A crucial weight loss factor is caloric balance. If the caloric balance is positive, you’ll gain weight. If it’s negative, you lose weight.
In this post, I’ll focus on creating a negative caloric balance in the easiest way possible. I will present 3 tips that’ll help you lose weight in a healthy way.
1.GETTING RID OF WATER IN YOUR BODY
People who eat heavily processed food, drink small amounts of water and have a large sodium intake tend to store a lot more water in their bodies.
Shedding a body’s water weight usually takes a few days, but it is very simple and can have an enormous effect on your overall figure.
How to check your body’s water weight?
If you often feel that certain parts of your body are swollen, while others feel slim, then there is a very high probability that these “fatter” parts of your body are storing a lot more water.
How to get rid of water weight?
To get rid of water weight – you should firstly drink plenty of water. People who aren’t physically active should drink at least 2 liters a day. People who are physically active, especially during high temperatures, should drink between 3-5 liters of water a day. Limiting your sodium intake by excluding fast foods and sweets from your diet is also a good idea.
Changes in your overall figure should be visible after a few days. Sometimes people you can lose up to several pounds just by shedding their water weight.
2. EXERCISE MORE
One simple rule – exercise more. Losing body weight is usually identified with running or cycling, but thinking that one type of physical activity is better than another is a common mistake.
The truth is that any physical activity burns calories. Swimming, dancing, strength training, interval training, and even casual everyday walks – they all burn calories. Therefore, you shouldn’t focus on only one activity, but to be active throughout the entire day. Start with the small steps, and work your way up from there.
For example, if you have a short distance to travel, try walking there and not using public transport. These types of activities, performed several times a day, could have a huge impact in making you slimmer.
Nowadays, the most commonly chosen physical activity is the gym. Combine strength trainings with interval and cardio trainings – thanks to this, your training routine will be a lot more fun and you will maximize fat burning by performing different types of exercises.
It is important to make sure that these types of training are right for you. It is best to do them under supervision by an experienced trainer, who’ll help assess whether you’re doing everything correctly.
3. INCREASE YOUR MEAL VOLUME
Fitness beginners are often convinced that if a meal or product are commonly considered as healthy, then they must be good for your figure too. Nothing could be further from the truth!
Products that are considered healthy, but could cause weight gain due to their high caloric values, are foods such as: butter, nuts, peanut butter, cheeses and dark chocolate.
These products are healthy, and, just as any other product, should not have a negative effect on your figure if eaten in small portions. But if they become an everyday snack simply because “they’re healthy”, then we’ve got a problem.
To visualize things, I’ve prepared a caloric comparison of the above mentioned products with other products that are low in calories.
PRODUCTS THAT HAVE THE SAME NUMBER OF CALORIES:
100 g of butter = 1400 g of raspberries
100 g of nuts = 800 g of potatoes
100 g of yellow cheese = 5 medium-sized apples
100 g of dark chocolate = 1800 g of strawberries
Check the caloric value of a meal before eating. When hungry, most people would prefer to eat 1400g of raspberries or 1800g of strawberries rather than 100g of nuts or dark chocolate. Choose wisely!
When trying to lose weight, it is important to try and strike a harmony between the number of consumed calories and the amount of physical activity performed. It is important to avoid processed foods which contain large amounts of salt, and you should also remember to stay properly hydrated throughout the day.