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Author: Sophia Man|2022-12-12

Is your body weight not going down as you wish? We get it: you have been going to the gym more regularly; you run on the treadmill until sweaty and breathless; you have been eating healthy. You have been putting in efforts. We are proud of you. But somehow, you’re not losing weight! Perhaps your body weight goes down a little from time to time, and you did a little dance to celebrate getting closer to your weight loss goal. But then your weight gets stuck for weeks before, once again, going down just a tiny bit; and you ask yourself if all the hard work is only worth THAT much. Any dietitians and doctors will tell you that, for weight loss, slow and steady wins the race. Indeed, a study shows that people with steady weight loss patterns lose weight faster than people with fluctuating weight loss, aka “yo-yoing”. However, from time to time, it does seem our bodies are taking “slow-and-steady” TOO literally. Limited progress can make you feel disheartened, and there are only so many gym days and calorie cuts you can take before you risk your health. So, before you throw in the towel and resign to weight loss failure, let us help you accelerate your slimming progress with these weight-loss “boosters”. These tips vary in pros and cons, but they all aim to increase your metabolic rate or control your hunger. You will love to see the last few methods, which make losing weight a cakewalk!

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Drink Hot Water

Nutritionists have long sworn by losing weight by drinking hot water. A medical study shows that drinking 500ml of hot water pre-meal can increase your metabolic rate by 40% for half an hour.

Hot water betters your blood circulation for a better metabolic health, meaning your body burns excess calories, which makes losing weight easier.

Those with urban lifestyles should opt for hot drinks. As lots of us stay indoors with the AC on, the cold temperature can constrict blood flow and impact blood pressure. Drinking hot water can counteract this bad impact.

Moreover, hot water breaks down food speedily and improves gastrointestinal contractions. As a result, your body expels toxins and water retention faster, leading to water weight loss.

Notice that water weight loss is not actual weight loss. However, a better bowel movement often comes with a faster metabolism, which helps lose weight.

What’s more, hot water can make you feel fuller and satiated post-meal, holding you back from having a second plate.

However, chugging hot water does not make you lose weight drastically. Drinking hot water merely enhances long-term health and weight management benefits, both from a healthy diet plan and an active routine.

Drinking water excessively also lowers the sodium level in your body, putting you at risk of symptoms including headache, muscle cramps, nausea, vomiting and tiredness.

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Coffee and Green Tea

Like most people in Hong Kong, you might be used to picking yourself up with a cup of fragrant coffee or tea. But are you aware of how your body responds to these two popular drinks?

Both black coffee and green tea contain little to zero calories, making them ideal beverages for losing weight.

However, you should be mindful of coffee additives. Additives make the zero-calorie drinks into sugary beverages. Each serving of creamer, sugar, full-fat or plant-based milk can contain up to 80 calories - while not much, they add up if you drink more than 1 cup of coffee daily.

Not to mention the popular sugary drinks sold in cafes - they are jackpacked with calories!

Both coffee and tea contain caffeine. Caffeine enhances your bodily mechanisms as a stimulant, making you more alert, energetic, and high-performative.

As you get pumped up by caffeine, your metabolism also increases, and your body burns more calories to prepare for action.

Although some studies suggest that the metabolic benefits of caffeine are mild at best and occur only after years, those who drink black coffee regularly are also better at maintaining sustainable weight loss.

Caffeine may also help lose weight by controlling your appetite. Caffeine lowers your level of a digestive hormone called ghrelin which makes you feel hungry. Though, more research on this subject is still needed.

An important note: too much caffeine and drinking coffee/ tea too late into the day can mess up your sleep pattern and sleep quality. Also, insufficient sleep leads to hunger and craving for sugary food, which can make you gain weight!

According to the FDA, you should take no more than 400 mg of caffeine daily. For your reference, a cup of black coffee (240ml) contains close to 100 mg of caffeine, while a cup of brewed green tea (240ml) holds about 30 mg of caffeine.

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Eat Spicy Food

Do you know spicy food can burn both your body fat and tongue?

Capsaicin, the chemical in chilli and pepper that makes it “hot”, can lower the hunger signal sent from the hypothalamus—your brain regions in control of appetite, thus may reduce calories, as shown in nutrition studies.

Logically, it makes sense that since your brain thinks your body is “hurt” by the sensation of spicy food, your brain tries to reduce your food intake by telling your stomach “, Hey! Enough of that. We aren’t hungry anymore!”

Capsaicin also amps up your bodily mechanisms, which boosts your metabolism, making you convert more body fat for calories.

One interesting fact: spicy food can strengthen your gastrointestinal tract! Capsaicin helps nurture gut probiotics, giving you a healthy digestive system. If you have a sensitive tummy, you may consider having some mildly spicy food in safe portion sizes once in a while - you might be surprised by the result!

That said, overeating or eating overly spicy food can bring immediate side effects such as stomach ache, burning sensation in the gut, diarrhoea, fainting and heartburn.

More seriously, your gastrointestinal tissues can get inflamed with excessive spice. Your internal gut tissues can feel scorchingly hot to the point you feel like your digestive organs are getting burned or cut! Yikes!

As a side note: not all spicy foods are built the same. For example, Chilli flakes or freshly-cut chilli are tantalising additives with health benefits. In contrast, heavily processed chilli oil and sauce, commonly used in restaurants, are loaded with calories, sodium and fat. So, remember to stay smart while enjoying your spices!

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Probiotics

If you are health-aware, you probably have heard of probiotics.

Unlike harmful germs and bacteria, probiotics are good bacteria naturally found in your gut and fermented food, such as yoghurt, kimchi and kefir—pack your meals full of these food to consume fewer calories.

Besides improving your immunity and digestion, probiotics can also help you shed fat!

There are various types of probiotics: study shows that people of average weight have more diverse probiotics in their guts than overweight people. Evidence suggests that probiotic-rich food can enrich your gut’s probiotic diversity, which may help with losing weight.

Probiotics speed up your metabolism. When you’re at rest, your body continues to burn calories to maintain essential bodily functions. Probiotics help you use up more calories by burning your body fat, meaning your body now stores less fat!

Probiotics also reduce the hunger signalling between your brain and gut, effectively reducing the hormone releases that make you hungry or crave snacks, leading to you eating fewer calories.

What’s more, probiotics can also calm dietary inflammation. Dietary inflammation is the negative bodily response to eating unhealthy food. Such responses include oxidation and increased calorie absorption, which make it harder for you to lose weight.

While probiotics are amazing, overeating probiotic-rich food can lead to excessive gas, bloating, stomach ache, and irregular bowel movements.

Too many probiotics can also result in bacterial overgrowth, putting you at risk of infections.

Most dangerously, overtaking probiotic supplements may lead to antibiotic resistance. So, when you’re sick, medical antibiotics will become useless!

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Have Fibre-rich Meals

Aside from countless nutrients, plant-based food is also rich in dietary fibre. Study shows that people lose weight without restricting calories simply by eating more dietary fibre.

Since dietary fibre is non-digestible, it adds bulk to your meals, making you MORE full without absorbing extra calories. Fiber intake can also slow down your digestion, making you full for LONGER—no more snacking excuses!

Surprisingly, your body stores less fat with dietary fibre!

Carbohydrates turn into blood sugar (glucose). As blood sugar increases, your pancreas produces insulin to let cells absorb blood sugar for energy.

Fast digestion spikes glucose level quickly, prompting a high insulin release. Since your body can’t use all the glucose and insulin at the moment, the excess insulin stores the leftover glucose as body fat.

In contrast, a fibre-rich diet slows down your digestion, making for slow and steady glucose levels, which helps prevent excess fat gain and promote weight loss.

Some fibre-rich healthy foods include broccoli, beans, oats, nuts and seeds. You might also find fibre supplements useful.

Still, Most people should not eat over 50g to 70g of dietary fibre.

Too much fibre can upset your bowel movements, resulting in excess gas, bloating, stomach pain, constipation or diarrhoea.

Excessive fiber intake also puts you at risk of overly–low-calorie intake and glucose level, impacting your energy, bodily function and health.

What’s more, fibre draws water from your body for smoother bowel movement, making you prone to dehydration.

At last, a dietary fibre-heavy diet may lack protein and fat, as well as vitamins and minerals found mainly in animal products. So, if you are a vegan, you should pay extra attention to your daily nutrient intake.

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Weight Loss Supplements

Some people find weight loss pills helpful. Still, we wish to warn you that most weight loss pills widely extragrate their functions, often backed by indefinite scientific proof.

Weight loss supplements usually involve certain common chemicals and herbal extracts: extracts from garcinia cambogia and glucomannan, as well as conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), are shown to limit cravings by small-scale studies; Green coffee bean and raspberry ketones extracts may increase your body’s efficiency in breaking down body fat; green coffee bean extract may also hinder calories absorption from meals.

It is important to remember that weight loss effects by pills, if there are any, are mild and short-term at best. Moreover, many ingredients, such as coffee and tea extracts, can be consumed more safely through natural food and healthy eating habits.

However, while the slimming effects of weight loss supplements may be vague, their side effects are contrastingly shocking.

Proven side effects include Bloating, anxiety, tremors, nausea, allergic reactions, uncontrollable bowel movement, and more.

Chronic damages include increased inflammation, addictiveness, cardiovascular risks, liver damage, and even heart dysfunction.

Before risking your health to lose weight, please ask yourself: is this worth it?

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Sleep

Living in Hong Kong, you and we are used to staying up late. Be it work, school, or nightlives, urban lifestyles promote short sleeping hours, which damages your weight loss effort.

In recent years, doctors, researchers and health professionals are finding more and more about how a good night’s sleep can help lose weight fast.

Study shows that, without restricting calorie intake, an extra hour of sleep makes people eat about 300 calories less per day—the equivalent of 2 bowls of rice! This daily calorie cut adds up to over 4 kg weight loss in one year!

You may think sleeping simply means less time to eat. But sufficient sleep also impacts how much you eat!

Not getting enough sleep can also enhance your appetite by increasing the chemical transmissions that signal hunger. Such transmissions are controlled by hormones such as ghrelin and leptin. Study shows lack of sleep affects the levels of these hormones, making you feel more hungry pre-meal and less full post-meal.

Interestingly, some indefinite studies suggest that people who are sleep deprived prefer high-calorie foods.

Most importantly, our metabolism needs recovery via sufficient sleep. Poor sleep can expose you to an increase in cortisol, a stress hormone that pushes your body to store more fat.

Of course, you can't lose weight fast simply by staying in bed. Sleeping merely enhance your effort to lose weight.

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Intermittent Fasting

Maybe you have heard of it already: intermittent fasting has been all the rage in the fitness community recently.

Intermittent fasting means you are not eating, aka “fasting”, for a specific period of the day. Some people like challenging themselves with 20-to-24-hour fasting!

For most, however, a 16:8 intermittent fasting cycle is ideal. This means you are allowed an 8-hour eating window and should not eat for 16 consecutive hours—this might sound a lot, but you should really only fast for about 8 hours if you have an 8-hour sleeping cycle.

According to a medical review, intermittent fasting can help lose weight fast—almost 1 kg per week!

Obviously, when you have less time to eat, you eat fewer calories and lose weight fast.

However, you should avoid bingeing on fast food and snack during your feeding hours, as high-calorie food can eliminate all weight loss benefits of intermittent fasting.

What’s more, when you eat, your body releases insulin to help take up glucose for energy. Insulin stores excess glucose as fat. When you fast, you eat less, meaning less insulin, which means you store less fat.

In contrast, intermittent fasting increases the release of norepinephrine. Norepinephrine helps break down stored fat for energy when glucose intake from meals is unavailable.

However, you should notice that intermittent fasting may only help some people lose weight.

While some people lose weight significantly, others only achieve results similar to typical weight loss diets. To some, limiting their eating hours makes them more prone to binge eating, which in turn makes them gain weight!

Studies also show that intermittent fasters are more at risk of malnutrition. Therefore, if you are to try fasting, you may need to take notice of consuming enough calories and nutrients. This forces you to count calories, which is a tedious task for many people.

Intermittent fasting without strength training can also lead to drastic muscle mass loss. What’s more, most people experience weight gain rebounds once they stop intermittent fasting.

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Mindful Eating

Mindful eating means being aware of what you’re eating and how you feel while eating.

Nowadays, we often watch TV or play on our phones while having meals. Our attention is elsewhere while we mechanically stuff food into our mouths.

As a result, we often overeat. We also forget to enjoy the tastes and textures of our food, which lowers our satisfaction and makes us refill our plates.

To practice mindful eating, you need to eat slowly while limiting distractions, such as TVs and smartphones. Get the most joy out of your meals by chewing slowly to enjoy their colour, flavours, textures, and the feelings they bring you.

You should also notice how your stomach feels: eat only when hungry, and stop eating once you’re full.

Have you ever realised you’re stuffed after finishing your second plate? Your body needs about 15 to 20 minutes to register the feeling of fullness. Eating too fast and mindlessly results in overeating, while mindful eating allows you to stop once you are full, which helps you lose weight.

We often reach for food not out of hunger but of boredom and stress. Mindful eating helps you reduce unnecessary munchings, effectively decreasing your calorie intake.

However, mindful eating can also make you too analytical towards eating, which takes away the joy of eating, and can even lead to eating disorder.

Mindful eating can be hard to maintain if you have a busy life schedule. Forcing yourself to eat mindfully can lead to stress and make eating, an enjoyable act, a chore.

Sometimes, snacking while stressed or sad allows you to release negative emotions. Suppressing this urge can worsen your mood, leading you to overeat later.

Lastly, while some studies prove mindful eating can help lose weight, the results are nothing impressive. The number of studies is also low.

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While different individuals may respond well to different weight loss methods and tricks, weight loss remains a frustrating challenge.

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Since your body has a fixed number of fat cells, the removed fat cells will not regenerate—fewer fat cells means less fat storage space, which means less body fat! In fact, a CoolShaping treatment course can thin your fatty tissues up to 25%!

CoolShaping effectively eliminates obesity at its root, allowing you to lose weight without weight gain rebounds!

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