How To Lose Weight Without Going To Gym?
Losing weight is one of the most popular New Years Resolutions, but it’s also one of the Resolution’s that we break more than any other.
One of the reasons for this is not that we don’t want to lose weight. Instead, it’s more of a case that we don’t know how to lose weight the easy way.
Many of us are sucker’s for a gimmick diet that just doesn’t work. We also wrongly believe that to lose weight we have to hit the gym hard every single day. After a few rough weeks which have left us feeling exhausted, we’re ready to pack it all in.
The good news is that you don’t have to become a gym bunny to lose weight. And here are 10 reasons why.
Eat From Smaller Plates
Remember when your mom used to make you clear your plate when you were a kid? This pressure to eat every last morsel of food tends to be something we put on ourselves in adulthood, too. But it can lead to overeating and weight gain.
If you’re the type of person who literally has to clear your plate because you don’t like leaving waste, you could try eating from smaller plates. In this way, you’re still leaving no waste, but you’re also eating less.
“But I won’t feel as full!” you exclaim.
Sure you will. It actually takes your stomach fifteen minutes to tell your brain that you’ve had enough, and this causes overeating. Stop eating before you feel full and you’ll still feel satisfied for a long time afterwards.
Walk Up And Down Stairs More Often
Did you know that spending just ten minutes each day walking up and down stairs can help you to lose around 10 pounds a year? You don’t have to just spend ten minutes each day walking up and down your own stairs. You could start taking the stairs at work more often instead of the lift, too.
Eat Lots Of Protein
Protein can make you feel satisfied for longer so that you don’t over-indulge. It powerfully reduces the feelings of hunger, and stops you from eating too many calories.
Studies have found that consuming more protein prevents us from eating as many calories as we normally would. If you’re breakfast is heavy in grains at the moment, you may want to consider substituting it for a protein-rich option. For example, you could eat more eggs.
Keep A Food Diary
When I was trying to lose weight, there was on hack in particular that always worked for me: I kept a food diary.
A food diary helps you to easily track how much food you’re eating, and stops you from overdoing it. When you can see it all written down, you can see when you’ve had enough and when you need to cut down.
Think of it as an accountability tool that also works as a way of helping you to find ways of making cutbacks.
Shop On A Full Stomach
If you shop on an empty stomach, your eyes are going to be bigger than your shopping list. What will inevitably happen is you’ll stock up on junk food that will satisfy your current, wrenching hunger.
For this, it’s a good idea to always shop on a full stomach if you’re trying to lose weight. This will ensure that you stick to the list by purchasing healthy foods that are likely to keep the weight off.
This is a small but very useful hack that always works a treat.
Get Yourself A Weight-Loss Mantra
Is there such a thing as a self-fulfilling prophecy? Very possibly.
If you tell yourself that you can’t do something, such as lose weight, the chances are likely that you don’t do it.
If, however, you can convince your brain that you can totally do this, you will stand a much better chance of doing it.
Each day, say to yourself: “I can be fit.” Repeat it every day.
Stand Up More
Just sitting down all day can contribute to weight gain. So why not stand up more often?
You’ll find that there are plenty of opportunities throughout your day for you to stand up more. For example, you could stand up when someone rings you, or you could even set up a standing desk in your study.
Some people read (and walk) while standing up, while others reply to emails while on their treadmill. If you stand up more often, you’ll be amazed by how many extra calories you can burn. Try it, it’s so easy!
Eat Lots Of Fibre
As well as eating more protein, you should also aim to introduce more fibre into your diet if it’s currently lacking from it. Fibre is fantastic for suppressing appetite and keeping you feeling full for longer.
There is fibre to be found in all kinds of food, from oatmeal to beans, cereals to asparagus, flax seeds to oranges. You could also try supplements, such as glucomannan, which aid with weight loss.
Watch Less Television
How often do we have movie nights? And how often do we get the snacks out for movie nights because “a move night isn’t a movie night without snacks!”
It’s the same with our favourite TV shows and box sets, as well as sports games. Many of us literally cannot watch an episode of Breaking Bad without raiding the snacks cupboard.
For this reason, you could try watching less television because it will eliminate one less cue. Find something healthier to replace your TV shows and movies, such as walking or swimming.
Drink More Water And Freshly Made Juices
Lots of us get most of our water content from food, as opposed to an actual glass of water. What this means is that when your body craves water, it tricks you into thinking you’re hungry because it knows that food is the best way to get water into your system.
This then leads you to overeat when you don’t need food.
Sometimes, then, you’re thirsty even though you think you’re hungry. The next time you feel the pangs of hunger coming on at an unusual time, try drinking a glass of water or a glass of freshly made juice and seeing what happens. If you want to know more about the power of fresh juices click here.
Stay happy and healthy!