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So you're up to par with all the latest diet trends and you head to the gym after work every single day yet you are not losing those stubborn pounds.
Sure, you may be absorbing a little bit more liquor than you have in the past but you have been substituting that rum and coke with vodka and water. It's definitely not the alcohol that's making you fat. So what is it?
Here are some major contributing factors as to why you are not losing weight in your 20s:
1. Drink More Water
Pretty obvious considering that I have mentioned this only like 100 times but what's one more time. Water is responsible for several things; it will help suppress hunger, it will help raise your metabolism, and it will stimulate fat loss. Lack of water also causes water retention and a bloated belly. So, when your hunger game kicks in mid afternoon, chug a glass of water (or two). I always suggest drinking a litre of water with lemon upon wakening. Doing this will detoxify the body and replenish the body's natural ph levels.
2. Eat More
Sure you are selecting healthier food sources but remaining calorie deficient for extensive periods of time causes the body to hold onto whatever food it receives. You want to make sure you are eating enough to keep your metabolism revving.
3. Do The Right Kind Of Exercises
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Just because you read somewhere that fitness models do upwards of two hours of cardio a day and look phenomenal doesn't mean that's what you got to do. In fact, all you need is 30-45 min of exercise per day. Incorporate weight-training and a couple of days of spin class to the mix. Don't over think it; the majority of the work is in your diet.
4. Stop "dieting"
Fad diet trends like the "no fat" diet and the "cabbage" diet haven't lasted; why? Because, they are not effective. You want a complexity of foods in your diet for the longevity of your health. Keep those unprocessed healthy fats in your diet and eat your vegetables.
5. Sleep More
Inconsistent sleep patterns and sleeping little hours will cause cortisol to rise which is responsible for belly fat. Head to bed early and aim for 6-8 hours of sleep per night.
6. Stop Drinking Your Calories
Aside from alcohol, you are consuming latte's, smoothies, and "green" juices. Stick to water, tea, and black coffees. Liquids can accumulate to over 600 calories a day if not calculated accordingly. Be sure that liquids are calorie-free and avoid sugars in your coffees and teas.