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How to lose weight fast and keep it off for good. Start doing these 8 things every day

How to lose weight easily: Everyone wants to lose weight the easy way. Here are eight simple strategies you can start following today, according to scientists.

fitness Updated: Jul 20, 2018 16:51 IST
Sanya Panwar
Sanya Panwar
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
How to lose weight easily,Weight loss,Weight loss tips
How to lose weight: Here’s how to cut calories and get the body you want—without making yourself crazy or turning to fad diets. (Instagram)

For so many of us, having a healthy relationship with food and fitness is a struggle. With so many different extreme fad diets popping up all the time, it’s hard to know which will benefit us instead of causing long-term damage to our bodies. It’s always good to have fitness experts’ advice if you want to lose weight by following a healthy diet and exercise regimen. There are, however, a few daily habits that will help you lose weight and get you into shape without you ever having to break a sweat.

Here are eight weight loss tips, approved by scientists, which promises to set you on the path super fitness and health.

Also read: Fitness experts know how to beat weight loss plateau. If you’ve hit one, follow these tips

Plan your meals

Thinking through exactly what and when you’re going to eat your meals can make you more likely to stick to your diet goals, according to a study in Psychology and Health. In a study designed to encourage healthy eating, all participants ate more fruit for a week, but those who made a concrete plan, wrote it down, and visualised how they were going to carry out the action — when, where, and how they would buy, prepare, and eat fruit — ate twice as much fruit as those who simply tried harder.

Exercise is key after you’ve dropped several kilos. (Shutterstock)

Sweat it out

As virtuous as that 60-minute gym workout feels, “it’s difficult to exercise off weight,” Dr Anupam Dey, a Kolkata-based dietician says. “All the evidence shows that you need to reduce calorie intake to lose weight.” But aside from its benefits for cardiovascular and mental health, exercise is key after you’ve dropped several kilos, because “your muscles compensate by burning fewer calories,” Dr Dey warns. A mix of cardio and toning five times a week will keep the metabolism humming.

Also read: Perfect diet plan for weight loss, here’s how to make food help you get fit

Show some skin

If you feel warm, don’t fight the urge to wear a pair of shorts — it may help prevent you from indulging. “Studies show that women who wear loose-fitting clothes eat more,” Dr Dey says.

Snack right

Dr Dey notes that unprocessed whole foods “require more energy to break down and digest than refined foods, so you burn more calories when you eat them.” Simple swaps — brown rice instead of white, an apple instead of bottled juice — can make a significant difference over time in overall body fat.

Eat off small plates

An ice-cream buffet was the setting for one study led by Brian Wansink, director of Cornell University’s Food and Brand Lab. Nutrition professors and grad students were given either 17 or 34-ounce bowls and two or three-ounce scoops. People with the oversize bowls served themselves about 31% more than the small-bowl groups did. And those who had big scoops and big bowls served 57% more than those with small ones.

To make healthy choices, look for what a product contains rather than what it doesn’t. (Shutterstock)

Avoid ‘diet’ foods sweetened with sugar alcohols

They can cause stomach bloating. And it’s not just food; even many sugar-free gums and breath mints contain the culprits.

Drink coffee

Studies show that caffeine speeds up metabolism, as do coffee’s polyphenols, according to researchers from Japan’s Kao Corporation. (Just remember that you can undo the effects if your coffee is covered in whipped cream and caramel.)

Also read: To lose weight fast and stay fit, follow these perfect diet plans that burn fat

Get a good night’s sleep

In a recent study, 10 overweight volunteers went on a diet while sleeping 8.5 hours a night for two weeks and just 5.5 hours per night for another couple of weeks. (During the day, their diet and activity levels were exactly the same.) In both cases, the average weight loss was 2.9kg, but when the group slept less, they lost less fat (0.5kg versus 1.3kg), and felt hungrier.

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First Published: Jul 20, 2018 14:34 IST