If you imagine your journey to weight loss involves lifting heavy weights and collapsing in a pile of sweat, it does not have to be that way! Sure, weight loss involves work, but it doesn’t have to be difficult. There are plenty of sneaky ways you can lose weight with minimal effort. Instead of dragging yourself to the gym, you can find small ways in your own life to stay active and shed pounds. These seven hacks will help you lose weight even if you’re the biggest couch potato out there.
1. The Value Of Leftovers
Most healthy eating tips tell you to cook fresh meals everyday. While we’d love to be one of those people who have their lives together and meal prep, sometimes reality gets in the way. With your life as busy as it is, it isn’t always possible to cook every single day. But that doesn’t necessarily have to be a bad thing. Subsisting largely on leftovers can actually help you lose weight. When you’re eating the same food over and over again, you tend to eat less than usual. This way, you can cut down on calories and time spent in the kitchen.
Put Down Your Fork
When you’ve had enough to eat, your brain sends you a signal telling you you’re full. But unless you’re paying attention to the signal, you’re going to continue eating and consuming more calories than you need. An easy way to eat slower, is to simply put your fork or spoon down after every bite. This gives you enough time to chew your food slowly, instead of being in a hurry to get the next bite in. The slower you eat, the more sensitive you are to your body signals. You will be able to tell when you’ve had enough and stop eating before you overdo it.
3. Work Out In Front Of The TV
TV has this amazing ability to completely absorb your attention and make you unaware of other things that are going on. While on one hand, this is why people call it the ‘idiot box’, on the other hand, you can use it to your advantage. Let’s face it, working out can be a bore. To distract yourself from the exercise you’re doing, work out while watching your favorite show on TV. You’ll be so caught up in all the drama happening on the screen that you won’t even realize how many calories you’re burning.
4. Eat Before You Buy Groceries
When we’re on an empty stomach, we’re slaves to our hunger cravings. If you walk into a grocery store when you’re hungry, you’re going to grab every unhealthy snack that’s sitting on the shelves. To prevent this from happening, eat before you head out shopping. A few graham crackers, a peanut butter sandwich or even just a fruit can fill you up enough to survive a trip to the grocery store. It also helps to make a list of everything you need before you head out. When you get to the store, buy everything on your list quickly and head straight to the checkout counter. Wandering aimlessly in the store can make you tempted to buy unhealthy food.
Most of us don’t really need an excuse to sleep more. One Canadian study found that people who slept for around 5-6 hours a night gained an average of 4.5 pounds more than people who slept for 7-8 hours a night. Skimping on sleep can make your body produce higher levels of ghrelin, the hormone which makes us feel hungry. It can also significantly reduce the rate at which your body burns calories. Not getting enough sleep can also increase production of cortisol (the stress hormone) which can make your body store more fat around your tummy. So lose weight in the easiest way possible by simply sleeping more.
Use Cash To Pay
Using cash to pay for your guilty indulgences can make you think twice before you buy them. One study found that people experience more psychological pain when they use cash to pay for things than when they use their card. This might be because when you use cash, you can actually see your money leaving you. When you use your card, on the other hand, it’s an invisible payment so you don’t really feel like you’re spending too much. So the next time you really want a tub of chocolate chip ice cream, thinking about paying for it using cash.
7. Tighten Your Belt