Ever wanted to look leaner and fitter instantly to show off your well-toned body for a beach vacation, the New Year’s eve party, a cousin’s wedding, or a big date? If yes, then we have tips for you to look thinner, slimmer, leaner and better instantly. No, it’s not an optical illusion.
Whether you have 3 days, 7, 10, 14 days, 2 weeks or 1 month, you can use these tips to look thinner for the big day.
Eat less Salt: Go easy on the salty snacks, like namkeen, chips, high sodium pickles, pretzels and processed foods that are high in sodium. Extra salt is added as a preservative in such foods. Salt contains sodium and high sodium foods cause water retention in the body, which can make you look bloated. Besides, salt is so addictive that you can’t be satisfied with one chip. You will certainly crave to eat the whole packet. The sad news is that a packet of small potato chips is almost 500 calories! These many calories will take at least 45 minutes of running to burn off. We have a simpler solution: just skip this packet to avoid the extra calories and lose weight!
Easy on the Carbs: Most of the diets are high in carbohydrates, sugar and fat. Some amount of carbohydrates and fats is good for the body, but it’s important to moderate the consumption of such foods in the diet. One of the best ways to keep your carbohydrate intake in control is by identifying the difference between good carbs and bad carbs. Most common form of carbohydrates in our diet comes from wheat, grains, maida, rice etc. Removing carbohydrates from your diet mostly reduces the water weight, which comes back as soon as you eat regular food again or even drink enough water. That’s a trick used by Atkins and other no-carbohydrate diet plans. Fitho does not recommend no-carb diets, as they can have side-effects like ketosis, bad breath, etc. What you need is a weight loss plan that helps you lose weight and keep it off.
Run: Yes, go for a run. Running helps you burn calories, reduce stress and suppress appetite hormones. If you are used to walking then add a little bit of jogging in intervals. Running/jogging helps you burn more calories & tone up faster than walking in the same amount of time! But it doesn’t end here. Research confirms that exercises like running result in “after burn” which means that one continues to burn more calories for as long as two hours after you have stopped running.
Do Push-ups/Squats: By far one of the most effective exercises to burn calories. If you don’t have enough time, patience or equipment, just get on the floor with simple push-ups and squats. Push-ups and squats require only 15 minutes of your time and the results will make it look like you have been spending some serious time sweating in the gym. Both are fantastic exercises to burn fat, tone arms and legs in no time.
Walk After your Meals: If you are not cut out for running or exercising then we might have something simpler for you. Try taking a ten minute walk after your every meal. This can help you burn a few calories quickly and aid in digestion.
Drink Water: You might have heard this a million times but drinking water is very good for health. Water works at two levels. First it helps flush the toxins from the body and second it boosts the metabolism. Starting your day with 2 glasses of water can help you improve your metabolism naturally. Drinking plain water also helps in controlling hunger and prevents you from eating unnecessary calories. Next time swap your colas, sodas, ice tea or any flavored drinks with simple water. You will thank us later when you weigh yourself.
Eat Everything: The biggest problem people face is that they seem to be eating less and still putting on weight. The issue is not how much you are eating but what you are eating. Often people tend to under calculate the caloric value of a so called “healthy food” resulting in no weight loss. While some “fat free” or “sugar free” foods might contain less of something, which does not necessarily mean they don’t contain calories. These calories in bits and pieces add up to quite a bit at the end. Portion control is a key to weight loss. Eating too much of healthy food also leads to weight gain. So watch how much you are eating and what you are eating.
Getting that perfectly toned body for a special occasion will be a no big deal if you include these simple tricks in your daily routine to burn calories fast.- Articles, data, text, image or video content posted on this site is checked by the Fitho team of nutritionists & fitness experts, or by research/studies, and opinions are based on our wide experience in helping thousands of people get fit, lose weight & manage their health.