There are a number of ways you can lose weight that doesn’t involve exercise and knowing them can offer a simple, cheap or even free measures In your weight loss goals.
Change one single word
If you constantly think eating health and exercising are unbearable hardships, they will always feel that way. If you can however change your mindset to a more positive one, you can increase your chances of success.
All it takes is reframing your thoughts from “I have to” to “I want to.” That expression puts you in the driver’s seat. It makes being healthy your choice, not your burden.
Turn up the lights
Dim, sultry lighting may be a good idea for a romantic dinner but if you’re watching your waistline you’re going to want to brighten the place up, according to a study published in the Journal of Marketing Research. People who ate in well-lit dining areas were 16 to 24 percent more likely to order healthy fare, the researchers found.
Ditch the diet drinks
Ordering a diet drink may seem like a good compromise between sticking to your diet and still having a beverage you love. According to research published in Applied Physiology, Nutrition and Metabolism, the artificial sweeteners used in most calorie-free drinks don’t lead to weight loss and can even cause weight gain. The artificial chemicals interfere with important enzymes and hormones in your body, leading to increased waist size.
Whether it is Candy wrappers, fruit peels or nut shells, when it comes to eating messy food, it may be better to let the garbage pile up on the table rather than throwing it away after eating them. According to research done by the Cornell Food and Brand Lab, seeing the debris left from your food will give you a visual reminder of exactly how much you’ve eaten and can help you stop when you’re full.
Hang out with friends of all sizes
Researchers have long noted that people tend to gravitate toward those who are the most like them. We prefer people who share our political and religious views, who are of a similar heritage or geographic location and, it turns out, who have similar weights as we do.
However, if you’re overweight and trying to drop a few pounds this could work against you, according to a study published in Obesity. Researchers found that dieters lost more weight when they hung out with thinner friends, possibly because of social pressure and because they followed their friends’ examples.
This doesn’t mean you should only hang out with people skinnier than you; just make sure your friend group includes plenty of people who are different than you and can challenge you to improve—in all areas of your life.