Losing weight is never that easy, especially if you have a busy work schedule or lack motivation. It is easier said than done to do workouts every day especially if you are the type of person who needs company – don’t worry, you’re not alone. Majority of people who are looking to lose weight belong in this segment of people. However, there are a few weight loss tips that you could try out in the comfort of your own home.
- Spice, Spice Baby
You may laugh at this but spicy food may help you lose weight. No, there isn’t a magic ingredient that miraculously helps you lose weight. Instead, it is the spiciness in hot peppers that increases your metabolism. Also, if you eat quickly (as a lot of people these days do), your stomach may not have the time to signal to you that you are full until you’ve already over eaten. The trick to this is to eat slowly so that you feel full after eating only a small amount, but it’s not so easy to stop when your stomach doesn’t feel it’s full. Here’s where the spice comes in. The spiciness will force you to eat slower.
- Eating at home
There’s nothing better than home food. Of course, the occasional eating out is great for a change, but studies show that a home cooked meal is more nutritious, filling and healthier than eating out. Many first world countries spend a good portion of their monthly income eating out in restaurants as well as fast food joints. This means that you end up spending a lot of money as well as eating unhealthy food, which is just a bad deal overall.
- Eat rice and beans
Yes, you’ve heard that eating rice is counterproductive to losing weight and while that may true depending upon the diet you are taking and if you are absolutely cutting back on sugars, but don’t dismiss this simple meal. Enjoyed by many Brazilians, this meal is low in fat and higher in fiber which helps to balance the sugar levels. A study was conducted which was published in Obesity Research revealed that a meal of primarily beans and brown rice lowered the risk of becoming overweight by nearly 14%.
- Eat your breakfast
Though many people on diets have the wrong notion and cut back on many meals, breakfast should not be one of them. Studies have shown that if you skip your breakfast, your brain is more likely to notice high calorie foods, thus making you indulge. Sitting down to a good breakfast helps keep the hunger pangs at bay which will give you energy to start the day while also making sure you feel tempted to snack on junk foods. This is one of the best ways to start fighting obesity. Muesli is a great breakfast food as the fibers make it slow for digestion which means you feel full for longer. Just keep an eye out for the sugar content of various brands.
- Eat small meals
It is better to have many small meals rather than massive meals. Many people feel that breakfast, lunch and dinner are main meals and will over eat during those meal times. However, your body will take longer to digest and this will cause you to gain weight. Having smaller portions throughout the day will keep hunger at bay while also keeping your weight low.
- Eat slowly
It takes time for your stomach to tell the brain that you’re full. If you eat quickly, there are chances that you will overeat before your body realizes it’s full. So take your time, savor the food and enjoy the company of family and friends as you eat.