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10 things you should do if you want to lose weight

Last updated on: February 05, 2014 18:48 IST

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Brinda Sapat

Weight loss issues? Fitness trainer Brinda Sapat tells you what to do.

You are on a fitness programme, or maybe not, and you just cannot seem to shake off the fat fast enough. What do you do?

Follow these awesome fat-busting, shape-yielding tips that are guaranteed to speed up your weight loss process.

Think yourself slim

... or fit or sculpted or whatever you are aiming for.

The mind set is of paramount importance. The brain controls your body, and what it thinks is what it will command from the body. You will automatically make choices that will lean towards getting slim.

Also read: Burn the fat: How to get motivated and stay that way


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Get enough cardio

This is the only form of exercise that is going to burn a good amount of fat. Cycle, swim, walk, kick box, do anything that gets your heart rate up and keeps it there for about 20-30 minutes. 5-6 days a week.

Also read: 10 most effective cardio exercises to lose weight


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Lift weights

Weight training tightens and shapes up your muscles AND gives you a 24 hr after burn! So you are burning more calories even as you watch TV than you would if you didn't weight train.

Also read: 10 reasons why you should lift weights


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Take the stairs

Start believing the lift doesn't exist! Taking the stairs will add to your daily caloric expense. Walk up at least 3 floors before you hit the lift button. This really helps!

Also read: 14 commandments for a healthy lifestyle


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Walk short distances

Skip the vehicle ride and get walking when you have to go close by. If it's a 10-15 minute walk, WALK! 

Also read: 12 tips to motivate yourself to walk


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Eat frequent, small meals

Eating 5-6 small meals in the day as opposed to 2-3 heavy ones will raise your metabolism, accelerating the fat burn process.

Also read: Healthy eating: Diet mantras for working people


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Lighten up your dinner

A small dinner, eaten 3 hrs before bedtime works wonders. Soup, salad and grilled fish/chicken/bowl of lentils is a perfect weight loss finale to your day.

Also read: Fat to fit: 10 super healthy salad recipes


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Eat before you party

When you eat out, you are definitely eating more fattening foods than you would at home. Grabbing a bite just before you leave will make sure you don't over indulge.

Cut down alcohol and soft drink intake. Switch to juices, spritzers and flavoured sodas.

Also read: Eat, party and stay in shape!


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Move!

Be as physically active as you can through the day. Take time off work and walk around the building; do house chores, run around with your kids at the park, dance at a party!

Also read: The 15-minute office workout


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Rest and Sleep

The body needs adequate rest to repair and grow. Lack of sleep will interfere with achieving your goal.

Also read: 10 superfoods to help you sleep well


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