Hi Guys, Amy here I started my own weight loss* journey a handful of years ago when my little boy pointed at my stomach and said “what is that lump?” Unfortunately I wasn’t pregnant, just overweight. This was the catalyst I needed to seriously look at my lifestyle. I’ve dipped in and out of weight loss* programmes before but this was one I needed to stick too.
Given that the diet industry is one of the biggest in the world, it is no surprise to see that many people will try many different approaches and/or weight loss* tactics they can find. Many of the weight loss* diets and approaches can be expensive, which is why many people look for homemade remedies to find a solution to their problem.
Honey is considered to be a very effective way to lose* weight and it is known to be effective in dissolving excessive fats. You may think that honey contains sugar, which it does but there are different types of sugar. Refined sugar – which some people use to sweeten their food, is considered a source of ‘empty calories.’ Meaning that there is no benefit to eating them. Honey contains many nutrients such as protein, water, energy, fibre and various vitamins and minerals. It contains minerals such as iron, sodium, potassium, phosphorus, zinc and calcium. Honey is a good source of vitamins that include folate, niacin, riboflavin, Vitamin C, and Vitamin B6.
It is recommended that people drink a mixture of warm water, honey and lemon on an empty stomach in an attempt to lose* weight. This concoction provides* a number of benefits but one of the most important factors in the success of the drink comes with water. If you are looking to lose* weight, you should drink more water. The water will help you to feel fuller, cutting down your food cravings and water can help you to rid yourself of food that has not been digested. Drinking green tea is a great way to add more water to your diet and green tea will also help to burn off calories and raise your metabolism.
Metabolism is “the chemical processes that occur within a living organism in order to maintain life.” These chemical processes require energy! The minimum amount of energy your body requires to carry out this process is called the BMR (Basal Metabolic Rate). Your age, body size, gender and genes all play a role in determining your metabolic rate. Here’s a great article all about metabolism and it talks about how you can speed it up.
One of the ways I sped my metabolism up was to eat hot food! I absolutely love eating chillies and hot curries so I found this easier than some. Again, similar to the honey remedy, adding chillies to warm water, lemon and honey will give you a helping hand when looking to lose* weight.
People looking to lose* weight are also recommended to add more vitamin C to their diet. Oranges are recognised as being a fantastic source of vitamin C and this will feature in many homemade remedies for weight loss*. Other good sources of vitamin C include red and green peppers, strawberries, blackcurrants, broccoli, brussels sprout and potatoes. It is recommended that adults (19-64 years) require 40mg of vitamin C a day. Vitamin C can’t be stored in the body, so you need it in your diet every day.
Many homemade remedies also focus on removing* salt from your diet. This may be a big challenge for some people but if you are able to remove* salt gradually from your diet, you will see that it starts to have a positive impact with respect to losing weight.
Salt won’t stop* weight loss* but it can stall it. Sodium helps your body retain water so when you eat too much salt, you may see the scale go up a few pounds. As you reduce* your salt intake, you’ll lose* weight as your body expels the water it was retaining.
Eating too much salt can also increase* the risk of developing high blood pressure but it can be a difficult habit to break because we get used to a certain amount of salt in our food. Here’s a great post all about flavouring your food.
While there are many foods to consume to provide energy while losing weight, it is important to exercise on a regular basis as well. Losing weight is about consuming fewer calories while expanding more calories. It’s not really rocket science! This means adding more exercise to your daily routine will always be of benefit.
Being overweight carries a number of health risks and people who are overweight are more likely to have a lower life expectancy and will be susceptible to more illness, heart disease, heart attacks and diabetes. While there are many psychological boosts* that come from losing weight and being at a healthy weight, the health implications can be extremely important.
There are many different ways to measure your weight with respect to health and it is not always sensible to rely on the scales. People of different height, people with muscle mass will find that they can have a different healthy weight to people in similar situations to them and this makes the BMI scale a more realistic definition of your weight. BMI, or Body Mass Index, takes into account a person’s height and mass, which provides* a more realistic appraisal of a person’s weight and their health. While it is not perfect, the scope of different bands provides* a broad measure for people to properly judge their weight. BMI indicates if a person is underweight, of normal weight, overweight or obese.
So there you have it, my top tips to losing weight at home. I hope you enjoyed reading this article and I hope to write for Consumer Health Digest again soon!
All the best,
Amy aka Mutha Fitness
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