There's nothing more frustrating than changing your lifestyle habits only to notice little to no weight loss in return. It takes time, of course, for your body to adjust to healthy eating and exercise, but maybe you need an extra oomph of encouragement to be successful. Weight loss pills might seem like a quick fix, but they're not worth jeopardizing your overall health! Diet pills come with multiple negative side effects, such as mood swings, constipation and headaches, and can also increase your heart attack and stroke risk, according to MyFoodDiary.
Perhaps there are a few more habits you need to adopt to help the extra pounds melt off. Consider the following natural and healthy ways to speed up weight loss:
1. Get Some Sleep
You know that prioritizing sleep allows your body to recharge for the next day, but did you know it may aid your weight loss? A study by researchers at Case Western Reserve found that short sleep duration was associated with weight gain in the future in its participants.
"Adults should sleep between seven and nine hours each night."
Adults should sleep between seven and nine hours every night to properly rest their bodies – and set them up for success in the weight loss department.
2. Perform Weight-Lifting Exercises
Most people associate losing weight fast with cardio exercises, such as running or jogging. Weight lifting, however, builds muscle mass, which allows you to burn more calories by increasing your metabolism. This can speed up weight loss and help you reach your goals faster, rather than relying on the treadmill to help you lose pounds.
Balance weight lifting and high-intensity interval training throughout the week to see the best results from your workouts.
3. Stay Hydrated
Whether you're thirsty or not, neglecting to fuel your body with water and keep it hydrated can halt weight loss. A study by researchers at the Franz-Volhard Clinical Research Center found that participants who drank 500 ml of water within 40 minutes increased their metabolic rate by 30 percent. This time frame can be compared to what someone would spend in a gym or at the park exercising. The researchers also concluded that drinking two liters of water – or the recommended eight glasses a day – can increase energy throughout the day, so say hydrated from morning until night. Hydration can be from pure water, but vegetable juice, smoothies and high water-content food also count toward your total water intake and keep you hydrated.
4. Eat Throughout the Day
The typical routine of breakfast, lunch and dinner needs to be removed from your mind – it belongs in the past with the SAD diet. If you only eat three times a day, you're more likely to binge or overeat to feel satisfied. Instead, consume healthy snacks between your meals. Not only will this keep you full and satisfied throughout the day, but it'll boost your metabolism which can help you shed those pounds. Who knew eating more could mean weighing less?
Over the years, we've collected dozens of testimonies from people who have lost incredible amounts of weight while following the Hallelujah Diet. For inspiration in the kitchen, we recommend our "Lose Weight Deliciously Recipe Book." Let us lead you down the path to longevity today!