When you want to lose weight, you often times think about fast things, like speeding up your metabolism, running faster, and increasing weight loss. The idea of slowing down seems completely counter-intuitive to your overall goal. Is it possible that the best way to lose weight and live a healthier life is by slowing down? There are some things you can slow down and decrease that will help you attain your weight loss goals. Here are 4 ways to get started.
1. Choose Slow Food instead of Fast Food
Whenever possible, cook your food from scratch. One of the best ways to lose weight is by eating natural whole foods. Instead of buying frozen pre-cut french fries, buy whole potatoes, then cut and bake them yourself. Resist going through the drive through at Taco Bell, and make tacos from scratch at home. By planning ahead, it’s much easier than you might think, is healthier, and even tastes better.
2. Utilize your Slow Cooker
If you struggle to make healthy meals, try using your slow cooker more often. If you look around online, you’ll find there are slow cooker recipes for a huge variety of meals. I’ve made steel cut oats, lasagna, chili, soup and even bread pudding in my slow cooker. Because of their design, they usually require less oil and other unhealthy ingredients to create delicious meals. Knowing there’s a healthy meal waiting for you as you come home each night will also discourage you from grabbing fast food for your dinner.
3. Slow your Breathing
Meditation is one of the best ways to get in touch with your body and focus on how your mind and body are connected. When you slow your body and mind down at the same time, it helps you relax and get rid of anxiety and worry that could cause undue stress in your life. Taking a few minutes each day to slow down breathe can make a world of a difference, and could even help you lose more weight.
4. Slow Down your Life
When life gets too busy and stressed, your cortisol level increases, which could lead to chronic anxiety and heart disease. Stress has also been found to have a negative impact on weight loss. Even if you exercise and eat well, being too stressed can sabotage your chances of losing or maintaining weight. By forcing yourself to slow down on a regular basis, you allow your body to stay balanced and healthy.