Adele’s Top 12 Tips to Awesomeness!
1. Have a large glass of fresh lemon water upon waking.
Lemon acts as a gentle detox cleanser and helps promote fast metabolism first thing the morning.
2. Soak up rays first thing in the morning.
Exposing yourself to light early in the morning as opposed to later in the day synchronizes your internal body clock, which means that you’re more likely to have a natural sleep schedule. That sleep schedule helps your metabolism run more efficiently, which can lead to weight loss. By nature, morning light is much stronger than afternoon or evening light. That’s because there’s a higher amount of blue light in the orning—and blue light is the kind that has the strongest effect on your circadian rhythm. You typically only need to get as little as 20-30 minutes of morning sunlight between 8 a.m. and noon for the sun to work its magic!
3. Avoid Sweeteners.
Most people don’t agree with fake food products and can leave you feeling bloated, gassy and puffy. Trigger foods and ingredients include sugar-free gum, frozen or fat free yogurt, maltodextrin, sucralose, aspartame and any product that includes unrecognizable items on its label. Stock up with the real stuff instead —it tastes better, and as long as you consume it in a healthy moderation won’t affect your weight loss results!
4. Eat every few hours.
The body typically needs nutrition every 3 to 4 hours to prevent energy dips, metabolism slowdowns, crankiness, and sugar cravings. Planning meals and snacks works wonders to head off the intense hunger that can do a number on your best intentions to eat healthy. Simply tote healthy snacks such as; natural nuts/seeds, smoothies, fresh fruit, vegie sticks, trail mix, natural protein or granola bars when you are on the run. Avoid skipping or skimping on meal, either.
5. Don’t use exercise as a hall pass!
Whether you exercise occasionally or often, you should plan a healthy diet around your workout regimen. Just because you are working out, doesn’t mean that you can eat whatever you want! People are notorious for overestimating how many calories they burn during physical activity, which is often far less than actual calories burned. When you overestimate the calories you burn during exercise, you may eat more than you need, making weight loss and maintenance difficult. Aim to eat a small meal made up of protein and complex carbs such as; Greek yogurt topped with fresh berries, granola and honey within an hour after exercise – it helps speed up metabolism and aids in recovery.
6. Exercise larger muscle groups before smaller ones to burn maximum calories.
Larger muscles recruit more muscle fibers when you train them, which means more energy is required. Incorporate exercises such as; squat, pushups and lunges for maximum results.
7. Change your workout routine every 4-6 weeks to keep your body in constant fat-burning mode.
There are plenty of at-home workouts you can choose from or simply attend an assortment of group fitness classes in your local fitness facility.
8. Reduce and Replace!
Keeping recipes simple and basic enables you to maintain the healthy integrity of your meals and saves you time. Substitute, experiment, use a smidgen when the recipe calls for a truck load. Choose recipes that are natural and whole food based avoiding creamy sauces, fake ingredients sugars. If a recipe appears too complicated, you probably won’t make it anyway!
9. Don’t drink your calories!
Many people believe that sugar-free sodas, fruit juice and sports drinks like Gatorade are healthy options. Sports drinks, sodas and even fruit juices, frequently contain a lot of calories. Just by consuming 2 or more glasses of these drinks can have the calorie equivalent of eating an entire plate of pasta! Coconut water is considered nature’s sports drink and makes an excellent electrolyte enhancer for sports related activities. You can add flavor to regular water simply by mixing in herbal tea bags, lemon and fresh fruit.
10. Spice it up!
Adding natural hot spices to your meals can help curb hunger, adds natural flavor to plain food and boosts metabolism. Want another reason to add some heat? Capsaicin which is a compound found in chilies triggers your brain to release feel-good endorphins. A satisfied tummy and good mood? Pass the chili sauce, please!
11. Sugar taxes your immune system and is highly addictive.
It’s 4:00pm and all you can think about is reaching for something sweet. You may think you need that extra boost, but your body knows exactly how to ignite that boost naturally. Keep it clean and dump the crack! Excess sugar robs your body of minerals, rots your teeth, fires up inflammation, stresses your nervous system, and impairs your normal hormone function. Sugar also makes you feel lethargic, cranky and moody. When you feel that craving come on, have a snack which includes; protein and some healthy fat, such as, natural nuts, seeds and avocado. You can even snack on fresh berries, pears and apples while sipping on chai herbal tea which is best known for curbing cravings.
12. Eat blueberries.
Blueberries are rich in antioxidants and may play a major role in reducing belly fat. Blueberries are loaded with anthocyanin, which alters the activity of genes found in human fat cells and makes it more difficult to put on weight. Adding blueberries into your daily diet is easy – simply add a handful to; oatmeal, yogurt, smoothies or salads.