Million Dollar Question: Can I Lose Weight Without Exercise?
For decades weight loss has been associated with loud alarm clocks at ungodly hours, sweating senseless while your lungs are on righteous fire. Is this the only way you can get the fat out of your system? Science says maybe there’s another way.
I hate exercise, what do I do now?
Not to worry, there’s still hope! Some studies claim while exercise is essential for your well-being, your fat loss is made in the kitchen. They are so sure of that fact they’ve even put numbers on it – weight loss is 75% diet and 25% exercise.
Since our bodies are built to survive, they are efficient at converting food into usable energy. What this means is that making calories is a much easier mechanism for our body than breaking them. When there is an energy surplus, the body saves it as fat for later when the need does arise.
A medium doughnut has about 200 calories or thereabouts and is polished off in under a minute.
When it comes down to burning that number of calories you’re going to have to slog for at least 30 minutes at the gym with cardio. It is estimated that if you eat one doughnut a day without exercise, you’d have gained a pound by the 10th day.
Sorry for being so harsh, Krispy Kreme, but someone had to say it.
Making of a Fat and Exercise Free Regime
Like we’ve established before, exercises are not the only perspiration drenched bastion of weight loss. The easiest way to stop gaining weight is to make sure that you stop it at the source – your plate.
The key to taking the weight off and keeping it that way is to ease into diets and prepping your body for the impending loss of sugars, carbs, and unhealthy fats. Yes, harmful and addictive substances need to be weaned off the body – go figure.
So let’s talk about what you need to change to get to the “healthy diet” part.
The first thing that can help you feel hungry is actually the simplest thing you can do – drink lots of water. Drink water first thing when you get up and make sure you drink at least 2 liters of water through the day.
A lot of people suggest that you sip on water even if you aren’t that thirsty just to keep yourself hydrated. The costs of dehydration even at mild levels results in mood swings and loss of focus.
Don’t Skip Breakfast
A lot of people who claim to skip breakfast claim are doing okay health-wise. This is more the exception rather than the norm.
For the majority of people, skipping breakfast can lead to dropping blood sugar levels, loss of focus, headaches and even dizziness. Fancy-schmancy concepts do exist like intermittent fasting and 16/8 diets.
If you read the fine print, you’ll notice that most of these methods if not all of them come with disclaimers stating there aren’t for everyone. So ignore the internet static and don’t skip breakfast.
Down with Processed Foods
Ideally, your diet should consist only of natural products and things that aren’t processed. While this is something that we aren’t able to avoid sometimes because potato chips are harder to resist than a 50% off coupon.
Don’t be too hard on yourself initially, but make sure you only “cheat” occasionally with Mr. Pringles.
Your ultimate goal should be to get your diet wholly scrubbed of anything processed with harmful sugars and synthetic additives. They interfere with your body’s natural processes detrimentally.
If you’re in it for the long haul, you need to stop pretending that an occasional treat through a bite of favorite food is fine.
When the mind is deprived of things it likes, it tries to compensate for it through other resources. Which means, if you don’t give yourself a break on occasion, you’re just going to binge with something else that you’re going to regret.
That said, the smaller you keep your treats, the more advantageous it is for your weight loss. As the adage goes, anything that is too rigid will only break.
This seems pretty straightforward – tackle the problem right at the source. A smaller plate means that smaller portions would look right sized. This actually tricks your brain into being content with less food.
You could use salad plates to eat rather than dinner plates.
The first thing to understand is that except in a very few cases, it isn’t your body’s fault.
It is doing what it is designed to do best with what it has at its disposal.
Once you start showing it some love through proper diet and laying off sugars, you’re bound to see plenty of improvement and not just weight wise but with your health in general as well.
Are you looking for effective strategies to control your diet? Shredded Fit can be your go-to resource for all things fitness.
Again, don’t immediately substitute everything you love with stalks of celery. Take your time but chalk down short-term goals that are easier to stick to. Eventually, they will manifest themselves as habits, and you’ll be on your way to a great looking body without chaining yourself to the treadmill.
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