Life Hack: Lose Weight Without Ever Hitting The Gym
As the popular saying goes, weight loss is 80 percent nutrition and only 20 percent exercise. This ratio may be to the disadvantage of gym rats but for the vast majority of us who can never seem to stick through with our new year’s resolution of hitting the gym more often, this may actually give us hope. This ratio shows that even without ever exercising we can still create significant changes to our bodies just by changing the way we eat. Here are some tips and trick on how to lose weight without ever stepping foot into a gym.
Don’t Bring Junk Food in the House
You probably think you have enough will power to stare down that box of Oreos straight in the eyes and resist it but more often times than not, you will find yourself giving in to its appeal; It’s mind over matter. If you recognize you are weak to a certain temptation the smartest thing to do is keep it far away from your reach as possible. If you can refrain from bringing “junk” in your house it will become a lot easier to stay away from unhealthy snacking because you are less likely to leave the house just to fetch a candy bar or burger you’ve been craving. Try grocery shopping on a full stomach which will empower you to skip past the junk food and focus on the necessities.
Find Healthy Alternatives of Your Weaknesses-
For every unhealthy snack you love, try finding a healthier option with a similar taste and experience. For example, if you are a sucker for ice-cream try substituting it with Greek yogurt. You can even flavor it to your liking with cocoa powder, honey, fruits, etc. Further, try munching on pita chips or dried veggies whenever you start craving chips and instead of a greasy hamburger try a veggie burger, or substitute a candy bar for an organic granola bar.
Drink More Water.
Too often do we misinterpret our bodies’ thirst as hunger and instead of giving it the water it wants we end up stuffing ourselves with unnecessary calories. When you think you feel hungry drink some water and see if that helps. If the hunger persists then you can continue on to eat your next meal. Drinking a glass of water before you start your meal will also prevent you from over eating as it will help you feel full quicker.
Find Ways to Sneak in Physical Activity
So you may not think you have time to do a full blown hour workout but there are other ways to burn off a few calorie in between work and running errands. Try giving the car a break every so often and walk to your nearby destination instead. If you insist on driving park as far from the door as possible. Avoid taking short cuts, and always take the long way to your destination, power walk when able. Further, instead of taking the elevators take the stairs and if your wardrobe allows don’t just walk the stairs, run them.
Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is Not
If you know you will not be able to resist those office vending machine goodies and those tempting ice-cold carbonated drinks then leave your money where you know you will not be able to readily get to it, like in your car. If you absolutely must walk around with money, only bring cash and make sure that it is only enough for what you NEED and leaves no room for adding on that extra cookie at the register!
Don’t Completely Deprive Yourself of the Goodies
If you are always depriving yourself of that food you really want eating healthy will start to feel miserable and it probably won’t last too long. Instead, feel free to treat yourself to your guilty pleasures every once in a while. Don’t let that luscious chocolate cake blind you out of your goals and intuitions but don’t beat yourself up about having one slice either. Just remember moderation is key and portion control is a must!
Take it Nice and Slow
Have you ever been enjoying a meal and as you’re eating you felt fine but the second you got up from the table you noticed you were way too full for comfort? That is because it takes longer for our brains to notice that our body is full. Eat slowly, enjoy conversations with your table buddies, or read a few lines of the daily papers in between your bites. This will help your body stay up to speed in digestion and therefore it will be able to tell you when it is full and ready to put the spoon down.
Keep it simple
It is tempting to get so consumed in all the fitness and food fads out there and truth is, it can get intimidating. The trick to being consistent is finding a lifestyle that is relatively low maintenance and isn’t too complex or time-consuming. In other words, skip those 15 ingredient gluten free recipes and go back to the basics of some oatmeal or a ham and cheese sandwich. Find a few simple recipes that you can manage and stick to them faithfully.
We hope this article helps and inspires you to take several steps towards living a healthier life. It is important that the children of God take care of their bodies so we may be physically fit and able to the will of the Father.