7 Tips for Accelerating Weight Loss
It's never too early - or late - to fit into your favorite jeans, swimsuit or dress. Here are a simple few, tried-and-tested tips for accelerating your weight loss efforts:
1. Cut Back on Sugar
High in fructose and linked to health challenges like obesity, type 2 diabetes and heart disease, sugar is linked to belly fat. And don’t be fooled by seemingly healthy fruit juices—they’re often filled with not just sugar, but empty calories and artificial sweeteners and flavors too!
2. Increase Protein Consumption
High in vitamins and nutrients, protein not only helps build muscle and boost metabolism, a high-protein diet helps decrease belly fat.
3. Get More Sleep
While sleeping does not fuel your body, it does provide nutrition for your brain and keeps your metabolism in working order to help you lose weight.
4. Cut Back on Alcohol
They call it a “beer belly" for a reason. Like many unhealthy beverages, alcohol is filled with sugar—so much so, that it can slow your metabolism and contribute to ‘stubborn to lose’ belly fat.
5. Eat Smaller, More Frequent Meals
Not only does this train your metabolism into burning fat more frequently and more efficiently, it can also help you lose weight faster.
6. Reduce Your Stress Levels
Stress has been shown to be a contributing factor in weight gain. The potential for overeating or emotional eating is often associated with stress. Stress produces the hormone cortisol which can directly interfere with weight loss. Excess cortisol stimulates glucose production. This excess glucose is then typically converted into fat, which gets stored in your body.
7. Take Out the Trash
Give your weight loss efforts a fighting chance by removing heavy metals, undigested fats, carbs and other additives that your body cannot recognize much less process that have been accumulating along your digestive tract as stubborn, hard to lose belly fat.