healthy stuff

One of the easiest ways to sabotage your weight loss goals is to ignore the calories you are consuming in liquid form. That daily vanilla latte may seem innocuous enough, but it could be packing a huge caloric punch, with added sweetener and heavy cream. Water is always your best bet, but brewed coffee, tea, sparkling water and fresh pressed juices (with moderation) are also great options.

Keeping a bottle of water around you at all times is also a great way to easily get your daily eight glasses and it will help you suppress your appetite. If you desire a little extra flavor, try infusing it with sliced lemons, cut cucumbers or frozen berries, but avoid adding any artificial sweeteners are sugar to it.

Method #2 -  Don't starve yourself

It may seem counterintuitive, but one of the best things you can do to stay on track to losing weight or maintaining a healthy weight is to remember to keep eating. Food is not your enemy"€”you need it to function and stay strong. The key is to make healthy choices, filling your diet with lean proteins, healthy fats and complex carbohydrates.

For curbing your cravings in between meals try snacking on raw vegetables, mixed nuts, edamame, dried fruit and string cheese. Eating small portions of healthy foods will help you maintain a healthy weight and will prevent you from having to rely on junk food or processed food. Remember, everything you put into your body should be working for your health, not against it, and making just one mistake with your meal choices can end up backfiring.

Method #3 -  Rethink how you dine out

If you find yourself frequenting eating at restaurants, you could be inadvertently consuming much more than you want to. Consider splitting a meal with a friend or your significant other, or wrapping up half of your entrée to eat the next day.

Little changes can make a big difference. Ordering a salad instead of fries, wheat bread instead of white and chicken instead of steak are all positive choices that will add up over time. Small steps toward losing weight are more effective than you think, and you'll see much better results when you are more consistent with your choices when you dine out. In general, try to eat at home as much as possible because you get to actually control what you eat, how it's prepared, and what's included.

Method #4 -  Every step counts

Every decision you make towards a most active and healthy life is going to add up, no matter how small. Take the stairs instead of the elevator. Walk around the block on your lunch break. Turn on the radio and dance to the music.

Take the time to discover what activities you actually enjoy, and pursue them. If you feel like jogging, go for it. You don't have to be fast, or even particularly good. Remember, no matter how slow you go you are still lapping everyone sitting on the couch.

Method #5 -  Recruit a friend

Upgrade your usual Sunday morning brunch with friends to a picnic in the park. Take a bike ride with your significant other and explore a new part of town. Join a lunch time yoga class with a work-mate. You may find that you're not the only one trying to commit to a healthier lifestyle, and that other people are eager to join in.

Finding ways to get in some exercise that is both fun and socially rewarding is a great way to sneak fitness into your life. After all, doesn't a fun game of basketball seem more appealing than a run on a treadmill?

Method #6 -  Drop temptation

It's so much easier to stick to your health goals when your cupboards aren't teaming with junk food. Remember, it's important that you find a healthy replacement for what you get rid of. Try stocking up on nutritionally beneficial snacks, like stovetop popcorn.

You may find that not having the convenience of processed food at arm's length will be a huge boost to your weight loss and health goals.

Method #7 -  Treat yourself

Making personal goals is a fantastic way to give shape to your commitment to a healthy lifestyle. Consider creating milestones of significance for yourself, with rewards for each one. Rewards can be a new book you've been hoping to read, new clothes or even a massage.

Try to stay away from focusing on the amount of weight you've lost, but instead make goals that align with following through with healthy habits. Hitting your workout goals for the first week is a great place to start, as is avoiding proceeded food or consistently getting up early for that morning jog.

Method #8 -  Ditch bad habits

Eating healthy and exercising won't mean much if you are still smoking a pack of cigarettes a day, or hitting the bar several times a week and indulging in a day's worth of liquid calories.

It will be tough to quit, but the benefits to your waist and your wallet will be significant. Use the money you save for healthy endeavors, like a few sessions with a personal trainer or a new outfit to work out in"€”or use it to fund your fitness goal rewards.

Method #9 -  Pump up the Volume

Studies have shown that music can help you immensely while exercising. From zeroing in your focus, to helping you keep pace to elevating your mood, making your own playlist of your favorite high energy songs can be a game changer when it comes to working out.

Even if you haven't committed to a gym, taking a moment to turn up a great song and dancing to it can be a great way to get your blood pumping.

Method #10 -  Keep on keepin' on

Everything that is worth doing is worth doing right. You may slip up, miss a few days of exercise or give in to the temptation of a morning donut. Abandon all-or-nothing thinking"€”the road to improved health doesn't have to be perfect, and it's natural that you may sometimes struggle or fall back into old habits.

Stay positive and be consistent with your efforts; consistency pays off more than anything else. The more that you stick to your intentions to lose weight, the better your results will be. Diets like the HCG diet can be very helpful in getting you back to a healthy weight when your efforts aren't enough, but you should certainly make your own efforts to lose weight and stay focused on your goals no matter how many times that you slip up.

Remember, every day that you spend trying to improve your health is quite literally a step in the right direction. Stick to your goals, strive for excellence and remember to take the time to reward yourself. You're about to embark on a hugely positive journey, and through the process you will see the benefits to both your health and happiness. If you find that you aren't getting the results that you want, consider starting a round of the HCG diet, as it can help you change your appetites and get back to a healthy lifestyle with less effort and in a faster timeframe than you would be able to using other methods.

About the author

Dr. Constance Odom, MD

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