Some achieve success working hard and some others by working smart. Ultimate goal of many individuals remains the same-in life, it might be to earn well, in school, it might be to pass exams with flying colors or during interviews, it might be to secure a first-class job! When it comes to physical healthy, many people wish to remain slim, be chic and stay young while for some others its all about fitness and resistance. Hitting the gym, exercising hard, eating a disciplined diet and losing off kilograms is the right approach to weight loss and being healthy. Relying on fad diets, so-called superfoods, vibrator machines and unreal slimming pills/shakes to lose weight is another approach tried and failed by many individuals. There is another category of people who are neither ready to work hard nor foolish to choose weight loss via unethical ways but they still wish to slim down. Here are some very different approaches to weight loss that might grab such people’s attention:
Laughing Loud: Even a general physician hangs a board in his/her patient’s waiting room that ‘Laughter is the best medicine’ which shows his/her magnanimous approach to life and acceptance to things around him/her. Some say that laughing your way out through some comedy act or performance releases the feel-good hormone serotonin which makes anyone cheer up and be happy. Laughing to your heart’s content for anytime between 15-45 minutes can help you lose anywhere between 10 and 40 calories.
Put up near a gym: A study in the Lancet journal shows that individuals who live within a kilometer from gyms, parks, swimming pools or sports grounds weight less (especially true in the case of women) compared to others. Some research also shows that more walkable and movable a neighborhood is, lower is the weight of its individuals. Opposite is true in the case of fast food joints and restaurants-those people living farther away from such places are much slimmer compared to others.
Moving around: There are a few people who can’t stay without doing anything. Either it’s got to be some activity or they simply keep fidgeting around. Its been shown that walking, cooking or even standing are ways to stay trim without being the couch potato. While these activities were a regular part of daily living sometime back, they have become a mandatory act nowadays with improvements in technology, latest devices to do our chores and our modern environment. One study in 2003 found that such a lifestyle that includes elevators, cars to drive and dishwashers to do our dishes led to a 111-calorie reduction lacking in our daily calorie expenditure.
Living in elevated areas: An article in the International Journal of Obesity found that people living in higher elevated areas are comparatively slimmer. Decreased oxygen levels, higher metabolic demands and increased functioning of the sympathetic nervous system that plays a major role in reducing appetite may support this theory which needs more practical proofs.
Eating spicy food: Does your best friend who stays slim always eat food with an additional serving of chilli flakes or spicy sauce? There is a study that shows that capsaicin, a bioactive compound present in chili peppers, plays a prime role in decreasing appetite and using fat as the primary source of energy. Even a large-scale Chinese study found that people who ate spicy food six to seven times a week compared to those who ate once a week were at a 14% reduced risk of death from any cause comparatively. There are other theories supporting the fact that eating spices such as turmeric, oregano, cinnamon, rosemary and ginger too keep a person slim and trim as these ingredients reduce inflammation and improve gut bacteria composition.
These are only additional ways that can improve your health quotient and one cannot rely on these as the only means to weight loss. They are theories that don’t hold solid proofs. The best way to lose weight or stay healthy is to eat a well-balanced diet rich in all food groups, control portion sizes, exercise regularly and minimize stress. Get in touch with registered dietitian nutritionists at www.firsteatright.com to help you lose weight in the right way, maintain your lost well and reap benefits for a lifetime of healthy lifestyle.
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