Easy weight loss does not mean it is healthy. When trying to lose weight in a healthy way, it’s important to avoid short-term fixes that harm our bodies and find long-term solutions that help them. Often, small changes in our daily eating and drinking habits can make a large difference over time when it comes to losing weight easily. Read our health tips below on five easy ways to lose weight for a healthy liver.
What’s in this article
- Is my weight healthy?
- Easy versus unhealthy weight loss
- What are five easy ways to lose weight?
Is my weight healthy?
Maintaining a healthy weight is crucial to improve your quality of life. Overweight people have a higher risk of health conditions and diseases, including depression, diabetes, and fatty liver disease. To find out if you’re overweight, you can calculate your Body Mass Index (BMI), a measure of body fat based on height and weight. Before making changes to your diet, consult a medical professional.
Easy versus unhealthy weight loss
If you’re overweight, it’s important to lose weight in a healthy way. Avoid unhealthy fad diets and weight loss misconceptions, which can harm your body and only offer short-term results. Drinking “diet” soda, cutting all carbs and skipping breakfast will not help you lose weight. Our five health tips below can help you lose weight easily and keep it off for the long run.
What are five easy ways to lose weight?
- Eat More Often
Harvard Medical School suggests eating more than three times a day is an easy way to lose weight. Research shows that people who have lost weight and stayed at their target number eat four times a day. Eating less can also increase the stress hormone cortisol, which can cause weight gain. Other advantages of eating more frequently include less chances of overeating or giving into unhealthy cravings (like pizza and potato chips) due to hunger, and more chances to eat healthy food (like nuts, vegetables and fruit). For a healthy, delicious, on-the-go snack, try Amsety bars.
- Avoid Liquid Calories
Beverages with added sugar or sweeteners play a large role in excess weight. Avoid soda, lemonade, powdered drinks, sports drinks, energy drinks and juice. While juice may seem like a healthy option, most juices and sodas contain the same amount of sugar ─ even too much natural sugar can cause weight gain. Instead, eat a whole fruit or vegetable to consume less calories and feel full longer.
- Drink Water
The standard “drink eight glasses of water a day” rule is a good ballpark for proper hydration. But how much water should people drink if they want to shed those pounds? While there is no set amount, drinking two glasses of water before each meal is an easy way to lose weight. According to a clinical study published in Obesity, people who drank two glasses of water before each meal lost four more pounds than those who didn’t over a 12-week period. Drinking water not only helps you feel full so you eat less, but causes your body to warm up the water and possibly burn more calories. How much water you should drink depends on factors like your age, gender and fitness level.
- Eat Slowly
Eating slowly and chewing food more thoroughly helps to control your appetite and burn calories during digestion. On the other hand, people who eat their food quickly are more likely to gain abdominal fat and have other health problems. A study in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that people who chewed their food thoroughly were more mindful of their eating habits and ate less. Their levels of hormones associated with hunger and fullness also improved.
- Eat Foods High in Antioxidants
Certain foods high in antioxidants detoxify the liver, the organ responsible for fat burning. When you eat unhealthy food, like pastries and candy, your liver becomes clogged with toxins and pollutants, making it harder to lose weight. For the liver to improve its metabolic function and burn fat effectively, you should cleanse it by eating antioxidant rich foods, such as lemons, garlic, broccoli, artichokes, and blueberries. Check out some liver health recipes here.
Learn about how to keep your liver healthy with Lauren Wagner RD and Amsety by watching this short video.