Saturday, May 29, 2010

7 Easy Ways to Lose Weight Without Starving or Breaking a Sweat

7 Easy Ways to Lose Weight Without Starving or Breaking a Sweat

1. Fidget
 People who tap their feet, prefer standing to sitting, and generally move around a lot burn up to 350 more calories a day than those who sit still.
That adds up to nearly 37 pounds a year!

2. Keep most meals under 400 calories
Spacing out your meals at regular intervals and keeping them all about the same size. Eating meals at regular intervals has been linked to greater calorie burning after eating, better response to insulin, and lower fasting blood cholesterol levels. When you eat regular meals throughout the day, you're less likely to become ravenous and overeat.
3. Take yourself off cruise control
Increase the intensity of your everyday tasks, from vacuuming to walking the dog, 
 "Turn on some music, add in some vigorous bursts, and enjoy the movement."
4. Drink 8 glasses of water per day
Water is not just a thirst quencher--it may speed the body's metabolism. When drinking water, no calories are ingested but calories are used, unlike when drinking sodas, where additional calories are ingested and possibly stored," Increasing water consumption to eight glasses per day may help you lose about 8 pounds in a year,  so try drinking a glass before meals and snacks and before consuming sweetened drinks or juices.
5. Step it up--and down
Climbing stairs is a great leg strengthener, because you're lifting your body weight against gravity. In addition to taking the stairs at every opportunity, try stepping up and down at all possible opportunity.
6. Use grocery bags as dumbbells
Letting someone else load your groceries or carry your suitcase is an opportunity missed for strengthening and calorie burning. Carrying your own bags help burn calories and tone Muscles.
7. Eat 4 g of fiber at every meal
A high-fiber diet can lower your caloric intake without making you feel deprived.  Experts see a number of mechanisms through which fiber promotes weight loss: It may slow down eating because it requires more chewing, speed the passage of food through the digestive tract, and boost satiety hormones. To get 25 g of fiber a day, make sure you eat six meals or snacks, each of which contains about 4 g of fiber. For to-go snacks, buy fruit; it's handier than vegetables, so it's an easy way to up your fiber intake. One large apple has just as much fiber (5 g) as a cup of raw broccoli.

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