Optimize Your Lifestyle for Maximum Weight Loss

We all know that weight loss is the result of a healthy diet and workout program, but the way you live your life can also seriously affect your efforts. With the right lifestyle, you can see maximum weight loss thanks to your eating plan and exercise regimen. Here are a few changes to your lifestyle that will help you drop serious weight:

Avoid Dinners Out

Eating late in the evening is TERRIBLE for your weight loss. You fill your stomach with food, but then you go to bed. Your body shuts down when you sleep, but the fact that you've just eaten means you will both have a hard time sleeping and you won't digest food properly. The result will be food staying in your stomach overnight. Remember: you're not supposed to eat less than 4 hours before going to sleep. If you do want to go out with friends, make it a breakfast, brunch, or even a late lunch. Sadly, no more dinners out!

Boost Your Metabolism During the Day

How can you do that? Simple: move around. Your metabolism increases according to the demands placed on it every day. The more energy you use, the more your body needs to produce. To give your metabolism a boost during the day, move around more. Take the stairs instead of riding the elevator, walk during your lunch break, and be active during your breaks. Even just a few simple activities that get you off your butt and moving around can make a huge difference in your metabolism.

Avoid Sitting

Sitting does more than just slow your metabolism; it can also weaken your glute and lower back muscles, increasing your risk of injury. To keep your body working well, spend as little time sitting down as possible. Stand up and move around throughout the day, and look into buying a standing desk. Try to sit down for fewer than 6 hours a day--your body will thank you!

Consider Fasting

Intermittent fasting is not the same as starving yourself thin. With IF, you deprive your body of food for just a short period of time--12 to 16 hours, or even up to 24 hours at a time. Going without food for a pre-determined time period helps your body to regulate glucose and insulin more efficiently, and increases fat oxidation. If you can, try fasting for 12 to 16 hours per day, fitting all of your eating into a shorter time slot. Or, if that doesn't work with your schedule, try fasting for a 24-hour period one day a week. It can give you some pretty awesome results in a short amount of time.

Sleep More

Sleep plays a huge role in your weight loss efforts. The more you sleep, the more time your body has to make repairs and recover from your workout the day before. But sleep also increases the production of testosterone, the hormone that helps you to build muscle and burn fat. Increased sleep will improve insulin sensitivity and blood sugar regulation, and will reduce the production of the hunger hormone ghrelin. Shoot for a solid 7 to 8 hours of sleep per night, and you'll see the results you want.

Fight Stress

Stress can be the nemesis of weight loss. Stress reduces your metabolism and throws off your internal hormone balance, but it can also cause you to overeat. Stress eating is a very real problem, one that can set back your weight loss efforts by days or even weeks. The less stress in your life, the better!

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