Many people today struggle with maintaining a healthy weight. It is well documented how being overweight has a negative effect on your health. For those struggling with this issue losing weight can seem like a daunting task. There are tons of different weight loss programs out there, and some can be very pricey. However, there are some natural ways to lose weight that don’t require you to spend a lot of money on diet plans or gym memberships. Diet and exercise are the keys to maintaining a healthy weight. There are several small changes you can make to your daily routine to help shed those extra pounds.

One Step at a Time

The first way is with a moderate exercise increase. This can be accomplished by walking in excess of 10,000 steps a day. You can easily monitor your steps with a pedometer, which can be purchased at your local drug store. This is a cheap and effective way to make sure you are getting the additional exercise you need. One thing you can do to increase your steps is simply parking farther away from the door at the store or the office. A healthy option would also be to take the stairs instead of riding an escalator or elevator. If you live in an urban area, you could walk to work instead of taking the subway or the bus. These are small increases in exercise that can make a big difference when it comes to your health.

Taking a Sauna

Natural Ways to Lose Weight - SaunaYou probably already know that using a sauna is relaxing and can relieve stress, but did you know you can also use it to lose weight? Sitting in a sauna increases your circulation and boosts your metabolism, allowing you to lose weight more quickly. Sweating and overheating forces your body to work harder and your heart to pump faster. Even when you are in a dormant state, like sitting, your body still burns calories. It is estimated that you burn about one and a half times more calories sitting in a sauna than you do at normal room temperature. Relaxing in a sauna helps you shed salt and water, which also increases weight loss. However, a big part of the weight you lose is water weight initially. It is always important to rehydrate after using a sauna, which leads to the next way to shed those extra pounds.

Drinking More Water

Drinking More WaterDrinking more water is another way to increase weight loss. Water is the natural way to rehydrate, it is what our bodies were designed for. Every day you lose water through your breath, perspiration, urine, and bowel movements. For your body to function properly, you must replenish its water supply. It is commonly recommended for adults to drink eight 8-ounce glasses of water a day, which is about 1.9 liters.

Drinking more water has two advantages. The first is more water consumption will help stymie hunger. This is because you get some water from food, and when the stomach fills with water, it helps postpone the urge to eat. The second advantage is water contains 0 calories. Other fluids like tea and soda contain additional calories that your body has to burn. Water replenishes the body without it having to burn those extra calories. An easy way to help lose weight could be as simple as drinking a few more glasses of water each day.

You Are What You Eat

You Are What You EatMost people think the big way to lose weight is by going on a diet. Changing the way we eat can be difficult and unpleasant. Once again, that doesn’t have to be the case. One thing you may be overlooking is the portion sizes you are eating. One way you can help control portion size is to eat six smaller meals a day instead of three larger meals. This will satisfy your hunger while providing your body a balanced intake of the nutrients it needs.

Nature also has provided us with a clue on how much we should be eating. Try limiting your portion sizes to a total equaling two handfuls a day. Controlling when you eat can also affect your weight. Many people like to head to the fridge for that late night snack unaware of the negative effect it could have on their health. A good rule to follow is not eating after 9 pm. In the evening your metabolism slows down and your body isn’t able to burn as many calories. In addition, you have probably already consumed all the calories your body needs throughout the day. Simply controlling the portion size of your meals and when you eat can make a big difference.

Cutting Sugar

Cutting SugarLastly, a natural way to fight obesity it to reduce your sugar intake. Sugary snacks often contain more calories, which means that your body has to do more work to burn that fuel. Instead of heading to the snack machine at break time, pack sweet snacks that contain natural sugars without the extra calories. Some wholesome snacks to add to your diet include berries, citrus, celery, and carrots.

Losing weight isn’t an impossible feat. There are many natural ways out there to address the issue. These are marvelous because they are healthy and don’t require you to spend a lot of money. Making these small changes to your daily routine can have a major impact on your health. If you want to shed those extra pounds look to nature for the solution.

Thank you to Sam Socorro who wrote this article. Sam is a guest author from Steam Shower Store and is a respected and expert voice in a plethora of health related subjects with over 10 years of writing under her belt.