Whether you’ve gained a little extra weight by indulging more than you should have over the holidays or have spent your entire life struggling with your weight and you’re ready to get it off, developing a weight loss strategy can be hard. You want to dive in, work hard, and see results fast, but you don’t want to give up the treats that you love, either. While there are plenty of strategies out there that are billed as helping you lose weight fast, that weight often comes right back as soon as you return to your original habits. If you really want to lose weight the natural way, without pills, supplements, and unnatural diets that have you eating nothing but carrot sticks and celery, hang in there! These tips will help you do exactly that.
1. Drink Up!
One of the easiest ways to start dropping pounds naturally is to make sure that your body is well hydrated. You’ve probably heard the old rule of thumb: eight glasses of water a day, each one containing at least eight ounces. This is actually the bare minimum amount of water that you should be drinking. In fact, sixty-four ounces of water a day is the amount that’s appropriate for someone weighing approximately 128 lbs. If you want to know how much you should really be drinking, take your weight in pounds and divide it by two, then convert that to ounces: that’s the amount of water your body needs to efficiently flush toxins, enhance digestion, and keep your system moving efficiently.
If you have trouble drinking that much water daily, consider flavoring it. You can add fruit to your water, especially citrus fruit, which is known for boosting your metabolism. Cinnamon is a great flavor booster that can also add a small metabolic boost.