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The moment you turn 28, your metabolism stops playing the tango with you and is instead cozying up to your fat storage. Juggling work and social life with your weight out of hand can be mentally exhausting, but what if there were hacks that could help bring your metabolism back to your square? - By Nikita Arya
1. Avoid Fad Diets
Tune out the buzz words surrounding diets—they can affect your journey of weight loss to a great extent. Eliminating certain foods from the diet completely could lead to an increase in untimely cravings, leading to even more unhealthy eating habits. Focus on a balanced daily nutritional intake, even if you do decide to reduce you portion size.
2. Replace Bad Fats with Good Ones
While some fats are considered a hindrance to weight loss, some others act as a catalyst. Healthy fats such as monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats help reduce hunger. Olives, almonds, avocado, flax seeds, tofu, among others, are a great source of good fats that promote weight-loss.
3. Cut Down Carbs; Add More Protein
Carbohydrates always find a way to creep into your diet. Practically all your go-to delivery foods—pasta, pizzas, cakes, and Chinese—are high on carbs. Eat more carbs causes blood sugar to rise, which eventually causes glucose to turn into fat. Lesser consumption of carbs will help you retain fiber and micro-nutrients. Include a protein-rich diet with eggs, chicken, dairy products, and lentils to reduce unnecessary cravings. For effective weight management, try JustHer's Daily Protein with Herbs, a herbal blend of high-quality protein, vitamins, and minerals offered in a delicious chocolate flavour, especially crafted for you.
4. Put Yourself On A Food Tracker
To analyse your progress, keep track of what, why, when, and how much you eat in a food journal or an app. This way, it is easier to identify bad eating habits and replace them with good ones.
5. Practice Mindful Eating
Become more conscious of what you are eating and more importantly, why you’re eating. Avoid binge eating when you’re emotional or running a movie marathon. Mindful eating practices such as Hara Hachi Bu, meaning ‘Eat Until You’re 80% Full’, are an effective way to lose weight.
6. Snack Smart with Health Foods
Snack smart with low-calorie foods such as coconut chips, hard-boiled eggs, and oat-balls to satiate your hunger pangs. Know that when you are craving sugar, your body is asking for protein. Protein and fibre-rich foods keep your gut healthy and are any day a better alternative.
7. Take Probiotic Supplements
Probiotics boost the disposal of fat, keep your gut healthy, and help in reducing your appetite. Take probiotic supplements such as yogurt, Sauerkraut, Kefir and cheese for an efficient weight-reduction.
8. Keep Moving
We often underestimate the importance of physical movement in our weight-loss journey. Simple physical activities, such as brisk walking, taking the stairs instead of elevators, gardening, and household chores, can help you improve metabolism and embrace an active lifestyle.
9. Set Small Healthy Lifestyle Goals
Set smaller goals to accomplish the ultimate goal of weight loss. For starters, cut back on added sugar four times a week and eat fiber-rich food at least twice a week.
10. Get Sound Sleep
People underestimate the need for a good night’s sleep when they are young. Sleep remains the body’s natural way to recuperate from the daily wear and tear and bring your body back to a state of balance. Lack of sleep slows down your metabolism and a deep night’s sleep promotes weight loss by at least 33%.
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