7 Super Simple Fat-Loss Tricks Anybody Can Follow

7 Super Simple Fat-Loss Tricks Anybody Can Follow

It's only as difficult as you make it.
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We all have different reasons for wanting to lose weight, particularly fat. For some of us, it's part of a long-term weight loss plan to look and feel better. For others, it's to trim up and get their desired summer body. Regardless of your goals, fat loss doesn't have to be made difficult.

Disclaimer: I am not a registered dietitian, and if you have any health concerns with new diets, you should consult a certified R.D. to be sure what you're doing is safe for your body!

1. Water is your best friend

SO. MANY. PEOPLE. DON'T. DRINK. ENOUGH. WATER. Aside from being essential for your body functions, hydration affects your mood and appetite. I begin my day with a tall glass of water. At every meal, when I'm trying to shred, I drink a glass of water before I eat. You don't have to fill up on it, but drinking some water can save you a metric ton of calories in the long run on appetite suppression.

2. Intermittent Fasting

There's a lot of backlash against fasting, but understand this — fasting doesn't mean starving. Dealing with a little discomfort goes a long way, but NEVER starve your body. Don't let fancy terms overcomplicate things. Intermittent fasting (IF) is simply not eating during a specific time so that you can eat less food overall even with bigger meals.

The simplest way to do this-- skip breakfast. Most people in college do this anyways or just opt for coffee because we are up until 1:00 a.m. and sleep until 9:00 — 10:00 a.m. I do this during a cut and eat two nutrient-dense meals (plenty of protein, carbs, essential veggies, etc.).

3. Protein Shakes

Protein shakes are the bee's knees. You don't have to be a crazy bodybuilder to drink protein shakes. Protein is the most satiating macronutrient, so it leaves you feeling fuller, longer. The easiest low-calorie protein shake: ice, a scoop of (good tasting) protein powder, half a cup of almond milk, then blend. Eat it in between meals to lower your appetite and eat less long term. Start throwing in more protein and ingredients and you can have it as a meal replacer or low-cal breakfast!

4. Avoid Weekend Binging

Fat loss is easy: calorie deficits. That doesn't mean you should starve yourself. That doesn't mean you can't enjoy yourself. But, whatever measures you take to cut calories, stay consistent with them. As the great Jordan Syatt says, track your calories and be consistent because real results take a long time. (Also, I am not sponsored or endorsed by Jordan but his page and advice are phenomenal and I 10/10 would recommend following him @syattfitness).

5. Weight Training and Cardio

Cardio burns calories. You need to decrease calories to lose weight. Simple. Working out also burns calories, makes you stronger, and you'll also like be 467x sexier. Whatever you do, do it and do it well. Even the smallest effort is a change in the right direction.

6. Stay effin' consistent!

Being about that #FitLife is cool — until you go out and binge drink the entire next week. The beautiful thing about staying consistent is you can enjoy everyday things and still achieve your goals. Going out for the night, eating out with your friends, and anything in between can be done without making your mind and body feel like garbage IF you are consistent with your weight loss efforts.

7. Control your portions, don't let them control you!

It's not against the law to go out to eat when you're trying to lose weight. But no, that doesn't mean you should order the quadruple stack megaburger with extra cheese and a double side of fries. Go out with your friends. Enjoy your food. Eat some extra calories. But if you can, be mindful of what you eat — opt for healthier, lower calories options or split an entree with a friend if it's something you just HAVE to have. Back to Jordan Syatt: you're only one bite from being back on track.

Stay grinding, my people.

Cover Image Credit: Austin Goodwin

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These Are 4 Proven Ways That Vaccines Cause Autism

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Let's just start with the first (and main) point.

1. They don't.

Susan in your anti-vax group is not a scholarly source (despite her hours and hours of Google research).

2. But in case you still believe Susan...

Maybe you'll believe Autism Speaks who says, "Scientists have conducted extensive research over the last two decades to determine whether there is any link between childhood vaccinations and autism. The results of this research is clear: Vaccines do not cause autism."

3. And if Autism Speaks still didn't convince you...

Feel free to take a look at this comprehensive list of studies that all say that there is no relationship between vaccines such as the MMR vaccination and the development of autism.

4. But here's what you should know...

There have been a few studies lately that have shown that autism develops in utero aka before a baby is even born AND before a baby can even receive vaccinations.

Vaccinations have prevented COUNTLESS deaths and illnesses. Vaccination rates are continuing to fall and do you know what that means? Measles will make its way back. Whooping cough will come back. Rubella, mumps, and polio will come back and there will be no way to stop it.

So, now that you know that vaccines do not cause autism, you're welcome to go tell Susan from your anti-vax group that as well as tell her that the Earth isn't flat. But, don't forget to mention it to her that her essential oils and organic foods are not keeping her children safe from the measles or tuberculosis.

Vaccinate your children. And, besides, even IF vaccinations caused autism, wouldn't you rather have a child with a developmental disorder rather than a child who died from the measles?

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One of my favorite movies is "Fried Green Tomatoes" with Kathy Bates. In the movie Bates' character Evelyn Couch says, "Someone helped put a mirror up in front of my face, and I didn't like what I saw one bit. And you know what I did? I changed." I know the feeling.

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I looked in the mirror over the weekend and didn't like what I saw.

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The image that I see of myself is not how I want others to perceive me. I want to be someone that people look at and see kindness, compassion, strength, and confidence.

I have enough general life experience to know that these types of changes aren't going to happen overnight, and not all of them will be physical; most of these will have to happen from the inside, from within myself.

When you find out you are all broken and damaged, it's hard to know where to start putting the pieces back together. I figured the best place to start would be the most literal: my actual insides; so, I decided to embark on a deep-cleansing journey to get all of the toxins out of my body, from the inside out.

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For the next 10 days I am going to be documenting my experiences, how I'm feeling, what my emotions are doing, and any results that I see.

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