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7 Ways To Lose Weight Without Even Trying

7 Ways To Lose Weight Without Even Trying

If you think that losing weight is always following a merciless diet and/or doing exhausting gym sessions, you are wrong! Yes, these ways are effective but there are also lots of other hacks you can use every day to reinforce your weight loss regime without all the hassle of counting calories and all that sweat.

Here are 7 ways to lose weight that you can implement straight away.

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1. Use smaller plates

This is an easy way of eating less. Researchers at the University of Groningen found that dishes which are about 70% full are preferred when eating. So, just using smaller dishes works and you can lose up to 18 lbs a year, just by doing this. Plates of 9/10 inches in diameter are ideal.

2. Drink some water before eating

How about zero calories before you even start? This is what happens when you drink 16 ounces of water about half an hour before eating so that your stomach will feel fuller during the meal. This is another great way of eating less and losing weight. It worked in an experiment with obese people, according to a study published on the WebMD site.

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3. Choose healthier swaps when you want

You can easily reduce the amount of calories you are consuming by making a few savvy swaps. Did you know that almond milk has only about one third of the calories that skim milk has? One cup of almond milk has 30 calories while the same quantity of skim milk has 91. Raisins have double the amount of calories as grapes so go for the grapes when you want a snack. Go for leaner meat when you can. For example, a 4 ounce turkey patty has only 150 calories. Compare that to its beef counterpart which has 319.

4. Choose dark chocolate for your dessert

Forget all those cookies and try to cultivate a taste for dark chocolate. You will be cutting your sugar and calorie intake. Dark chocolate really is a healthier option. I am a chocoholic so you have to believe me! One ounce of dark chocolate (75% cocoa) has 170 calories. One cookie of a similar weight has 220 calories and double the amount of sugar that chocolate has.

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5. Move your body

How often do you walk? How many times do you take the stairs rather than the elevator for a few floors up? Another good idea is to find parking space for your car which is further from your office or supermarket, provided the weather is good. If you build more movement into your daily routine, you can burn off those extra calories at a steady rate over the whole year. It all adds up and helps.

6. Eat smaller meals more often

If you cannot burn off all those calories after a big meal, then you have little chance of losing weight. The main reason is all those extra calories will be stored somewhere visible on your body as fat. Overdo it on the lips, forever on the hips! The best solution is to eat smaller meals and to eat more often. By doing that you are burning fat faster and you are also keeping your blood sugar levels steady. Doctors now recommend that you can have 6 light meals evenly spaced throughout the day. The basic premise is that the longer you have to wait for food, the hungrier you are going to be. That will not help your waistline at all.

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7. Sleep well

Science has it. Researchers at Columbia University have found that if you sleep less than 7 hours a night, you are going to put on more weight and getting rid of those extra pounds will be all the harder.

How can sleep be so important in the weight loss battle, you might wonder? Well, first you are awake for fewer hours so the risk of snacking is cut down. Also, people who are well rested and get a good night’s sleep can burn up to 20% more calories after eating than their insomniac friends. There are lots of studies that show when you are tired, you have more cravings, you eat more and you also tend to buy more fattening food when you go to the supermarket.

So, there you have it. And the best tip of all? If you really have cravings, try sniffing peppermint every two hours. One study in the Journal of Neurological and Orthopaedic Medicine found that people who did that were able to lose 5 lbs a month. So easy!

Featured photo credit: It is happening again/ Daniel Oines via flickr.com

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Last Updated on September 18, 2020

7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

Learning how to get in shape and set goals is important if you’re looking to live a healthier lifestyle and get closer to your goal weight. While this does require changes to your daily routine, you’ll find that you are able to look and feel better in only two weeks.

Over the years, I’ve learned a lot about what it takes to get in shape. Although anyone can cover the basics (eat right and exercise), there are some things that I could only learn through trial and error. Let’s cover some of the most important points for how to get in shape in two weeks.

1. Exercise Daily

It is far easier to make exercise a habit if it is a daily one. If you aren’t exercising at all, I recommend starting by exercising a half hour every day. When you only exercise a couple times per week, it is much easier to turn one day off into three days off, a week off, or a month off.

If you are already used to exercising, switching to three or four times a week to fit your schedule may be preferable, but it is a lot harder to maintain a workout program you don’t do every day.

Be careful to not repeat the same exercise routine each day. If you do an intense ab workout one day, try switching it up to general cardio the next. You can also squeeze in a day of light walking to break up the intensity.

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2. Duration Doesn’t Substitute for Intensity

Once you get into the habit of regular exercise, where do you go if you still aren’t reaching your goals? Most people will solve the problem by exercising for longer periods of time, turning forty-minute workouts into two hour stretches. Not only does this drain your time, but it doesn’t work particularly well.

One study shows that “exercising for a whole hour instead of a half does not provide any additional loss in either body weight or fat”[1].

This is great news for both your schedule and your levels of motivation. You’ll likely find it much easier to exercise for 30 minutes a day instead of an hour. In those 30 minutes, do your best to up the intensity to your appropriate edge to get the most out of the time.

3. Acknowledge Your Limits

Many people get frustrated when they plateau in their weight loss or muscle gaining goals as they’re learning how to get in shape. Everyone has an equilibrium and genetic set point where their body wants to remain. This doesn’t mean that you can’t achieve your fitness goals, but don’t be too hard on yourself if you are struggling to lose weight or put on muscle.

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Acknowledging a set point doesn’t mean giving up, but it does mean realizing the obstacles you face.

Expect to hit a plateau in your own fitness results[2]. When you expect a plateau, you can manage around it so you can continue your progress at a more realistic rate. When expectations meet reality, you can avoid dietary crashes.

4. Eat Healthy, Not Just Food That Looks Healthy

Know what you eat. Don’t fuss over minutia like whether you’re getting enough Omega 3’s or tryptophan, but be aware of the big things. Look at the foods you eat regularly and figure out whether they are healthy or not. Don’t get fooled by the deceptively healthy snacks just pretending to be good for you.

The basic nutritional advice includes:

  • Eat unprocessed foods
  • Eat more veggies
  • Use meat as a side dish, not a main course
  • Eat whole grains, not refined grains[3]

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Eat whole grains when you want to learn how to get in shape.

    5. Watch Out for Travel

    Don’t let a four-day holiday interfere with your attempts when you’re learning how to get in shape. I don’t mean that you need to follow your diet and exercise plan without any excursion, but when you are in the first few weeks, still forming habits, be careful that a week long break doesn’t terminate your progress.

    This is also true of schedule changes that leave you suddenly busy or make it difficult to exercise. Have a backup plan so you can be consistent, at least for the first month when you are forming habits.

    If travel is on your schedule and can’t be avoided, make an exercise plan before you go[4], and make sure to pack exercise clothes and an exercise mat as motivation to keep you on track.

    6. Start Slow

    Ever start an exercise plan by running ten miles and then puking your guts out? Maybe you aren’t that extreme, but burnout is common early on when learning how to get in shape. You have a lifetime to be healthy, so don’t try to go from couch potato to athletic superstar in a week.

    If you are starting a running regime, for example, run less than you can to start. Starting strength training? Work with less weight than you could theoretically lift. Increasing intensity and pushing yourself can come later when your body becomes comfortable with regular exercise.

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    7. Be Careful When Choosing a Workout Partner

    Should you have a workout partner? That depends. Workout partners can help you stay motivated and make exercising more fun. But they can also stop you from reaching your goals.

    My suggestion would be to have a workout partner, but when you start to plateau (either in physical ability, weight loss/gain, or overall health) and you haven’t reached your goals, consider mixing things up a bit.

    If you plateau, you may need to make changes to continue improving. In this case it’s important to talk to your workout partner about the changes you want to make, and if they don’t seem motivated to continue, offer a thirty day break where you both try different activities.

    I notice that guys working out together tend to match strength after a brief adjustment phase. Even if both are trying to improve, something seems to stall improvement once they reach a certain point. I found that I was able to lift as much as 30-50% more after taking a short break from my regular workout partner.

    Final Thoughts

    Learning how to get in shape in as little as two weeks sounds daunting, but if you’re motivated and have the time and energy to devote to it, it’s certainly possible.

    Find an exercise routine that works for you, eat healthy, drink lots of water, and watch as the transformation begins.

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