You know how it is: no matter the angle, the mirror doesn’t always reflect back exactly what we want to see… and at times, that’s just life. Busy schedules can thwart the best of intentions, and those gym sessions seem to get postponed endlessly. The same goes for elaborate diet protocols that require hours poring over nutritional labels, or hovering around kitchen equipment for hours.
Is it any wonder we put things off? Probably not, but when diet and exercise seem more like a pipedream than an imminent reality, don’t lose hope. There are things you can do to lose weight naturally. As it happens, we’ve got some ideas that won’t cost you extra time, but will help the pesky pounds to drop off! Read on for 3 simple natural weight loss hacks:
Weight Loss Hack 1: Intermittent fasting
Intermittent fasting is much easier than standard fasting, which often leads to monumental food cravings… and failures! With intermittent fasting, you have the pick of various protocols, so you can find one that best suits your schedule or eating requirements.
Note that intermittent fasting doesn’t mean you can get away with scoffing tons of junk food during eating hours. The point is that it’s easier to consume fewer calories while giving your body a break from processing food – hence more energy is at your disposal. Here are some of the most popular intermittent fasting programs:
- The 16/8 fast (aka the Leangains protocol): You fast for 16 hours a day, eating all your meals in an 8-hour window. For example, you eat only between the hours of 12 and 8pm. Many people see this as the easiest fasting protocol.
- The 5:2 fast: You fast for 2 days each week, eating normally during the other 5 days. You can still eat on the fasting days, but only around 500 calories (women) or 600 calories (men), spread over two small meals.
- “Eat/Stop/Eat” fast: This fast includes not eating for 24 hours, either once or twice each week. Similar to this would be the “Alternate Days” fast where you only eat every other day, or only eat 500 calories on fasting days.
Weight Loss Hack 2: Change up ingredients & cooking techniques
If you don’t feel like changing your diet dramatically, no problem! A few simple changes to the way you cook your food can help in a big way. Similarly, changing the type of food for something similar but less calorific can work well.
For example, perhaps you’ll grill instead of shallow or deep-frying. Flavorsome fish is still tasty when grilled, but not dripping with extra oil! Steaming fiber-rich vegetables helps to keep weight down while preserving healthful qualities… and besides, boiling may kill the precious minerals, antioxidants and enzymes.
Ditch unhealthy vegetable oils and opt for oils containing monounsaturated fats. We love avocado oil and coconut oil as they reduce appetite and help you burn fat – especially in the abdominal area… yay!
You might also want to switch fried or scrambled eggs to boiled or poached eggs, since the latter options require no additional products. Finally, cut out refined sugars and stock up on healthy but tasty alternatives like maple syrup, xylitol or stevia.
Weight Loss Hack 3: Boost your metabolism with superfoods
Superfoods are named as such because they contain so many powerful vitamins, antioxidants and minerals to boost your overall health. Some contain fat burning and appetite suppressing compounds too, so choosing the right combination is a win-win for your body.
Knowing where to start may be a little daunting, but fear not; at SkinnyMint, we’re all about helping you get results fast – and with minimum effort. That’s why we developed a powerful formula that promotes optimum health and weight loss at the same time. Our super popular Green Cleansing Elixir is a potent detox product packed with active probiotics and 22 superfoods.
With powerhouse ingredients such as green tea, dandelion extract and spirulina powder, here’s what this nutritional green punch can do for you:
- Kick-start metabolism
- Fight uncomfortable bloating
- Improve gut health
- Boost immunity
- Fight inflammation
- Cleanse and detoxify
If you think that’s all it does, you’ve yet to hear the best part of it all: you can get all of these in just one scoop!
So as you can see, dropping the pounds naturally doesn’t have to be difficult or time consuming, nor do you have to be hugely disciplined. With a few simple changes to your routine and the right products, you’ll be well on your way to a better version of you. Check out other articles on our blog for more wellness and weight loss hacks, and get in touch if you have any questions about our products!