Lazy Girl’s Guide to Losing Weight
Not everyone is a gym-addict…Here are some weight loss helpers that have nothing to do with a strict diet or exercising.
#1 Drink before you eat something
Always start a meal with a glass of water (or two). You’ll stay hydrated and feel fuller instantly, which can keep you from overeating.
#2 Stress less
Chronic stress can be a major cause of weight gain, so you really should start to relax. You can also try some stress-reducing activities like deep-breathing, yoga, meditation or taking a walk in the woods (A study found that wild environments boost well-being by reducing stress and negative thoughts).
#3 Make some changes at every meal
Choose an espresso instead of Cafe Latte, dark chocolate instead of cookies, vinaigrette instead of Ceasar dressing, fresh fruit instead of dried fruit and so on. This can save you a lot of extra calories.
#4 Watch your portion size
If you want to lose weight, choosing the right portion size at every meal is crucial. For example: nuts are great, but eating too much of them can make you gain weight since they’re high in calories. Measure out snacks beforehand instead of eating from the bag, use smaller plates to visually signal that your meal will satisfy you, and put away leftovers, so you’re not tempted to go back for seconds.
#5 Stop wearing sweats
Sweaters or joggers are extremely comfortable, but both hide your body. Wearing tight and stylish clothing that make you feel attractive will encourage you to eat in a way that shows you care about your appearance and your body.
#6 Move more
Even if you’re not a gym-addict, you can burn a few extra calories by making an effort to move a little more during the day. Taking breaks to walk around the office, choose the stairs instead of the escalator, and parking a little farther from your working place, are all simple ways to up your calorie burn.
#7 Don’t drink your calories
This is one of the most common reasons why you are not losing weight. Empty calories from fruit juice, energy drinks or wine, really matter. Always opt for water or unsweetened tea instead.
#8 Cut back on snacking
Whether it’s caused by stress or just boredom, snacking is one of the largest obstacles on the road to weight loss. On the other hand, starving yourself all day in order to binge at night is a diet sabotage as well. Eat regular meals and snacks in order to avoid low blood sugar levels that cause you to crash. Create set meals and snack times for yourself throughout the day and stick to them. This will help you to stick to a nutritious eating schedule, and will also fight the urge to nibble on unhealthy foods by keeping you full on healthier options.
#9 Eat more water-rich, high-protein, high-fiber foods
Whether it is for lunch, dinner or for snack-time, always chose foods that are rich in water (like veggies and fruits), protein (like lean chicken, fish, tofu) or fiber (lentils, quinoa, sweet potatoes). You automatically eat fewer calories while still feeling satisfied.
#10 Eat a light, early dinner
For me this is the most effective advice. Try to keep your dinner to about 25 percent of your daily calories, and have it at least two to three hours before going to bed. Eating too much too late can cause digestive and sleep issues.
#11 Get more sleep
Studies have shown, that people who sleep fewer hours are more likely to be overweight. When you don’t get enough sleep, you automatically feel hungrier than you would with having had quality rest the night before. Plus, you will not have enough energy for your workouts, so aim for seven to eight hours of sleep every night. It’s an easy and effective way to keep your weight-loss goals on the right track.