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4 Clever Weight Loss Strategies

4 Clever Weight Loss Strategies

At first glance, losing weight seems simple.

All you need to do is burn more calories than you consume.

However, there are additional psychological and physiological factors that rarely get a mention.

This article will focus on 4 clever weight loss strategies that take these other factors into account.

They can help you finally lose those last few stubborn kilograms!

#1 – Find new strategies to manage your stress

Modern life can be quite stressful.

That’s because most people are dealing with a demanding job, financial pressures, and complex family relationships.

Unfortunately, many of us turn to alcohol and food to cope with high levels of stress.

Finding new ways to deal with your stress will stop you from binging on food and alcohol.

Some of the best stress-busting techniques are:

  • Meditation
  • Exercise
  • Yoga
  • Time around good friends and positive people
  • More sleep
  • Therapy

Finding ways to deal with your stress will prevent you from over-indulging, which makes long-term weight loss much easier.

#2 – Get a lot of sleep

Your body performs many important biological processes while you are sleeping.

Tissue will grow and be repaired, important hormones are generated, the brain will recuperate, and your metabolism will slow down.

If you fail to obtain enough sleep, it will impair your body in ways that make it difficult to lose weight.

For starters, being sleep deprived reduces the activity of the brain’s frontal lobe.

This is the part of the brain that is responsible for impulse control.

That means you will find it harder to resist purchasing a box of donuts!

You will also find it more difficult to prevent overeating or binge eating.

Not getting enough sleep will interfere with the production of your body’s hormones.

You will have lower levels of Leptin, a hormone that helps your body know if it requires food full or not.

When your leptin levels are low, you are more likely to eat more unnecessarily.

Insufficient sleep will also increase the levels of a hormone named Ghrelin.

When ghrelin is high, you are more likely to think you are hungry. Finally, a lack of sleep will create a spike in cortisol levels.

Cortisol is a stress hormone that will tell your body to conserve energy.

In other words, you won’t burn as much fat when your cortisol levels are high.

Aim for at least 7 to 8 hours of sleep per night if you are attempting to lose weight.

Make your bedroom a very sleep-friendly environment, with a comfortable temperature, darkness, and silence.

You should also avoid using electronic devices before bed, reading a book instead.

#3 – Improve your gut health

Scientists have discovered that the billions of bacteria in our guts have a significant impact on our overall health.

Not only will the bacteria in your dictate how well you process the food you eat, it can send signals to your brain that give you cravings!

It will also affect how much food you think is appropriate to eat and how well you sleep.

Some researchers believe that poor gut health contributes to obesity and improving gut health can improve how rapidly you lose weight.

Some simple steps you can take to improve your gut health include:

  • Eat more foods with beneficial bacteria, including Greek yoghurt, kombucha tea, and sauerkraut
  • Limit the consumption of processed foods that encourage bad bacteria and cravings
  • Chew your food more slowly to make it easier to digest
  • Eat more fruits and vegetables, including fermented foods
  • Take a pro-biotic tablet regularly

#4 – Get more sun

Researchers have discovered that getting a healthy dose of sunshine each day can boost the body’s metabolic rate and increase energy levels.

Enjoying a walk in the sun each morning can also improve how well you sleep by synchronising your body’s circadian rhythm.

While getting some sun might not make much of a difference on its own, it can complement the other strategies listed here and help you burn off fat much sooner than expected!

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Stephen Coleclough
Stephen Coleclough

Stephen Coleclough is a personal trainer and online fitness/nutrition coach from the UK. He loves heavy squats, smashing PRs and bacon sandwiches. You can follow him on Twitter at ColecloughPT.

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