How to Lose 10 Pounds Without Hating Your Life

How to Lose 10 Pounds Without Hating Your Life

If only losing weight was as easy as gaining it, right? While there are plenty of advertised ways to shed some pounds, there are only a handful of methods that actually work. And one thing’s for sure: None of them are the weird tea cleanse your favorite Instagram influence swore by. Here are some other, much more legit ways you can lose 10 pounds without hating your life.

1. Don’t Try Another Fad Diet

Do fad diets ever get anyone long-term progress, ever? Sure, you might drop a few pounds at first (that’s a hard maybe!) — but these quick solutions aren’t long-lasting and can also be dangerous. Develop healthy habits and stick with them instead of doing something that will drive you insane.

“Weight loss never lasts — scientific research has proven this time and time again,” Christ Harrison, a Brooklyn-based dietitian, says. “It actually leads to weight cycling, or yo-yo-inf, which research suggests may be the true cause of many of the health problems we associate with being overweight, like diabetes and heart issues.”

2. Embrace The Anti-Diet

“Diets just don’t work — they’re not sustainable,” Harrison says. “Not only that, but the pressure we put our bodies under — either by restricting food intake, over-exercising or a combination of both — ups your chances for so many negative health consequences.”

One of the biggest? Weight gain! Plus, all of that crab watching and calorie counting is probably stressing you out. In turn, that causes your body to start releasing cortisol, a stress hormone that’s been linked to increased weight.

3. Pack In the Protein

“Protein requires 25 percent more energy to digest than carbs, so it’s possible to cut your calorie intake without eating less food,” says California-based personal trainer Jamie Sullivan. In other words, your body has to work harder to digest a salmon filet than it does a bowl of pasta, meaning you can get away with a few extra bites of that perfectly cooked fish while the noodles could do a number on your waistline.

4. Get Smart About Nutrition

. You ate a donuts. Cool. Move on. Here’s why: Remember when you were a kid and your mom banned soda from your life forever and it only led to serious root beer binges when you got to your friend’s house? Those same rules are in play here. Get label-crazed and you’ll lose your mind — not excess weight. And cutting yourself off from all of your favorite things will only lead to overdoing it on the sugary, salty foods..

5. Increase Your H 20  Intake

 Often, thirst is confused for hunger. And try salt water, while you’re at it. When it comes to H 20, salt is not the enemy. “Water needs electrolytes like sodium, potassium, and chloride to be best absorbed,” says Jenny Westernmost, an R.D. in Chicago, which explains why they’re added to popular sports drinks.

 “The electrolytes in the salt will push water into the cells where they need to be, rather than letting the water get flushed out, causing you to go to the bathroom every other minute.” You’ll notice a spike in energy after staying hydrated, too, and you’ll be less likely to give in to cravings which are even harder to avoid when you’re running on empty.

6. Rethink What “Exercise” Really Means

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 Change the way you think about exercise by choosing to do something you enjoy. “It doesn’t have to be in a gym,” Harrison says. “It could be a dance class or going for a run around your neighborhood.” And it might even be worth it to get into tree pose when you’ve only got a few minutes. A study published in the journal POLS ONE found that just 10 minutes of exercise has huge health benefits.

How to Lose 10 Pounds Without Hating Your Life

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