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9. Start Walking
Although you really don’t need to do any hard or strenuous exercise, you should try to incorporate some type of moderate exercise into your daily routine. Your legs are your largest muscles, so you should find ways to work them as much as possible. Again, we aren’t talking about hitting the gym for an hour — just some moderate exercise. Walking for 30 minutes a day can easily cause you to lose one pound each week. Move your treadmill in front of your television, and walk during commercial breaks or walk during half of whatever program you are watching, and you are done! You can also use those little tricks to get more exercise such as taking the stairs rather than the elevator, parking at the farthest end of the parking lot, and pacing the room or office every time you talk on the phone.
10. Water, Water, And More Water
You have certainly heard this before, but it doesn’t make it any less true: Drinking more water will help you to lose weight. When we are dehydrated, the body sends out signals that our brain often mistakes for hunger. The next time you think you are hungry, drink a glass of water and wait 10 minutes before eating. Also, try drinking a full glass of water at least 10 minutes before your regular meal to help fill your stomach so that you will eat less.
11. Get Plenty Of Sleep
Believe it or not, numerous studies show that sleep deprivation causes obesity. For weight control and proper hormone function, we need quality sleep. When we don’t get regular sleep, our hormones become messed up, the way we process carbs becomes dysfunctional, and the way our bodies store fat is altered. Almost everyone on the planet needs between seven and nine hours of sleep. Even though some people feel that they can function just fine on five hours sleep, the truth is that their bodies certainly cannot. Studies have shown that women who go to bed and wake up at the same time each day have less belly fat than those who keep irregular hours. Work towards seven hours of good quality sleep each night so that your body works the way it is supposed to.
12. Cut Back On Salt
Americans eat excessive amounts of salt in their diet, which leads to water weight and bloated bellies. Salt retention, as well as water retention, wreaks havoc on the body. Eat more foods that are rich in potassium, which binds with salt and removes it from the body. You should always make low-sodium choices whenever possible and use salt substitutes, such as garlic, onion, and other spices, to help cut back on sodium levels in the body.