New Year, New Weight Loss Plan
When the new year rolls around, many people consider changing the calendar an ideal time to refocus on goals. One of the most common of these goals is to lose weight. Weight loss can be challenging. Many people struggle with constant cravings for fatty, sugary foods that are detrimental to weight loss. This year, follow these 3 tips for reducing food cravings and consider adding some supplements to a new plan.
1. Drink up
No, this doesn’t mean load up on the booze at the holiday party. Research has shown that people who stay hydrated feel fewer food cravings. When a food craving hits, try drinking a glass or two of water and see what happens. One study found that people who drank 2 cups of water before each meal had an easier time following a calorie-restricted diet. The key is to drink water, though. Avoid soda, sugary beverages, and alcohol, as these are all dehydrators.
2. Have a game plan
Often, people give in to food cravings because there is no plan in place for what to do when a craving hits. Redirecting the mind to other activities can help curb food cravings. For example, some people may plan to go on a brisk walk when a craving strikes. Others opt for journaling or calling a friend. Often, food cravings are emotion- or stress-driven. Find other ways to deal with stress and manage emotions besides food.
3. Don’t ignore other healthy habits
When embarking on a weight loss journey, don’t let other healthy habits fall by the wayside. Good health habits work together. For example, studies have shown that a person’s sleep habits directly influence hunger cues and cravings. In fact, research has found that people who consistently don’t get enough sleep are 55% more likely to be obese than those who get the recommended 7-9 hours.
When you need an extra boost
Even after changing diet and exercise habits, some people struggle to lose weight. Some additional supplements can help to curb cravings and burn fat. For example, caffeine can boost fat-burning by up to 29%. Green tea extract can reduce belly fat. Conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) has been shown to help reduce cravings and lead to faster weight loss. Speak with a pharmacist to find out more about what weight loss supplements will be most effective.
This is your year
With the right plan, this can be the year where pounds are shed for good. Curb cravings, improve health habits and consider trying supplements. Work with a healthcare provider to find an effective weight loss plan.