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3 Easy Tips to Shed Excess Weight Before Summer

3 Easy Tips to Shed Excess Weight Before Summer
May 10
09:22 2016

Are you in the best shape of your life, but you don’t look like it? Are you having trouble losing that extra cushion? There are plenty of others in the same boat. You might even have a healthy BMI, but you are still carrying excess weight.

There’s a reason this extra weight is specifically hard to keep off. Research over the last 20 years reveals that fat cells are toxic factories, meaning that each cell is creating chemicals that cause damage to your health.

In 1998, a study suggested that being overweight yet also in good physical shape would reduce the risk of premature death. However, recent studies refuted this “fat but fit” theory. In 2015, a study by the International Journal of Epidemiology determined that the beneficial effects of exercise decreased as obesity rates increased. Physically fit, yet obese men were more likely to die younger than normal-weight men who were not fit. Another study linked increased excess fat with high levels of inflammation, regardless of a person’s fitness levels. A different study by the Clinical Cancer Research, found a link between high levels of white fat tissue and breast cancer.

So that extra weight has some serious health risks that working out can’t fix. So with that in mind, how can you lose those extra pounds?

Eat right

Exercise is half the battle, actually it’s way less than half the battle. 20% of your weight loss is attributed to working out, while 80% is credited to diet. This doesn’t mean you can’t ever eat your favorite unhealthy snacks, just so do in moderation. Counting calories and logging your daily meals is a great way to make sure you are eating all the right food groups. It also makes a healthy diet change more manageable. Cutting out all of your vices, isn’t effective in the long-term. Don’t think of it as a diet, but rather as an on-going healthy lifestyle. Limit sugar, artificial sweeteners and processed foods. Stick to whole foods, like vegetables, lean proteins and plant-based proteins high with fiber.

Take your measurements

The scale is not always your friend. Weighing yourself every week on the same day at the same time to keep track of your progress is great. Don’t weigh yourself multiple times a day, this may get discouraging. You can also measure your problem areas and keep tabs on inches lost. This is another way to monitor your progress. We recommend doing so every three weeks or more.

Take a daily probiotic

Bacteria can be good for you. By taking a daily probiotic, it will help promote healthy bacteria in your middle section. This will limit the imbalances in the microbiota of the gut that are derived from the typical American diet. These imbalances are part of the reason weight gets stuck specifically in that section.

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