(WellnessNova.com) - Dieting and exercise can feel like an uphill struggle when you’re trying to lose weight. If you’re a busy professional it can be more difficult to stick to a weight loss regimen due to time and dietary constraints. Did you know there are healthy foods you can eat and small, effortless things you can do that almost magically makes you lose weight? Try these six easy and healthy ways to lose weight without trying at all!
1. Eat Chocolate
Eating any kind of chocolate at least five times per week leads to weight loss, according to medical school professor Dr. Beatrice Golomb. Her research shows that a girl weighing 120 pounds is likely to lose five pounds by doing so.
Sounds too good to be true? Professor Lambert of Penn State University discovered that cacao, chocolate’s pure form, has chemicals that stop dietary fat digestion in your gut. Thus instead of absorbing these fats into your body you pass them with your stool, which keeps you from gaining weight!
The bacteria in your gut also convert cacao’s fiber into good chemicals that make you feel full, making you eat less.
If you decide on this chocolate weight loss regimen, make sure to choose a cup of daily hot dark chocolate with stevia. Stevia has no calories and dark chocolate has a high cacao content. Cacao has few calories and is rich in healthy chemicals. In fact, scientists discovered it’s good for your heart and reduces overall inflammation. Thus, it’s a safe and perfectly healthy drink.
2. Go Earthing
Believe it or not, standing barefoot on the bare earth for 10 or 15 minutes daily helps regulate your metabolism. This is called earthing and numerous clinical studies have found that doing so daily not only leads to weight loss, but protects your heart, supports your immune system, reduces inflammation, clears toxins, and regulates your hormones as well.
Why does it work? When your cells “breathe” or perform their daily activities they produce toxin byproducts that can harm you and give you a heavy electric charge. When you make bare contact with the earth, you absorb its natural supply of electrons, which neutralize any irregular electric charge your body has and stabilizes these toxic byproducts.
Your body’s electric field regulates your biological clocks, which influence your hormones and other systems. Thus, an irregular charge disrupts these rhythms and causes irregular hormone secretion. Affected hormones include insulin and others that are responsible for your metabolism. Cortisol is responsible for inflammation response and is affected as well. Earth’s electrons stabilize your bioelectric field, thus normalizing your system. Thus, earthing regulates your insulin, glycogen, and cortisol levels, which repairs your body’s inflammation response and metabolism to healthy levels.
Although earthing barefoot is best, keep in mind that there are parasites that can enter the soles of your feet through your skin’s pores. Thus, go earthing with socks on or buy special earthing shoes – your body will still absorb earth’s healing electrons, although less efficiently. Not to worry, this just means you’ll have to enjoy the outdoors for a few minutes longer everyday to get the same benefits as earthing barefoot!
3. Drink Red Wine
The typical French diet in The Gers is high fat since everything’s cooked in duck fat. Most of their meals have sausage, cassoulet, pork skin, and lots of cheeses. Yet on average, the French live longer, are less obese, and don’t get as many cardiovascular diseases as Americans. This is amazing since they exercise even less than Americans!
The French also religiously drink red wine, which is what scientists believe keeps them healthy. Red wine is abundant in good compounds that stop your body from making fat cells and storing fat. They also stop plaque buildup in your blood vessels. This means drinking red wine stops you from being fat regardless of how much you eat and protects your heart.
Another famous compound in red wine, resveratrol, tones and strengthens your muscles the same as an hour of moderate exercise. Researchers are even considering resveratrol supplements as an alternative for weekly exercise for disabled patients.
Despite these science-supported claims, it wouldn’t be very smart to pig out everyday and then drink a glass of red wine thinking you won’t gain weight. Will drinking a daily glass of red wine shed inches off your waist with your current diet and exercise? Most likely. Will your muscles magically tone themselves? Probably. However, be safe, continue to exercise, and don’t overeat – red wine isn’t a miracle drink.
4. Get Some Sun
Physically going outside and getting some sunlight boosts your metabolism. Serotonin tells your brain when you really need food and when you don’t, thus regulating your appetite and keeping you from overeating. Studies show it also stops cravings and makes you feel full even when your stomach isn’t! Thus, it can significantly make you eat less.
Seeing bright light increases your serotonin activity. On a clear, sunny day sunshine is 100 times brighter than even office fluorescent lighting. In fact, studies show that serotonin levels are lowest in fall and winter when the sun’s rays are weakest. Thus being outside and filling your eyes with sunlight boosts your serotonin better than opening all the lights indoors.
The sun’s UV rays also boost your vitamin D levels, which boost your serotonin levels. When the sun’s natural rays touch chemicals in your skin they convert to vital vitamin D, which your body needs to make serotonin and protect your heart and bones.
When going out in the sun make sure to wear natural sunscreen (like carrot seed oil) and sunglasses that block UVA and UVB rays. These rays can cause skin and eye cancer so make sure you protect yourself. You’ll still get the sun’s serotonin-boosting benefits with shades and sunscreen on.
5. Drink Coffee
Try drinking your morning cup of java before your workout. Research shows coffee boosts your metabolism while you exercise. On average, you burn 15 percent more calories if you drink two or three cups of coffee before you hit the treadmill. If you’re a coffee addict this is good news!
Coffee has been associated with healing your muscles and lowering your risk for lots of chronic diseases, including multiple sclerosis and cirrhosis! Just make sure not to drink more than five cups of coffee a day because the health effects start reversing.
6. Sleep Naked
It’s no joke. At the risk of sounding lewd – taking off all your clothes when you go to bed helps you lose weight.
Researchers discovered that sleeping naked boosts your metabolism and increases your growth hormone levels. A higher sleeping metabolism means you’ll burn more calories while you’re sleeping. Growth hormone makes your body burn calories for energy to build muscle and bones. It also boosts sugar and fat break down. Thus, increased sleeping growth hormone levels helps you lose weight too.
These calorie-burning boosts don’t stop when you wake up in the morning – in fact, they last throughout the next day!
Sleeping naked also naturally lowers your body temperature, which causes your body to make brown fat. Brown fat keeps you warm by burning lots of calories, which produces 300 times the heat of any one of your organs.
Thus, sleeping au naturel makes you burn calories in three ways. It makes your body produce a special calorie-burning fat and increases your metabolism and growth hormone secretion. Try it tonight, you don’t have anything to lose but your clothes and some pounds!
If you’re lazy or just don’t have time to exercise or willpower to go on a diet, do these to lose some pounds. They probably won’t help you lose hundreds of pounds, but gradually over months’ time they’ll probably lose you dozens of pounds and inches off your waistline. However, you’ll see faster and better results if you use these methods to complement a weight loss regimen of exercise and diet.