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Three Surprisingly Effective Weight Loss Techniques

I believe that it's safe to say with some amount of conviction, that losing weight is a tricky process. There's no surefire way to do it so that it works for every person, and any one process can be long, tedious, and even discouraging at times. If you're like the majority of American adults, then you've probably tried a whole slew of different weight loss techniques- you may have drastically cut the amount of calories that you eat daily. You may have tried some version of the Paleo, Atkins, or Southbeach diets. You may have gone on a three day cleanse or you may have eaten cabbage soup exclusively for any period of time. And, while these fad diets may have succeeded in causing you to drop a few pounds, chances are that those pounds crept right back on soon thereafter. But not to worry- below, you'll find a few tips for really succeeding in losing the weight that you'd like to, and keeping it off for good:

#1: Eat more food. 

Yep, you heard that right. Because, guess what? DEPRIVATION IS NOT AN EFFECTIVE WAY TO LOSE WEIGHT. It slows the metabolism and makes long-term weight management far more difficult. However, regularly eating well-balanced meals and snacks that leave you feeling full and satisfied is effective in minimizing unhealthy binges. So fill your refrigerator and pantry with lean proteins, whole grains, and lots of fresh fruits and vegetables. If you're hungry, eat. If you're not hungry, don't. 

#2: Don't overdo it at the gym. 

While exercise is an integral part of any weight loss regimen, participating in too many intense workouts during any given week can actually work against you and hinder your efforts. Studies have indicated that our food cravings intensify after exercise, causing us to give in to cravings that we wouldn't have otherwise. Have you ever justified a gigantic cup of frozen yogurt with all of your favorite toppings after a sweat session? Yeah, me too. Aim to work out three to five times per week, but be sure to give yourself a couple of rest days in between. 

#3: Treat yourself. 

Just as it's important to maintain a healthy diet with a nutritious variety of whole foods, it's also important to treat yourself every once in a while. Experts believe that you should follow the 80/20 rule- 80 percent of the time, you should be filling your body with healthy foods. The other twenty percent should be spent splurging on the things that you love- desserts, cocktails, and decadent dinners. 


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