Diet and exercise are vital components of any weight loss regime. The best way to lose weight is to burn more calories than you consume. For this purpose you have to consume fewer calories in your diet and burn calories through exercise. So, regular exercise is essential, but you already know that, don’t you?
Exercising is definitely a tedious task and is not everyone’s cup of tea. Most of us cannot devote enough time for a full-fledged workout regimen. And then there are others who have been diagnosed with certain health conditions that prohibit exercising.
So what is the solution? How to lose weight without exercise or diet? And moreover look toned? Believe it or not, there are some exercise alternatives which can enable you to shed those extra pounds! All you need to do is follow these tips with commitment and discipline.
1. Be Active:
You don’t have to indulge in strenuous workouts to improve your body’s metabolism. The daily chores that we do at home also play an important role in giving our body a good workout! So stop being lazy and do everything that you can do such as cleaning the house, taking your dog for a walk or playing outdoor games. You can organize social gatherings that encourage sports activities like frisbee, golf, swimming or simple outdoors picnic. Dancing and paint balling are other fun ways of losing weight.
2. Count Your Caloric Intake:
Calorie counting is extremely important while following a diet for weight loss. In order to cut down your calories, you need to figure the calories in the food items that you eat regularly and add them up at the end of the day to know your caloric consumption. You also need to figure out your basal metabolic rate (BMR) because even without exercising, you are burning calories everyday by just being alive! You can aim to lose one pound in a week which is extremely safe. One pound of weight is equivalent to 3500 calories. Thus, to lose one pound in a week you need to reduce your daily caloric intake by 500 calories. This is quite doable as it will not force you to starve to lose weight.
3. Avoid Junk Food:
As far as possible, avoid the consumption of junk foods and go for a natural diet. Processed foods like cakes, cookies, sodas, chips and fast foods are not good for our health. Since these synthetic foods are in a packaged form, they are usually in storage for long periods of time and hence, are extremely unhealthy. Excess consumption of these foods often leads to weight gain. So cut them out of your diet and look for healthier alternatives.
4. Drink Water Or Herbal Tea Before Each Meal:
Water detoxifies your system and promotes speedy digestion. It also fills you up and ensures that you eat less. According to a recent study, drinking 17 ounces of water can substantially raise your metabolism in 10 minutes. This is equivalent to 174000 calories burnt or 5 pounds lost in a year. If you are habituated to sugary drinks, you can add a slice of lemon or lime in your water bottle to impart flavor. Men are required to drink 3 liters of water while women need to drink 2.2 liters of water in a day. If you find it difficult to have a full glass of water before a meal, you can take small sips in between each bite. Drinking a cup of green tea can also greatly help in losing weight.
5. Avoid Late Night Snacking:
Your body does not burn a lot of calories while you are asleep. So whatever you eat at night gets converted to fat. Avoid eating anything at least 2 hours before going to sleep. It is advisable to finish your dinner and snack by 8 at night. If you feel hunger pangs at night, you can have a cup of unsweetened herbal tea before going to bed to keep your stomach full.
6. Get Proper Sleep:
Certain studies have observed that when you feel sleepy, you tend to eat more. This is because sleep deprivation can cause increased production of ghrelin in the body. Ghrelin is a hormone that stimulates appetite. Lack of sleep is also associated with changes in the hormone levels in the body, particularly insulin and cortisol. Inadequate sleep can lead to increased levels of insulin, thus making weight loss more difficult. Similarly, sleeping less can trigger cortisol production. Cortisol is a hormone which regulates sugar, protein, fat, mineral and water metabolism in the body. Physical or emotional stress can also cause cortisol to react by pumping up its levels. So it is advisable to have a good night’s sleep.