We all know that to lose weight you need to make sure your diet is on-point, but what about exercise? Some will say that it is important, while others less so.
What we do know is that exercise is good for your overall health, so it is best that you try and do a little even if you hate it.
The following tips however, will look at ways to lose weight minus the exercise. Check them out.
#1: Dim the lights and cut the noise
Research has shown that those who eat with softer lights and soothing music tend to consume fewer calories.
You will tend to eat at a slower pace, which will allow the signal sent from your stomach to reach your brain telling it that you are full. This takes around 20 minutes.
#2: Use a smaller plate
An easy way to cut portion size and therefore overall calorie intake is to simply user a smaller size plate.
We tend to fill our plates when dishing out so this tip will definitely help subconsciously.
#3: Announce your snacks
This tip may not be for everyone, especially those of you who are shy, but it works.
If you announce loudly that you are going to eat a snack, before you eat it then after a while your snacking will reduce.
Simply put, you are shaming yourself into cutting the amount you snack.
#4: Weigh yourself
If you are gaining weight the first step to losing the weight is accepting that you need to do this.
Some of you may hide the fact you have gained weight by wearing loose clothes, but if you value your long-term health this really isn’t the solution.
By weighing yourself you can finally accept that you may have a problem, so can then take the steps needed to remedy it.
When losing weight you should also weigh regularly, to track your progress. But not too often as this can leave you feeling unmotivated if you do not see progress.
Your weight will fluctuate many times during the day, so weighing once per week will be sufficient.
#5: Keep a food diary
This tip is essential for anyone trying to lose weight.
The reason is so that you can look back over the diary to see if any changes are necessary.
You could also keep track of your weight and use photographs too. This can help keep your motivation levels high as you can look back to see just how far you have come.
#6: Get enough sleep
Do you get enough sleep? The recommended amount of sleep per night is 7 hours.
If you get less than this then your chances of achieving your weight loss goals are reduced.
Firstly, you will have less will-power to resist those unhealthy foods, plus as your hormone levels will be disrupted you will be more likely to crave food.
#7: Get a good breakfast
You have no doubt heard people saying that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Well, this is true as it sets you up for the rest of the day.
If you skip breakfast, or eat one that is not filling then chances are you will be forced to eat again mid-morning.
Chances are this mid-morning snack will not be a healthy one, which will not help your weight loss efforts.
I would recommend opting for a good protein source such as eggs for example. You should also look for a good fibre source too, so wholemeal toast is a good option.
Protein and fibre are both slow to digest so will keep you full till lunch, plus will give you the energy you need too.