By Paul Scicluna, 9 October 2015
There are many ways that you can enhance your body’s fat burning abilities. Some would say to take fat burning or weight loss supplements. Others will point you toward another fad diet… but to me, all these things will do is reduce the weight of your wallet or purse as well as keep you on the weight loss roller coaster.
It’s not rocket science to realize that a healthy diet with regular exercise will not only help you to lose weight, but will improve your overall health in general. But I often hear people asking how to lose weight quickly?
As our bodies are all different, the speed of weight loss will differ from one person to the next. However there are some simple things you can do to improve and enhance your body’s burning fat potential. So if you want some ways to lose weight more quickly, then incorporate these 4 shortcuts into your weight loss plan:
1. Hydration For Weight Loss
Many people don’t realize that what they think of as hunger pains, more often than not is your body telling you to hydrate. But instead of drinking some water to rehydrate people eat solids, which can further dehydrate you. Studies have shown that hydrating with water, which is virtually free, can boost your metabolism, aiding your weight loss efforts.
When you get up in the morning, start your day with at least one tall glass of water before breakfast and any other drinks. This will help you rehydrate from your night’s sleep as well as increase your metabolism.
2. Eliminate Alcohol
This is one of the simple ways to lose weight more quickly, but is hard from a willpower perspective for most people. It doesn’t have to be for life but just to give you that winning edge to get you to your weight loss goals sooner. Consuming alcohol provides your body with additional calories, not to mention the calories from the snacks that are generally consumed with or after a few drinks. If you don’t burn off these calories they’ll be stored as fat. Simple as that!
So aim to have a minimum of two weeks alcohol free. If you can, go for one month. Not only will you benefit from the reduced calories you would have consumed but imagine the money you will have saved. Once you have hit your weight loss goal, then if you choose, you can start to include alcoholic beverages back into your diet. Just don’t go overboard as you generally won’t be able to handle as many drinks due to the break you’ve had.
3. No Food After 8:30pm
We are not meant to eat in close proximity to bedtime. Consuming foods late at night or close to your bedtime adds additional unwanted calories. You won’t burn these calories, so they’ll just end up in your fat stores. This only adds to your waistline and puts the brakes on your weight loss efforts.
The majority of people have already consumed enough calories throughout the day and don’t need to snack at night. Snacking at night usually comes down to stress, boredom and/or bad habits. This is a bad habit you need to drop from your nightly routine - all it will do is slow your body from doing its nightly job, which is to heal and repair your body. It’s not meant to be spending energy processing foods all night. Your body is meant to be in a state of fasting at night, hence why we get up in the morning and have breakfast, also known as “Break – Fast,” as you’re breaking the nights fast.
Trying not to consume any foods after 8:30pm is a good rule to include in your weight loss journey. By stopping or at least minimizing nighttime snacking you’ll be aiding your fat burning potential.
4. Sleeping Off The Weight
Now we all know that sleep is something we have to do for good health, but did you know that it can also help you to lose weight? This is probably the laziest tool you can include your weight loss plan, as all you have to do is shut your eyes and get a good night’s sleep.
Sleep directly affects the release and balance of hormones in the body. A lack of sleep has been shown to wreak havoc in the body by releasing stress hormones that encourage weight gain and fat storage. Little or bad sleep has been shown to reduce the amount of human growth hormone released. Human growth hormone helps to protect lean muscle as well as aids burning fat. Also, studies have shown that those who don’t get a good amount of sleep, snack more frequently during the day.
So aim to get to bed a little earlier if you are a night owl and get at least 7 hours of sleep. This will help you to keep your hormones balanced and your appetite in check, resulting in fat loss and getting you to your weight loss goals sooner.
There you have it - how to burn fat faster with 4 fat loss shortcuts. And yes, my clients have tried them and they actually work. Now’s the time for you to have a go! Get that fat burning furnace firing so you can lose weight and finally feel fantastic.
To great health,
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