5 Natural Ways to Lose Weight without Heavy Exercising
You have probably done everything you could to lose a little bit of weight (including the unusual tea-detox cleansing program your best friend swore by) – but the scale is stubbornly stalled. So here is the thing: You are well aware of dieting and heavy workout. Yes, they do help you shed pounds, but they take a lot of work and will power. You may not have realized it yet but there are several other ways of losing weight, without having to deprive your body of food and spend endless hours at the gym.
According to Christy Harrison, R.D., a registered dietician in Brooklyn, N.Y., If you want to shed some pounds, stop thinking that you have to lose those pounds.
“It’s never okay to put a number on a weight loss goal,” Harrison says. “The next time you think, ‘I’d just feel better if I lost 10 pounds,’ ask yourself where that thought’s coming from. If we lived in a culture that told you your body is beautiful exactly as it is, would you still think that? If the answer is, ‘Yes, I’d love to be able to chase after my kids or feel less sluggish,’ OK then, let’s focus on that objective,” she says on Redbook. The problem occurs when the thought sets you up for failure. You are forever chasing a number and not a permanent, healthy lifestyle.
Good news is finally in, debunking the ‘self-restrictive’ weight loss theories! Mentioned ahead are some of the better ways of losing weight without having to spend your entire day at the gym and sacrificing your personality at the altar of slimming down. And if you’re already a diet/weight conscious person, these 5 tricks will help you shed pounds a lot faster.
1. Get Smart about Nutrition
Crying tears of salt upon eating a sugary, glazed donut (or two) that is banned from your approved list of foods is not going to do you any good. Therefore, you ate something you like. Very much acceptable. Move on. Getting label-crazed will only make you lose your mind – not excess weight. Cutting yourself off entirely from your favorite things will only lead to overdoing it on both ends of sweet and salty foods.
Harrison, on the other hand, advises individuals to look at foods as a way of self-care. Eat whatever makes you feel good about yourself. This does not mean a free-for-all candy bowl but it’s a rule your body can easily adapt to and not something you have to force on it. A bowl of almonds during a sales meeting, for instance, might make you feel good at the end of the day, but those red gummies, not so much. You are more likely to reach for the almonds next time.
Also, read 15 Tips To Stay Healthy On A Busy Schedule
2. The Herbal Contractors
Green/herbal tea is more than just hot flavored water. As you might know, it is one of the healthiest beverages on the planet; loaded with herbal extracts and antioxidants that are highly beneficial for health. Many studies have shown that green tea can boost fat burning process and help you shed pounds naturally. Now, let me explain how that works.
The bioactive substances in the tea dissolve in water and make the final drink. When you are sipping a cup of high-quality tea, you are actually consuming a lot of beneficial substances with potent biological effects. The best known of these is caffeine. A cup of premium herbal tea contains much less caffeine (about 24-40 milligrams) than coffee or regular black tea. There is, still, enough present to have a mild effect.
Green tea shines the most in its massive range of antioxidants called catechism, a substance that boosts metabolism, The best thing is that these benefits can be derived from drinking green tea as a beverage, (but in case you don’t enjoy green tea as much as I do) you can also take green tea extract as a regular supplement.
Also, read How To Prepare The Perfect Cup Of Tea
3. Dim the Lights and Lower the Noise
In a study conducted by Cornell researcher, Brain Wansink, Ph.D. and the author of the soon-to-be-published Slim By Design: Mindless Eating Solutions for Every Day Life, individuals who went to a fast food restaurant where the lighting was softer and music more soothing consumed, on average, 175 fewer calories than those who ate in the same place with blaring music and bright lights.
According to Wans ink, two things happen when you dim the lights: you tend to eat slower and your food cools off. That is helpful because when you rush through your meals, you tend to consume more calories than required. Moreover, hot food is, of course, more appealing than a cold food platter. Soggy cold French-fries with that burger, for example. Thanks but no thanks!
4. Eat Mindfully, Sitting Down
Mindless munching is the archenemy of weight loss. You would be surprised at a number of calories you actually consume without paying attention; especially from tray-passed foods and buffets at parties or get-togethers.
Studies from Cornell University’s Food and Brand Lab show that we unconsciously eat more out of bigger containers and in social situations For example, if you’re down at the table, with your family, you will automatically be more aware of what you’re putting on your plate and keep from sneaking in from tray-passed junk or buffet food. To further reduce temptation, sit further away from your favorite dishes. Harsh works like a charm!
5. Get Up, Stand for a While
There is no surprise that sitting too much can add unnecessary pounds. From now on, think about setting up a standing desk for your computer at home and work, taking calls on your feet and responding to emails and instant messages in person.
The difference in calorie burn will definitely shock you. Being on the move for a maximum of eight hours while doing office work burns as much as 500 calories than performing the same tasks seated.
Besides the 5 aforementioned tips, there are many natural yet simple lifestyle habits that can help you lose weight – some of which have nothing to do with conventional diets or workout plans. You can use smaller plates, eat more slowly, drink 8-10 glasses of water every day and avoid sitting in front of the TV or computer while eating. Prioritizing foods rich in protein and fiber may also help.
I would not, however, recommend you to try all these things at once. Start experimenting with one tip for a while, and if that sustainably works, then try another one. A few simple changes can have a massive impact over the long term.
Also, read 10 Easy Tips For A Healthy Life
ABOUT Alycia Gordan
Alycia Gordan is a freelance writer. She loves to read and write articles related to health and lifestyle, sometime on health-tech as well. Currently, she is associated with braintest Team. You can find her on Twitter: @meetalycia
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