Are you struggling with your weight? It’s not uncommon. The standard American diet (SAD) doesn’t really lend itself to lean muscle or a healthy body.
Couple that with lifestyles that are more sedentary than ever before and the lingering effects of the pandemic lockdown, and you have a recipe for disaster. Or, well, for fat. The good news is that losing weight is possible, and if you’re looking for general weight loss rather than something more targeted, the tips and tricks listed below will provide a lot of help.
Hydration Is Super Critical
Did you know that drinking water can boost your metabolism by up to 30% within a period of an hour and a half? Hydration is vital for general weight loss and improved physical performance. In fact, drinking water before a meal can offer a “double whammy” in that it will accelerate your metabolism while also making you feel fuller so that you consume fewer calories.
Pack on the Protein Early in the Day
While there’s a lot to love about whole grains and their heart health benefits, if you’re focused on general weight loss, then you should start your day off with a healthy dose of protein. What sort of food should you eat, though? Anything protein-rich will work. Eggs fit the bill perfectly, but not if you’re a vegan. In that case, a tofu scramble is just what the doctor ordered (pro tip: a little Himalayan black salt will add the sulfur needed to make that tofu taste like eggs).
Don’t Skip the Caffeine
Coffee offers a lot of health benefits, including a range of antioxidants. It’s also a powerful tool for boosting your metabolism. A little caffeine can increase your metabolism by up to 11%, which can result in 29% more fat burning across all your activities. Of course, this comes with some caveats. You do need to limit your caffeine intake, as too much is never a good thing. You also need to drink your coffee black. Cream and sugar only add calories, which kind of defeats the purpose.
Switch Up Your Eating Pattern
You’ve probably heard of intermittent fasting (IF), but you may not be sold on the benefits. The truth is that intermittent fasting can be as effective as following a full-time restricted-calorie diet. And unlike diets, IF preserves muscle mass, so you don’t lose any while trying for general weight loss. Of course, you need to find the right intervals for your needs, but there’s a lot of flexibility here, and you’ll find that, when coupled with exercise and healthy eating, IF can deliver the results that you need.
At XCellR8 Health, we understand how challenging it can be to achieve general weight loss. If you’re struggling, try the tips and tricks above. To support your weight loss goals, we also offer IV therapy and peptide treatments, along with red light body contouring, to help you achieve a healthy weight and a body that you love.