12 easy Weight loss hacks for extremely busy people

Diet plans and hours at gym may not sound tempting to people with extremely busy routine.  It can be tough for people to manage between work hours and time spent on exercise or at gym. But of course health is important and one must not neglect himself in busy schedule.

There are hacks that can manage between your weight loss goal and your tough routine effectively.

Follow these easy things in your life and get your journey started towards fitness and weight loss.

  1. Love yourself first

For healthy and fit life first you need a motivation to start and there is no great motivation than loving yourself. Loving yourself does not cost you any energy or time or money. You can start it now without worrying for anything. All you need for this is you and a lot of love ☺

  1. Find yourself a support

After you are motivated enough now it is time for some real entry. Involve someone else in your plan. Tell your spouse, friends or colleagues that you are going to work on your health and fitness. This will not only keep your motivation level on track but they will provide you moral and physical support for this. For example they will not offer you anything to eat in between schedules as they will know that you are on diet. And they will encourage you by telling you that you are doing really well.

  1. Don’t label your food

Don’t label your food as bad, junk or good food. Just try a mix of it every day with different combinations. Staying only on veggies or boiled food is not encouraged. Eat everything but eat it in limit. You can eat chocolate or your favorite fries sometimes. Just be normal about your food.

  1. Chew well

What you eat, chew it well. Chewing for long give signals to your brain about fullness. Don’t talk or divert your attention towards other things. Staying focused on eating will make your brain realize that you have eaten quiet well. Distractions don’t let your brain calculate about how much you have eaten and you end up eating more than usual.

  1. Hunger check is must

Before eating anything ask yourself a question “are you really hungry”?

Eat only when you feel appetite. This will not only help you in maintaining your fitness and weight but it will also improve your stomach functions and overall health.

  1. Don’t go for temptations

Eat only on time. Even if you are too busy don’t eat irregularly. This can boost your weight gain a lot. Try to eat on regular intervals. Say no to temptations or irregular cravings.

  1. Switch your normal water to detox water

We all know the famous detox water recipe. You can keep a bottle of detox water with you and instead of drinking normal water you can switch to detox water.

  1. Don’t pick leftovers

Never ever pick leftover food even if it is only one bite. It will engage your stomach in digestion process again and your body and metabolism will not get enough rest.

  1. Set realistic goals

Always set realistic goals especially when you are not involving yourself in gym or other time consuming exercises. Obviously you can’t lose 50kgs just by not doing exercise or following diet plans. Try to be realistic as this will keep you motivation level up. Unrealistic goals can break your motivation and you may get dishearten after not achieving your set goal.

  1. Eat healthy versions of your favorite food

You want to eat something but also want an effective weight loss, than transform your food in healthy version. Instead of eating fries you can eat baked potato or no oil fried chips. This will satisfy your appetite without creating burden on your calorie burnout routine.

  1. Keep your lunch box with you

Rather than buying food from outside keep your lunch box with you. This will stop you from buying food that can be real threat to calories control routine. In your lunch box you will pack healthy food and obviously this will encourage healthy eating during tough routines.

  1. Make a cheat sheet

Staying loyal with yourself is important. Make a cheat sheet for you so that you can know how and why you cheated your appetite routine. You can work on points to increase your motivation once again and you can drag out temptations and reasons that may boost your cheating intentions.

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ABOUT Andrew Patrick

andrew patrick guest author biographyAndrew Patrick is a freelance writer and editor.  He loves to read and write articles related to health and lifestyle, and has a passion for technology as well.  He holds a Masters degree in Computer Science from the University of Karachi. You can connect him on LinkedIn

How to Use Protein Powder for Weight Loss

You probably know already its value in muscle building, now it’s time to learn how to use protein powder for weight loss.

Protein powders are one of the most commonly used supplements by bodybuilders and athletes. Besides being quickly and easily absorbable by the body, it is a very convenient and effective solution to any active person’s protein deficiency, whether he or she is aiming at bulking up or toning down his or her shredded physique.

While there are possibly twice as much written or oral discussions that highlight protein’s principal function in muscle building, its likewise indispensable role in weight loss cannot be downplayed. The truth is protein can influence the formation of new muscle strands and depletion of fat cells’ structures more than any other macronutrients.

In this article, we will try to put more emphasis on the effects of protein supplementation in the area of weight loss. But before we go on the how, let us answer first the what, when, why and where of our topic.

Protein Powder man with arms crossed

What are the protein powders available in the market?

There are actually 2 major categories of protein powders that you can buy: milk-based and plant-based.

  • The milk-based kinds are whey and casein.

The two are the main proteins found in milk, which is separately derived during the production of cheese. Both contained all the 9 essential amino acids needed for building and maintaining muscle mass and can be processed into protein powders. Whey is the liquid material left when the cows’ milk used in the process has coagulated (about 20% of the milk). Casein, on the other hand, which is the remaining 80%, makes up most of the cheese. On a side note, human milk is 60% whey and 40% casein.

Whey is the most popular protein powder among bodybuilders and athletes. Since it is quickly and easily absorbed by our system, it can be taken before, during and after a workout. There are 3 types of whey available in the market: Whey Concentrate (the most recommendable); Whey Isolate; and Whey Hydrolysate.

A 9-month study conducted by the University of Connecticut Human Performance Laboratory wherein the number of test subjects are divided into three groups. One group was given whey protein supplements, one group with soy protein, and the last one with carbohydrates. The result published in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition stated that the whey group showed to have gained more muscles and lose more body fats than the other two groups.

  • The most common plant-based kinds are soy, pea, hemp, and rice.

If you have lactose intolerance or simply preferred plant-based supplements, there are still several options available for you. While all mentioned above are excellent sources of extra protein, only Soy also contains all the 9 essential amino acids found in whey and casein. Hemp, on the other hand, is also a good source of both Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids.

When should you start taking protein powder supplements?

If you are getting enough protein from your regular diet of healthy foods such as lean cattle and poultry meat, fatty fish, eggs, and other excellent sources of the said macronutrient, then you probably don’t need the supplements. However, if you will engage in high-intensity workouts to optimize muscle gain and fat-loss, then your body can definitely use additional protein-building amino acids. Whey has a high leucine content, which is known for its anabolic property.

Good quality and untainted protein powders are safe and effective and can be taken by any teenage or adult person within the recommended daily amount for a particular age and bodyweight. Even pregnant women can drink protein shakes.

Protein Powder man drinking protein shake

Via: musclemonsters

Why should you consider taking protein powder when trying to lose weight?

One of the first things anybody does when trying to shed unwanted pounds and unsightly flabs is by dieting. While creating a caloric deficit by cutting back on some of the fattening foods you love will definitely help in dropping excess weight and enabling you to fit in your old favorite jeans again, keeping it that way for a long time is another story.

One problem with just dieting instead of having a comprehensive fitness program in place is that you will not only have a sudden drop of energy, your body may also utilize some of the proteins in your muscles for energy, resulting in loss of mass and strength. This is what would happen if your body starts sensing that it is not getting the same nourishment as before. Even your metabolism will slow down to compensate for the loss of energy source.

Supplementing with low-carb and sugar-free protein powders will not only help avert said problems but will also aid in alleviating hunger fangs and giving you the energy needed for doing muscle building and fat-burning workouts.

Where can you purchase protein powders?

Other than from reputable online retailers, there are several health stores and even supermarkets that sell a gamut of products from highly respected sports nutrition companies. It is best to do some prior research and taking the time to read the labels before making a decision. Try to shun products that contain refined sugars such as fructose, sucrose, etc.

How to use protein powder in weight loss?

Protein powder is, of course, best consumed as a shake that you can use as rehydrating during and after weight training or other athletic activities such as a morning run, a dance class or a pick-up basketball game. Just dilute 20-25 grams of powder in a tall glass or a gym bottle of cold water, shake well, and it’s ready to drink.

I am not gonna lie to you, whey in its purest form does not really taste good. Remember, it’s a by-product of curdled milk. In powder form though, you can buy flavored variants such as chocolate, vanilla or strawberry. It will be better though if you can find a product with no refined sugar or artificial sweetener in the composition. However, there are various healthy ways to make protein powders more enjoyable or at least downright palatable. You can include it in fresh fruit shakes or smoothies by simply running it in the blender with ice cubes, bananas, berries, carrots, pineapples, and other delicious and fiber and antioxidant-rich fruits, veggies, and nuts. The possibilities are actually limitless if you are creative enough in mixing flavors. But stick to fresh and organic ingredients for your health’s sake.  

Thanks for reading and we hope you find this piece helpful and informative.

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Calories in Canned Corn – Weight Loss Recipes

Canned corn is a relatively common item at the groceries. It’s also a common ingredient in many recipes, and preparing corn recipes is actually easy because of this. If you want to prepare this kind of recipes then click here to know more information about how to cook canned corn.

However, preparing corn recipes is sometimes not enough. To stay healthy, you will also need to choose those recipes which offer health and weight loss benefits. This isn’t always easy, as corn has fattening properties, but it’s not impossible either. So if you want to become healthy with corn then the information below may offer you the help you need.

The Benefits of Canned Corn

Corn has several benefits. First of all, it increases antioxidant activity, which not only improves the body’s general health but also improves immunity from illnesses.

Secondly, corn contains lutein and zeaxanthin, both of which help to improve eyesight. Finally, corn also offers a certain amount of dietary fiber, which can help you if you have digestive problems.

These benefits are preserved in most canned corn products at the market, and there aren’t really any major differences between canned corn and fresh corn on the cob. So as far as nutritional value goes, there’s really nothing to worry about.

On the other hand, it’s important to remember that corn contains sugar and carbohydrates, so eating them in large amounts will increase your weight. In fact, an ear of corn contains around 24.70 grams of carbohydrates and about 5.30 grams of sugar. So eating too much corn is bad for your weight and health.

Unfortunately, removing the sugar and carbs from corn is impossible using conventional cooking methods. This is why many recipes that use canned corned as secondary ingredients because using too much is not good for one’s health. Here are three recipes that use corn without causing health or weight problems.

corn okra tomatoes recipe
Top view of a bowl filled with corn, okra and stewed tomatoes in water with seasonings on a wood table top.

Corn Soup

Perhaps one of the healthiest ways to eat corn is through soup. Corn soups benefit from the taste of corn without forcing you to eat too much actual corn. To prepare corn soup, here’s a recipe that you may find useful.

Ingredients

– Around two thousand grams worth of canned corn

– One tablespoon of olive oil

– Three hundred sixty grams of onions

– Salt

– Two hundred grams of potatoes

– A whole chicken, prepared

The Process

First of all, take the canned corn and set it aside in a bowl. Next, peel and chop the onions and potatoes. Once you’re finished, set them aside in another bowl.

Take the oil and heat it inside a large pot. Set your stove to medium heat. Once the pot is reasonably warm, add the onions as well as the half teaspoon of salt. Stir the whole thing occasionally until the onions soften, after which you should add the potatoes and stock in the pot, and then set the heat to boil.

Don’t stop stirring until the potatoes and onions are soft. Once they are, add the corn and keep cooking until everything is nice and hot. Put everything in a bowl and serve.

Squash and Corn Soup

If you prefer something more vegetarian then the squash and corn soup is a good alternative to many traditional corn soups. Here’s what you will need.

Ingredients

– One tablespoon of olive oil

– One chopped medium shallot

– About one pound of diced summer squash

– Three teaspoons of chopped thyme and/or oregano

– One can of vegetable or chicken broth

– A quarter teaspoon of salt

– One cup of fresh corn

– One teaspoon of lemon juice

The Process

Start by heating a saucepan over medium heat. Once it’s warm, add the oil and then the shallot. Stir the whole thing for about a minute then add the squash and then one teaspoon of herbs. Stir the whole thing for 3 to 5 minutes or until the squash starts to become soft.

Next, add the broth and salt then wait for everything to boil. Once the whole thing is boiling, lower your stove’s heat to a simmer and then stir the squash until it’s translucent.

The third step is to puree the soup in a blender until it’s nice and smooth and then transfer it into a pan. This is where you will need to add the corn, but you will also need to keep stirring the soup as you add them.

Once the soup seems properly mixed, lower the heat to medium and stir it occasionally until the corn is tender. Once the soup is brought to a simmer, cut off the heat and then stir in the lemon juice.

Serve the soup in a bowl. Additionally, you also have the option of serving the whole thing with a garnish of herbs, but it’s your choice.

corn fresh tuna salad recipe
Fresh tuna salad

Corn Salad

Another good weight loss canned corn recipe is the corn salad. Not only do they exclude fatty foods, they also include many healthy ingredients. Here’s how you can prepare your own.

Ingredients

– Two to Three cans of corn (or equivalent to four cobs)

– Baby Tomatoes

– Olive Oil

– Vinegar

– Garlic

– Scallion

– Basil

– Two tablespoons of basil

The Process

Like most salads, the corn salad is easy to make. First of all, you will need to take the cans of corn and put their contents into a large bowl. Add the scallions and tomatoes in equal proportions, and then add the dressing (i.e. the olive oil, vinegar, garlic, and basil).

You can also add some cheese and eggs for added flavor, but if you’re on a strict diet then they are not necessary.

Additional Tips

Aside from these recipes, it’s also worth mentioning that most canned corn products that we find at the groceries tend to have preservatives. So before you buy some canned corn for one of your recipes, try to pick the ones that offer the least amount of preservatives.

Also, there are many kinds of canned corn. There’s sweet corn, flint corn, dent corn, etc. Normally, recipes don’t require you to buy a specific type of canned corn, but if it does then you should pay attention to the type of corn you buy at the store.

Finally, if you’re concerned about your health, look at how much sugar and carbohydrates a particular type of canned corn contains. Sometimes, certain brands may add a few a sweeteners to make their products tastier. So pay attention to the table of nutrients.

About the Author Lita Watson:

lita guest post author corn recipesHi there! I’m Lita, voice of Quick Easy Cook and I’m absolutely in love with cooking blogs. I’m a beginner in cooking and i try my best to make it quick and easy. Even though, it’s not always quick and easy to keep up with fancy dinners… so i keep learning and blogging about quick and easy ways to create delicious and yummy foods for my two kids and a wonderful husband.