Making a commitment to shed those unwanted extra pounds can be both intimidating and overwhelming in the same thought, and who could blame you for feeling that way! The machines in the gym sometimes seem complicated to work properly, the sometimes overbearing motivation of personal trainers can be enough to make even the manliest of men shed a tear, and let’s not even start on the countless amounts of changes you may have to make to your current diet to make sure you get into the best shape of your life. All of these factors contribute to the reasons why many don’t remain committed to their weight loss goals, but there is hope! There are several things that you can do right in your own home that don’t require heavy lifting or huge blows to the ego.
Here are 5 ways to jump start your weight loss.
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1. Cut out the junk
Those sugary and crunchy treats that we love so much are just empty calories that help pack on the weight instead of aid in getting rid of it. Junk food feeds your sweet tooth and may even be a form of comfort in times of stress, but it is a high source of sugar that converts into the type of fat that is some of the hardest to burn off (that fat that sits around the stomach and hips). Instead of reaching for the cookie jar when you want something sweet, opt out for a piece of fruit that is sweet to the taste or a smoothie made from melon or berries. Your body will thank you later!
2. Get more rest
Allowing your body time to rest and recoup will give those torn muscles from previous workouts a chance to heal, creating the toned and tight body that you desire. Getting more rest also keeps the hormones responsible for hunger and feeling full in check. The more sleep you get, the more your appetite is curbed. Studies have shown that individuals who get a solid eight hours of undisturbed sleep nightly have a lower percentage of body fat than those who don’t. What can be better than resting your way to weight loss?!