How to tackle weight loss when you are lazy

Did you know our ancestors are to blame for modern man’s laziness? They needed to conserve as much energy as possible when they did not have to fight, flight, or hunt for survival. And of course, long term goals without immediate gratification is not the best motivator. 

As we are lazy by nature, we often don’t do the right thing in terms of our health, as it is too much effort. But I’m sure this does not mean you are waiting in line to get severe chronic illnesses like diabetes and heart disease any time soon!

“If you really want to do something, you’ll find a way. If you don’t, you’ll find an excuse.”

Jim Rohn

If you are anything like me, you probably don’t want expensive gym membership or complicated health and fitness programs. But I’m sure you are willing to make a few basic changes. I can guarantee you none of these will be an upheaval to your current lifestyle. 

Fluid intake:

  • Make it a habit to drink water before every meal. You will eat less, and it keeps you hydrated. Water also flushes out toxins. Aim for eight cups per day.
  • Cut out alcohol as it lowers your metabolism and stimulates your body to store fat.

Easy eating habits:

  • Teach yourself to eat slowly. You will realize when you are full sooner. Put the knife and fork down between bites and chew 20 times before swallowing.
  • Change to a smaller plate to reduce portion sizes. It also keeps you from finishing a big plate of food, even when you are not hungry.
  • Eat breakfast; it kick-starts your metabolism and prevents overeating the rest of the day.
  • Swap white carbs for whole grains. You will feel fuller and eat less.
  • Eat as many vegetables as you like.
  • Get enough magnesium, as it activates digestive enzymes.
  • If you don’t have time to cook during the week, prepare food during the weekend for the week ahead.
  • Did you know that something as easy as rinsing your cooked mince with warm water washes away half the oil?

Snacks:

  • Have a mid-afternoon snack as it will give you an energy boost and keep your blood sugar from spiking. 
  • A healthy snack will also prevent you from eating too much at supper-time. We tend to overeat if we go hungry for too long.
  • Display your fruit where you can see them. The visible fruit will help you not reach for an unhealthy snack and motivate you to have a piece of fruit.
  • Snack on popcorn as it has lots of fiber and whole grains.

Get enough sleep:

  • There is a definite link between obesity and people sleeping less than six hours per night. Make sure you get at least seven hours of sleep. Less can give us food cravings and makes our hormones fluctuate. A lack of sleep also slows our kilojoule burning tempo.
  • (If you sleep more, you can’t spend that time eating. Have a power nap instead of coffee and cake!)

Prevent nibbling:

  • Chewing gum will prevent you from eating out of boredom.
  • Brushing your teeth will keep you from nibbling.

Get more active:

  • Always take the stairs instead of lifts and elevators.
  • Make it a rule that you can only watch television while exercising. Put the exercise bike, treadmill, or weights in the living room and get some exercise while watching your favorite show.
  • Try getting at least 150 minutes of moderate exercise per week. That is only 30 minutes five times per week. If you have a desk job take regular 20 – 30 minute walks in your lunch break. 

Look after your emotional health:

 

  • Negative thoughts can contribute to depression, which is linked to weight gain and overeating.
  • Stress often leads to emotional eating and weight gain.

It takes four weeks for you to notice a change.
It takes eight weeks for your friends to notice.
And it takes twelve weeks for the rest of the world to notice a change.

That is only three months from now. Following the tips mentioned above are as easy as pie… Hmmm, as easy as a piece of cake… No, as easy as stealing candy from a baby… (These idioms are not helping writing a healthy EATING habits blog!) 

Instead, let’s say it is as simple as ABC and will make a lasting difference to your health and appearance.

I am sure you would love to see what happens if you don’t give up!









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