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Tips to Shed a Few Extra Pounds!

BY: davinder mb | Category: Health and Fitness | Post Date: 2008-12-08

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The Christmas season is a time when most people tend to let go, throwing caution to the wind. Overspending on credit cards, overindulging on alcohol and just eating a bit too much are some of the outcomes. Come January/February and we get a huge shock when we see the credit card bill, or step on the bathroom scale. I can't help you with the credit card bill, but can help loose those extra pounds.

One true fact about weight loss is 'No Pain, No Gain' or maybe that should be no pain no loss. There is no quick fix when it comes to shedding off those pounds regardless of what medical remedies may say. Your body weight doesn't just consist of fat, some of the weight is water weight while some is muscle but we are all mostly concerned about weight due to fat which unfortunately is the hardest to loose. Water weight is relatively easy to loose which is also why some of these remedies or drugs that claim to help you loose weight in a matter of days are most likely false. You might loose weight when you check the bathroom scale but is it really fat you're loosing?

Here are five relatively easy tips to get you started in loosing weight which you should be able to fit into your current lifestyle easily but remember, you need to put in the effort.
Get rid of those soda cans and get water bottles.
I am amazed everyday by how many people drink very little or no water at all. Drinking more water in itself can make you loose weight. The body is made up of 75% water and is therefore vital for our organs to have as much water as possible. The liver is responsible for the breakdown of fat in the body so by not drinking water, the liver can't work as efficiently and more fat is retained in the body.
Get a small 500ml water bottle and keep it topped up when at work, taking regular sips. Aim to finish about 3 - 4 bottles a day. This would also mean you make regular trips to the bathroom thereby doing more exercise.
If you drive to work, park on the farthest parking spot from your office door available. This shouldn't be too hard to do and should most often than not be empty. More distance to walk means more exercise.
Substitute that crisp/sweet/chocolate box for a box of grapes, strawberries or tangerines. We all get the feeling where we feel like munching on something and most time reach for a little piece of candy. Well the little piece of candy does a lot of damage. This may take a bit more will power but you need to make a cautious effort. Grapes and strawberries are perfect when you feel like munching on something and provide the same feel good factor you get from eating crisps and chocolates.

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