Maximize Your Weight Loss

There are all sorts of lifestyle adjustments you can make that will jolt your metabolism to help you increase the amount of calories you burn.

Don't Miss Breakfast

You never, ever want to miss breakfast — or any meals for that matter — because this can lead the body to function in starvation mode, which ultimately slows your metabolic rate and can cause you to eat more later on in the day; it's a lose-lose proposition. Evening out the calories throughout the day will make you less hungry, which makes you less likely to binge.

Satiate to Lose Weight

Water and water-based foods like fruits and vegetables may help suppress your appetite so you feel full. Lean proteins like fish and chicken also help satiate the appetite so you eat less while feeling full.

Eat fish and chicken for your meals, and stock up on healthy snacks so you won't be tempted to go for junk food.

Exercise is an important part of healthy weight loss. Start simple, and make it fun. If you have kids, play tag, ride bikes, or just turn on the radio and dance. Do some window shopping in your local mall to get moving, and use your living room as a workout space by popping in your favorite DVD workout.

Sleep Well

Sleep loss wreaks havoc with the hormones that regulate hunger and satiety. It's the quality of sleep that makes the difference. Sleeping silently orchestrates a symphony of hormonal activity that is tied to the appetite.

Recent studies show that two hormones, leptin and ghrelin, help control appetite. When you sleep well, leptin levels are higher and leptin sends a signal to the brain that you are full. Conversely, if your sleep is disrupted, ghrelin is produced in higher quantity and this sends a signal to the brain that you are hungry.

If you are well rested — a typical person needs seven to nine hours of sleep per night — your metabolism will thank you.

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