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10 Little-Known Weight Loss Hacks You’ll Regret Not Knowing Sooner

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Here are a few quick and easy tips that will help you lose weight without having to change your diet or exercise.

The following weight loss tricks are so easy to implement that you could slim down to your ideal size in no time.

If you’re curious to know what these weight loss tricks entail, keep scrolling below!


How to Lose Weight Without Dieting

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Get rid of your microwave. 

By removing your microwave from the kitchen you are forced to ditch the tv dinners and will be more inclined to bake or cook using your stove.

Chew your food up to 30 times before swallowing.

Chewing several times over helps to speed up your stomach’s digestive process as well as help you control the amount of food that you eat. The slower you eat, the more time that you actually give your brain to signal that you’re actually full.

Eat only during an 8 hour window.

Intermittent fasting is a great way to lose weight without too much effort. How it works, for example, is that you can choose to only eat from 1pm-9pm and fast through the night until the next day. The Complete Guide to Fasting is a highly recommended book to read before attempting to try this method of weight loss hacking.

Place a mirror on your fridge door. 

A study conducted at the University of Central Florida by Dr. Ata Jami revealed that placing a mirror in the kitchen or dining area when eating will subconsciously raise one’s self-awareness of eating unhealthy foods. This in turn may distort taste perception and make you more inclined to eat less and ultimately choose healthier foods.

Drink a full glass of water before each meal. 

Dehydration can trick your brain into thinking you are hungrier than you really are. That’s why it’s important to curb hunger pains with a nice, cold glass of water before you indulge.

By doing this not only do you up your daily H2O intake, you also hack your brain into thinking you are full which will make you consume less calories at mealtime leading to weight loss.

Forget looking for the closest parking spot. 

To sneak in a little more exercise without actually trying, when going to the store or mall skip the closest parking spot. Opt for a parking spot farther away from the entrance.

Laugh more often. 

Research by Vanderbilt University showed that laughing for 10-15 will burn between 10-40 calories. Having a good laugh everyday comes with several other benefits such as disease prevention, improved test scores and higher pain tolerance.

Eat sweets only in the mornings. 

If you are going to have sweets eat them before 12pm but not after. A study revealed that eating sweets in the morning can actually help suppress your sugar cravings later in the day as well as increase your likelihood of sticking with a diet for the long run.

Play relaxing music during meal times. 

Research by Cornell University revealed that diners who ate under dim lights and soft music were less likely to consume extra calories. This type of atmosphere is familiar in fine dine settings whereas fast food restaurants opt for brighter lights and loud music. This would could explain why people

Dress up in workout clothes.

Do you know that good feeling you have when you wear nice clothes? Well, that phenomena is called “enclothed cognition” which is the psychological influence that certain clothes can have on your mood and attitude.

By purchasing gym clothes and choosing to wear them around the house, while out running errands and even to pick up the kids it can help boost your mood and tilt your mindset to wanting to work out more often.

Considering these hacks, slimming down and getting back into your favorite jeans should be a breeze! Would you like to share your favorite weight loss tips and tricks? Leave us a comment below!

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10 Personal Hygiene Hacks Every Adult Woman Should Know

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Let’s talk about hygiene for a sec. Yes yours, mine, our hygiene. As women, sometimes we have to go the extra mile to look and smell our best.  Here’s a few hacks that you should know that’ll help keep your hygiene in check.

1. Avoid using fabric softener on your your pillowcases

Pillowcases are notorious for collecting oil, dirt and sweat but when you launder them with fabric softener it leaves behind residue that could clog your pores which worsens your acne and increases breakouts. Remember to change your pillowcases every 2-3 days and skip the Snuggle.

2. Carry dental floss in your purse

Food that’s trapped in your teeth will eventually rot and cause bad breath. Always have dental floss or my personal favorite, Plackers on hand to clean in between your teeth after your meals.

3. Invest in a good tongue scraper

Yeah, the white stuff that you see on your tongue is bacteria, debris and dead cells. Sounds disgusting, right? Using a tongue scraper daily will help remove this gunk, keep your breath smelling fresh, improve the taste of food as well as boost your immunity.

4. Sleep without underwear

As crazy as it sounds, you do not need to have on underwear at night unless you’re on your menstrual cycle. Going commando at night will allow your lady bits to breathe and reduce your chances of developing a yeast or vaginal infection.

5. Soak your feet in black tea

This will help to kill bacteria, close your pores to prevent your feet from sweating and remove any odors.

6. Use hand sanitizer to kill armpit odor

This is extremely handy when you are in a pinch. The alcohol will kill the odor causing bacteria and dry your armpits fast leaving no stains on clothing.

7. Douching is bad

The vagina naturally cleans itself and does a pretty good job without any help. Avoid using scented tampons, pads and douches because it increases your risk of vaginal infections and pelvic inflammatory disease. 

8. Wash behind your ears

You have glands that secrete oil and sebum behind your ears. When this mixes with dirt and sweat, it can create an odor that can be quite offensive (Ever heard of the term ear cheese“?)  and make you smell bad. Wash behind your ears daily to prevent this from happening.

9. Use hair conditioner when shaving personal areas

Hair conditioner softens your hair and reduces chances of razor bumps and irritation.

10. Drink lukewarm water with lemon first thing in the morning

This mixture will instantly hydrate you as well as help detoxify your body.

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5 Ways to Create a Morning Exercise Routine You’ll Actually Stick With

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It’s no secret that figuring out how to develop an early morning exercise routine is hard work.

Each year, tons of people set out to accomplish new year resolutions related to exercise and weight loss, and many of these people begin their days at the gym.

By March, however, the gym is no longer as full as it once was, and yet again, tons of people aren’t able to follow-through on their goals of developing and maintaining an early morning exercise routine.

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I’ve been an early morning exerciser (specifically, a runner) for most of my adult life now, and I’m pleased to share with you some of my best practices to help make the early morning routine flawless.

Below, you’ll find some tips to help you create an early morning exercise routine. They include:

1. Set your alarm — and to be safe, set many of them.

Unless you’re already used to waking up super early, play it safe, and set an alarm, or even better, a few of them. Don’t expect to hop right out of bed initially because your body will need to acclimate to the earlier wake-up time. And, most importantly, be sure to set your alarm for AM, not PM! I’ve made that mistake before, unfortunately.

2. Get in bed at least 10 minutes earlier than usual.

Again, your body needs time to adjust to your new sleeping and waking schedule, so even if you go to bed earlier than usual but don’t quite fall asleep, that’s ok. That’ll come in time. Focus on setting up a new routine for yourself first.

3. When you’re in bed, put your devices away.

We’re all guilty of this. We go to bed, thinking we’re so tired, and then hours later, we’re still awake, watching stupid videos on YouTube, reading Facebook, and updating our twitter and Instagram feeds.

Once you’re in bed, either go to bed, or read a book (and not a digital book — a good, old-fashioned book).

4. Put out all your clothes the night before.

You want to make your morning as streamlined as possible, so leave nothing to chance.

Set out everything you’ll need for your workout before you go to bed so that when you wake up, you’ll be able to get going soon and won’t have to waste time looking around for an errant sock or a missing shoe.

Time is of the essence, so you don’t want to waste anything.

5. Don’t mess around on your phone in the morning.

Unless you must do something essential, like check the weather before working out outside, don’t mess around on your phone before your workout.

You’d be surprised at how big a timesuck it can be.

More than anything, when you’re developing a new early morning exercise routine, please remember to be patient with yourself and to be understanding and flexible.

There will be some days that you’ll fail because you overslept your alarm or because you wanted to be lazy, and that’s ok! That’s what makes us all human.

Don’t overthink things, and just try again the next day. Building habits takes time, but provided you do the hard work of putting good, reliable systems in place — like what I’ve suggested above — you’ll be able to succeed.

Simply stated, just give yourself a chance and believe in your potential. You’re completely capable.

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7 Incredible House Plants That Will Help You Get The Best Sleep Ever

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There are several plants that you can grow in your home that will improve your sleep, reduce stress and anxiety.

If a natural approach to cleaning the air in your home and improving your overall health sounds good to you then you will want these plants in your home as soon as possible.

1. Peace Lily

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2. Snake Plant

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3. Aloe Vera

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4. Gardenia

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5. Bamboo Palm

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6. English Ivy

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7. Lavender

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