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The Lazy Guide To Weight Loss

The Lazy Guide To Weight Loss

About 5 years ago, I realized I had gradually gained 15 lbs., thanks to stress, overeating, and total unawareness of the calories I’d been consuming. I woke up one day and realized if I didn’t lose the weight now, I may never shed it. So I worked out and changed my diet. I jogged, lifted weights, monitored my calories, and cut back sweets, but made no drastic changes. Now, I’m back to a healthy weight and I’ve taken basic measures to simply maintain it. I hate exercise, but I love cupcakes. For the lazy person in all of us, here are 18 different ways to help you lose weight and keep it off: no gym membership required. This worked for me!

1. Drink Water

Lots of it! It’s not only good for you in flushing out toxins and keeping your organs operating optimally – which further aids in shedding pounds – but water also fills you up so you eat less.

1 - A Glass of Water, Susan Nilsson

    2. Sleep More

    If you’re sleeping, you’re not eating, and more sleep means the less energy your body needs from caloric foods. Aim for 8 to 9 hours a night, or at the very least, 1 to 2 more hours than you’re used to getting.

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      3. Eat Breakfast

      Fruit, whole grains, or even a to-go bar. Giving your body energy in the morning kick starts your metabolism to help burn calories for you and keep your hunger pangs in check.

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      3 - Breakfast on Caltrain, Richard Masoner

        4. Walk 30 Minutes A Day

        Listen to music, ponder your life’s purpose, or call your mom. Just stay active for 30 minutes a day and you’ll start to see the effects.

        4 - On A Walk, John Anes SMALLER

          5. Eat As Much As You Want!

          Of carrots, apples, oranges, edamame, or any fruit or veggie that satisfies your need to nosh. These are filling foods that are good for you, and after a few days, your body will crave those instead of that bag of greasy potato chips.

          5 - babycarrots_beets_tomatoes_2009, Christopher Paquette

            6. Keep Coffee And Sweets, But Have Them Early

            If you’re craving that piece of cake or a cup of coffee, don’t deprive yourself. Just have them early in the day, not right before bed. The sugar and caffeine will inhibit a good night’s sleep, which can lead to overeating the next day.

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              7. Forgive Yourself

              Don’t beat yourself up for missing a workout or feeling tight in your jeans. Negative thoughts contribute to depression, which can contribute to weight gain and overeating.

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              7 - Blong Girl Thoughfully Watching A Sunrise, Ed Gregory, Stokpic

                8. Snack MORE!

                Eating smaller bites throughout the day will keep your blood sugar from spiking and keep you from overeating if let yourself go hungry for too long.

                8 - Girls Hand Reaching accross Mexican Tapas Cafe Table, Ed Gregory, Stokpic SMALLER

                  9. Keep Calories In Food

                  Don’t drink them. You’ll feel fuller if you have food over a soda. If water doesn’t do the trick, add lemon or lime juice, or a bit of orange zest for a kick. If you’re ordering an iced tea, keep it unsweetened if you can.

                  9 - Bells Milk Bar, Spider5

                    10. Chew Gum

                    Curb your eating out of boredom with a stick of gum.

                    10 - Chiclete na boca, Guilherme Yagui

                      11. Cut Out Alcohol

                      Despite the calories on the label, the way your body processes alcohol is not as straightforward. Alcohol lowers your metabolism, suppresses fat-burning testosterone, and converts to insulin, keeping the pounds packed on. Essentially, it fuels your body’s desire for fat storage. Give it a rest until you meet your goal, and then introduce alcohol back into your life gradually.

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                      11 - Elijah Craig, Ryan Hyde

                        12. Watch TV While Lifting Weights

                        Depending on your body frame and goals, lifting 3-lb. to 10-lb. weights is easier to do while you’re watching your favorite show. Or pick up some small ankle or wrist weights to help tone and strengthen your muscles, which will help burn fat without much extra effort. Just be cautious and don’t overexert yourself: these wearable weights will alter your movements and can possibly cause damage to ligaments and bones.

                        12 - Heavy Weight, Maik Meid

                          13. Slow Down Your Meals

                          Savor your food! You’ll enjoy eating and feel more satisfied. You’ll also become more aware of when you’re full, helping you lessen the chance of overeating.

                          13 - Franklin Heijnen

                            14. Meditate And Breathe

                            Anxiety and stress contribute to weight gain. Meditating helps you calm down and take a moment for yourself. Think positively and focus on your goals. Not only will you feel better and gain more direction, but you’ll be encouraged and re-energized to continue getting healthy.

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                            14 - Man Watching Sunrise On Balcony, Ed Gregory, Stokpic

                              15. Use A Smaller Plate

                              The psychology behind this seems trivial but it is effective. If your plate looks half empty, you’re going to feel starved; if it looks full, you’ll feel full. So help slim your waist and help fill your stomach, and fill up the plate but make the plate smaller. Try some of these great recipes for healthy but delicious options.

                              15 - Street Food Festival, StateofIsrael

                                16. Brush Your Teeth

                                Right after dinner especially will help curb your need to nibble on dessert. After all, us lazy folks don’t want to brush our teeth twice in the same evening, do we?

                                16 - Day 221 of 365, Arek Olek

                                  17. Do The 7-Minute Workout

                                  Realistically, tests exhibit noticeable results if you’re at it for 20 minutes a day. Still, 7 to 20 minutes of a heavy workout may require a real effort, but hey, it’s only as little as 7 minutes out of 1,440 in a day. That’s two Pandora songs. You can handle that, right?

                                  17 - Time Out, Chris Combe

                                    18. Kill The Craving

                                    If you need a cookie, eat a cookie. Just don’t eat 5 cookies. Want a cupcake? Try cutting it in half and save the rest for tomorrow’s dessert. Just be sure to put the rest away before digging in, so you’re not as tempted to reach for more.

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                                      Featured photo credit: Piotr Szczepankiewicz/Flickr via flic.kr

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                                      Last Updated on June 20, 2019

                                      Science Says Guitar Players’ Brains Are Different From Others’

                                      Science Says Guitar Players’ Brains Are Different From Others’

                                      There’s nothing quite like picking up a guitar and strumming out some chords. Listening to someone playing the guitar can be mesmerising, it can evoke emotion and a good guitar riff can bring out the best of a song. Many guitar players find a soothing, meditative quality to playing, along with the essence of creating music or busting out an acoustic version of their favourite song. But how does playing the guitar affect the brain?

                                      More and more scientific studies have been looking into how people who play the guitar have different brain functions compared to those who don’t. What they found was quite astonishing and backed up what many guitarists may instinctively know deep down.

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                                      Guitar Players’ Brains Can Synchronise

                                      You didn’t read that wrong! Yes, a 2012 study[1] was conducted in Berlin that looked at the brains of guitar players. The researchers took 12 pairs of players and got them to play the same piece of music while having their brains scanned.

                                      During the experiment, they found something extraordinary happening to each pair of participants – their brains were synchronising with each other. So what does this mean? Well, the neural networks found in the areas of the brain associated with social cognition and music production were most activated when the participants were playing their instruments. In other words, their ability to connect with each other while playing music was exceptionally strong.

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                                      Guitar Players Have a Higher Intuition

                                      Intuition is described as “the ability to understand something instinctively, without the need for conscious reasoning” and this is exactly what’s happening when two people are playing the guitar together.

                                      The ability to synchronise their brains with each other, stems from this developed intuitive talent indicating that guitar players have a definite spiritual dexterity to them. Not only do their brains synchronise with another player, but they can also even anticipate what is to come before and after a set of chords without consciously knowing. This explains witnessing a certain ‘chemistry’ between players in a band and why many bands include brothers who may have an even stronger connection.

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                                      This phenomenon is actually thought to be down to the way guitarists learn how to play – while many musicians learn through reading sheet music, guitar players learn more from listening to others play and feeling their way through the chords. This also shows guitarists have exceptional improvisational skills[2] and quick thinking.

                                      Guitar Players Use More of Their Creative, Unconscious Brain

                                      The same study carried out a different experiment, this time while solo guitarists were shredding. They found that experienced guitar players were found to deactivate the conscious part of their brain extremely easily meaning they were able to activate the unconscious, creative and less practical way of thinking more efficiently.

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                                      This particular area of the brain – the right temporoparietal junction – typically deactivates with ‘long term goal orientation’ in order to stop distractions to get goals accomplished. This was in contrast to the non-guitarists who were unable to shut off the conscious part of their brain which meant they were consciously thinking more about what they were playing.

                                      This isn’t to say that this unconscious way of playing can’t be learnt. Since the brain’s plasticity allows new connections to be made depending on repeated practice, the guitar player’s brain can be developed over time but it’s something about playing the guitar in particular that allows this magic to happen.

                                      Conclusion

                                      While we all know musicians have very quick and creative brains, it seems guitar players have that extra special something. Call it heightened intuition or even a spiritual element – either way, it’s proven that guitarists are an exceptional breed unto themselves!

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