No Diet. No Exercise. 11 Weight Loss Hacks that Actually Work
Hitting the gym and maintaining a strict diet to lose weight is hard.
But it doesn't have to be.
The following are 11 easy weight loss hacks that can help you lose those extra pounds of fat if you follow them consistently over time.
Please note: This is a continuation of our series on weight loss hacks that do not need dieting or exercise. But reading the previous article is not required to reap benefits from this one.
What Should I Do? Where Do I Start?
If the list above seems overwhelming to you, stop! Breathe. Relax.
Adopting all these weight loss hacks in one go is a guaranteed path to failure. Instead, choose one or two out of this list (that you are most interested in trying out) and try them for at least a week or two before you add more.
And remember: The tips I shared here will not work overnight. You need to be patient and keep at it for at least a few months to see the results.
#1 Climb Stairs
Stop using the lift. Switch to stairs.
Not only does this strengthen your leg muscles, the workout is so effective that with only a few minutes every day you will start noticing a big difference after a few weeks.
And don't tell me you live on the 25th floor (or your workplace is on the 37th floor). Just get off a few floors earlier and climb at least 2 flight of stairs every day to reap this benefit.
#2 Cook Meals at Home
Eating out is easier. But cooking at home is better for your weight loss goals for two reasons.
One, you are more conscious of what you put into your food, like oil, salt, and butter.
And two, cooking has a weird effect on the cook - it makes you feel full and satisfied without even tasting the meal. So when you cook, you eat less.
#3 Drink Soup
Drinking soup before your lunch or dinner is a great habit because it fills you up faster so you end up eating less.
Just remember not to drink the cream-based ones since they are prepared with a lot of butter and fats. Instead, stick to clear, minestrone, or even a bowl of hot and sour soup.
#4 Eat More Veggies
Want to know the quickest way to lose weight without dieting?
Eat a meal that fills you up faster but does not add on the calories. Like vegetables.
This is because veggies are high in fiber and water, and so fill up your stomach quite fast, thus, decreasing your usual portion size for the rest of the meal.
#5 Reduce Your Alcohol Consumption
Alcohol slows down your metabolism. And we all know what that means - fat start to accumulate in your body.
In fact, alcoholic drinks like beer are quite high in calories. Even more than carb-rich food.
#6 Practice Yoga
Yoga has many benefits. And one of them is mindfulness.
That is, you are more aware of the activities you undertake throughout the day.
And when it comes to losing weight, being mindful of the moment you are full during a meal is a great way to prevent overeating.
#7 Use Red Plates to Serve Unhealthy Food
It's a psychological trick.
Red signals your mind that there is danger and so you should stop. And this is exactly what you need when you are eating unhealthy food like chips and pretzels.
In fact, a study of this unique phenomenon observed that people tend to eat less when unhealthy food is served on red plates, as compared to blue or white ones.
#8 Drink Green Tea
Green tea may not be as strong as regular brown tea, but it is an amazing metabolism-booster and helps you lose weight over time.
#9 Drink Water Instead of Ordering Drinks
When we eat out, we often order extra drinks, like fruit juices and cola, to satiate our dry throats in between the meals.
Instead, drink water to satisfy yourself. Not only will this save you a lot of money over time, but it is also a much healthier option to chugging down drinks that are packed with sugar!
#10 Go to Sleep Early
Sleeping early, and sleeping for at least 8 hours every day, is a great way to lose weight without doing anything.
Because we are no longer slaves to hunger pangs at odd hours of the night. And a good night's rest also keeps our body functioning smoothly and keeps our stress levels low (which often causes us to put on weight).
#11 Have a Cheat Day
It might sound counter-intuitive to have a cheat day on which you stuff yourself to the gills with unhealthy food, but the reality is that you will succeed in cutting out the unhealthy when you have one binge day to look forward to.
Just remember: Don't binge all day long on your cheat day. Instead, just binge during breakfast and allow your body to wind down the rest of the day with your usual fair.