How to Lose Weight Every Hour of the Day

Find out how to shed pounds while you go about your day-to-day.

How to Lose Weight Every Hour of the Day

Whether you're trying to shed five pounds or lose fifty, it can often feel like an impossible task. It's easy to get discouraged when you take on too much at one time, but breaking down the challenge into small, easy-to-accomplish goals is not only proven to help you lose weight but will set you up for success in the future. Megan Casper, M.S., RDN, owner of Megan Casper Nutrition, and writer for Nourished Bite is here to give you an hour-by-hour guide to rev up your metabolism and help you drop pounds in no time.

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Try a vegetarian lunch, such as lentil soup. A plant-based diet is rich in fiber, vitamins, minerals and other nutrients and it contains fewer calories and fat, meaning vegetarians tend to eat fewer calories, weigh less, and have a lower risk of heart disease. But it doesn’t have to be all or nothing. Research shows that those who eat less meat have a 30 reduce their risk of cancer and cardiovascular disease, compared to their beef loving counterparts. Need more convincing? Recent studies have found that just two weeks of eating more fruits and veggies can boost your mood, and vegetarian diets were found to be twice as effective for weight loss.

Q: I end up overeating because it makes me feel better and I never really get full. I'd like to lose weight but this makes it hard. Any suggestions?

A: Being persistently hungry can cause big trouble. So can overeating for comfort/pleasure. These two behaviors, say researchers from Baylor University's Children's Nutrition Research Center, are controlled deep within your brain by serotonin-producing neurons, but operate separately from each other — one in the hypothalamus, the other in the midbrain. They both can, however, end up fueling poor nutritional choices and obesity.

Eating for Hunger

When hunger is your motive for eating, the question is: "Does your body know when you've had enough?" Well, if you are overweight, obese or have diabetes you may develop leptin resistance and your "I am full" hormone, leptin, can't do its job. The hormone's signal to your hypothalamus is dampened, and you keep eating.

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