Did you know that, even though millions of people resolve to lose weight each New Year, only about 9 percent achieve their goals? We’re not telling you this to discourage you, but rather to point out how difficult weight loss can be for most of us. If you’re putting together a weight loss plan, it’s time to consider things from a scientific angle, and use the best fat-burning methods currently known to researchers.
Get adequate sleep. Chronic exhaustion stresses your body, and throws it into a “survival mode”. You begin producing hormones that trigger cravings while slowing your metabolism to conserve energy. Make sure to get 8 or 9 hours of sleep every single night.
Manage your stress levels. Lack of sleep isn’t the only thing that can trigger those stress hormones. Manage your stress by learning to say no when you’re over-scheduled, meditating daily, attending yoga classes, or other methods that work for you.
Eat the right foods. Beyond simply reducing your caloric intake, eating the right foods will promote fat burning and weight loss. Focus on lean protein, healthy (unsaturated fats) and “good” carbs (the ones derived from whole grains and vegetables).
Build muscle. One pound of muscle requires more energy to sustain itself, than one pound of body fat. That translates into a more efficient metabolism for you. Incorporate strength training into your exercise routine.
Do aerobic cardio exercise several times per week. Schedule activities like hikes, bike rides, or jogging. Aim to keep your heart rate between 120 and 150 beats per minute.
Drink your water. Yes, we know you’ve heard it a hundred times before, but drinking more water really will boost your metabolism while keeping you healthier.
Try a medical weight loss plan. Most people find that it’s easier to lose weight (and keep it off) under a physician’s supervision and guidance. That’s because we tailor a program especially for your needs, and help you understand the science of eating and metabolism. Call us to schedule a consultation, and we’ll talk about whether a medical weight loss plan is right for you.