by Jelena Jovanovic
Believe it or not, massage is actually a very nice way to both burn some calories and tone up! Invest in a hand-held non-battery operated massager (you can get it in any beauty supply store or simply order it) and use it every evening.
How to lose weight without exercise? Well, there is no such thing as easy weight loss – I’m sure you’ve figured that out by now. Luckily, there are ways to help yourself eat less and, therefore, not only prevent packing on more weight but allow your body to burn some of it off through your normal, everyday activities. And in order to make your no exercise weight loss plan a good one, you’ll definitely need to check out these awesome tips:
1. DON’T EAT BEFORE BED
You know that saying, “Never go to bed angry”? Well, as satisfying as it feels, you should never go to bed full either! Time your meals in a way that will allow to have at least 2 or 3 hours between sleep time and your last meal. This first on my list of tips on how to lose weight without exercise won’t only help you keep that unwanted pounds off your body but enable you to sleep better and feel lighter and more energetic! Now, don’t tell me you didn’t know overeating right before bedtime induces nightmares and heartburn!
2. INCREASE YOUR NON EXERCISE PHYSICAL ACTIVITIES
No exercise weight loss doesn’t mean you can allow yourself to be a couch potato! In fact, the more non exercise physical activities you adopt, the better! Take the stairs instead of using an elevator, play with your children in the park, let your own legs take you places instead of just hopping in a bus or car. There are tons of everyday activities that could help you burn plenty of calories and the only (but unfortunately the hardest) thing you’ll have to do is to give up those fast, easy and effortless solutions.
Okay, I know swimming actually counts as exercise but here’s how I see it – if you’re not sweating and you’re actually enjoying yourself, how could it be exercise? This is my favorite summer activity and something I like to do even in winter and if you like it too, I’m sure you’ll understand what I mean. Swimming will help you tone up your muscles, it will give your body a nice, lean shape and…okay…I’m going to say it again – there’s no sweating, pain or boredom involved!
4. EAT NEGATIVE CALORIE FOODS
As strange or impossible as it sounds, the truth is that negative calorie foods do exist and they aren’t as exotic or hard to find as you might believe. Now, let’s get our facts straight – the so called “negative calorie foods” do have some calories but breaking them down requires more energy than they alone provide which, in conclusion, means you don’t only get to snack whenever you want, but you actually get to lose weight by doing so. And, surprise- surprise, the magical foods I’m talking about here are your regular, everyday, totally non fancy foods such as apples, limes, lemons, strawberries, tomatoes, tangerine, peach, carrots, cucumbers, cabbage, turnips, radishes and so on. Cool, huh? Well, keep reading, because I have more cool tips on how to lose weight without exercise!
5. ANTI-CELLULITE MASSAGE
Believe it or not, massage is actually a very nice way to both burn some calories and tone up! Invest in a hand-held non-battery operated massager (you can get it in any beauty supply store or simply order it from an Avon or Oriflame catalog) and use it every evening. You don’t need a special anti-cellulite lotion or any kind of fancy concoction – just your regular body lotion and 20 to 30 minutes of your time, as this is exactly how much you’ll need to give all those critical spots a good rub. Firm circular movements will increase the circulation of blood in these areas giving you smoother, firmer skin and, oh, let’s not forget that this also qualifies as a non-exercise physical activity!
6. GIVE YOURSELF A BREAK
Speaking about no exercise weight loss, I have a feeling you’re going to love this next tip! And here’s what I want you to do- give your diet plan a day off every week and enjoy eating the crapiest, junkiest food you can think of! Having a whole day to enjoy your guilty pleasures will help you control your cravings during the week and since switching from controlled diet to absolute and total junk is a huge shock for your body, your metabolism won’t have enough time to fall into a rut.
Next on my list of super-interesting tips on how to lose weight without exercise is plain and simple – cheat! And, don’t worry, I’m not trying to talk you into something you’re bound to regret sooner or later – cheating your brain is what I’m suggesting here. Instead of using your normal plate and filling a half, use a smaller one and arrange your food so it looks full. Put an extra slice of tomato in your sandwich and ditch cheese, for example, or cut down on ham. It’s actually pretty simple!
8. DRINK HUNGER AWAY
Did you know that our brain sometimes mixes thirst for hunger causing us to reach for food when we should be reaching for water? I know- it’s totally weird! There is a upside to this, however, and it has everything to do with you being aware of it and therefore being able to “explore other options” before you reach for food. Have a glass of water, maybe a cup of tea or even a glass of fresh squeezed orange juice and remember to sip it slowly to allow your brain time to process this information. And, guess what? This is not just a neat easy weigh loss trick, it’s actually something you can benefit from in the long run because water helps both hydrate and cleanse your body making your skin, hair and nails better, your metabolic processes faster and your immunity stronger.
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