Exercise is a go-to method when it comes to weight loss, and for good reason: it has a positive effect on the entire body and there are as many ways to exercise as there are parts of the body. When considering ways to lose weight, exercise should be an important and easy option, such as these total body transformation exercises and equipment-free exercises.
However, not everyone is able to exercise, and some may rely on other methods in order to lose weight. Fortunately, there are plenty of other methods to employ. While many of them have to do with controlling your diet, some methods might come as a surprise! Here are thirteen ways to lose weight without working out.
1. Eat less.
Controlling the amount you eat cannot be understated when it comes to weight loss. Whether you count calories or simply skip that second helping of spaghetti, cutting down on the amount you eat is the simplest and easiest way to lose weight.
2. Keep a food journal.
Keeping track of what we eat makes us more aware of our eating habits, and has been proven to help facilitate weight loss. Set aside a few minutes after every meal and snack to record what you’ve eaten in the journal. Review your info every once in a while and compare it from week to week.
3. Substitute healthy snacks.
Snacking between meals can help prevent overeating at mealtime, but if the snacks are salty or sugary junk, they may do more harm than good for your body. Munching on granola or fresh fruits and veggies is a great way to stop the hunger pangs and eat healthy between large meals.
4. Switch from coffee to tea.
Coffee is seen as an indispensable part of an early morning routine, but its alternative, tea, is far healthier as a morning drink. Leave out the cream and sugar, and tea is very close to being flavored water.
5. Drink more water.
Speaking of water, it’s an irreplaceable part of our lives, We should aim to drink 64 ounces of water a day. When trying to lose weight, swapping out the sugars and fats of other drinks for plain, filling water is one of the best things to do.
For more information, check out these 10 ways that drinking water can help you lose weight.
6. Don’t skip meals.
It may seem like a good idea, but don’t do it. Breakfast is the usual ignored meal, and starting the day with no energy in the tank is asking for the day to go poorly. Do not skip meals, even if you have to force down a piece of fruit for breakfast. Your body with thank you.
7. Cut out unhealthy fats and carbohydrates.
Not all fats and carbs are bad for you; some can even help with weight loss. Avoiding the simple carbohydrates and processed fats – such as in sugar and butter – is a simple way to improve how and what we consume.
8. Eat more vegetables.
Mothers around the world don’t harp on about vegetables for no reason. Vegetables are packed with nutrients and low on calories, making them a staple for weight loss. Their versatility allows them to serve as parts of a main meal or a simple snack.
9. Add more protein to your diet.
Sources of protein range from meats to eggs to beans to nuts. The wide variety of sources mean protein can be added to a diet in many places, and that even those with dietary restrictions will be able to squeeze more in. This essential nutrient should not be ignored, and filling up on it will leave less room for more empty calories.
For more information about protein, check out these 20 Must-Try Protein Shake Recipes.
10. Try clean eating.
Processed foods can be filled with extra calories and preservatives that can inhibit weight loss. Clean eating cuts out processed ingredients where possible, making for a simpler, and thus healthier, diet.
Check out these low-calorie clean-eating recipes for examples and ideas of how to start.
11. Brush your teeth.
Especially at night, the minty-fresh feeling of clean teeth is a strong deterrent against eating more food. Take advantage of the ingrained taboo in order to make eating at night harder.
12. Get enough sleep.
A proper sleep schedule is essential to being healthy and can also help keep off the pounds. As examined here, sleeping regularly keeps a body functioning regularly, and a body clinging to fat out of tiredness will have a harder time losing weight than a properly-rested body.
13. Grow a garden.
Trying to get fresh produce can be hard, and what better way to guarantee its freshness than by pulling it up out of the ground? A garden requires a yard or a planter, so it isn’t for everyone, but maintaining a garden helps with weight loss by producing the very food we eat, and also tricking us into moving around outside to maintain it.
For more exercise-free ways to lose weight, check out these super simple ways to lose weight. For more general tips on weight loss, try these 50 healthy ways to lose weight.
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