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Four Weight Loss Hacks

By Rachel Carver

You know you need to ditch processed foods, become more active, and stop drinking soda to lose weight. It sometimes feels as if deprivation paves the way to success.

However, you might be surprised by the things you can add to achieve your weight loss goals.

Set a Regular Food Schedule

Routine is an important part of a weight loss plan. You can train your body to feel hungry at certain times of the day by making an effort to follow a schedule.  This might mean eating lunch at noon or no snacks after dinner. Consistent eating times will decrease food cravings during the rest of the day.

Eat Your Favorite Foods

Eliminating your favorite foods can lead you to binge eat, which negates any previous food restrictions. Enjoy the occasional piece of chocolate, or order the french fries you really like. Eating your favorite foods releases dopamine, a hormone that makes you feel happier than you would from a vegetable or protein bar. This will keep you satisfied and make you more likely to monitor your portion sizes and avoid going overboard on the calories.

Set a Strength Training Plan

Weight loss burns fat as well as muscle. Weightlifting can preserve muscle mass and make you stronger. It can also give you something else to focus on and help overcome a weight loss plateau. Incorporate squats, deadlifts, and other basic movements into your exercise routine.

Find a Hobby

It is easy to fall off the wagon if you have extra time on your hands. This extra time increases your chance of dwelling on setbacks or judging yourself based on the scale number. A fun activity can improve overall happiness and give you something else to think about. Play with your kids, go for a run, or find a good book. Hobbies you enjoy can make your life seem more fulfilled. A positive mindset will make you more likely to succeed at all of your goals, including weight loss.

Head to The Joint Chiropractic clinic in your neighborhood to get your questions answered about living a healthy lifestyle. The Joint's walk-in approach -- no appointments are necessary -- and affordable pricing make their services accessible to everyone. As well, there are extended evening and weekend hours. So help your family get the help it needs to improve its health journey with a trip to The Joint today.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Hurst, Tex.

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