Are you fed up with the thousands of weight loss products that all claim to be “amazing” and “sensational”? They promise that all you have to do is sit in front of the TV with a big smile on your face, and the pounds will just fly off your body.
Well, do you know what? It doesn’t work! If something seems to be too good to be true, it probably is. And that’s why I decided to create a list of the best products or ways to lose weight that really work. No secrets or magic formulas. Just common sense.
So without further ado, here is my very subjective top 10 list of the best weight-loss products that actually work. And with “products”, I mean “things”, or really just about anything that could remotely fit that description (even “products”). 🙂
Walking and running are the most fundamental forms of exercise you could possibly do. Most people can do it, and you don’t need lots of expensive equipment. All you need is a pair of shoes. Although there are people that runs without shoes, they are not many. So running shoes are definitely recommended for the average jogger. A good pair of running shoes should be selected by a specially trained shoe salesman after examining the way you walk and run, and depending on the shape of your feet. Serious running shoe stores have special equipment to do this, and that’s why you should pick such a store. It might cost a little bit more, but it will definitely be worth it.
Yes, that’s right! The single best everyday work out is taking the stairs instead of the elevator. If you work on the top floor of the Empire State Building, I forgive you. Take the elevator! But otherwise, take the stairs as often as possible. It’s a great way to increase your heart rate and burn some extra calories. Climbing six flights of stairs per day could help you lose 18 lbs in a year (2 flights/day = 6 lbs).
If you, like me, live in a cold climate where winter equals snow, then cross-country skiing should be your #1 form of exercise during winter. It’s really great cardio training that burns a lot of calories, and you have to use leg, arm and back muscles. Basically, your entire body gets a workout, all at the same time. You really don’t have to do any other forms of exercise (during winter at least). Very efficient!
Gym Membership Card
This can be a great weight loss “product”. Notice that I wrote can. Lots of people buy a gym membership card after giving a New Year’s resolution to get fit and lose weight. Then they go to the gym a few times. And then they stop. It’s because of this… or because of that… Stop making excuses and Just do it! No one will get fit after a few workouts. Be realistic and set goals that you can achieve. If you need someone to instruct or motivate you, hire a personal trainer. As soon as going to the gym becomes a routine, and as soon as you see results, motivation will not be a big problem anymore. That’s a promise!
Driving a car does not burn many calories. Surprise! If you need to go to a place many miles away, and right now. Then by all means, use your car. But don’t take your car when you really don’t have to. Instead, take your bicycle or walk. You will burn more calories, get fresh air and some sunshine in your face. Activate your body instead of just sitting still all the time!
If you have ever tried to lose weight by eating less you probably know how incredibly tough that can be. Not just physically, but also mentally. Going to bed when your body is literally screaming for food is not fun. Not fun at all. By using a protein powder you can get rid of the worst cravings and maintain your muscle mass at the same time.
How does it work? When you cut down on food, you lose some of your muscle mass. That’s because muscles need proteins to repair and build new muscle fibers. So when you eat less food, you also eat less proteins. Since protein-rich foods are also very good at keeping hunger away, protein powders will help you win two wars: Against hunger and against muscle breakdown. The low levels of fat and carbohydrates in the best protein powders makes them one of the best weight loss products that actually work.
Me and my girlfriend recently got a dog. What a great way to get your ass off the couch! Since I care a lot about our dog I feel that I have to get out on long walks, for the dog’s sake. I’m not always happy about it (like 6 in the morning or when it’s raining) but once you get out in the fresh air and see how happy the dog is, you feel great! Long walks (40+ minutes) in a fast pace are a fantastic way to burn fat, and as a bonus you get sunshine in your face and a mental boost that stays for hours. So get a dog, take daily long walks, and I can guarantee that you will see results on the scale! If you are allergic or simply don’t like dogs, you might want to try horse riding instead.
Whenever I eat a hamburger or a pizza (yes that happens!) I just love having a soda. Well, not just any soda. It has to be Coca-Cola Zero! 🙂 Best taste, and no sugar. If you prefer Coca-Cola Light, I won’t hold it against you. As long as you chose diet soda, it’s ok. Ordinary sodas are jam-packed with sugar, and as you probably know, consuming lots of sugar is bad. It messes up your insulin levels and ultimately adds more fat to your body (not to mention the risk for diabetes and cavities).
(of family and friends). If your family and friends are working out on a regular basis, your chances of losing weight through exercise and a healthy diet will skyrocket. Trying to do it on your own while the people close to you mismanage their health is just doomed to fail. But what if you don’t have any family members or friends that work out? Extend your search and find someone! A co-worker, a member of your church, a distant relative or even a personal trainer. There has to be someone you can team up with. Once you do, support and push each other and success will come!
The body needs a good night’s sleep. Especially if you exercise regularly or just have a hectic life-style. This is very important, but yet overlooked by so many. When you are sleeping, your body repairs itself and your brain gets a chance to process all the impressions you’ve had throughout the day. As a general rule, I would say that the harder you exercise the more you should rest.
That’s it! Now you have seen the ten best products for weight loss, and all you have to do is use them. What are you waiting for?