9 Natural Ways to Lose Weight

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America’s obesity epidemic is slowly killing us. Obesity leads to diabetes and heart problems, which can be fatal. It therefore behooves you to lose weight in order to live a longer, fuller life. That said, you want to try to lose weight naturally; risky weight loss medications may cause heart palpitations or, in extreme cases, heart attacks. Rather than risk your health, follow these tips to help you lose weight naturally and safely:

Spice it up

Spices such as cayenne pepper do more than make your eyes water; they also speed up your metabolism. A fast metabolism means that your body will burn more calories, even when you are resting. Spices also give some of the “boring” foods you eat while on a diet taste better, encouraging you to eat well.

You need to eat

Just because you want to eat fewer calories doesn’t mean you should starve yourself. Not eating makes you hungrier and more likely to binge when your willpower inevitably breaks. Not eating also fools your body into thinking you are starving, causing you to burn fewer calories- a survival instinct left over from from prehistoric times.

Drink Water

Water is essential to life, but it is also essential to losing weight. Water speeds up your metabolism and increases the feeling of fullness-meaning you eat less throughout the day. Aim for 8 glasses of water a day. Extra credit if you drink a glass of water before a meal.

Watch what you drink

Calorie rich drinks such as pop and fruit juice do nothing to make you feel full-which means you not only do you consume calories in these drinks, you still need to eat- meaning that each pop or glass of fruit juice you drink are just extra calories.

Garcinia Cambogia

Garcinia Cambogia is an Asian fruit that is used as a supplement to promote weight loss. Garcinia Cambogia binds to fat molecules within your body and makes them easier to digest. This quick digestive process makes it difficult for your body to store fat, helping you lose weight. Garcinia Cambogia also works as an appetite suppressant.

Eat Slowly

It takes your stomach anywhere from 15 to 20 minuets to alert your brain that you are full. By this time, most people have finished their meal, which is why we complain about “eating too much” so often. Instead of woofing your food down, take the time to enjoy it. Eat slowly and put your utensil down between bites. Savor the food’s tastes and have some great conversation with the person you are eating with.

Eat breakfast

Eating breakfast helps control your appetite throughout the day and helps avoid unhealthy snacking between breakfast and lunch. You will also feel fuller at lunchtime, meaning you won’t overeat. This doesn’t give you carte blanche to go to McDonald’s and get an Egg McMuffin and Hotcake Meal (with sausage, of course); just eat a balanced breakfast like a bowl of cereal or a bagel. Try to incorporate a fruit to make your breakfast extra healthy.

Exercise

This is should be a no brainer. Exercise burns calories, and after a hard workout, you wont want to waste all that effort by eating poorly. Try to take a walk before dinner to encourage you to eat less.

Sleep

When you sleep, your body continues to digest food and stimulate growth-both of which burn calories. A good night’s sleep also improves your mood and keeps your mind sharp– which helps you avoid losing willpower and snacking throughout the day.

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