29 May LIFE HACK: How to Lose Weight Without Exercising
Owing to the fact that eating is one of the easiest, and sometimes most affordable, pleasures in life, trying to lose weight is like an uphill battle. The good thing is that small changes can make some of the biggest impacts if you’re willing to put in the work.
In this article, we explore some of the small changes you can make to help you lose that extra weight. These are practical and easy-to-make changes so you won’t have to dread a radical lifestyle overhaul.
If you’re ready to try another avenue to lose and better manage your weight, read on:
- Hit The Scales
This is to establish a starting point and to help you map out where you want to be after a certain amount of time. Weighing yourself can be intimidating and if you’ve been avoiding the scale for a long time, expect the unexpected. It’s okay to feel sad or disappointed but the upside is that you’re about to embark on a journey that can give you a better life. That should be enough to compensate for the heartbreaking numbers that blink up at you when you weigh yourself, right?
- Keep a Food Journal
Writing down what you’re eating gives you a visual representation of your relationship with and your behaviour towards food. From there, you can see how healthy (or not so healthily) you’ve been eating and then you can create a plan of action as to the changes that you need to make.
When keeping a food journal, don’t be ashamed to write everything down including how you felt before and after eating. If you want to go the extra mile, you can also take down the calories of what you’re eating. Remember, this is for your own good so you need to do everything to be able to help yourself get to where you need to be in terms of your weight.
- Break The Fast
Make sure you eat a protein-heavy, fibre-rich breakfast. This gives you a better start on controlling your hunger pangs throughout the day and sets the tone for how much you eat when you do eat.
Keep in mind as well that your body is hungry when you wake up because you’ve essentially been fasting for hours while you sleep. So ease yourself into the brand new daw by eating a plateful of healthy goodness at the top of the morning.
- Switch The Plates
We’re turning the old “portion control” notion on its head by looking for smaller dinner plates, giving your brain an exact dimension for how much you should be eating. Pick out plates that are not too small and not too big, plates that you’ll want to eat out of. Go fancy and buy expensive China or if you like pastels, get yourself some of them colourful ceramic ones.
While you’re at it, update your silverware and the rest of your flatware too. Disciplining yourself in terms of what and how much you eat doesn’t have to mean you scrimp on everything. Eating out of nice and pretty things will motivate you to enjoy whatever is being served and how much.
Take “being in the moment” while you’re eating to the next level by keeping gadgets away from you. Mealtimes should be just that – mealtimes. Cultivate your appreciation for your food so you can improve how you view food.
- Take it Slow
It takes about twenty minutes for the brain to register that you’re full so take your time when you eat. Slow down and savor what you’re chewing, keeping in mind that the more you chew your food, the better it will be for your system to break it down.
There’s also a notion called mindful eating. It’s like being present, being in the moment as you eat, savoring the sensations that you get from the food you’re eating. Whether it’s a boring toast or a fancy salad, the key is to give your body time to appreciate what you have in front of you.
- Prioritise Protein and Fibre First
Protein can have positive effects on the appetite, encouraging you to eat fewer calories, helping increase the feeling of fullness and reducing hunger. Protein also helps manage the hunger hormone called ghrelin so make sure you get a lot of protein-rich foods.
Fibre also helps in making you feel full for a longer period of time. There are two types of fibre: soluble and insoluble, both of which are important to better health, better digestion and keeping illnesses at bay. Soluble fibre turns to gel when mixed with water, helping to slow digestion. Insoluble fibre adds bulk to the stool, helping move waste more easily through the digestive tract and out the body.
- Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate!
Some people like to drink a full glass of water thirty minutes before eating as part of their weight management routine. This is to create a feeling of fullness even before settling down to eat.
You can do better by drinking up to 2 litres of water per day. The water will aid in digestion and keep you feeling refreshed while also helping in detoxifying the toxins from your body. Keep in mind that the object is to drink more water. Carbonated, caffeinated or sugary drinks are counterproductive.
- Clean House
Incorporate regular detoxes to your diet. Your body is your temple and the cleaner it is, the better the positive energy will be able to flow. You can go with a regular water cleanse or you can do a juice cleanse.
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- Get More Sleep
Less sleep means you tend to consume more calories during the day, research has shown. It’s as though your body is making up for lost sleep by consuming more food which is bad for the waistline.
If you have trouble sleeping a full eight hours at night but can afford to take naps during the day, do that instead. You can also train your brain to shut down for a good night’s sleep if you really want to. All you need to do is to make a few changes in the bedroom to make it more conducive to restful sleeping. Some people make good use of air purifiers or dehumidifiers as well as white noise machines to help them sleep.
Getting your weight under control can be easier than you think, regardless of how daunting a task it may seem before you get started. The key is to getting started. Things are bound to get easier soon thereafter.
If you’re committed to giving yourself better health, it shouldn’t be too hard. Take it one step at a time and if one of the recommendations mentioned in this article doesn’t work for you, you can strike it out and move on to the next one.
Try one or two of the suggestions listed here at one time and see how you feel. Keep in mind that the smallest changes can make the biggest impact on your life if done properly.