If you’re desperately trying to exercise and turn a blind eye to your favorite high-calorie foodies, a painless route to weight loss can seem impossible. But no! Eating healthier and squeezing in exercise will take some work, but not necessarily of heroic proportions. With just a few changes in your lifestyle, you can pack a big weight loss punch little by little over time.
The following are tips to help you lose weight with little effort:
1. Add, not subtract.
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Forget self-deprivation: add more foods to your food list rather than subtracting them. Adding in is effective; but taking isn’t. However, watch your overall calorie consumption.
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2. Stop working out.
If you secretly find “workout” a loathsome word, then do away with it. To make “working out” work, perhaps you should never call it that. Beachcomb, make snow angels, wash your car, or chase the puppy around the yard. Who says you have to “exercise?” Just burn some calories. Think about it. You can even save money on buying exercise equipment or gym membership fees. This approach can actually be more efficient on all fronts.
3. Take a walk.
Walk when the weather’s great – it’s a super-easy way to stay fit. Even a five-minute stroll is helpful. If there are no sidewalks in your neighborhood, no problem. Get a push mower instead of an electric version. Park your vehicle on the opposite side. Get your team out of the office and get used to walking meetings. Get off the bus a stop or two earlier. Hike your way to the mall. Climb the stairs instead of the elevator or escalator. It all adds up.
4. Eat what you love, but get the lighter version.
One of the easiest yet most effective ways of controlling calories without feeling deprived is to get the low-calorie versions of what you normally like to eat. You won’t notice the difference when you eat a pizza with reduced-fat cheese. They’ll only feel lighter. And as you reduce your fat calories, make sure you boost your fiber intake. Fiber helps you feel satisfied much longer. Also, don’t forget to lighten the beverages. Light beer or diet soda should be great.
5. Get hydrated!
If you drink some water just before a meal, and you won’t feel so starved. It doesn’t even matter how hungry you actually are. Just the water filling up your stomach is enough to send a signal to your brain that you’re not as hungry as you thought you were. The result is you will eat less. If you tend to snack compulsively, keep a low-calorie drink at hand (water would be best) so you don’t have to snack on junk food.
Finally, remember that hydration will help ensure that your metabolic processes are all in good order. When your metabolism is doing good, you burn calories more efficiently and lose weight faster.