If you’re trying so hard to work out and avoid your favorite calorie-filled treats, it may seem like there’s no pain-free way to lose weight. Of course not! 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.
These are top tips on how you can lose weight without that much sweat:
1. Add, not subtract.
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Forget denial: add foods to your food list instead of subtracting them. Adding in is effective; but taking isn’t. However, watch your overall calorie consumption.
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2. Don’t work out.
If you secretly hate the word, “workout,” then get rid of it in your life. Maybe the way to make “working out” work is to never treat it as it is. Beachcomb, make snow angels, wash your car, or chase the puppy around the yard. Who says you need to “exercise?” Just get some calories burned. Imagine yourself doing it. You’ll even save cash on buying workout machines or equipment, or gym memberships. This approach is actually more efficient on all fronts.
3. Get walking.
If the weather’s nice, go for a walk – it’s an easy way to keep fit. A five-minute walk works. 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 building and have your meeting while walking. Get off the bus one or two stops 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. If you eat pizza with low-fat cheese, you won’t likely taste the difference. They’ll just feel lighter. And as you trim your fat calories, give your fiber intake a boost. Fiber helps you feel satisfied much longer. And don’t forget to lighten your drinks as well. Adding a spritz of seltzer to your wine should work.
5. Get hydrated!
Try downing a glass of water before a meal and you’ll feel less famished. No matter how hungry you are, it wouldn’t even matter. The water filling up your stomach is enough to tell your brain that you’re not really as hungry as you initially thought. Then 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.
Lastly, remember that hydration will help keep all your metabolic processes in check. When your metabolism is doing good, you burn calories more efficiently and lose weight faster.