The New Year will be here before you know it, which means countless Americans are starting to give serious thought to making their 2019 resolutions. According to a survey, 45 percent of Americans said that their 2018 resolution was to lose weight or to get in shape. But a recent report from US News found that about 80 percent of resolutions go out the window by early February. If you don’t want to fail in your vow to get healthy in the coming year, you might have to get a little creative.
If your plan is simply to join a local gym or stick to a strict diet, you might have modest success (assuming you’re able to make a real habit of both routines). However, you may actually be selling yourself short by not exploring other unique options to aid in your weight loss. Here are just three ideas that could make a real difference when you look in the mirror or get on the scale.
1. Get Your Caffeine Fix
If you’re a coffee lover, there’s good news: your daily cup of joe might actually help you lose weight. In 2018, approximately 64 percent of Americans over the age of 18 drank at least one cup of coffee on the average day. Not only can this beloved beverage supply you with the energy you need to get through the day, but may also allow you to shed the extra pounds.
Research shows that the caffeine found in coffee can boost your metabolism by up to 11 percent and increase your fat burning abilities by up to 29 percent. Of course, it can also allow you to stay active when you naturally wouldn’t. In some cases, this can improve exercise performance by up to 12 percent.
Coffee also acts as an appetite suppressant, meaning that you might not eat as much — or you could eat a bit more without gaining weight — and power through your workouts at the gym, even after a tiring day. If you’ve been thinking about asking for a coffee subscription for the holidays, now’s the time to up your caffeine intake.
2. Try Some CBD
CBD oil (a non-psychoactive cannabinoid extracted from industrial hemp) is regularly used to treat everything from chronic pain and seizures to anxiety and trauma. But some evidence shows that it can be an effective way to facilitate weight loss.
Some studies have found that populations with higher marijuana usage have been known to weigh less, while medical professionals have found that when people who have debilitating conditions are treated with CBD oil, they end up taking better care of themselves.
As a result, they may end up adopting a healthier diet, embracing exercise, and losing weight. Animal-based studies have revealed data that suggests CBD oil can speed up metabolism, decrease fat cell generation, and burn more calories. Other medical professionals maintain that CBD oil can suppress appetite, a fact that may surprise those whose only interactions with cannabis included episodes of the munchies. Although the research here is relatively new, using CBD oil for weight loss is a concept that looks extremely promising.
3. Spice Up Your Life
You might think that if you stick to bland foods, you won’t be inclined to overeat. But if your aim is to lose weight, you may want to embrace the idea of using spices in your cooking. Not only can various spices be used to drop unwanted weight, but they can also improve your physical health as a whole.
Spicy foods that prominently feature chili peppers also contain a compound called capsaicin, which can mildly suppress your appetite and speed up your metabolism. Cinnamon can keep your blood sugar levels from spiking after a meal, which can help you lose weight in the long term and reduce your cholesterol. Ginger can provide small increases to your metabolic rate and improve digestion, allowing your body to get the most it can out of the nutrients you consume.
Turmeric, a spice that seems to be everywhere these days, can aid digestion, decrease bloating, and minimize fat gain. Cumin has been found to lower body fat levels and maintain blood sugar levels, while saffron can suppress your appetite and cardamom can reduce your cravings for sugar. Basically, if you want to satisfy your flavor cravings and keep the weight off, you should rely heavily on your spice rack.
In the end, these three methods work best when they’re added to your efforts to exercise regularly and embrace a healthy diet. But if you’re determined to reach your weight loss goals in 2019, you may actually benefit from these new (and often delicious) additions to your routine.