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7 Genius Weight Loss Tricks You Haven't Tried

Discover new ways to achieve your weight loss goals.
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As a quadruple board-certified medical doctor in Pulmonary, Critical Care, Sleep Medicine, and Internal Medicine, I know that maintaining a healthy weight is extremely important for your overall well-being, to significantly reduce the risk of heart conditions, diabetes, and even certain cancers. It also has a positive impact on your mental health and self-esteem, as well as contributes to cardiovascular well-being, joint health, and improved sleep, enhancing your overall quality of life. Beyond your well-being, it saves money on healthcare expenses. Achieving and sustaining a healthy weight involves making smart choices in your daily diet, staying active, and prioritizing your long-term health and longevity.


The #1 Genius Trick

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One often overlooked but crucial tip for successful weight loss is to prioritize quality sleep. Insufficient sleep disrupts hormones that control hunger, increasing your appetite and reducing feelings of fullness, which can easily lead to overeating and subsequent weight gain. Having inadequate sleep also diminishes energy levels and motivation for exercise. So, making sure you get a good night's sleep is a smart move for your overall health and effective weight management.

Related: Woman Stuns With Her Fit Body After Losing 50 Pounds in a Year With This 1 Hack 


Walking the Dog

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Pets are a great way to help keep you active and according to the American Heart Association, dog owners were 54% more likely to get the recommended level of physical activity compared to non-dog owners. This can be a great way to help with weight loss for both you and your dog. 


Treadmill Desks

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It's always a great idea to try incorporating movement into parts of your day that would otherwise be stationary, such as working at your desk.


Taking the Stairs

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This may not be revolutionary, but the practice of opting to take the stairs over using an elevator can add up calories burned. On average, people burn 5-11 calories per minute when climbing the stairs at a normal pace, which can quickly add up over time and help you lose weight.

Related: 8 Simple Things That Helped Me Naturally Lose 50 Pounds in 4 Months Without Exercising


Cutting Back on Processed Foods


Over time, reducing the amount of processed foods you eat can certainly help you lose weight by removing those additional calories from unneeded ingredients and opting to eat whole instead.


Low-Impact Workouts

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Exercises that are low impact (yoga, pilates, etc) are another great option to slowly raise your heart rate and burn fat without putting significant pressure on your joints, as high-intensity workouts do (running, burpees, etc.)


Avoiding Stress Snacking

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Instead of reaching for a snack when you're feeling overwhelmed or stressed, try to distract yourself and substitute the action with a healthier behavior. Ideas could include journaling to vent frustrations, taking a walk for some fresh air, playing with a pet, listening to your favorite song or calling a friend."

Related: 5 Healthy Snacks For Fat Loss, According to Dietitian


Don't Make These Mistakes

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Common mistakes about losing weight include faith in quick fixes or trendy diets to give you instant results. Some also believe that specific exercises can target weight loss in certain areas of the body, but that's a misconception. Extreme dieting is almost always problematic, and it's not just about the amount you exercise—healthy eating is a very crucial part of weight loss as well. Not all calories are the same, and only focusing on the number that appears on your scale doesn't show the whole picture. Emotional and mental health are important, and everyone is different, so what works for one person might not work for another. Weight loss supplements may also be marketed as a magic solution, but this is another misconception. It's best to have realistic expectations, eat balanced meals, stay active, and get personalized advice from your doctor for a healthy and long-lasting weight loss journey.

Dr. Raj Dasgupta is the chief medical advisor for Garage Gym Reviews. Dr. Raj's extensive credentials as a quadruple board-certified physician specializing in internal medicine, pulmonology, critical care, and sleep medicine.

Dr. Raj Dasgupta
Dr. Raj is a Chief Medical Advisor for Garage Gym Reviews. He is quadruple board certified in Internal Medicine, Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Sleep Medicine. Read more