There are many fad diets that promise to lose weight in short periods of time. The problem is, once you go off the diet, the weight comes back on faster than you took it off! The key to losing weight and keeping it off is a simple, balanced diet and exercise. I know you’ve been hearing this forever, but try these 4 steps and see what happens.
Step 1: Wake up, drink water! Let’s say you sleep around 8 hours a night. Now imagine working through a normal 8 hour day without drinking water. You would be very thirsty, wouldn’t you? It’s no different with an 8 hour night’s sleep. A 12-ounce glass of water right after waking up has been shown to increase metabolism by 14 percent for 3 hours. That means you’re burning fat like crazy for the first 3 hours of each day without even exercising.
Step 2: High Calorie Breakfast! It sounds crazy but it is proven that the more calories you consume before starting the day, the more calories you burn throughout the day.
Step 3: Eat 5 meals a day! I hear of people who skip meals all the time and think it’s better for them because they’re eating fewer calories. Wrong! When you skip a meal, your body goes into survival mode. He realizes that he hasn’t been fed, so the next time he gets food, his body stores the food as fat, with the expectation that he will skip a meal again. If you eat 3 full meals a day and 2 small snacks, you will significantly increase your metabolism and burn calories instead of storing them.
Step 4: Lift weights! The part of your body that burns calories is lean muscle. The more lean muscle you have, the more calories you will burn. I’m not telling you to spend 10 hours in the gym every day. Half an hour with a pair of dumbbells would keep what I like to call your furnace of fat, muscle!