Losing weight is tough. After all if it were easy everybody would be fit and in perfect health condition.
Or is it really the case? Does losing weight really require you to shed blood, tears and sweat?
You see weight loss doesn’t have to be pure hard work, it can be done smartly, or even no work at all. Are your turning skeptic? Read on. A new study by ‘Eat This, Not That’ uncovered that even the laziest people can drop huge pounds without literally breaking a sweat.
So here we bring you the weight loss guide for dummies and lazy people:
Dummy and lazy tip 1: Power in water
Are you hungry or just thirsty? Researchers have shown that people often confuse the two, and while the line between being hungry and thirsty is thin it’s vital to identify what you’re really going through so you can react accordingly.
Physiology & Behavior says that 60 percent of people confuse thirst with hunger and would respond to it by eating. The journal Obesity on the other hand learned that people who drank two cups of water before eating consumed 75 to 90 fewer calories over the course of a meal than they would otherwise.
So what can you get from this? If you feel hungry, drink water. Before you eat, drink water.
Dummy and lazy tip 2: Eat like the Japanese
Japanese are generally not fat, especially if you compare them to Americans, with the exception of course of sumo wrestlers. And there’s a good reason for it. They have an expression known as “Hara hachi bu” which means “Eat until 80% full.” If you apply that to your diet, you’re already removing more than 300 calories per day on your consumption.
But how do you do this? Eat until you’re almost full, and then wait a while before you eat dessert. That will make you eat less dessert and top of your already reduced calorie intake from not eating to your full capacity. Add that to our tip #1 and you’re on your way to losing weight fast.
Here’s a bonus: try using chopsticks. American Journal of Preventive Medicine found out that healthy-weight customers were nearly 3 times more likely to use chopsticks than obese customers.
Dummy and lazy tip 3: Have a snack—later
Chances are you take snacks at least twice a day. That’s according to a study by the U.S Department of Agriculture which found out that two-thirds of adults do so. But snacking is highly correlation with accumulation of belly fat. However a study published in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association learned that afternoon snackers don’t consume as many calories and are less likely to acquire belly fat.
So what should you do? Procrastinate in your snacks. This can slash up to 16 pounds in your weight in two weeks.
Dummy and lazy tip 4: Throw on some jeans
The American Council on Exercise learned that people who wear casual clothing like jeans, as opposed to people who wear business attire have more physical activity throughout the day. But is it because you wear comfortable clothes so you do more physical activity or vice versa? It doesn’t really matter. After all, wearing casual won’t restrict your movements. And taking additional 491 steps which was what revealed in the study would mean additional 25 burned calories. That may be a small number but those will add up.
Dummy and lazy tip 5: Enjoy your snacking
Prime yourself into enjoying your snacking – we’re talking about savoring every bite you take. Telling yourself “I’m going to enjoy this!” may make you eat less and therefore gain less weight. Snacking after all isn’t a thing of the more the merrier. Make your snacking an experience and you may gain less weight from doing it.
As a rule of thumb: don’t eat your feelings – feel your” eatings.”
Dummy and lazy tip 6: Remind yourself via SMS or Email
Health Promotion Practice learned that people who get reminders of their calorie budget made healthier meal and snack choices. You can schedule a text or email sent to you or you can ask your BFF to send you occasional reminders. Motivational messages work well too.
Dummy and lazy tip 7: Sleep your way into losing weight
This would be the simplest and easiest thing to do on this list. Getting quality sleep is crucial to losing weight. The lack of sleep in fact throws hunger-regulating hormones out of balance which makes you eat more, outside of schedule and did we say more already?