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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8 p.m.

Pack up your gym clothes and a healthy lunch so you’re ready to go in the morning. You’ll be much more likely to do your workouts and eat healthy if you’re prepared. While grabbing food to go is convenient, one study found that those who ate out at least once a week over a year long period lost five pounds less than those who packed their own lunch. By bringing your own lunch you can easily control ingredients and portions.

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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