Junk food, poor sleep, and stress at work prevent you from reaching the goal of your dream body.
It can even make things worse for you.
Losing weight is not always about fad diets and crushing exercises. There are also many tricks that help you lose a bit of weight very quickly.
In this article, I am going to cover 15 of these tips. These tips will help you get rid of excess belly fat.
Most people are not even aware of these tips
Here they are
1. Avoid Sugary Drinks
You would expect that this tip is an obvious one.
But you would be surprised to know that the vast majority of people trying o lose weight most likely do not follow this.
It has been proven scientifically that drinking sugary drinks contribute to being overweight or obese.
A can of soda. Some fruit juice.
We all have these cravings often
However, if your goal is to lose weight, you need to break this habit.
Studies have shown that regular consumption of drinks high in sugar is one the biggest, if not the biggest contributor to obesity and weight gain.
They may also induce high blood sugar levels. High blood sugar levels along with obesity put you at greater risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
2. Drink Green Tea
Green tea may help to burn more fats.
Green tea contains antioxidants called catechins. Catechins help to enhance the fat burning capabilities of green tea
Be careful though. Green tea also contains caffeine.
While caffeine may have its benefit as a stimulant, it is known to cause chemical imbalances in the digestive system.
Too much green tea can affect metabolism negatively.
3. Brush your teeth more often
Around 15,000 people took part in research and it was discovered that there was a correlation between brushing your teeth and losing weight.
When you brush your teeth, you remove any leftover food particles from your mouth.
As a result, the receptors in your mouth stop communicating with the brain. The brain in turn receives the signal and knows that lunch is over.
No lunch signal means no food cravings
No food cravings mean no binge eating and no junk food.
Pretty cool right?
Did you know that laughter uses about the same energy as brisk walking?
Walking involves different muscles in your body including abdominal muscles. When you have a good laugh, every muscle in your upper region is involved.
Have you ever noticed how you get a belly ache after a very good laugh?
A study showed that 10 -15 mins of laughter a day can burn 10 – 40 calories.
So, watch more comedies.
Luckily, we have Tik-Tok and Instagram reels these days. There are bound to be plenty of hilarious skits and clips that show up every now and then.
Scrolling through Instagram is not such a waste of time after all.
Here’s a fun fact. There are about 6000 laughter yoga clubs worldwide. Yep! It’s exactly what it sounds like
5. Drink More Water
Before you read further, get up right now and go drink a glass of water. DO IT!
Water speeds up the rate of metabolism by up to 30% and can thus help you lose weight.
In fact, data from research shows that by drinking 10 glasses of water a day, you can burn around 17,400 calories per year. That’s approximately 4 pounds (2kg)
Maybe that might help you fit into that dress you bought 2 years ago
6. Eat Less but More Often
Your body was not built to lose weight. The body is built for survival. Therefore survival is its number one priority. And to guarantee survival, your body will store fat at the slightest opportunity it gets.
By eating more often, your body learns not to store fat because there simply is no need.
Every time you skip a meal, you are sending a signal to your brain that food might be in short supply. To compensate, your brain forces you to eat more at the next opportunity so it can store the excess as fat.
By eating little and often, you reduce cholesterol levels by 15% and insulin levels by 28%.
For people not living with type 2 diabetes, lower insulin levels ensure that less glucose reaches your fat cells where they will be stored up as fat.
7. Avoid Screen Time at Bedtime
Studies show that blue light from your smartphone or laptop screen can affect your sleeping pattern.
The bright light confuses your brain which then stops producing melatonin. Melatonin is the enzyme that controls sleep.
Since your metabolism is tightly connected to your sleeping patterns and the quality of your sleep, you should reduce your screen time or adjust the brightness of your screen.
This might help improve your sleep.
8. Stop counting calories
It is recommended that you stop focusing on calories and pay more attention to the quality of what you eat instead when trying to lose weight.
Not all calories are equal.
For example, eating a high-calorie burger may be harmful. But high-calorie nuts are useful vegetables.
Nuts and seeds are natural and minimally processed.
They contain useful and healthy elements than their powdery dietary alternatives.
They help you adjust to a new diet, enrich your body with vitamins and minerals and satisfy hunger
9. Avoid Daytime Sleep
You burn less fat when you sleep during the day and are active at night.
In a research carried out at the University of Colorado involving 14 healthy people, it was discovered that taking a daytime nap worsened metabolism.
If you work shifts, you may consider reducing the number of calories you consume.
10. Cheat! Once a week
Yup! You read that right.
Once every week, you are allowed to cheat.
Eat everything you want. Including those that have been banned from your list of foods.
The reason behind this is psychological.
When you know that there is a reward waiting for you, it is easier to refuse to indulge in your cravings and bad food.
This can go a long way in helping you reach your goal of losing weight and belly fat
11. Eliminate Stress
Stress is one of the biggest contributing factors to slow metabolism.
When you are stressed you also tend to eat more. You eat more greasy and salty foods. Consuming high-calorie products in stressful situations affect metabolism and causes weight gain
Avoid binge eating at all costs when you are stressed.
12. Get plenty of sleep
At least twice in this article, you have come across sleep and its effect on metabolism.
This is why it makes sense to make sleep a tip on its own.
In fact, quality sleep is the biggest contributor to weight loss.
You need to ensure that you a healthy 8 hours of sleep every day.
Sleep from 10 or 11 pm to 6 or7 am and you will be doing your weight loss dreams a lot of good.
Good sleep contributes to a great metabolism and can help you get rid of unwanted belly fat
Research data shows that people who got less than 5 hours of sleep were more prone to obesity and weight gain than those who had sufficient.