Gut health, increased water intake, and adequate sleep all play a role in successful weight loss.

It's almost summer, and we're all thinking about wearing bathing suits, shorts, and tank tops. Luckily, there's still time to get into better shape. In fact, we have five easy things you can do to trim up that don't involve dieting or exercising.

Increase Your Water Consumption

You hear this one a lot, and it's because it's really true. Be sure you're getting enough water if you want to lose weight. Increasing your water consumption can aid in weight loss in several ways, including:

  • Replacing sugary drinks
  • Keeping your body, especially its waste removal processes, functioning well
  • Eliminate you mistaking thirst for hunger

Start your day with a glass of water, warm or cold, and keep some with you at all times throughout the day.

Improve the Length and Time of Your Sleep

Not getting enough sleep can negatively impact the hormone levels in your body that control your appetite. Studies show that people who have not had enough sleep take in more calories, especially from sugar, than those who slept well.

Use the following techniques to sleep better:

  • Keep your bedroom dark, quiet, and free from electronic devices
  • Don't exercise immediately before bedtime
  • Use meditation or positive affirmations to relax
  • Keep a journal by your bed so you can jot down thoughts that might wake you up, releasing them so you can go back to sleep
  • Go to bed and get up at the same time every day, regardless of weekends, holidays, or vacations
  • Get exposure to sunlight for about 10 minutes in the morning and again in the early afternoon

Consider Your Gut Health

The microflora (bacteria, viruses, and fungi) in your gastrointestinal tract play a big part in your overall health. If you have healthy gut flora, you will be able to lose weight easier.

Studies are being done on mice and humans that indicate that certain types of microbes being present in the gut are related to whether a person is lean or heavy.

You can improve the health of your gut flora by avoiding processed foods and sugar and increasing your consumption of fermented foods like sauerkraut, kimchi, miso, and kefir.

Start Dry Brushing or Trampoline Jumping

The lymphatic system in your body helps remove toxins and protect your body from harmful substances and bugs. Keeping it working well improves your health and keeps your body using up the energy you give it in the form of food.

Three ways to help your lymphatic system work better are:

  • Dry brushing. This technique uses a natural bristle brush to gently rub in circles over your body, starting at your feet and working your way up.
  • Trampoline jumping. Studies have shown that jumping on a trampoline for 10-30 minutes a day keeps your lymph moving and improves your circulation.
  • Massage. Specific massage techniques can be used to stimulate the lymphatics and get things flowing.

Be sure to drink plenty of water after doing any of the above techniques, to help remove toxins released from the procedure.

Use Garcinia Cambogia

Garcinia cambogia is a small fruit that grows in tropical Asia and India. It contains hydroxy citric acid (HCA), which has the potential to curb appetite, burn fat, and increase serotonin levels, which can decrease emotional eating.

Be sure to choose a quality Garcinia cambogia supplement, made in the USA, with organic ingredients and no fillers. Check with your doctor before beginning this or any supplement.

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