How To Lose Weight
Let’s face it: our lives are hectic. After a long day at work, the last thing we want to think about is heading to the gym, or scheduling in some kind of an end-of-the-day work-out. Plenty of us are unable to work out even if we wanted to, due to injuries or illnesses.
When exercise is not an option, it can be easy to feel defeated, knowing it is the number one recommendation for those attempting to lose weight. Thankfully, even without devoting your life to cardio, there some important ways you can still make progress with your weight loss.
First, pay attention to what you eat.
As much as possible, try to incorporate a wide variety of whole, organic foods into your diet. It’s actually easy to do – just choose foods that are different colors! The colors indicate different vitamins. You’ll also want to be sure to avoid processed foods and any artificial flavoring or ingredients.
Next, try to eat smaller meals.
This is easiest when you plan your meals ahead of time – trust me, it’ll save you a ton of time in the long run. In order to regiment your meal schedule, rely on small, healthy and filling snacks in between.
When attempting to decrease the size of your meals, try to pay attention to the proportions of food groups you’re eating. Obviously, the majority of what you eat should be your veggies. Complex carbohydrates – brown rice, quinoa, sweet potatoes – are a good choice, as well, and are much better for you than refined carbs, like white rice and pasta.
Always try to incorporate some lean protein – even if it’s an egg – and as counter-intuitive as it may feel, you always want to get a dose of healthy fats – like the kind in extra virgin olive oil, nuts, avocado and coconut.
This is a total no-brainer that we almost never think of but focus on drinking water. Not only does it hydrate you and detoxify you, but water will help yo feel full, too. Chances are, you aren’t drinking enough anyway – we need a lot more water than you’d expect.
Finally, here are some exercise alternatives for you to consider, even if you are unable to take part in a full-on exercise. When you have the option, take the stairs – instead of the elevator or escalator.
As weird as it might sound, it’s such a simple way to build some strength! Also, make a point of walking more. In New York City people walk rather than drive regularly, and as long as you aren’t miles away, see if you can fit one in.
It would be even better to walk uphill or go on a hike.
Losing weight can be an emotional roller coaster – there is so much adjusting that must be done to your lifestyle, and change is never easy. Your best bet will always be to try to plan ahead strategically, to keep a food diary, and to prioritize the non-exercise alternatives outlined in this article. In due time, weight loss will come naturally!