Want to lose weight but you have an actual life? Don’t want to workout 3 hours a day and eat only rice?? You’re in luck! You can lose weight without absolutely killing yourself, and it’s easier than you realize. Read on for lazy ways to lose weight!
Tell yourself this: “I’m not sleeping in, I’m working on losing weight!” But the great thing is, it’s actually true! A 16-year study from the American Journal of Epidemiology found that those who slept 5 hours or less per night gained 30% more weight than those who slept more than 7 hours.
Getting more sleep doesn’t just give you more willpower to resist unhealthy foods, it also reduces your stress levels (which is linked to weight gain). You’ll also boost your metabolism, which will help you burn more calories every single day without doing anything differently!
Drink more water
Drinking plenty of water will help you lose weight not only by boosting your metabolism, but also by preventing you from overeating. Researchers found that those who drank 2 glasses of water 30 minutes before each meal lost on average 9.48 pounds over 12 weeks!
And while diet soda may seem like a good alternative, it can actually be working against you. Why’s that? The highly processed components of diet soda cause your metabolism to slow, leading to fat storage.
Learn more about other reasons to avoid diet sodas, and find out some tasty, healthy alternatives that aren’t water in our recent article.
Cut out your workouts
Exercising is an important part of health, and will speed your metabolism as well as boosting your mood — but one of the most common mistakes new dieters make is overdoing it with their workouts.
But the fact of the matter remains that diets are made or lost in the kitchen, not the gym. An intense hour long workout that leaves you drenched in sweat can EASILY be ruined (and then some) by a post-workout trip to Starbucks.
Make the right choices with your meals including getting plenty of protein, and look at whatever exercising you do as a cherry on the top. But don’t think that losing weight requires killing yourself at the gym — because it absolutely does not.
Always have healthy options around
Everyone starts off losing weight with a positive mindset. But when you’re tired and hungry, it can be easy to slip into the trap of telling yourself, “oh just one candy bar isn’t going to hurt.”
While cheat meals are okay if you can make them only occasional treats, many of us don’t have the discipline to prevent these one-time snacks from turning into all-out binges, especially when we’re just getting started.
Avoid the temptation by keeping nutritious snacks around at all times. One good option you might already love is Greek yogurt with raspberries. Get more ideas in our article on healthy snacks.
Laugh out loud
It makes you happy and takes your mind off your troubles, but laughing comes with plenty of weight loss benefits too! It relieves stress, which is important because the hormones associated with stress are also linked to weight gain.
But it gets better. This seemingly simple, do-nothing activity actually burns calories as well! Researchers at Vanderbilt University found that laughing for just 10-15 minutes burns up to 40 calories and can raise your heart rate by 10 to 20%, which will speed up your metabolism.
For your next night with friends or date night with someone special, avoid the movies and try hitting a comedy club (avoid alcohol) or just stay home and have a ball together!
Write down what you eat
Want to lose weight? Of course you do or you wouldn’t be reading this article. But how would you like to double your weight loss simply by keeping track of what you’re eating? It may sound too good to be true, but it’s proven.
A study by health care provider Kaiser Permanente tracked nearly 1700 participants and found that those who kept a food journal lost twice the amount of weight than those who did not. Even better, the more diligent people were about tracking, the more they lost!
Researcher Jack Hollis Ph.D., stated: “Those who kept daily food records lost twice as much weight as those who kept no records. It seems that the simple act of writing down what you eat encourages people to consume fewer calories.”
Taking the time to write down what you eat forces you to really think about whether or not you want this treat, and to consider whether you can afford to take in those extra calories today.
Take more time to relax
Stress doesn’t just drive you up the walls, it also slows down your metabolism and has been linked by Harvard researchers to overeating. When you’re stressed, your body produces more cortisol, a hormone which has the terrible side effect of increasing appetite.
Uncontrollable hunger is obviously the last thing you want when your metabolism is slowed, so learn to handle your stresses in a healthy manner and you’ll keep your weight loss on the right track.
Listen to relaxing music, take a nice long bath, spend time with friends or someone special, read — whatever — all that matters is that you remove yourself from what’s stressing you to do something calming that you enjoy.
Now none of these are so tough, are they? Make these simple changes to your life and in no time you’ll be shocked at how fast the weight is falling off! Good luck, and be sure to pin this in case you need a quick reminder down the road! 🙂