Most fitness experts say there are no quick fixes to weight loss. Success in dropping pounds and keeping them off comes by combining dietary changes with more exercise. But there are a few weight loss tricks that may help keep the needle moving downward on the scale.
Here are five top weigh-loss tricks.
1. Consuming a Low-Carbohydrate Diet
Low-carb eating became a craze in weight loss more than a decade ago. Spurred in part by the Atkins Diet, developed by a physician, some people find early success in dropping pounds by limiting the amount of carbs they consume in favor of high protein foods, according to Atkins Nutritionals
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2. Drink Plenty of Water
"Hydration can curb hunger and boost your metabolism by up to 3 percent,” celebrity diet expert Jillian Michaels said, according to Health
. “Drink water until your pee looks like lemonade."
Trent Nessler, managing director of Baptist Sports Medicine in Nashville, told WebMD
: “Your metabolism is basically a series of chemical reactions that take place in your body. Staying hydrated keeps those chemical reactions moving smoothly.” Even slight dehydration can cause a significant drop in metabolism.
3. Dance, Dance, Dance
Moving energetically is a fun way to get plenty of cardio exercise, which helps to burn calories, Prevention noted
. One fun dance-fitness craze is Zumba, an aerobics class set to Latin-inspired music.
4. Lift Weights Regularly
Lifting weights isn't just for bodybuilders. Such weight-bearing exercise can rev your metabolism as fat is displaced by muscle, which burns more calories. Men's Fitness magazine touted
it as the no-cardio workout.
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5. Try Juice
In recent years, some have touted juicing as a way to lose weight. By combing nutrient-dense foods into a fiber-rich drinkable mixture, dieters can pack a lot of value into an easy-to-consume beverage, WebMD said. “If you’re not big into fruits and vegetables, it’s a good way to get them in," Wilmington, Delaware, nutritionist Jennifer Barr told WebMD.
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