18 Ways To Lose Weight Faster: Proven Weight Loss Tips

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Can you guess America’s number one New Year’s Resolution year after year? If you guessed losing weight you’re 100% correct!

So what is the best way to lose weight and keep it off?

Many believe the key to weight-loss is burning more calories than you eat. But many times it is not so simple. Sure, this works for some people, but often there are other factors to consider, including toxins, motivation, time, health, lifestyle, genetics, and thyroid problems.

Additionally, the quality and types of food we eat can affect whether our bodies tend to shed extra weight or hold on to those last 10 pounds.

I can relate to the weight loss ups and downs because I’ve experienced them at different seasons in my life.

After four pregnancies in six years time, with all the weight changes that come with pregnancy, plus breastfeeding all four babies, my body went through many transformations.

But being a full-time mama to four kiddos under the age of six didn’t leave time for anything outside of prepping and cleaning up after meals, changing diapers, reading to, cuddling and playing with the babies and caring for their needs 24/7.

And I would do it all over again because our children are precious to me and I cherish those times we spent together when they were little.

Being intentional about fitness and eating right was easier when we had our first two babies, but after that it became such a juggling act that most days I was happy to get a shower and brush my teeth. Maybe you can relate? And a good night’s sleep did not come until  later.

I would try to fit in the occasional walk or run and eat healthy as much as possible. But it was a challenge. Some days more than others.

But my story is just one of many examples of challenges we face in life that can make it harder to stay healthy and maintain a healthy weight.

Sometimes we simply need tools to help us meet our goals. If you’re trying to lose weight and have plateaued or just need a boost along your weight loss journey here are some tips that can help accelerate your weight loss.

18 Ways To Lose Weight Faster:

1. Drink a glass of water before each meal.

Our bodies function more efficiently with plenty of purified water. Drinking water helps with the digestion process. The general recommendation is to drink 8 8-ounce glasses per day, or 2 liters, but depending on your size and activity level you might need a slightly different amount. Also, adding lemon to your water can give you some pretty amazing health benefits. To learn more about lemon water you may want to read: 9 Surprising Benefits Of Lemon Water.

2. Include protein with your meals and snacks.

Protein can help you lose weight naturally by reducing hunger pangs and boosting your metabolism.

3. Fill up on fiber-rich vegetables, fruits and other foods.

Eating plenty of fiber fills you and may cut your appetite. Examples of high-fiber foods include:

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Blackberries and other high-fiber foods fill you up and help keep hunger pangs away.
  • blackberries
  • flaxseeds
  • beans
  • avocados
  • almonds
  • figs
  • chia seeds
  • quinoa
  • artichoke
  • acorn squash

4. Get a good night’s sleep.

Did you know that not getting enough sleep can cause you to gain weight? Sleep deprivation disturbs your body’s balance of the hormones leptin and ghrelin, which regulate hunger and fullness.

If you have trouble winding down at night, try taking a hot bath or shower. How much sleep should you be getting? The average adult needs 7-9 hours of quality sleep per night.

5. Only buy healthy whole food.

Stay away from pre-packaged foods that have a long list of ingredients. A long ingredient list usually indicates many artificial additives, preservatives and other harmful chemicals which can wreak havoc on our bodies.

You might also want to consider detoxing to help your system clear the toxins we’re all exposed to. Here are 15 Simple Strategies To Detox Naturally.

6. Find opportunities to move your body throughout the day.

Being sedentary is linked to all sorts of health conditions, including depression, cancer, obesity, high blood pressure and cardiovascular disease.

Plus, the more you move the more calories you burn. Some examples you may want to try are

  • taking the stairs instead of the elevator
  • parking further away from your destination so you can log the extra steps
  • doing crunches (or other exercise) while you watch TV
  • using a standing desk at work instead of sitting in a chair all day

7. Fill up on healthy soups.

Here are some soup recipes you might like to try. They are quite satisfying and lower in calories than other options.

And if you want to go for the double whammy and detox while your filling up on delicious soup, you may enjoy my Delicious Detox Vegetable Soup.

8. Eat nuts.

Nuts are a great on-the-go snack and fill you up. The healthy fats in nuts keep you satiated. My personal favorite is pecans. They’re so rich and delicious! Other healthy options include walnuts, almonds and pistachios.

9. Drink whey protein.

It has many health benefits  and keeps you feeling full for a long time. Just make sure it is all-natural and does not contain harmful sweeteners, like Splenda or Aspartame.

This is our favorite whey protein powder.

10. Eat spicy foods.

They can fire up your metabolism, causing you to burn more calories.

Salsa, curry, peppers, horseradish and many Asian stir fry recipes contain plenty of heat to spice up your taste buds.

11. Chew your food well before swallowing.

We’ve all heard this before but it works, so it’s worth repeating. Chewing your food well takes more time which gives your brain time to process feeling full. This allows you to eat what you need but not more.

12. Eat your meals on a small salad plate instead of a typical dinner plate.

If you’re like most Americans, including myself, you tend to fill your plate with food. So if your plate is smaller, it makes sense that you’ll be eating less.

13. Keep a food diary.

Writing down everything you eat makes you more aware of your caloric intake, as well as whether you’re eating enough fiber, protein, and essential vitamins.

My favorite way to keep track of what I eat each day is myfitnesspal.com. I use the app on my phone. I also love that it syncs with my Fitbit so I don’t miss anything important.

14. Avoid white foods, such as white flour, white sugar, white bread and white rice.

They can dramatically alter your blood sugar and cause weight gain (which, of course, is the opposite of weight loss).

15. Drink green tea.

It has substances that cause fat cells to release fat, especially with exercise. How cool is that? Plus, green tea is so refreshing and delicious! I have a cup each afternoon.

Also, Kombucha is fermented green tea. I just learned how to make it and am loving this flavorful, probiotic-rich tea!

16. Include full-fat foods in your diet.

This includes grass-fed beef, nuts, coconut, eggs and avocados.

And don’t worry, studies have proven that (despite what we may have been told for years) eating saturated fat does not make us fat and does not cause heart disease (1).

In case you haven’t heard a low-fat, high-carb diet is bad for you and has been repeatedly proved ineffective (2, 3).

17. Drink coffee!

It speeds up your metabolism and causes you to burn more calories (4).

You may want to try Healthy Coffee Drink (With Coconut Oil).

18. Intermittent Fasting

Intermittent fasting (IM) is a simple strategy to boost your weight loss and health incrementally. I love IM! You can learn more about it here: The Quick Guide To Intermittent Fasting

The Takeaway

Due to a variety of factors, sometimes losing weight isn’t always as simple as calories in, calories out. 

But, as you can see from this list there are many steps you can take to boost your weight loss. Having the right tools in your toolbox can help you meet your health and weight loss goals successfully.

I hope this list of weight loss boosters helps you meet your goals and become the healthiest version of yourself! Please let me know if I can help you in any way.


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Intermittent Fasting Nutrition: What To Eat For Maximum Results

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Intermittent fasting nutrition is essential if you’re aiming to lose weight, gain muscle mass and radiate health and vitality.

Intermittent fasting (IM) is a concept that has been around for ages. It is not about what foods you choose eat. But it is all about the timing of when you eat and don’t eat, cycling between periods of feasting and fasting.

Intermittent Fasting Nutrition

Many people will tell you that you can eat whatever you want and still lose weight while intermittent fasting.

And, while this may be true, if you want to be the healthiest version of yourself, then you may want to upgrade your diet and make healthier choices when it comes to nourishing your body with life-giving food.

Here are a few tips to guide your food choices and maximize your results when intermittent fasting:

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Be sure to eat high-protein foods, such as chicken, grass-fed beef, beans, eggs, fish, Greek yogurt and whey protein.
  • Include a serving of protein with each meal or snack. Examples include plain Greek yogurt, cottage cheese, whole eggs, chicken breast, grass-fed beef,  fish, whey protein, a can of tuna or beans.
  • Eat plenty of leafy green and cruciferous vegetables, such as spinach, romaine lettuce, broccoli, cabbage and cauliflower.
  • Include healthy fats, such as grass-fed butter, coconut oil, olive oil, avocados, nuts and nut butters.
  • If you’re in the mood for something sweet, fruit is an excellent choice.
  • A bit of dark chocolate (at least 70-80% cocoa) is full of antioxidants and makes a delicious and indulgent treat.
  • Complex carbohydrates, including sweet potatoes, brown rice, oats and quinoa are okay if you are able to reach your weight loss goals. Just keep in mind that if your weight loss is stalling you might try eating smaller portions (or eliminate these foods until you reach your goal weight) and see if that helps.
  • Drink plenty of water throughout the day. Coffee and green tea are healthy beverages you can include in your periods of fasting.
  • Avoid simple sugars and simple carbohydrates found in white bread and baked goods.
  • Avoid packaged and processed foods.

The Takeaway

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Berries are chock full of antioxidants and are an excellent choice when you’re craving something sweet.

To sum up, intermittent fasting is a timing concept, cycling between periods of feasting and fasting.

It is essential to nourish your body with healthy foods such as protein-rich foods, healthy fats, and antioxidant-rich fruits and vegetables. Complex carbohydrates are tolerated fine by some people, but this may be something to pay attention to if you have difficulty meeting your weight loss goals.

Finally, avoid sugary, simple carbohydrates and prepackaged foods. And always drink plenty of water.


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Home Remedies For Burns, Multitasking And How I Survived A Coffee Explosion

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One week ago, on a Monday, I learned an important lesson.

I need to slow down and stop trying to multitask.

A friend and I were talking at church yesterday about recent studies that have shown, despite all our striving, we (the human race) don’t multitask well.

(You might want to check out this article on Huffington Post, “Why Smart People Don’t Multitask”. Wish I’d read it before last Monday.)

However, this bit of wisdom never crossed my mind, until it was too late to change the course of history.

I realize this may sound a bit dramatic, and I’m not usually the dramatic type.

In fact, I’ve coached our kids many times to, “stay away from the drama”.

But, if you’ve ever survived a coffee explosion (or similar crazy accident that totally blindsided you) you might feel a similar sense of urgency to share your story and warn others away from a similar calamity.

Just sayin’.

What Happened And What I Learned

So here’s the play-by-play.

It was an ordinary Monday morning at our house. Everyone had been hustling around, readying themselves for school and work.

I’d just driven our youngest daughter, Emma, to school and returned home to a long list of tasks I was aiming to accomplish that morning.

As I was simultaneously planning my day and cleaning up the kitchen from breakfast I put my mug of now-cold coffee in the microwave to warm it up.

This was mistake numero uno.

Lesson learned: Don’t use a microwave oven.

Microwaving your food is unhealthy anyway.

Nixing the microwave has been on my list of steps to living a healthier life, but the convenience factor has always brought me back, unfortunately.

I must have pressed 2 minutes instead of my intended 1 minute to reheat my coffee and when I glanced at the microwave next I noticed my coffee was boiling up over the top of the mug.

So I stopped the microwave and took the mug out with my right hand.

I walked to the kitchen sink, picked up my plastic travel mug in my left hand and poured the boiling hot coffee into the travel mug.

Then, POOF!

The hot coffee literally made a hissing blast off sound, then exploded up out of the travel mug onto my left hand and forearm.

This was (obviously) not my finest moment, and was mistake number two.

Lesson(s) learned: Don’t pour boiling liquid into another container until it has time to cool. Don’t use plastic!

After the coffee explosion, I remembered what my Mama taught me and ran cold water over the burn for a good while (10 minutes maybe).

Once the numbing cold wore off I realized that it hurt and I should probably go to the doctor.

The Good, The Bad And The Ugly

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My fitbit HR protected my wrist a bit. You can see where the fitbit strap was in the picture.

So I drove myself to the local walk-in clinic, where they prescribed a common topical burn treatment, Silvadene.

Three days, and an allergic reaction later I realized Silvadene has sulfa in it and I’m allergic to sulfa drugs (something I’d mentioned at my appointment and was written on my chart, but we won’t go into that now).

Like many of you, I’m no stranger to advocating for proper medical treatment. I normally read about anything and everything I’m prescribed before taking it because I want to be careful about what I put into my body.

Typically, I prefer natural treatments to pharmaceuticals when possible (although I acknowledge there are helpful, life-saving drugs out there), and was planning to switch to a honey-based burntreatment after the 3 days of Silvadene the doctor had prescribed.

I didn’t plan for an allergic reaction, but then again, who really does? But, by day 3 I was feeling pretty lousy, started studying Silvadene and realized it was indeed a sulfa drug.

Because I’d never been burnt like this before I didn’t have a plan in place ahead of time. Otherwise, I’d like to think this could have been avoided.

But since then I’ve learned about some great natural remedies to help relieve and heal burns. I hope they help you if you ever have a burn situation like I’ve had!

I’m currently treating my burns by applying the following topically:

Also, I’m making sure to eat plenty of healthy, whole foods, citrus fruits and foods rich in Vitamin C, bone broth, apple cider vinegar and healthy fats to give my body the rich nourishment it needs to properly heal.

The good news is that in the future I feel better prepared to help if someone gets a burn. So please, check out these great natural remedies for relieving and treating minor burns.

Home Remedies For Burns

  • Raw Honey: Honey has antibacterial, disinfectant properties. Simply spread honey on a sterile gauze bandage and apply directly to the burn.
  • Cold Water: Running cold water over a burn for several minutes can help remove the heat and stop the burn from spreading. Please note, do not ever apply ice to a burn because it can restrict blood flow, which is necessary for proper healing.
  • Aloe Vera: If you have an aloe vera plant, just apply a bit of the gel to the burn. Or, you can buy 100% pure aloe vera gel. I use and love this Aloe Vera by ArtNaturals. For added healing benefits, you can add turmeric powder to the aloe vera gel.
  • Raw Potato: Potato soothes the skin when applied to a minor burn soon after the burn occurs.
  • Apple Cider Vinegar: Dilute vinegar with pure water and use this solution to rinse and/or soak the burned area. This is the Apple Cider Vinegar I use.
  • Lavender Essential Oil: Depending on your personal preference you may or may not choose to dilute the essential oil. I apply 2 or 3 drops directly to the burned area twice daily. Lavender is great for eliminating pain and reducing the risk of scarring.
  • Vitamin E: This powerful antioxidant gel can be applied topically to promote tissue repair.
  • Coconut Oil and Lemon Juice: Mix a solution of these two ingredients to promote healing once the initial burn has cooled. (Please keep in mind you don’t want to apply fat, such as lard or butter to a burn because it can trap the heat in, making it worse in the long run.) This is the coconut oil we use.

The Takeaway

There are many natural treatments you can use to help relieve and heal minor burns. These include raw honey, turmeric, essential oils, aloe vera, and raw potato.

Please learn from my missteps and don’t try to multitask, especially when you’re holding a cup of boiling hot coffee in your hands. 😉


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5 Favorite Intermittent Fasting Methods Explained

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As I’ve shared in earlier posts, Intermittent Fasting (IM) is so great for your health.

Not only can it help you lose weight and belly fat (1), but it also helps with:

  • cellular repair
  • hormone regulation (2)
  • lowering your risk of Type 2 Diabetes (3)
  • preventing Alzheimer’s (4)
  • preventing cancer (5)
  • reducing cholesterol (6)
  • reducing oxidative stress and inflammation (7)
  • increased longevity (8)

For a fast review of IF you might like to refer to The Quick Guide To Intermittent Fasting.

There are a few different ways to do IF. And I love this, because we’re all unique. We don’t need a “one size fits all approach”.

If you’re like me, you want a plan that fits your personality, style and life. So here they are.

The Most Popular Intermittent Fasting Methods

1. The 5:2 Diet

This one was developed by a British journalist and doctor, Michael Mosley. It involves eating normally 5 days of the week and greatly limiting caloric intake the other 2 days.

During the fasting days it’s recommended that women restrict their calories to 500 per day, and men to 600 per day.

So, for example, you might choose Tuesday and Thursday as your fasting days. You could enjoy 2 small meals of 250 to 300 calories each of those days. Or your eat all of your calories all in one meal. Then the other 5 days you would eat normally.

2. 24-Hour Fast (Eat-Stop-Eat)

Fitness expert Brad Pilon made this method popular. It’s recommended to do it only once or twice a week since you’re completely fasting for 24 hours straight.

It’s fine to have calorie-free beverages, such as black coffee, green and herbal teas and plenty of water.

If you’re not sure you can go a full 24 hours that’s fine. Start with 14 or 18, then work your way up.

Many people begin their fast after dinner one night, then break the fast the following night at the same time.

3. 16/8 Fast (LeanGains)

This is my favorite way to IM because (for me) it’s easy and fits my schedule. And this keeps me motivated. Also, I don’t feel like eating when I wake up, so the 16/8 allows me to simply grab my coffee and go.

With this method you’re fasting each day for 16 hours and eating within an 8-hour window. This is also known as the LeanGains method, which was started by fitness guru, Martin Berkhan.

The easiest way to do 16/8 is not to eat after dinner, then skip breakfast. For example, if you finish dinner at 7 pm, and don’t eat your next meal until 1 pm the following day, you’ve fasted for 16 hours.

Some recommend women only fast 14 to 15 hours at a time, but listen to your body. If you are able to go the full 16 and still be healthy about it, then go for it.

4. 20-Hour Fast (The Warrior Diet)

The Warrior Diet was started by Ori Hofmekler. The plan here is to fast for 20 hours, then eat one large meal in the evening.

Something that makes this plan unique is that during the 20-hour fast, you’re allowed to eat small snacks of Paleo-friendly foods, such as raw fruits and vegetables, juice and protein.

Some fasting purists say that because of this The Warrior Diet isn’t a fast at all.

Either way, many people have had great success with it.

5. Meal Skipping 

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You may want to try some different IF methods to find the one that’s right for you.

This is a less structured way to fast that some people enjoy. If you don’t feel hungry for breakfast one morning, simply skip breakfast (or lunch, or dinner).

And don’t worry about what you may have heard about meal skipping. You will not lose muscle or go into starving mode.

This is all a myth. Our bodies are actually quite adept at going without food for long periods of time, so skipping a meal or two here and there is fine.

So if you’re not hungry, or you’re too busy to stop and eat, just skip a meal and eat later.

Special Considerations

If you have an eating disorder, IM is not recommended.

And please keep in mind that it’s not for everyone. Some people love it, but others don’t, and that’s okay.

The Takeaway

IM has some pretty great health benefits including weight loss, increased longevity, and decreased risk of cancer and Alzheimer’s. It can also simplify your life because you spend less time prepping meals and shopping for groceries.

We’ve covered 5 of the most popular Intermittent Fasting methods here today. There is no right or wrong way to do IM. You might want to try a couple of different methods before you find the one you like the best.


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