Yes, There’s Such a Thing as Painless Weight Loss 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. The following are tips to help you lose weight with little effort: 1. More, not less.
The Art of Mastering Diets
Forget self-deprivation: add more foods to your food list rather than subtracting them. Adding in is actually effective, while taking away is not. However, remember to keep an eye on your overall calorie consumption.
The Art of Mastering Diets
2. Stop going to the gym. If you secretly find “workout” a loathsome word, then do away with it. Maybe the way to make “working out” work is to never treat it as it is. Go beachcombing, hiking, chasing the dog around the yard, or grass skiing. You need not actually “exercise.” Just get some calories burned. Imagine yourself doing it. You’ll even save money on gym membership or purchasing workout equipment. This approach can actually be 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. Got no sidewalks around your neighborhood? Swap your power mower for a push version. Park your vehicle on the opposite side. Get your staff out for a walking meeting. Get off the bus a stop or two earlier. Walk 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. An easy way to control your calories without feeling deprived is to go for the lower-calorie versions of the same foods you love 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 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. Adding a spritz of seltzer to your wine should work. 5. Drink more water! 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. 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. As a result, 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.