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Weight Loss Tips That Work

By Paul Rothbart

There are a huge number of people who try to lose weight. Putting on extra pounds happens in the colder months when we are less active. Some people have slower metabolisms. As we age, some of us pack on extra weight. Whatever the reason, you may be one of the many who would be healthier at a lower weight. Losing weight can be difficult and there are so many diets, exercise machines, and supplements that claim to make losing weight as easy as breathing. The truth is that most of them are just hype. It's just a sales pitch designed to separate you from your hard-earned cash. But fortunately, science has proven that these tips are effective for most people in reaching their weight loss goals. 

Drink Water

Science has found that drinking water, especially before meals, can be very helpful to weight loss. Water can boost metabolism by 24-30 percent over a period of 1-1.5 hours. This increases the burning of calories and helps you lose weight. A study found that drinking a liter of water a half-hour before a meal cuts down on the numbers of calories consumed by dieters. The dieters who drank water lost 44 percent more weight than those who didn't. 

Drink Green Tea

Green is known to have a number of health benefits and weight loss is one of them. Green tea contains powerful antioxidants called catechins, that work with the caffeine content to enhance the burning of fat. A number of studies have shown that green tea extract, as well as the beverage, aids in weight loss.

Fast Intermittently

Intermittent fasting is an eating pattern in which people cycle periods of fasting with periods of eating. Some short-term studies have shown that intermittent fasting is as effective as calorie restriction when it comes to losing weight. A nice benefit to fasting is that it may reduce the loss of muscle mass typical of low-calorie diets. 

Watch Out for Added Sugar

One of the biggest obstacles to weight loss is the amount of sugar added to some foods. Some of them are foods that you would never imagine contain sugar. This is where reading labels is extremely important. Many savory foods such as pasta sauce, salad dressing, and flavored yogurts contain a significant amount of sugar. Even foods touted as healthy, such as granola bars, often contain added sugar. High fructose corn syrup is another common additive that has been linked to obesity. It pays to know what is in your food.

Losing weight is a goal that many people have. Extra pounds are not healthy, and may hurt our mental health as well. Avoid all of the fads and try some of these methods that have been proved by science to be effective. 

To learn more about your health, wellness and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Downers Grove, Ill.

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