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6 Easy Ways To Lose Weight Other Than Exercise and Pills

6 Easy Ways To Lose Weight Other Than Exercise and Pills

Exercise and pills are the most common methods people use to lose weight, but other methods are just as effective. No, I am not talking about cutting any foods or undergoing into a strict meal plan. Here are six ways you can lose weight without resorting to pills or exercising yourself into the ground. You’ll find them extremely helpful when you put them to use.

1. Lower cortisol levels with adequate sleep

“Weight management is more than what you eat or counting calories”, says Robin Coale at nutrition myths debunked. Even exercise doesn’t necessarily help. Stress and sleep play a significant role in weight maintenance. If there are high levels of stress in your life, you’re not going to be able to lose weight. This fact is true whether the stress is from work, family, inadequate nutrition, too much exercise, not enough sleep or other stressors. This phenomenon occurs because of high levels of a hormone called cortisol. Until your cortisol levels come down, you’re out of luck losing weight and highly likely to gain more.

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2. Increase metabolism rate through water therapy

Drinking a liter to a liter and a half of water every morning is considered an alternative remedy for losing weight. Even if it doesn’t help, it shouldn’t hurt. Just don’t overdo it. Drinking too much water can make you sick, so please stick to a litre or two each day as recommended.

3. Relax with a massage

Massage and relaxation also encourage weight loss. Human touch is an excellent way to decrease your cortisol levels. Relaxing activities are also great at lowering your body’s stress. Don’t feel the need to go out to a Spa, though if you can it’s a great experience and I highly recommend it. You can get similar benefits at home by allowing a friend or partner perform the massage. While you’re relaxing, keep in mind that positive stress is still stressful on your body. Even if you’re having fun, it’s not as helpful if it’s not calming.

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4. Clean your house

“Netflix and chill” is not recommended if you’re trying to lose weight. Cleaning and decluttering the house yourself is a great light activity almost anyone can do. The less you’re sitting on the couch, the more calories you’re burning. Get everyone in the family involved in house cleaning and make it as a habit, for a more fun and wholesome bonding. You may have to ban electronic devices to get some of the heavier screen addicts off their butt.

5. Get out of your seat

Walking from place to place is an excellent way to shed more pounds. If you need to buy something in the nearest local store, just walk instead of driving your car. Hand over that file to your co-worker sitting on the next end of the hall instead of sharing it on a cloud drive. The activity is light, but that’s okay because it’s not the primary source of calories burned. The walking increases your metabolism all day long, not just during the walk itself. The more active you are overall, the more calories you burn even when being still afterwards.

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6. Take a swim

Swimming is an excellent way to lose weight. First, your body is continuously cooled by the water around you, so it doesn’t feel like as much work. Second, the feeling of weightlessness while resting allows you to relax more efficiently and get right back to the fun. Don’t know how to swim? No problem, just enrol in swimming lessons at your local indoor pool.

Everyone has their preferred methods for working out. While it’s true that exercise programs and weight loss pills work, you can, however, drop them and start implementing these six tips, which will help lower your weight in no time. Just give them a try and you’ll see, they’re ideal for weight loss.

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Featured photo credit: Susan Burrell via news.com.au

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Last Updated on July 10, 2020

How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

We all have them—those hurtful, frustrating, offensive, manipulative people in our lives. No matter how hard we try to surround ourselves with positive and kind people, there will always be those who will disrespect, insult, berate, and misuse you if we allow them to.

We may, for a variety of reasons, not be able to avoid them, but we can determine how we interact with them and how we allow them to interact with us.

So, how to take control of your life and stop being pushed around?

Learning to set clear firm boundaries with the people in our lives at work and in our personal lives is the best way to protect ourselves from the negative effects of this kind of behavior.

What Boundaries Are (And What They’re Not)

Boundaries are limits

—they are not threats or ultimatums. Boundaries inform or teach. They are not a form of punishment.

Boundaries are firm lines—determined by you—which cannot be crossed by those around you. They are guidelines for how you will allow others to treat you and what kind of behaviors you will expect.

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Healthy personal boundaries help protect you from physical or emotional pain. You may also need to set firm boundaries at work to ensure you and your time are not disrespected. Don’t allow others to take advantage of your kindness and generosity.

Clear boundaries communicate to others that you demand respect and consideration—that you are willing to stand up for yourself and that you will not be a doormat for anyone. They are a “no trespassing” sign that makes it very clear when a line has been crossed and that there will be consequences for doing so.

Boundaries are not set with the intention of changing other people. They may change how people interact with you, but they are more about enforcing your needs than attempting to change the general behavior and attitude of others.

How to Establish Boundaries and Take Control of Your Life

Here are some ways that you can establish boundaries and take control of your life.

1. Self-Awareness Comes First

Before you can establish boundaries with others, you first need to understand what your needs are.

You are entitled to respect. You have the right to protect yourself from inappropriate or offensive behavior. Setting boundaries is a way of honoring your needs.

To set appropriate boundaries, you need to be clear about what healthy behaviors look like—what healthy relationships look like.

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You first have to become more aware of your feelings and honest with yourself about your expectations and what you feel is appropriate behavior:

  • Where do you need to establish better boundaries?
  • When do you feel disrespected?
  • When do you feel violated, frustrated, or angered by the behavior of others?
  • In what situations do you feel you are being mistreated or taken advantage of?
  • When do you want to be alone?
  • How much space do you need?

You need to honor your own needs and boundaries before you can expect others to honor them. This allows you to take control of your life.

2. Clear Communication Is Essential

Inform others clearly and directly what your expectations are. It is essential to have clear communication if you want others to respect your boundaries. Explain in an honest and respectful tone what you find offensive or unacceptable.

Many people simply aren’t aware that they are behaving inappropriately. They may never have been taught proper manners or consideration for others.

3. Be Specific but Don’t Blame

Taking a blaming or punishing attitude automatically puts people on the defensive. People will not listen when they feel attacked. It’s part of human nature.

That said, you do not need to overexplain or defend yourself. Boundaries are not open to compromise.

Sample language:

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  • “You may not…yell or raise your voice to me…”
  • “I need…to be treated with respect…”
  • “It’s not okay when…you take things from my desk without asking…”
  • “I won’t…do your work…cover for you anymore…”
  • “It’s not acceptable when…you ridicule or insult me…”
  • “I am uncomfortable when…you use offensive language”
  • “I will no longer be able to…lend you money…”

Being able to communicate these without sounding accusatory is essential if you want others to respect your boundaries so you can take control of your life.

4. Consequences Are Often Necessary

Determine what the appropriate consequences will be when boundaries are crossed. If it’s appropriate, be clear about those consequences upfront when communicating those boundaries to others.

Follow through. People won’t respect your boundaries if you don’t enforce them.

Standing our ground and forcing consequences doesn’t come easily to us. We want to be nice. We want people to like us, but we shouldn’t have to trade our self-respect to gain friends or to achieve success.

We may be tempted to let minor disrespect slide to avoid conflict, but as the familiar saying goes, “if you give people an inch, they’ll take a mile.”

It’s much easier to address offensive or inappropriate behavior now than to wait until that behavior has gotten completely out of hand.

It’s also important to remember that positive reinforcement is even more powerful than negative consequences. When people do alter the way they treat you, acknowledge it. Let people know that you notice and appreciate their efforts.

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Final Thoughts

Respect is always a valid reason for setting a boundary. Don’t defend yourself or your needs. Boundaries are often necessary to protect your time, your space, and your feelings. And these are essential if you want to take control of your life.

Start with the easiest boundaries first. Setting boundaries is a skill that needs to be practiced. Enlist support from others if necessary. Inform people immediately when they have crossed the line.

Don’t wait. Communicate politely and directly. Be clear about the consequences and follow them through.

The better you become at setting your own boundaries, the better you become at recognizing and respecting the boundaries of others.

Remember that establishing boundaries is your right. You are entitled to respect. You can’t control how other people behave, but you do have control over the way you allow people to treat you.

Learning to set boundaries is not always easy, but with time, it will become more comfortable. You may eventually find that boundaries become automatic and you no longer need to consciously set them.

They will simply become a natural extension of your self-respect.

Featured photo credit: Thomas Kelley via unsplash.com

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