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How to Lose Weight

Have a Healthy Breakfast

A healthy breakfast is key to losing weight. You want to keep your metabolism up, and it is kick-started for the day when you eat breakfast. Avoid sugary cereals and go for whole grains instead. Protein is a must to give yourself a lasting energy hit that will see you through until lunch. Try some eggs or plain yoghurt (which you can spice up with some fruit). Don’t fall into the trap of sleeping for an extra ten minutes and skipping breakfast – we know it’s hard but if you want to lose weight, breakfast is essential.

Avoid Processed Foods

Go for fresh fruit and vegetables and whole grains, along with lean protein and healthy fats like macadamia nuts, coconut products, and avocados. Processed foods are high in salt (salt is a preservative).

Caffeine in Moderation

Some people say that coffee is bad for you, but it’s all about the amount you drink. One cup of coffee a day is a good thing – coffee and tea are natural diuretics and studies have shown that drinkers of coffee and tea burn more calories. Just don’t go overboard on them – try not to have more than 2 -3 cups of coffee a day, and don’t exceed 5 cups of tea per day. Coffee is also a good source of antioxidants and contains a range of healthy nutrients like vitamin B. Tea also contains antioxidants.

Avoid Sugar-laden Drinks

One of the biggest no-nos when it comes to weight loss is sugar-filled drinks. Soft drinks, sweetened coffee or tea, alcohol, and even juice contain a lot of sugar. They will make your metabolism sky-rocket and you will need to eat more to feel full. Also, alcohol makes it harder for your body to burn fat.

These steps combined with regular cardio exercise (sessions beyond the 45 minute mark will burn the most fat) will help you lose weight. Beyond that, healthy diet and exercise will make your body healthier and improve your quality of life.

If you want to support your body during high-impact training, we recommend taking Squalene. Here at Natures Naturals, we hope you’ve enjoyed today’s blog and found it informative. Thanks for reading!

Should I Join the Gym?

Some people swear by it, others say you don’t need it. In today’s blog post we’ll be discussing the pros and cons of joining your local gym.

Pros

If you join a reputable gym of a decent size, chances are it will have every kind of equipment for all the different parts of your body – more than you can poke a stick at. So whatever you want to do, whether it’s cardio, toning, or muscle gain, the equipment you need will be there all in one place.

When doing cardio at the gym, for example on the treadmill, one advantage is that there is a timer and difficulty settings. So you might have a certain energy burning goal in mind or a set timespan, in which case you can set it on the machine and go for it. You can jog for as long as you like and then just step off and you’re done, as opposed to when you go for a jog around your neighbourhood and get tired – then you have to walk home.

Also, because you’re paying for gym membership, you won’t want to miss sessions so you get your money’s worth. This can be a good motivator. Another plus is they have classes you can attend in everything from yoga to zumba. This can help you push yourself and learn new skills.

Cons

An obvious disadvantage to joining the gym is that it costs money – not a lot, but there is usually a weekly fee, and generally there is a sizeable cancellation fee. The cancellation fee isn’t too bad though, because it may motivate you to keep going on your fitness journey.

Some people don’t like working out in front of others, and if this is you the gym may not work for you. Some also may prefer jogging around their neighbourhood or along a bush trail rather than jogging on a treadmill. There is plenty you can do without gym equipment to work out, like pushups etc.

So there are some good and bad points about joining the gym, but if you want to stay fit and healthy it’s certainly not a bad option. Here at Natures Naturals, we stock plenty of supplements that will help your body recover and grow, like squalene.

Staying Healthy During Winter

Sometimes in winter we can let go of our health regime and be a little slack. You might use the excuse “it’s raining, I can’t go jogging”, or “I can’t eat a salad, I need some hot food”. We know what it’s like to lose motivation during winter, but rest assured – there’s ways to stay fit and healthy.

Indoor Exercises

Even though it may be too wet outside to go jogging, there are still plenty of exercises you can do at home that will keep you fit and healthy. Try doing some stretching, followed by push-ups, crunches, and you can even get a skipping rope and try skipping (provided you have a suitable floor). These exercises done properly will provide plenty of cardio, and keep you looking toned. There’s plenty more you can do – use your imagination and use muscles you don’t normally use – and do your exercises with vigour to keep the heart rate up.

Winter Meals

While you may want something to warm you up, you don’t need to eat junk food. There are plenty of winter meals that are very healthy for you. You could try grabbing some of your favourite vegetables and some simple stock powder, and make a soup. You’d be surprised at how full you can feel just from a vegetable soup, especially if there are potatoes in it.

Roast vegetables is also a great one for winter – with or without meat. If you’re trying to lose weight, the plain vegetables can be enough. Have it with your favourite sauce or gravy. Enjoy the warming feeling of these great winter foods! And remember, you can take things like squalene to give your health kick a real edge.

Even though it’s tempting to just stay in bed and binge-watch shows all day, there is plenty you can do in winter to stay fit and healthy (and you can treat yourself to the occasional movie day too!).