Fat Loss Hacks Part #1 (Fitness Habits That Work)
We’ve heard a lot about life-hacking lately. This has partly been brought on with the popularity of books like “The 4-Hour Work Week” by Tim Ferriss and a focus on productivity, time management in the past few decades. Quite recently, we have an almost overwhelming amount of ‘life-hacks’ that are specific to the tech industry. Which ones are truly helpful and which ones are more of a distraction and something we can do without? Well, that’s the subject for another post… Today, we want to help you ‘hack your fat loss!’ We hope you’re as excited about this as we are!
Are you ready to life hack your fat loss?
Hack #1 Macronutrient tracking
This is one of the most helpful tools we have from a nutrition standpoint. If you’re a current client and you’re stuck with your weight loss, your coach will ask you to start doing this. It isn’t easy but doing it for a week or two will likely get the weight loss snowball rolling again. This works so well for a couple reasons. First, when you track macronutrients, it raises awareness of what you’re putting in your body at each and every snack and meal time. That alone is a powerful concept for staying on track with weight loss. Second, your coach can give you some general feedback on the percentage breakdowns and how close you’re staying to an ideal macronutrient ratio or breakdown.
Hack #2 Drink Water with Pink Himalayan Salt first thing in the Morning
This is a great way to stay hydrated and energized. You’ll also reduce the workload on your adrenals first thing in the morning (if you do this soon after getting up).
For specifics on this fat loss hack, please visit this site with detailed information on the benefits and best practices for consuming Himalayan Salt: http://besynchro.com/blogs/blog/7149480-heal-your-adrenals-with-himalayan-salt
Hack # 2 Lower Cortisol Levels
Cortisol levels can affect sleep quality and sleep quality affects the ability to recover, allow your body to heal and thus maintain a healthy weight as well. Recent statistics indicate that in America, 1 in 8 people have difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep. Regulation of cortisol is super important because it is known as the ‘stress hormone’ and is secreted in higher amounts during times of stress. Cortisol is produced in the adrenal glands (see hack #2 again). In a state of chronic stress (this is a common challenge for many), cortisol will increase inflammation and even lead to premature aging as cells in the body fail to repair and recover as well as they are made to or meant to. Chronically elevated levels of cortisol can also lead to lower immunity, constipation, weight gain in the abdominal region, osteoporosis, loss of muscle tone, as well as reduced levels of growth hormone, DHEA, testosterone and estrogen. As you can see, reducing stress and lowering cortisol levels before you go to sleep is really important! Here are a few proven methods to do just that:
Turn off the TV in the evening. Read a book instead.
Turn off the lights.
Listen to relaxing music.
Take a hot bath with Epsom salts before bed.
Use essential oils, like lavender.
Get a foot massage. A foot massage is a great way to calm down that excessive ‘thought’ energy in your head.
Make a list of all the things you are grateful for!
Hack #3 Intermittent Fasting (IMF)
Studies continue to show that this has some success in male and female populations. Overall, it is more effective for men. We have a separate blog post on IMF so click through to this link to learn more: Blog Post on Intermittent Fasting
Research on behavior modification continues to show that small incremental changes (or focusing on 1 or 2 lifestyle changes) are far more successful than ‘information overwhelm’ or ‘habit change overwhelm’ which can lead to discarding ALL of the information. Therefore, we are going to leave off there and come back to you with more great fat loss hacks in part 2 of this blog series.
Thanks for caring about your health. Please share this with others whose health and wellness you care about as well!