Weight loss is one of the biggest conundrums we face as modern humans.
With abundant advice on how to go about it – from the fad diets to try, the super ingredients to add to your meals and the exercises sure to make the pounds drop off – there’s no wonder we’re prone to giving up and sacking the whole thing off.
But for those of us that just aren’t suited to stringent rules about what we can and can’t eat and how much work-out hours we have to squeeze in every day, thankfully, there are a few easy steps we can take to help aid weight loss.
From sleeping more to keeping tabs on your water-intake (see, we told you they were easy), check out the small things you can do to see results…
More time in bed?! You hardly need to pull our arm to get us to take up this health trick. But seriously: sleeping more can aid weight loss.
According to researchers at King’s College London, those of us who snooze for an extra hour or so could end up consuming fewer sugars and carbohydrates.
They found that extending sleep patterns resulted in a 10-gram reduction in reported intake of free sugars compared to baseline levels.
“When we sleep we burn most of our fat, so if we don’t sleep this can significantly affect weight loss,” nutrition and weight loss expert Pippa Campbell told Yahoo Style UK.
Carry a water bottle around
Consuming more water is perhaps the simplest way to help lose weight: it contains zero calories, can suppress your appetite (it’s recommended you drink water half an hour before meals) and can even help burn calories.
Therefore, making sure you’re always carrying water around is an easy way to make sure you’re doing it without much thought at all. Before long, you’ll be reaching for the water bottle with muscle memory frequency.
To make the idea more appealing, why not invest in a reusable water bottle? We recommend S’well for their chic, stainless steel designs.
According to a study by Yumi Hurst and Haruhisa Fukuda in BMJ Journals, eating slower is linked to weight loss.
The study found that patients tested who ate slower saw a “reduced BMI and waist circumference”.