I know the title might be a little misleading, but if you expect to lose weight without exercise and diet, then I am sorry to break it to you, but you will not see any future results, as regards on losing weight. As matter of fact, if you want to achieve anything in life, you will not get it by staying in your bed thinking about it, you will have to take some kind of action.
However, there are some “life hacks” (I quote the word because I think it is very misleading and in the past years there have been some great discussion about them) that you can you use, to change some nasty diet/life habits we all might have. As you can see it involves some type of diet tips, because there is not a magical pill for losing weight.
This applies for your overall energy, when I refer to sleeping well. However, not taking the amount of sleep you should, not only would not give you the optimum energy levels, but also can affect your body with some serious conditions. You might be wondering, how much sleep do we really need? I know that is a whole another topic, that I can be all afternoon talking about, but ideally 7 – 8 hours should be fine.
Some serious conditions you can cause by not sleeping well, are:
- Heart disease, and heart diseases in general
- Shorten your life’s expectancy
I am not a good example, when it comes to quality sleep, that is because when exam weeks come I probably sleep maximum from 6 to 7 hours a day, which it is not bad, but it is not good either. How do I know I am not getting enough sleep and how would you either? It is as simple as realizing that you have been craving a nap for the whole day.
When you are stressed, you are disrupting some important hormones that control your appetite, and these are leptin and ghrellin, this is a perfect example of why when we are stressed out we crave for fast and unhealthy food.
Your objective, ideally is to lose weight, and this is why these problems are at the top of the list. You may be a hard worker, you may be dieting and doing all the exercises you want, but if you live your day burning out, then you will not see the best results, if your ultimate goal is to lose weight.
Sleep deprivation and stress, can increase the chance of having type 2 diabetes and several diseases more. So if you do not have diabetes, or you have, but not type two, and you stress out a lot, this may be a good indicator to spend some money on relaxing.
The first thing you should be doing is, drinking more water. When you drink water the first thing in the morning, you prepare your body for its function. This for the gut is very healthy, specially for those with constipation or IBS. If you have read my other articles, I recommend that you drink at least a liter a day.
Another good idea, that is only aimed for those with weight loss objectives, is to drink caloric dense drinks, or drink a good amounts of water. Obviously this is a great idea, because you feel full and satisfied. However, I know I might be a little contradictory, but If I were you I would stay away from any soda or sugary drink.
I mentioned it as a tip, because there are people who will have a hard time, by not drinking them. The best action you can take is, in the medium/long term replace them with pure mineral water.
A well-known study found that, taking half a liter of water before every meal, reduced hunger, thus lowering the calories of the given participants. Past a twelve-week period these participants lost forty four percent more weight, compared to those who did not drink water before a meal.
The Teas For Weight Loss.
In case, you did not know, I have made a review on a program for weight loss that includes red tea as very core ingredient, so as to optimize your weight loss results. “Rooibos Tea”, or also known as red African tea, is great for fat loss, because of its amazing properties.
First, it is full of antioxidants, and these are aspalathin and nothofagin. These are great for removing free radicals that damage our DNA. It has lower too few calories and it is naturally sweetened. It is my best choice, in my opinion, for fat loss.
Red Tea is also amazing for:
- Regulating Your Blood Sugar Levels
- Improve your blood cholesterol levels
A good tea, to reduce the cravings is peppermint tea. For your weight loss goals this is very key, and that is because you want to be under 20% of your daily calorie intake, meaning you want to be on a calorie deficit.
Peppermint is great, the literature says that this tea scent reduces your appetite. A study found that its participants who inhaled peppermint oil, for two hours, reduced their weight by 8% in the course of a month.
My favorite of them all is definitely, green tea. Green tea, is the powerhouse of all teas. With its lower amount of caffeine, and its rich content of antioxidants, makes it great for fat loss. It also helps with your metabolism rate, by increasing and boosting your energy levels and, thus, reducing your storage of fat.
Eat Less, Start By Counting Your Calories.
This is pretty self explanatory, when you serve big portions in your plate we always tend to think that it is not a good amount of calories. We tend to “eyeball” calories.
Larger portions, have been heavily linked to weight gain and obesity. I know this may sound a bit too obvious, but if never track the calories you consume, then it may not.
My question to you is: How can you eyeball calories, if you never had used a scale before? To “eyeball” calories, you must first buy a scale and get used to the portions you eat. You should download an app on your phone that can track your calories, a good one that I personally use is called “Cronometer”, you can check it out here.
If you do not like counting calories, because you have tried it before, then it is as simple as lowering your portions, significantly. I say “significantly”, because you are eyeballing.
We talked about how can you lose weight without any minimal effort, but the fact is that you will have to put some effort. As, I mentioned at the start of this article. If you plan not to move, and thus magically lose weight, then you will have to change your attitude towards yourself.
Remember, that this information is always useful, if you take action. I would like to encourage you to comment, if you have tried before any of these given methods, and also what you thing about the post. There is always room for improvement!