Although exercise is extremely healthy and good for you, sometimes our bodies or circumstances don't allow us to fit in that time at the gym. No real exercise and still loose weight? Sounds to good to be true right? If you really focus on these 4 tips, you will be able to maintain and even loose weight without setting foot in a gym.
1- Make Sure You're Truly Hungry
When hunger strikes, make sure you're really hungry and not just dehydrated and need water. Being dehydrated can make you feel hungry for food even though all your body really needs is water. Drink at least 6-8 oz of water then wait 20 minutes and reevaluate your state of hunger.
Try using smaller plates, bowls and even utensils when you eat to trick your mind into thinking your'e eating more. Using a smaller plate or bowl will allow you to really fill your plate yet you're only actually eating about half of what you would normally if it were on a regular sized plate. Using smaller utensils allows you to slow it down when it comes to consuming your food. Sometimes we eat way too fast and our bodies are robbed of being able to actually taste and ingest the food that we're shoveling down our throats. Taking smaller bites takes longer, therefore your'e body is able to process what and how much you're eating and then lets your brain know you're full much sooner.
3 - Fill Your Schedule With Calorie Packed Activities
At the beginning of each week, sit down and write out your schedule for the week. Make sure you're filling your days with things for you to do that will burn a few extra calories. For example, if you're a stay at home mom or dad you could go to the park and run around or clean your house more. If you work, walk somewhere for lunch instead of driving. Try to think outside the box and mix up your normal routine. If you usually come home go to the kitchen then plop yourself down on the couch, switch it up. Come home, get your hiking shoes on and go for a hike or even just a stroll around the block. Take your dog for a walk. Wash your own car. Pull your own weeds. Clean your own house. You get the picture right?
4- Stop With The Mindless Eating
I see this all the time…just because your bored doesn't mean you need to eat! This goes back to the planning and filling your time with good activities that leave you no time to eat mindlessly. We are such creatures of habit that we have to make more of a conscience effort to change our patterns. When we make that conscience effort to change the way we do certain things and stick to the change, we then create new habits that will be much more rewarding and create happy healthier individuals.
If you have any other tips that have worked for you, please share:)
Make it a great day!